October Calendar of Events
Oktoberfest Visalia, October 1, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the fact that the worst heat of the year is over with Visalia’s Annual Oktoberfest celebration, which will feature live performances by local bands The Patrick Contreras Band, Richfield, Ryan Dean and the Polka Dots. Local restaurants, vintners and brewers will be out in droves selling some of the best local food and drink around. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information about Oktoberfest Visalia 2015, visit visaliachamber.org.
Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake:
October 7, 7:30 p.m.
This classic ballet comes to Visalia’s Fox Theater to delight local audiences with the beautiful story of the love between a woman, a man, and the other woman. Choreography for the ballet by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.Tickets range from $19 for children under 18, and go up to $39 for adults. For more information, please visit Foxvisalia.org.
Yellowman: October 2, 7:30 p.m.
A poetic and brutal play, Yellowman follows a man and a woman as they face racism and violence throughout their lives. The play will explore issues of race, racism and slavery, and is sure to be a compelling and thought-provoking performance. Ticket prices start at $10 for students and go up to $17 for adults. For more information about this play, visit fresnostate.edu.
Dine and Discover West Africa 2015: October 2, 6-9 p.m.
Moravia Wines in Madera will play host to this year’s WAV dinner banquet and wine tasting. Tickets purchased to this event will help to fund West African Vocational Schools, an organization based in Fresno that gives men and women in Guinea-Bissau the opportunity to acquire vocational skills that truly change their lives. West African cuisine and an unlimited selection of wine will be served. Tickets range from $30 for one person to $95 for couples. For more information, please visit wavschools.org.
3rd Annual 5k Run for Meals: October 3, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
This fundraiser benefiting Poverello House in Fresno gives local runners the chance to run for a good cause! Event participants have two events to choose from: the 5K run or the 2-mile walk. Either way, it is a great way to do something active with family and friends and benefit those in need. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10, and adult tickets cost $25. For more information about this fun and beneficial event, please visit poverellohouse.org/5krun.
Newsboys Concert: October 3, 7 p.m.
One of Christian rock’s most popular bands comes to Fresno to perform for local crowds. The concert, taking place at Warnor’s Theater, will open with a performance from Hawk Nelson and Ryan Stevenson, another pair of prolific Christian singers. This latest stop on the “God’s Not Dead” tour is sure to be a favorite early autumn concert for local audiences. For more information, visit warnors.org.
Inaugural Beard and Moustache Competition:
October 17, 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
The Fresno Beard and Moustache Club will host its inaugural beard and moustache competition in which hundreds of participants from up and down the West Coast are expected. There will be seven categories for men to compete in, and one for women to create the best fake facial hair. Three places will be awarded for each category. Be sure to join the first facial hair competition in Central California at Full Circle Brewing. For more information, please visit Inaugural Beard and Moustache Competition on Facebook.
Bully Boo! Walk: October 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fresno Bully Rescue, a local animal rescue organization that benefits pit bulls, is hosting its 5th Annual Bully Boo! Walk, in which all breeds are welcome. This family-friendly event encourages families and individuals to dress up in their Halloween costumes, as the holiday is just around the corner! A two mile walk through Woodward Park, face painting, and vendor booths are all part of the festivities. For more information, go to fresnobullyrescue.org.
Monster Mad Dash: October 31, 8 a.m.
This year’s spooktacular Halloween run at Woodward Park is sure to get lovers of this holiday into the Halloween spirit! Adult runners get to choose between walking and running the 5k, and younger runners can do the Little Monsters Dash. Of course, being a ghoulishly good time, participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes! For more information, visit monstermashdash.com.
Happy Trails Riding Academy “Round Up”
Fundraiser: October 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Happy Trails Riding Academy in Tulare will be hosting the 5th Annual Round Up fundraising event to benefit children and adults with mental and physical disabilities who participate in their program. Tickets to the fundraiser include a Cowboy BBQ, live music, an opportunity to buy local wines and horseback riding demonstrations. All proceeds of the event will directly benefit the Happy Trails Riding Academy Program. For more information about this event, visit happytrailsridingacademy.org.
Tulare County Symphony Presents:
Celebracion!: October 3, 7:30 p.m.
The Tulare County Symphony is proud to perform some of the best Latin music to local audiences, which have demanded more of the local symphony’s popular encores featuring the genre in past seasons. This season, classical and modern Latin music will be performed, and Symphony attendees are sure to get a real treat. For more information, please visit foxvisalia.org.
2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
October 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Mooney Grove Park plays host to this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an event organized by The Alzheimer’s Association. This nationwide event is the largest event in the world to raise awareness about this debilitating disease and to raise funds that go towards developing a cure. The Tulare-Kings walk is just one of 600 events held across the country. For more information, please go to alz.org.
An Evening Under the Oaks:
October 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaweah Oaks Preserve is hosting its second annual Evening Under the Oaks event, with KMPH Fox 26 anchor Rich Rodriguez acting as the Master of Ceremonies for the night. The Vintage Press will be providing dinner at the event and Visalia Community Players will be performing and providing entertainment for guests. Tickets cost $100 for each guest. For more information about this event, please visit sequoiariverlands.org.
Taste of Carmel: October 1-4
Some of the best of California’s bohemian culture started in the quaint beachy town of Carme-by-the-Sea, and it is a culture that is still very much alive. Experience it at this year’s Taste of Carmel, an event featuring a Wine Walk-By-The-Sea, local food served up by the area’s best chefs, and live music performed by the best Central California bands. There will also be plenty of shopping opportunities. For more information, visit tasteofcarmel.com.
Graffiti Nights Car Show, October 15, 5-8 p.m.
One of the most anticipated car shows on the Central Coast, The Graffiti Nights Car Show, will feature some of the best cars in the state, as well as some of the best food. Take a ride to Garlic Town, and participate in this much-anticipated event (which is also free and family-friendly). For more information, visit gilroywelcomecenter.org.
San Luis Obispo
SLO Stangs Car Show: October 24, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Some of the best model cars from around the state will make their way to SLO County, home of the CalPoly Mustangs, for one of the most anticipated car shows of the season. Now in its third year, the show was started to give local car enthusiasts a chance to show their cars or to hunt down one of their old favorites, which makes this car show one that is not to be missed. Those interested in participating should register online at slo-stangs.org.
Oakhurst Fall Festival: October 10-11, 10 A.M.-4 P.M.
The Oakhurst Fall Festival, one of the most popular events of the year up in the mountain areas, will feature wine and beer tasting while also serving chocolate, nuts and other kinds of appetizers for guests to fill up on. Local craftspeople and artisans will be out selling their locally-made merchandise, and it all takes place in the heart of downtown Oakhurst in Oakhurst Community Park. For more information, visit oakhurstchamber.com.
Coolwater Concert: October 24, 7 p.m.
Singers Tim and Myles Thompson will be performing for local crowds at this month’s Coolwater Concert, where music lovers in the mountain areas have a chance to listen to old and new favorites. Coolwater Ranch, where the concert takes place, provides a comfortable place to listen to great acoustic music. The venue is small, so be sure to get there early! For more information, visit coolwaterconcerts.com.