Tracy’s ideal location within Northern California places it within proximity to some of the region’s most popular attractions. In fact, within 100 miles of the city residents and visitors can reach Old Sacramento, California Wine Country and the lure of San Francisco. But one does not have to leave Tracy to discover great attractions and entertainment venues.The Art Deco-style Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is a unique gem nestled within downtown Tracy. Following a two-year renovation project, the circa 1923, 37,000-square-foot Grand Theatre reopened in 2007, featuring a 560-seat proscenium theatre, a 110-seat black box-style theatre, art galleries, children’s art space and dance, music and ceramics studios. Throughout the year, visitors to the Grand Theatre access a full schedule of musical concerts, theatrical and dance performances, festivals, film showings, lectures and art exhibitions, along with numerous community-based arts programming for people of all ages.
Interested in learning about the Tracy area’s rich history? Then make a trip to the Tracy Historical Museum, operating out of the city-owned, historic 1937 post office building along Adams Street in the downtown district. The City of Tracy works with the West Side Pioneer Association to maintain the museum, which houses a collection of historic photographs and artifacts depicting life in the Tracy area in its earliest years. The museum also hosts a variety of community events and history education programs for local third graders. Admission is free.
The Tracy community hosts numerous communitywide events, including the Fourth of July Day-In-the-Park, the Tracy Arts Commission’s Thursday night Summer Concert Series at Lincoln Park, the weekly summertime Farmers’ Market and, notably, the Annual Tracy Dry Bean Festival. Sponsored by the Tracy Chamber, the Tracy Dry Bean Festival is the community’s largest and most popular event, drawing tens of thousands of people from all over the region to enjoy cooking and eating contests, arts, live entertainment, a car show and unique food creations from more than 250 vendors – all with a bean theme. Be a part of the “Dry Bean Capital of the World” the second weekend in September.
Visitors coming to Tracy for its exciting attractions, events or for business are sure to find a clean, comfortable place to relax and rest at the end of the day. A number of high-quality hotels and motels are located conveniently along I-205, including the Best Western Luxury Inn, Fairfield Inn-Tracy, Microtel Inn & Suites, the Hampton Inn-Tracy and the 102-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, the largest of the local hotels.
The Tracy Chamber of Commerce’s interactive, online business directory is a great place to turn when looking for preferred hotels and motels. Visit the directory at www.tracychamber.org.