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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!

Gospelpalooza? Is that even a thing?

Fan Festival 2017Visalia is getting ready to welcome fans from all across the US and Canada for the Great Western Gospel Music Fan Festival. Don’t know what this event is? It is a “gospelpalooza” if you will, that brings internationally known Gospel singers together for an uplifting and glorious 3 day festival held at the Visalia Convention Center May 4-6, 2017.

Join them as groups such as The Hoppers, Greater Vision, Triumphant Quartet, Legacy Five, and more sing gospel tunes as well as hear a touch of bluegrass from Southern Raised. Award winning artists will be here, ready to wow you with their inspired tunes.

So get your tickets while there is still time and see what you have been missing. You won’t regret it! Then let us know if “gospelpalooza” should be added to the dictionary!

Check out our calendar of events for all the details on this event.

Welcome Senior Games Athletes!

Senior Games

Welcome Visalia Senior Games Athletes! We are so glad you decided to join us here in Visalia for this year’s Senior Games. If you have a little break between events or if you are anxiously awaiting the results, why don’t you check out some of our local hot spots.

For breakfast and a morning stroll, wander around our charming downtown area and find the perfect cafe for you. One of our most unique breakfast locations is Valhalla Restaurant. Here you will find a fabulous assortment of classic Danish dishes including Aebleskivers and Danish pancakes. Other local favorites include: Mama K’s Diner, Bothof’s Bakery, Cafe 210, and Tazzaria Coffee & Tea. Or visit Black Bear Diner, Denny’s or Marie Calendars on Mooney.

Maybe you’d like to relax at a park before your big event. Plaza Park is an excellent place to wander through trees and grassy areas as well as relax around the duck pond. This is a great location to have a picnic out in the sunshine (or the shade). Pack a lunch or visit one of our many sandwich shops downtown before you head over to the park. Here are a few local favorites: The Lunchbox, Picnic Sandwich Shop, Watson’s Veggie Garden, Subway, Jimmy Johns.

Or if you are looking for another weekend event to attend while you’re in town, here are just a few:

  • Kellie Pickler @ Visalia Fox Theatre: March 18
  • Wit @ Ice House Theatre: March 17-19

If you are sticking around for the week between and the second weekend here are some events:

  • Citizen Kane @ Visalia Fox Theatre: March 22
  • #Laugh@Life @ Lamp Liter Inn: March 23
  • The Reunion: A Fantasy Tribute to the Beatles: March 24
  • Menopause: the musical @ Visalia Fox Theatre March 25

We are excited to celebrate with you at the opening ceremonies and throughout the weekends. The best of luck to everyone as you race to the finish line.

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You can always find more information about local events, parks and recreation, eateries, shopping and more on our website: www.visitvisalia.org

“Trading Places” with George Folsey, Jr!

Trading PlacesSometimes life is all about who you know. This is the premise of the hilarious 1983 movie, “Trading Places” that stars Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. This is also how Visalia is lucky to have the movie’s Executive Producer, George Folsey, Jr join us at the Fox Theater for a pre-show chat about the making of the movie.

The CVB tapped into some personal connections (See? It’s all about who you know!) and invited Folsey, Jr to Visalia to introduce the movie that is being screened as part of the Visalia Fox Theater’s Throwback Thursday film series. Lucky attendees will hear a little background info on the filming of this movie as well as other blockbusters that Folsey worked on. Movies like “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” and “An American Werewolf in London” were just a few of his projects.

So we hope that Visalia comes out and supports this event. Perhaps we can talk Folsey into coming back again to do the intro to another of his great movies!

Movie is on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30. Pre show chat with Folsey will begin about 6:10. Come early and get your popcorn. Then settle into your seat for some fun stories!

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Visalia

Christmas Tree in the SnowWow. The holidays are here! With Thanksgiving next week, so starts the most wonderful time of the year-and the most hectic! Let’s make sure you take some time to truly enjoy this season. I mean Really.Enjoy.It. Here’s how. Give the absolute best gift ever: the gift of time spent together with family and friends. It may not fit under the tree or in a stocking but we guarantee that when the holidays are over it won’t be a gift that is thrown in the back of the closet and forgotten. So, here are the top 3 suggestions that you can do with others to help get you into the holiday spirit. For the rest of the list, click on the link at the end. You are sure to find something that will get you in the holiday spirit!

  1. Run/ Walk in the Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in downtown. This is one of the best ways to kick-off the season. Yes, it’s a challenge to get up early but when you see all the people who have gathered, it will be well worth it. This fun run/walk benefits the Visalia Emergency Aid Council. What a great way to start our national day of Thanksgiving, by sharing with others. Gather family and friends and make this your new annual tradition.
  2. Grab a place on the curb for the Candy Cane Lane Parade. Speaking of tradition, this is the 71st  Annual Parade and is the Monday after Thanksgiving. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas” and is sure to delight all ages. Stay til the end because the big man himself always makes an appearance.
  3. Take the kids (or the young at heart) to the “Santa Paws Holiday Show” at the Visalia Convention Center. Winners of “America’s Got Talent” TV show, these dogs will wow you with tricks and acrobatics. Who doesn’t love a cute puppy in a santa hat??

There a lots more things to do from the Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree in Kings Canyon National Park to taking a horse drawn carriage ride in downtown. Just click on the link below to see. We would love to see pics of you and your family and friends out celebrating. So if you post on social media, hashtag VisitVisalia for a chance to be featured.

Happy Holidays!

10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Visalia