Street festivals are a sure sign that summer is near, just like sunflowers in bloom or snowmen screaming in agony. Celebrate the eternal cycle with this GrouponLive deal to X Fest in downtown Modesto on Saturday, August 4, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Choose between the following ticketing options:
- For $20, you get two festival admissions (a $40 value)
- For $39, you get four festival admissions (an $80 value)
X Fest fills 15 blocks of downtown Modesto with 50 bands and DJs that perform across eight stages and "the world's largest outdoor disco" that swallows up four city blocks in the jaws of dance. In the weeks leading up to the annual summer gala, promoters will update the full lineup of artists and offer a detailed schedule of performances.
Since 1999, X Fest has infiltrated the city's downtown streets and avenues with as many as 15,000 revelers bouncing between stages, acts, and musical genres during seven-hour outdoor parties. This year, the fest expects to draw 20,000 revelers and continues to reign as one of the valley's biggest parties. Throughout the past 12 years, musical acts have taken to the stages to rile up crowds with party anthems and stage-diving cobras. Favorites include X Fest legend Moonshine Bandits, who perform their signature Cali-country blend of blue-collar sensibilities with hip-hop beats and rhymes, and Frankie J, who has caressed crowds with sentiment-laden songs that include "Daddy's Little Girl" and "Obsession (No Es Amor)" in both English and Spanish. Additionally, classic rockers Foghat have propelled fans onto a "Slow Ride," the '70s most popular roller coaster.
X Fest has been counting down the days until its next installment by posting brief photo profiles of past highlights on its Facebook page. Also posted are some 200 photos from X Fest 2011, which capture the event's colorful cast of characters, many of whom are dressed in costume.
St. Patrick's Day Lucky Fest
What do you call it when 25 pubs spontaneously appear in a city square? A very lucky day. The party runs from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. at a gallery of custom-made, Ireland-themed bars and restaurants on 11th Street between K and L. But the canvas drinking holes are hardly the most eye-catching part of the party—that honor is a toss up between Grace O'Malley's Fantastic Voyage, a DJ stage shaped like a life-size pirate ship, and the EDM ball held at 51 Fifty Celtic Chaos Irish Castle, a fortress of funk built for one night only.