The little Chinese settlement town of Locke is one of the Delta’s tucked-away treasures, but its isolated location means that its businesses have to struggle to stay open and its residents have to fight to preserve its legacy. Every year, the Locke Foundation puts on the Harvest Moon Celebration, a family-friendly festival that directs all its profits to the preservation of Locke’s culture and history. This year’s party features Chinese music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, a performance by Stockton Bukkyo Taiko, a mah-jongg tournament, an auction of artwork by local artists, raffle prizes and a lunch. The festival ends at 4 p.m., meaning there’s plenty of time left to explore the town. Meander through the tight alleyways and between the wooden buildings that seem to close in on you before stopping in at “Al the Wop’s,” the Locke bar and restaurant famous for its peanut butter hamburgers.
What: Harvest Moon Celebration
When: Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Jean Harvie Community Center, 14273 River Rd., Walnut Grove