Stockton was founded in 1849 by Captain Charles Maria Weber, and is named after Robert F. Stockton a Navy commodore that took a leading role in the capture of California in the Mexican American War. Its population in 2013 was approximately 298,118. Stockton is known for lively festivals, annual events and a unique Downtown waterfront. Spend the day exploring the historic Miracle Mile, shopping at unique boutiques in Lincoln Center, or cruising the California Delta directly from our downtown marina. There are also plenty of farms and wineries surrounding Stockton for a bounty of fresh produce and amazing Lodi wine. Stockton also holds reoccurring monthly events like networking mixers, Leadership Stockton Program Sessions, and lunch & learn programs and annual events such as: Stockton Restaurant Week; which allows local restaurants to create a special priced menu to attract new clients, Small Business Day, Industrial and Technology Barbeque, Ag Hall of Fame, Athena Awards, and a Diversity Mixer to name a few. Stockton is filled with beautiful views and many other must-see places like the Haggin Museum; a historical art museum, The Bob Hope Theater; offers live performances in a classic setting, University of the Pacific; the oldest chartered University in California, and Children’s Museum of Stockton; a great place to the entire family to explore. Banner Island Ballpark, Arnaiz Softball Complex, Oak Park Arena, Oak Park Tennis Center,Nick Cecchetti Field and June Fergusson Pool are only a few of the places that people in the town keep active. And if watching is watching your favorite sport is what you prefer, Stockton has many professional sports teams such as Stockton Thunder (Hockey), Stockton Heat (Hockey), Stockton Ports (Baseball), and Stockton Lightning (football). Drive Tech Racing is available for those car race fans and Delta Thunder Boat Racing is an exciting waterfront competition. Needless to say Stockton is a city with plenty of heart, for tastes of all ages and interests.