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12 Things To Do In The Central Valley In 2016!

12 Things To Do In The Central Valley In 2016!

fresnoAs we embark on another year in the Central Valley, we want to be sure you that you have these incredible events, attractions and places on your “must do” list for 2016!

While this is just a small sampling of activities in Fresno and Clovis you can enjoy, we feel these are the BIG ones that you really need to take the time to do!

We are so fortunate that with many longstanding traditions, events and the incredible nature that surrounds us, there is so much to see right here in our own backyard. So take advantage of it and get out there and enjoy your surroundings!

1. Blossom Trail

We are so fortunate to the live in an area blossom-trailknown as the country’s top producer of peaches, almonds, citrus and other fruit. Before this luscious fruit ripens, the orchards put on an annual display of beautiful spring blossoms! The orchards are so stunning that the local visitors’ bureau has organized a driving tour through them called the Fresno Blossom Trail.

Date: Late February – Mid March

Location: Fresno/Sanger

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2. Big Hat Days

Show off your big, fun or fancy hat at BIG Hat Days in Clovis! This free and fun event features

live music, arts and crafts, a beer garden, international food, pony rides for the kids and so much more.

Date: April 2 & 3, 2016

Location: 325 Pollasky Ave. Clovis, CA 93612

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3. The Clovis Rodeo

GraClovis Rodeob your hat, pull on your boots, and head to the 102nd Annual Clovis Rodeo!  Filled with great performances, live concerts and lots of rodeo fun, this is a family event you won’t want to miss!


Date: April 21-24, 2016

Location: 748 Rodeo Dr. Clovis, CA 93612

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4. Old Town Clovis Wine Walk

Come stroll the streets of Old Town Clovis and enjoy wine tastings from your favorite local wineries and more than 12 Paso Robles wineries!


Date: April 30, 2016

Time: 5:00p – 8:30p

Location: Old Town Clovis, 5th & Pollasky Avenues

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5. Forestiere Underground Gardens

underground-gardensSicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere built a subterranean home and garden modeled after the ancient catacombs of his homeland. He dug 10,000 sq. ft. of rooms, a chapel, and even an underground fishing pond using just farming tools. Be sure to check out this 10-acre creation – especially on days when the scorching Fresno heat gets to be a bit too much!


Date: January – March; June-August, December (*Weather Permitting)

Location: 5021 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93722

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6. Fresno Grizzlies Games at Chukchansi Park

Catch a ball a game with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros who compete in the 16-team Pacific Coast League. Home to the Grizzlies, Chukchansi Park is regarded as one of the finest ballparks in the country. In addition to hosting all Grizzlies home games, the stadium also hosts soccer games, football games, trade shows, and concert events.


Date:April – August

Location:1800 Tulare St. Fresno, CA 93721

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7. The Big Fresno Fair

The Big Fresno Fair is one of Fresno’s biggest and longest running events. This 12-day annual tradition is the 5th largest in the state, bringing exciting concerts, delicious Fair Food, fun fair rides, live horse racing and lots of other fun for the entire family!


Date: October 5 – 16, 2016

Location: 1121 S. Chance Ave. Fresno, CA 93702

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strawberries8. Friday Night Old Town Clovis Farmers Market

Be sure to come to at least one of these incredible farmers markets featuring outstanding local produce, delectable food and family-friendly entertainment – including live music! This is something the whole family can and should enjoy!


Date: Every Friday Night (5:30p – 9:00p), May – September

Location: Old Town Clovis at Bullard & Pollasky Avenues

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9. Fresno Chaffee Zoo & Storyland

Experience wildlife at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the magic of Storyland! At Fresno Chaffee Zoo enjoy everything from Sea Lion Cove to Stingray Bay to the brand new African Adventure exhibit that has doubled the size of our Zoo. Admire these incredible animals up close; learn about them and the conservation efforts happening to keep them from going extinct! Also, special “behind-the-scenes” tours are avFresno Zoo ailable and special events throughout the year!  Then see the magic of books come to life at the newly restored Storyland! Follow the path through the Park and find Humpty Dumpty, the Three Little Pigs, Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland, witches, pirates, a castle and much more. Use your magic key to unlock talking boxes and listen to stories of adventure and danger, fantastic worlds and heroic journeys.



Location:  894 W. Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA 93728

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10. Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Dinner and a show? Only at Roger Rocka’s! Good Company Players presents six musical comedies each year at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, while award-winning Chef Eric De Groot and his staff prepare a unique and delicious menu for both the served dinner and the buffet for each show.  Often, the show itself will inspire some dishes that complement the mood.


Date:Dates Vary by Production

Location: 1226 North Wishon Ave. Fresno, CA 93728

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11. Fresno Art Museumfresno art museum

The Fresno Art Museum offers a dynamic experience for appreciating art. The museum welcomes, inspires, and educates a diverse regional audience through significant exhibitions, thought-provoking programs, and meaningful interactions with artists and the creative process.



Location:2233 N. First St. Fresno, CA 93703

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12. Arte Americas

PerfectArtefor all ages, Arte Americas is known for its diverse cultural activities, art galleries, museums and many other education, family-friendly activities.



Location:1630 Van Ness Ave. Fresno CA 93721

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Author, Paula De Young


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