Gala In Graceada

An Evening To Enjoy

Gala in Graceada is Modesto’s premier summer kickoff event! It is a celebration of public space in the heart of downtown Modesto. As a City of Great Neighbors, we invite you to join a night of good food, fun and friends, followed by some fine tunes to define the night.

The proceeds from this annual event will be put towards neighborhood park improvements and summer programming in Graceada and Enslen Parks. For 2019, the monies generated will be used to enhance and modernize the Enslen Community Club House, located in the southwest corner of Enslen Park. The vision is for this space to become an amazing indoor/outdoor space that will be a destination for positive park activities, community gatherings, and tourism. Additionally, some of the funds generated from Gala in Graceada will be used for summer programming in the park. Programming details and events to follow.

Gala in Graceada is an event hosted by the College Area Neighborhood Alliance, which is a non-profit 501c3. Your generous contributions to the event may be tax-deductible. This is a 21 and over event.


A Strategic Plan for 2010-2013 was adopted by the Modesto City Council as the guiding document for the City of Modesto on September 28, 2010. One of the initiatives stated in the section titled Community & Partnerships was to build and promote partnerships that engage neighborhoods and create a sense of community.

A Steering committee came together in 2010 to form the College Area Neighborhood Alliance to focus on enriching the neighborhood by taking action to solve issues and making it a better place to live for all. It is founded on community involvement and is not a political group. Anyone who lives or owns property within the boundary of CANA can participate in the neighborhood activities and events.

History of Graceada park

Original icons of Modesto, Graceada and Enslen Parks date back to 1907. Since the Great Recession, many of the park's beloved treasures have fallen to disrepair. In 2018, Graceada Park began to shine again with the renovations of the Graceada Park Pool, Splash Pad and Tot Lot Playground Reconstruction Projects, each project was a community-lead effort. To continue in this generosity, a group of local activists and community leaders have come together to host a beautiful evening in Graceada Park. Join us in this celebration to rediscover the love of Modesto and share the joy of this unique community and its historic park spaces.