Fall in Fresno
Fall colors in Fresno? You bet!
The Greater Fresno Metropolitan Region may not be famous for its fall colors, but the thousands of visitors who flock to our national parks and countryside may tell you otherwise. Whether you want the beauty of nature, great shopping deals, action-packet sports, or family fun, Fresno is a must for travelers looking for autumn experiences
Fresno State Football
If you're a college football fan, catch a game with the Fresno State Bulldogs.Often ranked in the Top 25 in the nation, Bulldog games and tailgate parties are a must-see for visitors and locals alike.
And, if you prefer Friday night football, the region is home to some of the best high school teams in the state. Pick any town on your journey through the area and you will find the best versions of Friday Night Lights this side of Texas.
The Big Fresno Fair
Named the Western Fair Association's Feature Fair in 2009, The Big Fresno Fair offers a variety of exhibits that showcase local arts and the Valley's agricultural industry, food and rides galore, live horse racing, and top-rated entertainment. After 126 years, the fair has evolved into a 12 day extravaganza that's not only fun, but also affordable.
Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon
Three days of activities surround the annual Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon. The Marathon itself features a looped course that starts in Fresno's Woodward Park and runs through neighborhoods lined with brilliant autumn foliage. Then, you will enjoy running through historic Old Town Clovis (hence Two Cities) as you are cheered on by supporting spectators. The course is completed with a trek up Friant Road and back to Woodward Park.
Honoring the Past: Civil War Revisited and Veterans Day Parade
Honor our country's history by attending California's largest Veterans Day parade in Downtown Fresno. But first, don't miss the annual Civil War re-enactment, one of the largest in the country. The size and scope of these two events will make you proud to be in a patriotic city that supports the men and women who have proudly served this country. Note: 2010 Veterans Day Parade has not been planned yet. For more information, check back soon or call us at 800-788-0836.
Fall Wine Cornucopia & Other Wine Celebrations
This is the season to experience our region's wine industry at its finest!
The Fall Wine Cornucopia is the premier wine exhibition of the San Joaquin Valley. The Cornucopia brings together San Joaquin Valley wines, gourmet local foodstuffs, renowned artists, and the people of our Valley together to celebrate the goodness that comes from our fields.
Each October, Fresno County wineries host the Fresno County Wine Journey Harvest Adventure Weekend where $15 gets you free tasting at all wineries. Plus, many of the wineries also offer samplings from local food vendors, arts and crafts and more! If you can’t make it out for any of the three Wine Journeys held each year, most wineries are open for free wine tasting every weekend as well as great summer evening events.
Then, in November, head out to the Madera Wine Trail's Holiday Spirit Weekend. Start your holiday shopping early while tasting local wines for just $20 for one day, or $20 for the whole weekend.