While you’re all counting down the shopping days …
1. Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar
A brick-and-mortar Etsy marketplace with all the best Fresno crafts and hand-make goods. Plus, music and booze. If the idea of braving the mall for Christmas gifts makes you sick, this is a hip alternative. Read my interview with organizer Devoya Mayo.
2. OHS Cardinal Marching Band Fundraiser
Another feel-good community event from the guys behind the Spanspek Music and Arts Festival. This one benefits the Orosi High School Marching band and features performances from Werebear, Macondo and Of the Masters. It is inspiring to see these guys working to better their hometown and is worth a trip out to Orosi (there are awesome taco trucks out that way).
3. Las Cafeteras
Las Cafeteras plays bi-lingual Afro-Mexican, hip-hop, folk music, inspired by the streets of east Los Angeles, where its members met as students in 2005. The band plays Arthouse 6 p.m. tonight. Before that they will host a free zapateado workshop (for students 5-19 years old) at Community Centers for Arts and Technology.
4. Mini Maker Fair preview
The Fresno Mini Maker Faire was one of the most exciting events of this year.
The event will return in 2014, this time in conjunction with the Fresno Art Museum (with help from The James Irvine Foundation). The event won’t be until April, but the museum is offering a preview noon Sunday. This is part of the museum’s free family day.
5. Zoo Lights
There are plenty of choices when it comes to seeing Christmas light displays. But Zoo Lights is the coolest, because it’s at the Zoo. At night. And all the twinkling lights give the place a majestic quality that lets you overlook the children everywhere. Just kidding. Watching the kids walk around all awe-inspired is part of the fun. Runs 5-8 p.m through Dec. 23.