Annual Events
For specific dates and information, please see current events or contact event information.

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  Martin Luther King Celebration  
  The Fresno MLK Unity Committee celebrates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
  Info: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee  (559) 284-6420
  Robert Burns Supper  
  Scottish Society of Central California presents its annual Robert Burns Supper celebration. Hear about the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Scotland. Raise drams toasting the Haggis, the Laddies and Lassies. Bagpipe and Drum band and Highland dancers. Live entertainment. Dancing. Installation of the Board of Governors. Pamper yourself with an elegant evening out.
  Info: Scottish Society of Central California (559) 313-7548  
  Bald Eagle Tours (thru Feb)  
  Millerton Lake  
  Info: Millerton Lake Ranger Station   (559) 822-2332
  Blossom Trail Begins  
  Enjoy this trail created to celebrate the beauty of Fresno County agriculture. View the splendor of a variety of blossoms – almond, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, apple and citrus. Panoramas of orchards await you alive with fragrance and bursting with blossoms. Blossom Trail events celebrate the season including the Blossom Bike Ride and the Blossom Trail Wine & Cheese Tasting in Reedley, and the Blossom Trail 10K Run and Blossom Days Festival in Sanger.  
  Info: Fresno County Office of Tourism   (559) 600-4271  
  Fresno Dixieland Society's Sounds of Mardi Gras  
  Central California’s premier music festival features 3 days of non-stop jazz and special events bringing musicians and fans from all over California.  
  Info: Fresno Dixieland Society  (559) 292-3999  
  Tower District Mardi Gras Parade  
  With each year bringing a different festive theme for the celebration, the Tower District beckons visitors to come early to find a great spot to watch the parade and then stay late and enjoy one of a kind shopping, dining, music and merriment. Cajun & Creole food specials featured all week long at Tower District eateries.
  Info: Tower District Marketing   (559) 497-8362
  Shinzen Garden Spring Blossom Festival  
  This annual event occurs on the weekend closest to the Equinox. Blooming cherry and crabapple trees, along with forsythia, kerria, and miniature daffodils will be at their most magnificent. The Teahouse is open for viewing, and the Fresno Bonsai Society Show will add to the beauty and culture celebrated at this event.
Shinzen Japanese Gardens, Woodward Park - Fresno
  Info: City of Fresno Parks  (559) 621-2900  
  Antiques and Collectibles Street Faire  
  Old Town Clovis presents the greatest little show in Central California. Dozens of dealers - thousands of items.  
  Info: Business Organization of Old Town  (559) 298-5774  
  Sanger's Blossom Days Celebration  
  Arts & Crafts, Car Show, Entertainment, 10K 30-Point Sanctioned Runner of the Year Series Run, 2 mile walk, ¼ mile Kids Run, and Sanger Library Book Sale & Open House. Annually held the first Saturday of March.  
  Info: Sanger Chamber of Commerce (559) 875-4575  
  Rogue Performance Festival  
  Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance and visual arts festival held in Fresno’s Historic Tower District and surrounding areas. The Festival aspires to bring emerging and established artists to audiences with works that are imaginative, innovative, and enriching. Rogue Festival strives to foster stronger relationships in the community by joining local businesses, audiences, and performers to share this gift of human creativity.  
  Info: Rogue Performance Festival  (559) 709-1464  
  Run for the Dream Fresno Relays  
  Formerly known as the Bob Mathias Relays, Run of the Dream is an annual rite of spring in the San Joaquin Valley attracting some of the world's finest athletes. This meet has had 40 world records broken or tied in its history.  
  Info: Fresno State Athletics (559) 278-3647  
  Laton Rodeo & Rodeo Days  
  The parade kicks off a weekend filled with festivities for the entire family. After the parade enjoy a rodeo barbecue lunch, two days of rodeo events, and a concert. Rodeo action includes seven International Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned events.  
  Info: Laton Lions Club  (559) 923-1303  
  Orange Cove Blossom Festival and Pageant  
  A new tradition to celebrate the Orange Blossom Trail. Family friendly festivities include live entertainment, food booths, crafts, parade, classic cars, fire and law enforcement demonstrations, children's train, bounce house, and displays of sidewalk chalk art.
Orange Cove
  Info: Orange Cove Chamber of Commerce  (559) 626-7371  
  Big Hat Days  
  Kick off Western heritage month at the largest festival in the Central Valley (65 years and running). Wear a “big hat” to shield you from the rays as you visit over 400 food and craft booths, peruse the home and garden show, listen to live entertainment and have a ball at the street carnival.
Old Town Clovis
  Info: Clovis Chamber of Commerce  (559) 299-7363  
  Clovis Rodeo  
  A way of life since 1914, this annual tradition has grown to become a stop on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Tour. A true regional event, festivities include an opening night concert by a top country music artist, a rodeo parade complete with a queen and her court, a dance and a special “kids’ rodeo” event.  
  Info: Clovis Rodeo Association (559) 299-5203  
  Vintage Days at Fresno State  
  Vintage Days is a four-day celebration which attracts over 50,000 people to the Fresno State campus. The annual spring event combines numerous social, cultural and recreational activities into a series of coordinated programs over an extended weekend. Activities include: Boomtown Carnival, Casino Night, Concerts, Crafts Faire, Kid's Day, and Special Events.  
  Info: Fresno State  (559) 278-2741  
  Kingsburg Car Show  
  One of the largest pre-72 shows in the Valley. Featuring great food, entertainment, carnival, shopping and an old fashioned sock-hop. Come visit at dusk on Friday night and watch the procession of classic cars roll through town. The Show is free for the whole family to enjoy!
Kingsburg Swedish Village
  Info: Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce  (559) 897-1111  
  Respite by the River (April through August)  
  Visit the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies to hear local authors read works about the Central Valley. For more information and specific dates and times call (559) 248-8480 extension 154.  
  Saroyan Town Walk - Downtown Fresno  
  Learn about William Saroyan and his early years in Fresno and experience the sights and sounds of the area that he gave voice to in his works.  
  Info: William Saroyan Society  (559) 221-1441
  Tower Classic Car Show  
  The Tower Classic Car Show, the largest classic car show in the Central Valley, takes place along Olive Avenue between Palm and Van Ness in Fresno's Tower District. Over 400 cars are on display including Street Rods, Fat Fenders, T-Buckets, Roadsters, Muscle Cars, Pickups, Modifieds, and Nostalgia Rods dating from 1931 to 1972. Awards will be presented to 20 different classes of autos. The event also features dozens of vendor booths, live music, raffle prizes and lots of fun for the whole family.  
  Info: Tower Marketing Committee  (559) 497-8362
  Fresno County Fruit Trail Begins  
  Enjoy this trail celebrating the beauty and flavor of Fresno County Agriculture. View the orchards of succulent fruit and experience the rich agricultural heritage of the region through the farm fresh produce and old-fashioned customer service.  
  Info: Fresno County Office of Tourism  (559) 600-4271  
  Arte Americas Nights in the Plaza - Downtown Fresno (thru Aug)  
  For over twenty-five years Arte Américas has featured an eclectic variety of Latino poets, filmmakers, photographers and artists from traditional and non-traditional media.  
  Info: Arte Americas  (559) 266-2623  
  Cinco De Mayo Festival  
  Enjoy three days celebrating the culture, flavor and heritage. This festival will include a variety of live entertainment including mariachi music and traditional Mexican folklore dances, crafts and delicious food offerings.
Fulton Mall, Fresno
  Info: Fresno Downtown Association  (559) 490-9966  
  Fowler Spring Festival  
  Located in Fowler's Ponzak Park, experience the city-wide yard sale, craft and antique booths, and live information.  
  Info: City of Fowler Parks & Recreation  (559) 834-5486  
  Fresno County Wine Journey  
  Fresno County Wine Journey has 10 wineries, 2 breweries, and 2 tasting rooms. When you bring your favorite wine glass with you…it’s only $10.00!  
  Info: Engelmann Cellars  (559) 274-9463  
  Greater Valley Concours d’Elegance  
  An annual tradition showing museum quality antique and classic automobiles, racecars and motorcycles. This years event will recognize anniversaries: 100 years of Rolls Royce and 40 years of Mustang.
Fresno State
  Info: East Fresno Rotary  (559) 645-8018  
  Horned Toad Derby  
  Nearing the 70th anniversary, this annual event is a weekend of fun for the entire family. Events include toad races, carnival rides, derby parade, craft and food vendors, fireman’s water fights, deep pit barbecue, softball tournament and loads of entertainment all paying tribute to the noble horned toad!  
  Info: Kerman Chamber of Commerce  (559) 846-6343  
  Parlier Round Up  
  Join in this annual tradition. The parade starts at 1:00 and the fun continues all day. Festivities include a carnival, live entertainment, and delicious food.
Earl Ruth Park, Parlier
  Info: Parlier Chamber of Commerce  (559) 646-3545  
  Reedley Street Faire  
  Food, entertainment and unique gift items all in a historic downtown. Come enjoy the friendly hospitality of this magical city.
Downtown Reedley
  Info: Reddley Downtown Association  (559) 638-5484  
  Selma Raisin Festival  
  Held in the “Raisin Capital of the World”, this 25 year old event celebrates the raisin and agriculture industry and includes competitions in baking art floriculture, photography and poetry, as well as offering live entertainment, carnival rides, craft booths, delicious food and old-fashioned family fun!
Lincoln Park, Selma
  Info: Selma Chamber of Commerce  (559) 891-2235  
  Sudz in the City  
  Set in Downtown Fresno’s beautiful new baseball stadium, this is Fresno's Celebration of Microbreweries. An annual event where microbreweries and homebrewers alike come together and serve up the fruits of their hard labor. The Microbrew festival features California beers, BBQ, and live music – attendees are guaranteed a good time!
Grizzlies Stadium - Downtown Fresno
  Info: Fresno Downtown Association  (559) 490-9966  
  Kingsburg Swedish Festival  
  Valkommen! Now entering its 40th year, Kingsburg invites guests to come and experience the rich culture of Sweden in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. This 3-day event is filled with entertainment, food and fun. Enjoy specialty shops, arts & crafts, a magnificent parade, the raising of the maypole, and traditional Swedish fare including the famed Svenska pancake.
Swedish Village, Kingsburg
  Info: Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce  (559) 897-1111  
  Taste & Toast of the Tower  
  Spring in Fresno's Tower District means it’s time for the Taste & Toast of the Tower. This is the Tower District’s incredible tasting event featuring over four dozen sampling locations and 17 local wineries. Guests stroll throughout the Tower District enjoying tastes of all the exceptional offerings the Tower has to offer on a daily basis. Everything from chicken Caesar salad to cheesecake, Italian sausage to hot dog sliders, penne pasta to pastries, exotic teas to locally roasted coffee will be served up with warm, Tower hospitality.  
  Info: Tower Marketing Committee  (559) 497-8362  
  Fresno Movies in the Park  
  Friday evenings from late May through September.
Eaton Plaza, Fresno
  Info: City of Fresno Parks and Recreation  (559) 891-2235  

  Summer Concerts in the Park (thru Aug)  
  Enjoy outdoor concerts in the lovely surroundings of Woodward Park (bring your blankets and lawn chairs). A new band is featured every other week - fun for the entire family.
Woodward Park - Fresno
  Info: City of Fresno Parks (559) 621-2900  
  Shaver Lake Brewfest  
  Come for some delicious beers from California breweries like Tioga-Sequoia, Firestone, and Sierra Nevade, while also enjoying some great pizza.  
  Info: Shaver Lake  (559) 841-3350  
  Orgnaic Stone Fruit Jubilee  
  Mokichi Okada Association's Oasis Garden in Clovis hosts the Stone Fruit Jubilee. Come taste fresh tree fruits from local organic stone fruit farms.  
  Info: Slow Food  (559) 324-0465  
  Hog Kabob Poker Run - Kerman  
  For Harley (motorcycle) lovers this poker run travels along the west side of Fresno County and rolls back into Kerman just in time for the BBQ and raffle at 1PM.  
  Info: Kerman Kiwanis Club  (559) 846-9384  
  Rumble to the Peak  
  One of the most popular motorcycle rides in Central California, Rumble to the Peak (formerly Rumble to the Summit), starting from the Selma Auto Mall in Selma, heading to China Peak Mountain Resort in Lakeshore, California, located on Highway 168.  
  Info: China Peak Resort  (559) 233-2500  
  Sanger Street Faire  
  Saturday evenings in June and September.
Downtown Sanger
  Info: Sanger Chamber of Commerce  (559) 875-4575  
  Kingsburg Summer Band Concerts Under the Stars  
  Thursday evenings in June and July.
Memorial Park, Kingsburg
  Info: Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce  (559) 897-1111  
  Independence Day Celebrations  
  City & Community events throughout Fresno County. Contact the Fresno county Office of Tourism for loactions.  
  Info: Fresno County Office of Tourism  (559) 600-4271  
  Harvest Fiesta & Carnival  
  Join in this 4-day alcohol free family event featuring food, sports, water fun, music, carnival and coronation of the Harvest Queen.
  Info: City of Mendota  (559) 655-3291  
  Obon Odori and Carnival  
  Kern and E Streets, Fresno  
  Info: Chinatown Revitalization  (559) 441-7915  
  Peach Party  
  This party includes peach displays, samplings, and peachy specialties. The whole family can enjoy the great food, Clovis farmers market and special kids’ activities.
Old Town Clovis
  Info: Business Organization of Old Town Clovis  (559) 298-5774  
  High Sierra Regatta  
  Hosted by the Fresno Yacht Club, the 2005 High Sierra Regatta will be the 52nd year of racing on beautiful Huntington Lake. The regatta spans two weekends, the first on July 9-10, and July 16-17. The High Sierra Regatta will attract Olympic gold medalists, and national champions. The consistent winds and beautiful scenery attract sailors and visitors from all over the country.
Huntington Lake
  Info: Fresno Yacht Club  
  Shaver Lake Wine Tour & Luau  
  Enjoy good food, good wine, and good friends in the naturally gorgeous community of Shaver. A unique and delicious experience.
Shaver Lake
  Info: Shaver Lake Chamber of Commerce  (559) 841-3350  
  North American Pole Vault Championship  
  Watch the nation’s best pole vaulters fly through the air on the streets of Old Town Clovis. When the family is done watching the spectacular acrobatics, enjoy a farmers market, petting zoo, bounce house and more!
Old Town Clovis
  Info: Business Organization of Old Town Clovis  (559) 298-5774  
  Cantaloupe Round Up Festival  
  This annual Firebaugh event includes food booths, art & crafts, entertainment, carnival games and lots more!
  Info: City of Firebaugh  (559) 659-2043  
  Summer Concerts in the Park  
  The month of August means the return of a fun, downtown Selma tradition — Selma Summer Concerts in Lincoln Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and appetites.  
  Info: Selma Chamber of Commerce   (559) 891-2235  
  Jamaica My Weekend  
  Kick off your shoes, relax on the lawn and listen to an evening of Reggae music under the stars! This fabulous community celebration features Caribbean food specialties, crafts, a bounce house for the kids, and a beverage oasis for the adults!
Tower District - Fresno
  Info: Tower District Marketing  (559) 497-8362  
  Toro Nagashi Ceremony  
  In honor of loved ones who have passed away, this beautiful ceremony features a performance by Heiwa Taiko Drummers, and dedication, lighting, and launching of 250 lantern-lit boats.
Shinzen Japanese Garden, Woodward Park - Fresno
  Info: City of Fresno Parks and Recreation  (559) 621-2900  
  Ice Cream Zoofari  
  Stop by the Chaffee Zoo for an fun-filled evening visiting the animals and all you can eat ice cream!
Chaffee Zoo, Roeding Park - Fresno
  Info: Fresno Zoological Society  (559) 264-5988  
  Greek Food Festival  
  An event beloved by the community, Fresno's Greek Fest hosts over 40 Greek Themed vendors, cooking demonstrations, expanded kids’ play area with water slides and youth Olympics, art tours with noted art experts, convenient handicap parking, shuttle service and Greek wine tasting.  
  Info: St. George Greek Orthodox Church  (559) 233-0397  
  Fig Fest  
  Savor gourmet food samples, extraordinary wines and craft brew from Central California's best chefs, food purveyors, winemakers and breweries at the California State University, Fresno.  
  Info: California Fig Advisory Board   (559) 243-8600  
  Celtic Concert  
  Scottish Society of Central California presents its annual Celtic Concert, a night of Celtic music, featuring Celtic singers and musical groups and a rousing pipe and drum band. Proceeds support the Society’s Scholarship Fund. SSCC is an IRC 501(c)(3) corporation.
  Info: Scottish Society of Central California  (559) 313-7548
  Kirkin' O' the Tartan  
  Scottish Society of Central California presents its annual Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan. This is a century-old traditional ceremony honoring Scottish heritage. Each clan is called forward to place their tartan on the altar rail for the blessing of the tartan. The blessings praise the faith and fortitude of the clan fathers, and honor the noble tradition that Scots proudly share. Everyone is invited to enjoy a variety of Celtic delicacies following the service.  
  Info: Scottish Society of Central California  (559) 313-7548  
  Reedley Taste of the Town  
  Sample local restaurant specialties or try some of their new recipes - Delicious! The event is complete with wine tasting and live music.
Downtown Reedley
  Info: Reedley Downtown Association  (559) 638-5484  
  Fiesta Patrias in Fulton Mall  
  Enjoy live music, performances, food vendors, Fulton Mall businesses and more!  
  Info: Downtown Fresno Partnership  (559) 490-9966  
  Harvest Moon Jazz Festival - Kingsburg  
  Harvest Moon will include jazz and a crayfish chowder contest from the former Crayfish and Jazz Festival. Borrowing from a Kingsburg fall tradition, the new Harvest Moon Jazz Festival will include the “Great Pumpkin Arrives” — a contest for the largest pumpkin grown in the area.  
  Info: Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce  (559) 897-1111  
  Parkin' in the Park  
  Cars will cruise from downtown Selma to the Spike and Rail Steakhouse for the annual Cruise Night for the Parkin' In The Park Car Show. Food and drinks will be available.  
  Info: Selma Chamber of Commerce  (559) 891-2235  
  Firebaugh Car Show  
  1972 and older hot rods, classics, antiques, and custom cars and trucks are the featured attractions at this show. With your favorite oldies music to set the mood, extras include raffle prizes, great food, and a kiddy area.  
  Info: Firebaugh Police Activities League  (559) 659-3051  
  Mexican Independence Day Celebration  
  Join us for entertainment, traditional and contemporary Mexican music, food booths, vendors, prizes, & fun!
Fulton Mall - Downtown Fresno
  Info: Fresno Downtown Association  (559) 490-9966  
  Musick Mountain Blues Festival  
  This annual event is a foothill tradition, a wonderful day of good music, good food, good friends and good fun, all in the beautiful setting of Shaver Lake. Presented by the warm and wonderful members of the Intermountain Rotary!
Shaver Lake
  Info: Intermountain Rotary  (559) 822-5837  
  Selma Mariachi Festival  
  Enjoy an afternoon of great music, wonderful food, and family fun!
Pioneer Village, Selma
  Info: Selma Arts Council  (559) 891-2237  
  Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade  
  For over 60 years this tradition has included a harvest parade, along with a long weekend filled with carnival games, food booths, craft vendors, kids’ pavilion, live entertainment and evening dances.
  Info: Kerman Chamber of Commerce  (559) 846-6343  
  Fresno Highland Gathering and Games  
  Scottish Society of Central California invites you into the atmosphere of a Scottish village of old with pipers, drummers, singers, Highland dancers, storytellers, sheep dogs, kilted athletes, and hearty Scottish food. Athletic, piping, drumming, and dancing competitions. Youth athletic competitions. Enjoy live Scottish and Celtic music. Thrill to the sounds of bagpipe and drum bands. Visit with the Clan of your heritage. Meet Scottish legends in literature and fame at the Living History Stage. Take home a Celtic memento purchased in the bustling marketplace. Opening Ceremony begins at noon with the "Massing of the Pipe Bands" and "March of the Clans". Venue: Roeding Park, Fresno. SSCC is an IRC 501(c)(3) corporation.
  Info: Scottish Society of Central California  (559) 313-7548  
  Clovis Fest  
  For 30 years, the Clovisfest and Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly is held on the last full weekend in September, attracting over 70,000 visitors. Two days of free family fun in Old Town Clovis are centered around 25 booths with multi-cultural food, great live entertainment, over 200 craft artisans, carnival games and a great car display. Each day at sunrise the sky fills with colorful hot air balloons, lifting off to float across the Valley.
Old Town Clovis
  Info: Clovis Chamber of Commerce  (559) 299-7363  
  Caruthers District Fair  
  For over 75 years, California’s largest free gate fair has entertained and educated generations of fair goers. From agricultural and livestock exhibits, diverse food offerings, tope notch entertainment, carnival rides and midway, and the highlights the Queen Coronation and daily raffle prize drawings – the Caruthers District Fair is Fun!  
  Info: Caruthers District Fair  (559) 864-3768  
  Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival  
  Fresno Reel Pride is a celebration of gay and lesbian cinema and is a premier cultural event in central California. From humble beginnings in a Fresno State classroom, Fresno Reel Pride has evolved into the sixth oldest – and one of the largest – gay and lesbian film festivals in the United States. Join the fun in Fresno's historic Tower District each year.  
  Info: Fresno Reel Pride  (559) 488-6562  
  Taste of the Harvest  
  A fun and educational harvest-themed event, Taste of the Harvest provides free seminars on fall and winter vegetable gardening and storage, as well as minimizing the amount of water needed to grow a flourishing garden. Taste of the Harvest also provides tastings of locally grown commodities like raisins, nuts, fruit and juice.  
  Info: UC Master Gardeners/Garden of the Sun   (559) 456-4151  
  Civil War Revisited  
  The largest annual Civil War reenactment and living history event in the United States. Union, confederate and Civilian reenactors will bring to life a time when our country was faced with one its greatest challenges. Visitors experience living history from this riveting period.
Kearney Park - Fresno
  Info: Fresno Historical Society  (559) 441-0862  
  Moonlight & Chocolate  
  Join in an evening of desserts from the best local restaurants and bakers in a beautiful moonlit garden setting. Proceeds benefit the Garden of the Sun. Garden of the Sun - Fresno  
  Info: UC Master Gardners/Garden of the Sun  (559) 970-3384  
  Live entertainment, classic car shows, arts & crafts, petting zoo, kids’ games, and offerings celebrating Coalinga’s garlic heritage. Delicious BBQ will be grilled up by local service clubs – making your old-fashioned fest experience complete.
  Info: Coalinga Chamber of Commerce  (559) 935-2948  
  Big Fresno Fair  
  For over 120 years the Fresno Fair has celebrated the local agricultural heritage with exhibits showcasing the area’s rich talents and bountiful offerings. Along with the thrills of the midway, top-notch entertainment and live horse racing, fairgoers can enjoy exhibits of all kinds including agriculture, livestock, home arts, floriculture, gems & minerals, fine arts and a rainforest.
Fresno Fairgrounds
  Info: Big Fresno Fair  (559) 650-FAIR (3247)  
  Reedley Fiesta  
  Celebrating the unique heritage of the region with arts & crafts, entertainment, food booths, and on Friday night the coronation of the King & Queen (as selected by the residents). A wonderful parade winds its way through the charming downtown on Saturday morning – a wonderful weekend of family fun.
  Info: Reedley Chamber of Commerce  (559) 638-3548  
  Fowler Fall Festival  
  Celebrating the agricultural heritage & bountiful harvest, this hometown parade & festival features marching bands & community floats competing for top awards. After the parade, enjoy great food, music & entertainment in the park where the Festival Queen & Court will be crowned. Fowler  
  Info: City of Fowler  (559) 834-3113  
  Antiques & Collectibles Street Faire  
  The greatest little show in Central California. Dozens of dealers - thousands of items.
Old Town Clovis
  Info: Business Organization of Old Town Clovis  (559) 298-5774  
  Zoo Boo  
  Trick-or-treating, carnival games and fun galore!
Chaffee Zoo, Roeding Park - Fresno
  Info: Fresno Zoological Society  (559) 264-5988  
  Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival  
  Growing bigger and better every year this marching band extravaganza was launched in 1965. The Selma Rotary sponsors this event and plans to continue the tradition for years to come. The traditional hot air balloons will launch in the morning to signal the start of the festival and then the parade begins. Winding through downtown, the festival breaks for lunch before regrouping for the dazzling field show competition Selma High’s Staley Stadium at 1:30 p.m. In addition to marching bands, participants in the parade include community groups, dignitaries, Shriner Clowns, car clubs and a Japanese Taiko drummer band which also performs just before the start of the parade. Selma  
  Info: Selma Chamber of Commerce  (559) 891-2235  
  Halloween Events  
  City and Community events including haunted houses, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and safe trick or treating parties going on throughout Fresno County. Check October's calendar of events or contact Fresno County Office of Tourism for locations.  
  Info: Fresno County Office of Tourism  (559) 600-4271  
  Fresno County Wine Journey - Fall Harvest Adventure  
  Fresno County Wine Journey is pleased to invite you to enjoy wine from the heart of the Central Valley. Taste the glory that is Fresno County wine by visiting our local tasting rooms and discover the talent that is right under your nose. Winemakers and tasters alike delight in the Twin Rivers Vintners Association’s events. Become a part of a community built on tradition and taste with the Fresno County Wine Journey.  
  Info: Fresno County Wine Journey  (559) 274-9463  
  Fall Wine Cornucopia  
  The Fall Wine Cornucopia pairs the wineries of the San Joaquin Valley with food delicacies grown and produced in Valley fields and orchards, together with exhibits of local artists, music and more! As the regional celebration, producers from Stockton to Bakersfield invite people from throughout California to rediscover California’s agricultural heritage.  
  Info: San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association  (559) 618-1856  
  Shinzen Garden Cultural Fair & Fall Color Festival  
  Set in this lush and serene garden this faire features, art exhibits, children's activities, educational displays, floral arts, food booths, Japanese poetry, Koi exhibits, Martial Arts, Tea Ceremonies and a performance by the Clovis Heiwa Taiko Drummers.
Shinzen Japanese Garden, Woodward Park - Fresno
  Info: City of Fresno Parks  (559) 621-2900  
  Veterans Day Parade  
  This long-standing and historical Veterans Day tradition continues. Join in honoring our armed forces at the largest Veterans Day Parade in the U.S.
Downtown Fresno
  Info: St. Giles Guild  
  Kearney Park Renaissance Fair  
  Be transported to England in 1542 and take in the pomp and spectacle of a 16th century battle presided over by King Henry VIII. In addition to enjoying live stage performances and mock battles, the fair will offer a wide array of renaissance food, crafts, and other period items in the faire marketplace. The presentation of this historical era in an educational and safe environment makes it a sure bet for family entertainment.
Kearney Park
  Info: Kearney Park Renaissance Fair (559) 392-0965  
  Citrus & Fall Foilage Trail (thru Jan)  
  The Fresno County Citrus and Fall Foliage Trail explores the beauty of the #1 agricultural county in the world from November to January. Visitors can enjoy the countryside awash with charming colors, including citrus fragrance, and stop to purchase freshly picked citrus and other local produce as they meander along the self-guided tour through eastern Fresno County. Visitors are also welcome to participate in Fresno County's old fashioned holiday traditions by attending the numerous hometown events taking place throughout the region.  
  Info: Fresno County Office of Tourism (559) 600-4271  
  Dia de los Muertos - Downtown Fresno  
  This annual exhibit features altars and artwork in the Ruiz Gallery and Galería de la Comunidad at Arte Américas.  
  Info: Arte Americas  (559) 266-2623  
  Just in time for the holiday season, Kingsburg opens its Christmas Village (Swedish style) downtown with lovely lights and festive trappings for the trek down Draper Street singing carols and lighting the community Christmas tree. Don't miss this magical evening, beginning at dusk.  
  Info: Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce  (559) 897-1111
  Holiday Gift Faire  
  Fresno's Temple Beth Israel’s Sisterhood presents the Holiday Gift Faire, formerly known as the Chanukah Bazaar.  
  Info: Temple Beth Israel (559) 432-3600  
  Christmas at the Meux Home  
  The Meux Home, built in 1888, celebrates this holiday season with each room of the house decorated to reflect one of the nine decades the home was occupied by the Meux family. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and ambiance on a docent led tour of this beautifully restored Victorian home. Meux Home Museum - Fresno  
  Info: Meux Home Museum  (559) 233-8007  
  Holiday Cheer at the River Center  
  Join the River Parkway Trust for the annual holiday themed event at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies. You, your family and friends will enjoy free cookies and hot beverages, live music and entertainment, booths by local organizations and free children's games. The ranch house will be decorated for the season. Children can participate in craft sessions for just $5 per child. Food is available for purchase. You can accomplish all your holiday shopping in the River Store, which will be stocked with nature themed gifts for everyone on your list. For more information call (559) 248-8480 or visit Free Admission.  
  Santa’s Village  
  Christmas tree lighting, holiday boutique and the guest of honor Santa! Experience the holiday in nature's winter wonderland!
Shaver Lake
  Info: Shaver Lake Chamber of Commerce  (559) 841-3350  
  Christmas Tree Lane  
  Van Ness Boulevard is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland for the 82nd annual Christmas Tree Lane. Light displays adorn trees, lawns and homes in a mile long Yuletide homage. As a fundraiser, Tree Fresno hosts two nights on the lane for walkers only.
Fig Garden - Fresno
  Info: Fig Garden Homeowner's Association  (559) 348-9200  
  Philharmonic Holiday Concert Spectacular  
  Join the Fresno Philharmonic as they celebrate the holiday season.  
  Info: Fresno Philharmonic  (559) 261-0600  
  Christmas at Kearney Mansion Museum  
  Step into a Victorian Christmas, and experience the Mansion dressed for the Holidays! Browse for special gifts at the Christmas store and enjoy a holiday tea, group tour or open house!
Kearney Park - Fresno
  Info: Fresno Historical Society  (559) 441-0862  
  Electrical Farm Equipment Parade  
  Experience the chill in the air as a unique light show honoring the Valley’s agricultural heritage parades through the heart of Reedley – an event not to be missed!
Downtown Reedley
  Info: Reedley Downtown Association  (559) 638-5484  
  Children’s Electric Christmas Parade  
  Since 1988, the parade has blinked and twinkled its merry way through Old Town Clovis, featuring kids, live animals, costumed characters and brilliantly lit holiday floats. Parade participants have only one rule – they must be decorated with lights!
Old Town Clovis
  Info: Clovis Chamber of Commerce  (559) 299-7273  
  Santa Lucia Festival  
  Santa Lucia Day opens with each household’s oldest daughter donning a long white gown, red sash and a crown of candles. Kingsburg’s Swedish Village celebrates this tradition with traditional Swedish breakfast offered by local restaurants, an arts & crafts festival, a gingerbread house contest, home baked goods & food offerings, and the Festival of Lights parade!
Kingsburg Swedish Village
  Info: Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce  (559) 897-1111  
  Holiday Parade  
  A tradition for over 75 years, the Downtown streets come alive with music, floats and holiday merriment – celebrating the joy of the season!
Downtown Fresno
  Info: City of Fresno Parks  (559) 621-6720  
  Nation’s Christmas Tree City Toyland Parade  
  For the 57th year decorated floats, marching bands and community groups will vie to be the Judges Choice at this annual holiday event also featuring food, arts & crafts, and fun for the entire family!
  Info: Sanger Chamber of Commerce  (559) 875-4575  
  Nutcracker at the Saroyan  
  The Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Ballet present this holiday classic. This all new production features a magical journey to the land of sweets. A feast for the eyes and ears - a treat for the whole family!
Saroyan Theater - Downtown Fresno
  Info: Fresno Philharmonic  (559) 233-2623  
  Christmas Electric Light Parade  
  Enjoy a day filled with holiday festivities. Food booths, craft fair, entertainment, prize drawings, and a Christmas Tree lighting all lead up to the grand parade!
  Info: City of Firebaugh  (559) 659-2043  
  Annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree  
  This annual pilgrimage is a landmark event honoring the Christmas tradition!. The annual Nation's Christmas Tree Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday in December, at the base of the General Grant Tree in Grant Grove at Kings Canyon National Park. This will be the 79th celebration of the two honors held by the General Grant Tree. It was designated as the “Nation's Christmas Tree” by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926, and established as the only living National Shrine in 1956 to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country. Enjoy non-denominational services, live musical performances, a tribute to those who died serving the country, and a presidential proclamation. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the Chartered bus service (with full police escort) arranged by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce. Set in an enchanted winter wonderland, this inspiring one and one half hour event, defines the spirit of Christmas. Kings Canyon National Park  
  Info: Sanger Chamber of Commerce  (559) 875-4575  
  Coalinga Twilight Christmas Parade  
  Join this annual holiday celebration of lights and Christmas Magic!
  Info: Coalinga Chamber of Commerce  (559) 935-2948  
  Candlelight Christmas on Huntington Blvd.  
  Experience holiday magic as a mile of lampposts transform into glowing red candles. Enjoy over a 100 homes resplendent with festive holiday displays. Santa will be live in person – with his reindeer itching to take flight over in the center median. Be dazzled by the nation’s tallest lighted and decorated living tree!
Huntington Boulevard - Fresno
  Info: Huntington Boulevard Homeowners Association  (559) 266-4242  
  Luminarias & Noche de las Luminarias  
  The Night of the Soft Lights, a Southwestern tradition where paper bags are filled with sand and candles to line walkways on Christmas Eve to help the Christ child find his way. The Discovery Center celebrates with arts & crafts, holiday decorations, traditional Mexican foods, and live music. The Discovery Center - Fresno  
  Info: The Discovery Center  (559) 251-5533  
  Kerman's Pageantry of Lights Christmas Night Parade  
  Enjoy this Christmas night parade down main street featuring a very special guest – Santa Claus  
  Info: Kerman Chamber of Commerce  (559) 846-6343  
  Hmong New Year Celebration  
  This celebration is the largest in the U.S.A. This is an occasion to rest from one’s daily demands and enjoy a period of feasting and entertainment, celebrating the richness of the culture. Interwoven in the festivities is a time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future.
Fresno Fairgrounds
  Info: Hmong International New Year Committee  (559) 252-8782  
  Annual New Year's Eve Fireworks Show  
  Come to China Peak and enjoy the annual New Year's celebration with a fireworks show on the top of the mountain.  
  Info: China Peak  (559) 233-2500