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Welcome 2018 Rawhide Baseball Team!

2018 Year of the Cowbell

Visalia Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to welcome this year’s Rawhide Baseball Team to our beautiful city! Here in Visalia there is always something to do; from farmers markets and festivals to arts and hikes, and of course attend Rawhide Baseball games!

We are so glad that you will be joining our Visalia community, and the Rawhide fans can’t wait for the coming season! Best of luck to the team, and let baseball season begin!!

If you are ever looking for local things to do, check us out on our website, give us a call at 559-334-0141 or email us at info@visitvisalia.org for some fantastic places to visit and events to attend.

General ShermanVisalia is the gateway city to Sequoia National Park, which is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains– the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States. Also, the park is home to the General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree! Many Visalia locals love to head up to the trees to take in the beauty of nature, right in our backyard! To plan your visit check out www.nps.gov/seki. Don’t want to make the drive? Take the Sequoia Shuttle any day of the week Memorial Day through Labor Day. The shuttle stops at most Visalia area hotels.Family Farm Fresh_RESIZED

Farm to fork fresh cuisine and the foodie’s ultimate paradise, Visalia has great things to offer in the food industry! From local favorites to sweet treats, creative recipes and concoctions that will literally make your head spin, you’ll never find a destination more ready to dish it up. To really get a taste of Visalia, make sure you visit our locally owned downtown restaurants before or after a game to settle a rumbling tummy. For some great ideas check out the Farm To Fork Culinary Excellence Itinerary and the downtown restaurant guide below:

Families around the world are looking for fun and kid-friendly things to do that  entertain- and educate- the kids, whether local or traveling. While the obvious outdoor choice is a visit to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, we have a few more local suggestions.

And here is Bumper Boatsa great kid-friendly Itinerary just for you: Fun Things to do with Kids

Please browse our website for more information about where to stay, places to eat and more adventure. We are always updating our events calendar with new events and there is always something for everyone. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.
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Welcome to the New Year

As we have left 2017 behind and are working through these first few days of the new year we want to invite you to celebrate 2018 and Visit Visalia! We have amazing events lined up for the coming year and we don’t want you to miss out on any of them.

Every month we post a blog about the exciting happenings in Visalia for the month and here is none other than our first blog of 2018!sequoia_sept-167-2_RESIZED

  1. Fee Free Day at Sequoia National Park!– How cool is it that our national parks honor important historical figures and waive the entrance fee for a few days each year?!?! Martin Luther King Jr. was a the most visible spokesperson in the Civil Rights Movement and should be celebrated in a peaceful place. Celebrate the life he brought to our nation among the towering and peaceful Giant Sequoia Trees.    For more information visit: www.nps.gov/seki
  2. The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra Presents: The Planets–If you want to hear some amazing music, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to hear the The PLanetsSequoia Symphony Orchestra! This month the Symphony will be performing a beautiful concierto by Holst called “The Planets and Ravel.” For more information visit: www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com
  3. Three Doors Down at the Visalia Fox– Three Doors Down will be joining us right here in Visalia this season! In 2014 the band sold out their show in Visalia and this year is expected to do the same! The band’s “Back Porch Tour” will feature some very special acoustic performances of their most popular songs and they are looking forward to playing in smaller, more intimate settings where they can really get to know their fans! For more information visit: www.foxvisalia.org

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If these events aren’t enough to get you packing, check out this flyer of annual events:

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New Year’s Eve in Visalia

We have a special treat for everyone this New Year’s Eve! From the Lamp Liter Inn’s “Black & White New Year’s Party” to “Family Fun Night” at Visalia’s Adventure Park the town is sure to be filled with celebration and cheer as the end of 2017 draws near.

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When we say we have something for everyone we really mean EVERYONE! There are options for families to celebrate together, for kids to celebrate with other kids, and for the adults to celebrate without the kids. So come on out and have a good time with us this New Year’s Eve!!!

Below are just a few of these great options:

  1. New Year’s Eve Dance
    • Dance the night away at the GI Forum’s New Year’s Eve Dance at the Visalia Convention Center! An event you won’t want to miss as the music plays, dancing ensues and the balloons drop at midnight.NYE Party at BarrelHouse
  2. Wyndham Visalia
    • Check out the Wyndham Visalia (tickets go fast so get yours now!) for an evening of music by August, a local favorite 10 piece band. There will be party hats, hors d’ovres and a midnight champagne toast!
  3. Black & White New Year’s Eve
    • Lamp Liter Inn is hosting a fantastic evening with DJ’s “DJ Vine” and “Sparkki Markki.” Dress in your favorite black or white outfit and head on over for a wonderful evening celebration.
  4. Family Fun Night
    • Visalia’s very own Adventure Park will be hosting a New Year’s Eve for the whole family! Go Karts, miniture golf, bumper boats, laser tag and so much more for only $15.

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New Years Eve 2017 Special Buzz

Happy Holidays!

This holiday season Visalia won’t let you down. Every weekend is jam packed with things to do from ice skating to holiday shows and downtown open house shopping to holiday movies. We would love to have YOU join us this season!

Ice skating VisaliaVisalia Parks & Recreation Department is once again presenting “Ice Skate Visalia.” Located on Main St. in Garden Street Plaza, Visalia’s own ice rink is open for public skate and private parties. In the weeks before December 25, some of your favorite holiday movies will be projected near the rink so you can skate and watch at the same time! For more information visit: www.iceskatevisalia.com

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Downtown Visalians are once again hosting their “Holiday Open House” event! Join in the fun with photos with Santa, Horse drawn carriage rides through charming Downtown Visalia, Holiday shopping at our local boutiques and wonderful downtown dining. All this and more within walking distance! For more information visit: www.downtownvisalia.com

Click the link below for more events and holiday fun:

December Buzz 2017

This Holiday Season in Visalia

 

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The holidays are among us and Visalia will be joining in all the holiday fun! Locals will again enjoy traditional events such as the Visalia Race Against Hunger, the Candy Cane Lane Parade and the Nutcracker Ballet, will you join be joining us this year?

IMG_2507On Thanksgiving morning thousands of adults and hundreds of kids gather in Downtown Visalia to participate in the Race Against Hunger. The Race Against Hunger is an event for families, friends, coworkers, schools, churches and more to come together to fight against hunger. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Race Against Hunger which is put together by the Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC) in an effort to provide food assistance for more than 1,100 families (including 2,500 children). IMG_2489

“The whole race atmosphere is one of family and community.  It’s a mini-reunion for many as we see friends we may not have seen for years. [People] form teams, dress in costume and just enjoy the brisk morning event” Executive Director of VEAC, Liz Wynn, said. For more information: www.veac.org

Candy Cane Lane ParadeThe Candy Cane Lane Parade is Visalia’s main kick off event into the Christmas season and this year will mark the 72nd year of holiday cheer. Every year this event takes place the Monday following Thanksgiving, and this year is no different. The parade will take place November 27th at 7:00 PM in Downtown Visalia and will feature performance groups, schools, and as always a visit from Santa himself! For more information: www.downtownvisalia.comNutcracker Ballet

Our newest holiday tradition, in it’s third year running, is Theater Arts Alliance annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet! The ballet is the story of a young girl, Clara, who is fascinated by the Christmas gift she gets from her godfather, Drosselmeyer. When she falls asleep she is sent into an adventurous dream filled with lands of snow, sweets, and flowers. Come see this traditional Christmas story at L. J. Williams Theater November 25 & 26. For more information: www.facebook.com/360theaterarts

For lots more upcoming events click the link below:

November Buzz 2017

Trick or Treat?!

If yoVillage Halloween 2017u haven’t yet found the Halloween event for you, look no further! Visalia has so many wonderful events coming up in the next couple of weeks including costume and dance parties, a brewfest, costume contests and a Halloween Village for the kiddos. Below is some information on our best Halloween events:

  1. Village Halloween– A Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza!- Your little ones will love spending their evening at the Imagine U Museum dressed in their best costume and knocking on doors. The museum will transform its look to include lots of doors for the kids to knock on and receive candy from each. This event is FREE and goodie bags will be provided with the logos from all of the event sponsors. For more information: www.imagineumuseum.orgHalloween Brewfest
  2. Visalia Halloween Brewfest- Beer, food, costume contest and DJ for a great evening out to celebrate and join in the festivities. You won’t want to miss Visalia’s First Halloween Brewfest at the Rawhide Ballpark! For more information: www.rawhidebaseball.com
  3. “Pirates for Hope” Annual Halloween Walkthrough– Bring your donation of non-perishable food or a new, unwrapped toy for free access to Visalia’s own Annual Pirates for Hope Halloween Walk-through. Here you and your family can mingle with pirates, gypsies, All collections will benefit Visalia Emergency Aid and Child Welfare Services. See you there! For more information: www.facebook.com/PiratesForHope
  4. 50+ Fall Fun Outing– Join the Visalia Senior Center for an outing at the vossler famrs 2Vossler Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. On this adventure you have the opportunity to paint a pumpkin or the pumpkin patch scene of your choice; this is included in the event pricing. The art instructor from the Senior Center will join the group to assist with the painting process. Sack lunches and art supplies included in the cost: $25 For more information: www.liveandplayvisalia.com  in their magazine PDF page 36.
  5. Vossler Farms Pumpkin Patch– Speaking of Vossler Farms, take part in a Visalia tradition by going through the Vossler Farms Corn Maze and finding your perfect Halloween pumpkin at their pumpkin patch! For more information: www.vosslerfarms.com
  6. American Werewolf in London– Visalia’s Fox Theater will be screening the classic film “An American Werewolf in London” which first came out in 1981. For a calm night out, this is the event for you! For more information: www.foxvisalia.org
  7. Howl-o-ween Furry 5k and Pet Costume Contest- Love toSPCA Furry 5k dress your furry friend in cute Halloween costumes? Head out to Mooney Grove on October 28 to support the Valley Oak SPCA and show off your fur-baby in their best costume. For more information: www.vospca.org/events
  8. Pumpkin Carving in Sequoia National Park– Did you know that the first jack o’lantern was actually a turnip in Ireland? You can hear stories like this and more while you make your own jack o’lantern. Pumpkins will be provided and this is a FREE event! Head to the John Muir Lodge October 21st and 28th to experience this event. For more information: www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org
  9. BarrelHouse Brewing Frights & PINTS- Join us for a night of music, food, and a costume contest at BarrelHouse Brewing Visalia. There will be prizes and delicious craft beer. For more information: www.facebook.com/bhbcvisalia
  10. Halloween Dance at Cellar Door– Get groovin’ with The Band August at The Cellar Door on Oct. 28. This band performs a variety of styles from Latin, Tejano, Old School, R&B, Funk, Pop to Country. Come in your scariest, funniest, or sexiest costumes! For more information: www.cellardoor101.com

Have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

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Need a Fall Getaway? These ideas will inspire you!

Fall is hereTastemakers-Taste the Arts and we’ve got the best getaway events for you! Our Annual Taste the Arts and Tastemakers Festival will inspire your creative side with music, art, food, drinks and so much more.  The events start in Downtown Visalia with Taste the Arts and will end at the Rawhide Ballpark with the Tastemakers Festival.

 

 

Also coming up in October:

  1. Village Halloween at Imagine U Museum
  2. The Sequoia Symphony presents: October is for Lovers
  3. Visalia Halloween Brewfest

Check out the Buzz for more ideas and inspiration.

October Buzz 2017

Sweet September

100_2652Summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! September is the beginning of slightly cooler weather, lots of outdoor activities and a longing for fall to finally come. With that in mind, Visalia has many events coming up in September that you won’t want to miss!

First, we have our 2nd annual Downtown Brew Fest. With over 50 brews, live music and art, and fantastic games, The Downtown Visalia Brew Fest is a must attend!

Next, we have the Waiter’s Race. Many waiters from all over Tulare County will race downtown to claim their title as the best waiter in town! They will carry their serving tray loaded with goodies down Visalia’s Main St. with a chance to win $1,000. Only 7 lucky waiters will walk away with the prize. Who will be this year’s champion? Head on over to Visalia to find out.

Then, there is a fantastic line up at the historical Visalia Fox Theater: Kansas, Marlon Wayans, On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope & Radio Stars of the 40’s and so much more!

For more information on each of these events and many others visit our website: www.visitvisalia.org

September Buzz 2017

One Last Summer Adventure

As the summer seacalifornia_poppies_by_omelets4sqwerls-d33ud84son winds down and school is starting soon… wait you still have a whole week of fun ahead of you! Don’t sit around wishing you could have one more day, get out and do something fun. There is still so much to do in Visalia before the school year starts so plan your week with exciting activities for the whole family (or maybe even a night out for the adults).

Still to come: Blues, Brews & BBQ, First Friday Art Walk, Theater Arts Alliance presents: Hairspray, Monterey Pop Party and so much more!

August Buzz 2017

Visalia Rawhide to host California League All-Star Game

ASG Fan Info Packet_Media Wall ImageThe Visalia Rawhide are this year’s hosts for the California League      All-Star game this June 19 and 20, 2017 at beautiful Rawhide Stadium! Are you one of the many fans that will converge on Visalia to be a part of this fun and exciting event?

Visalia is looking forward to welcoming athletes, their families and all the great fans! Lots of fun activities are planned from the home run derby to the All-Star game itself. Did you know that Rawhide Stadium has the closest view of home plate from the first row of seats? It takes you right into the action. When you are not at the ball park , take a stroll on Main Street to find restaurants and boutiques, or grab a micro brew and a burger. It’s all there.

Going to stay a few extra days? Why not take the Sequoia Shuttle up to Sequoia National Park and see the largest living thing on earth: The General Sherman Tree. Definitely a bucket list item. If you brought the kids with you, we have stuff for them as well. Imagine U Children’s Museum is a fun ‘hands-on’ experience for kids and the kids at heart. Visalia Adventure Park has bumper boats, race cars, the challenging laser maze and more! And did I mention that the pizza is out-of-this-world?

So come cheer on your favorite player, and take part in celebrating America’s favorite past-time. We will see you at the ballgame!