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Merced was incorporated in 1889; the City offers a rich and varied living environment with a unique blend of old and new. Merced offers downtown shopping, well-maintained residential neighborhoods, and many structures of historical significance. For the outdoor lover there is fishing and water sports close at hand, with several streams and lakes located within easy driving distance.

Merced is less than two hours by car from Yosemite Village National Park. Monterey Bay, and the Pacific Ocean are also close to Merced.

Merced is located in Merced County (of which it is the county seat) north of Fresno between Modesto and Madera along Highway 99 on the banks of the Merced River near the San Joaquin River and Lake McClure.

Merced is part of the Merced, California metro area.

Sutter Merced Medical Center |
Public Libraries Merced County Library |
Wildlife Viewing Yosemite Wildlife Museum |

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11/19 Coming to The area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.