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Out and About in Modesto area: Monsterfest and International Festival

MONSTERFEST

The fifth annual Monsterfest brings more than 30 bands on six stages performing rock and metal today from 3:30 p.m.-midnight at the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Way, Merced.

The headliner is George Lynch, guitarist from Dokken, Lynch Mob and Souls of We. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call 878-0380.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Today it's a celebration of music, dance and food from around the world -- and it's free! Local cultural groups representing different countries will perform throughout the day inside the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto.

There will be cultural learning activities for children; traditional foods from various cultures; and cultural groups showcasing displays of their native lands. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 521-3852.

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