As the leaves are changing and the weather is cooling, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the wonderful Fall activities around Fresno and Clovis!
The air is clearing up and there are lots of fun activities for adults and families alike. From wine, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, you are sure to find some fabulous Fall fun right in your own backyard!
1. Fresno State Winery presents the Flavor of the Fall Tailgate
Fresno State Winery presents its annual Fall tasting of new releases. This year’s “Flavor of Fall” will feature recent award winning vintages and Wine Club private stocks. Fresno State student winemakers will be the pouring wines, and there will be local BBQ, Fresno State sausage and local cheeses. Most wines poured will be offered for sale at yard sale prices! Get your tickets in advance and save 30 percent!
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 7pm
Location: Fresno State Winery on the VERC Lawn- 2360 E Barstow Ave, Fresno, CA 93711
It is time to prepare for the 6th Annual Zombie Crawl!! Get dressed as a zombie and crawl from bar to bar through Fresno’s historic Tower District! Meet in the Tower District’s Bank of America Parking lot at 7:30pm and the Crawl starts at 8pm. It is encourage to meet in the parking lot as there are some Zombie items you might need for the crawl.
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Location: Tower District – E Olive Ave.
3. Hobbs Grove
Halloween at Hobb’s Grove is exactly what one would hope for when desiring the ultimate haunted Halloween experience. Creepy and mysterious yet frighteningly fun, you know you’ve entered another world from the time you enter the driveway. Throughout the entire month of October, check out the haunted forest, haunted house or haunted hay ride, or all three! An evening at Hobbs Grove is sure to send chills up your spine and give you some Halloween fright!
More info (including hours): www.hobbsgrove.com or (559) 356-3958
Location: 14265 E Goodfellow Ave, Sanger, CA 93657
The Big Fresno Fair is back and bigger than ever! Go check out all of the delicious fair food, fun fair rides and games and star-studded concert lineup. There’s live horse-racing, livestock auctions, gem and agricultural exhibits and lots of exciting grounds entertainment, there’s fun for the whole family at this year’s Big Fresno Fair. Be sure to check it out and try all of the sweet treats and savory snacks you can stomach! For more on the concert series and other fair info, visit:
Date: Wednesday, October 7 – Sunday, October 18, 2015
Location: Fresno Fairgrounds – 1121 S Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 93702
5. Fresno State Football
Support your Fresno State Bulldogs and root them to victory as they take on teams at Bulldog Stadium! Nothing beats a tailgate and some weekend football with your family and friends and this enjoyable Fall weather. They only have four more home games this season, get your tickets now!
Saturday, October 10 vs. Utah State @ 7:30 PM
Friday, October 16 vs. UNLV @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 5 vs. Nevada @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 28 vs. Colorado State @ 6:00 PM
6. Zoo Boo
The entire Chaffee Zoo will be decorated on special evenings of trick-or-treating, carnival games, live entertainment and animal attractions. Get lost in the hay maze, play carnival games (extra charges may apply) and dance the night away to kid-friendly music in Dracula’s Disco. Children are encouraged to dress in costumes, preferably non-scary.
For tickets and other info on ZooBoo, visit here.
Date: October 23 – 24 and 30 – 31, 2015
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Chaffee Zoo – 894 W Belmont Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
The slithering terror begins…will YOU survive? Zombies are shambling into Woodward Park. Struggle your way to the finish line with flags and brains intact in the Zombie Apocalypse Run. Blast a horde of walkers in the Laser Tag Zombie Hunt. Shiver through the Horror Exhibition where nightmares lurk in darkness. Hear the screams of kids playing in the Bounce House…and enjoy the sights and smells of the Halloween Festival!
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 11:00am- 8:00pm
Location: Woodward Park – 7775 N Friant Rd, Fresno, CA 93720
8. Pumpkin Patches
Can’t quite celebrate Fall and Halloween without a quick trip to the pumpkin patch! Pumpkin patches as you know are fun for people of all ages – have a little fall photo shoot with your kids by the pumpkins and hay, go on a date to pick out and carve pumpkins, or go with your friends and just sip some hot chocolate and enjoy the weather! Luckily for us, there are lots of great pumpkin patches around town to choose from! Here are just a few:
- Pumpkin King Pumpkin Patch (Northwest Corner of Blackstone & Shaw)
Hours of Operation:
October 1 – 31
9:00am – 9:00pm daily
- Historic Cobb Ranch (8805 CA-41, Fresno, CA 93720)
Hours of Operation:
October 10 -31
Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
- Planet Pumpkin (Northeast corner of First and Nees)
- Branch and Vine (38802 Avenue 12, Madera, California 93636)
Hours of Operation:
9. Raisin Hell Ranch
Raisin Hell Ranch is the only haunted cornfield in the Valley and was voted the “Scariest Haunted Attraction” in 2013 by their customers! Have you ever been in a cornfield in the middle of the night? It’s a scary, fun and a big thrill! Check out the Scarecrow Revenge or Black-Out Maze, or just come to hang out while everyone else gets chased by some haunted scarecrows! For more info including tickets, visit here.
Date: October 9-11, 15-18,22-31
Time: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Location: 7451 Rd 32, Madera, CA
As you can see, there are lots of exciting things going on around the Valley this month so be sure to dive into this season the right way! This is just a handful of events from our favorite picks, for more events happening around the area, check out some local community calendars! Happy Fall!
Author: Ashley De Young, De Young Properties