The Visalia View

The return of the Rawhide and Crystal Cave and much more signal the start of Summer!

Saturday May 14th marks the re-opening of Crystal Cave for the Summer season. Tickets are now available online at and are required as tours of this majestic cave will often sell out on weekends and busy days.

The Downtown Expo will take place on Friday May 20th and will feature cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, live music and more from 5pm to 11pm in Downtown Visalia. Tickets are available by calling (559) 732-7737 and $10 and free for children 12 and under.

The Visalia Rawhide, Visalia’s AAA baseball team make a return for the Summer and feature many ongoing promotions for all home games such as Thirsty Thursdays and Firework Fridays. An excellent outing for the entire family.

As always you can sample the best fruits, vegetables, and food from our county at the Visalia Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays at 5pm on Church and Main St in Downtown Visalia and Saturday mornings 8-11:30 am at the Sears parking lot on S Mooney Blvd and W Caldwell Ave.

May 2016 BUZZ

Spring is here!

Spring is a wonderful time here in Visalia and there is plenty to do! Fresh produce at the Downtown and Mooney Blvd farmer’s markets featuring fantastic fruits and vegetables all grown right here in the valley, wine and cheese walk, renaissance fair, gospel fests, and comedy! Get out in this beautiful weather and see what we have to offer!March 2016 BUZZ

What’s BUZZing in February?

World Ag Expo in at the Tulare Agri Center, comedian Brian Reagan at the Visalia Fox Theater, and romance in the air at our local restaurants plus see beautiful Downtown Visalia on a romantic horse drawn carriage during Valentines Day weekend!

February BUZZ 2016

New Year and plenty of snow in the parks!

FREE entrance to the Sequoia and King Canyon parks on Monday January 18th! Dwight Yoakam, the Beach Boys and acrobats at the Fox! Start the new year off with a fun experience!

January BUZZ 2016

January 2016 Buzz

FREE entrance to the Sequoia and King Canyon parks on Monday January 18th! Dwight Yoakam, the Beach Boys and acrobats at the Fox! Start the new year off with a fun experience!



January BUZZ 2016

November BUZZ!

Fall is in the air and Winter is following shortly behind but there is no shortage of things to do in the area during the month of November. Hall of Fame musicians HEART at our local FOX theater, brand new children’s museum Imagine U opens, and music and outdoor events are plenty. Enjoy this edition of the BUZZ.Visalia BUZZ November 2015

What’s Buzzing in October?

October is a busy month in Visalia full of activities for all. Pumpkin picking, arts festivals, and food events line the month with fun. Check out all there is to offer in our newsletter and don’t forget to check out our event calendar and Facebook page at VisitVisalia!

Visalia BUZZ-October 2015

Mather Mountain Party of 1915

mixters 1Visalia has a unique role in the creation of the National Park Service. 100 years ago, on July 14, 1915, a group of influential men met at the Palace Hotel in downtown Visalia before embarking on a trek across the Sierra to see first hand the state of the area. Local businessmen Ben Maddox and George Stewart (who was key in helping to get Sequoia designated as a National Park in 1890) were members of the party that also included the director of the National Geographic Society, the president of the American Museum of Natural History, the chief geographer of the US Geological Survey, and E.O. McCormick, vice president of the Southern Pacific Railroad. This group was led by Stephen Mather who was asked by the Department of the Interior to help the federal government organize the growing number of National Parks.

These men, inspired by their journey, were instrumental in the creation of the National Park Service, which President Wilson authorized on August 25, 1916. Stephen Mather was once again at the Palace Hotel when he heard the news. He later became the first director of the National Park Service.

Take a walking tour of downtown Visalia to see the still-standing Palace Hotel and other historic sights.

Mather Mountain Party Historic Tour

Historical Walking Tour

Music at the Fox, Movies in the Park, and plenty more!

Summer is here and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor options around town. The Visalia Rawhide home games offer fun theme night events such as “Thursty Thursdays ” and “Firework Fridays. ” Martina McBride will be live at the beautiful Fox Theater and weekly free movie events are offered for the entire family. Get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Visalia BUZZ-July 2015

Dive into movies, dance to the blues and more in June!

Summer is starting and there is plenty to do! Kings Canyon National Park is offering FREE admission on Saturday June, 20th for the re-dedication of the General Grant tree in honor of our Armed Forces. All Summer long Visalia Parks and Recreation are hosting FREE “Dive in Movies” at the Mt.Whitney pool on Saturdays. If you would rather picnic with the family at dusk, then try their “Movies in the Park” series on Friday nights at Riverway Sports Park (this is also a FREE event.)

Visalia BUZZ -June 2015