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I love my city. I love my job. One inspires my excellence for the other.
Fresno? I say FresYES
Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some fun suggestions for events happening in Fresno and beyond.
• Girl Scouts of Central California South invite the community to help break the Guinness World Record of the amount of s’mores made at the same time! On the count of three, every participant must make a s’more (graham cracker with chocolate and roasted marshmallow) at the same time. After all is said and counted, participants will get to enjoy the s’more. Competition starts in Visalia’s Mooney Park right at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for one Girl Scout + one adult, $3 for adults or kids ages 2 and up.
• See Bee Gees Gold, the Las Vegas tribute band, at Engelmann Cellars. Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for this 21-and-over event.
• If grunge is more your scene, check out Bay Area Pearl Jam tribute band Corduroy to head bang the night away at Madera’s ApCal. Gates open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the gate. This 21-and-over event features music, food, wine, beer, dancing, cigars, and more.
• The Fresno Grizzlies will hold CAL FIRE Night at Chukchansi Park, as they take the field against Albuquerque (7:05 p.m. is the first pitch). A portion of ticket sales will benefit the families of Brian Hughes and Braden Varney, firefighters who passed away while helping to control the Ferguson Fire. Click here to learn more about this and other upcoming special events at the ballpark.
• Nights in the Plaza Paz presents the music of Raw! at Arte Américas. Bring your family and some comfortable chairs to spend the evening under the stars. Kids are welcome and the art galleries are open through each show’s intermission. Doors at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for kids.
• Looking for a night of blues and brews? Check out Bill Clifton’s Chicken & Whiskey Band at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. This family-friendly event starts at 7:30 p.m.
• See Swearin’ and Mike Krol at 8 p.m. at Strummer’s. Tickets for this all-ages show are $12.
• The Heroes Among Us Veterans Festival begins at 5 p.m. at Full Circle Brewing Co. This hard rock and metal music festival is for veterans and active duty personnel. Tickets are $12 general admission and $7 for veterans and all other military personnel with proof of I.D. Children under 10 for free. Eighty percent of all proceeds support Project Homefront.
• It’s time for another Draggin’ the Main in downtown Fresno. Watch classic and cool cars drag the main strip (Fulton Street) starting at 6 p.m. For more on this historic event, check out our feature, “Saturday nights are meant for Draggin’ the Main.”
• Toro Nagashi 2018: Floating Lantern Ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Shinzen Friendship Garden at Woodward Park. Purchase a lantern in the memory of a loved one.
• At 8 p.m., The Woodward Shakespeare Festival presents Much Ado About Nothing. This play is quick-witted and features gloriously sharp-tongued wordplay between one of Shakespeare’s most memorable couples. Check out our in-depth look at this long-running free festival.
• The Sun Kissed Summer Festival featuring Lady Faith, Darksiderz, Mekanikal, Pulsatorz, and more hits the Rainbow Ballroom at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
• A Celebration of Life: Kurt Cobain takes place at Fulton 55. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; music starts at 8:30 p.m. This 21-and-over show costs $10.
• It’s 25-Cent Hot Dog Night at the Fresno Grizzlies game as they take on the Albuquerque Isotopes! It’s also Save Mart Sunday: Bring a Save Mart receipt or show app at the box office to get $5 off each ticket (up to 8 tickets). Gates open at 4:05 p.m.; first pitch is at 5:05 p.m.
• Enjoy a Mexican contemporary culinary experience in Casa de Tamales’ recreation of Xochimilco, the floating gardens of Mexico City. Come in your best Campesinas and Guayaberas and enjoy some vegan cuisine. Cost is $40 per person.
• Comic Jim Gaffigan hits the Save Mart Center with his show, “The Fixer Upper,” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32.75.
• See Rodrigo y Gabriela at Strummer’s. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show is at 9 p.m. Tickets for this all-ages show are $35.
What else is going on this weekend? Add your event to the comments.