Next Saturday is Sept. 10 — or the fun-to-say 9/10/11 — and it’s looking like a huge day for local events. You’re probably going to have some deciding to do, so I figured I’d help and lay it all out for ya.
A TASTE OF RIVER PARK: River Park has its annual social gathering — with samples from its restaurants, a fashion show, cooking demonstration and wine tasting. Tickets cost $40-$50. More info and tickets here.
FESTIVAL ON THE BLUFFS: Just down the street at the Park Place Shopping Center at Palm & Nees, the peeps at Eureka! Burger are heading up the first Festival on the Bluffs, which offers craft beer, cheese and live music from Hollywood U2, Stranger and others. Tickets cost $40 and include beer and cheese samples. Get ‘em here.
WET ELECTRIC II: Once again, Wet Electric brings the nightclub atmosphere to Island Water Park for some adult-friendly partying, complete with drinks, dancing and DJs. It’s a two-day event, starting on Sept. 10. The DJ lineup includes Lil Jon and Richard “Humpty” Vission. Almost 2,000 people attended the first Wet Electric earlier this summer, organizers say. Tickets run $35-$90 and are available here.
WILD BLUE YONDER: One of Fresno’s most beloved bands, the Wild Blue Yonder, has a reunion show at Fresno’s coolest new music venue, Fulton 55. It’s another music venue, however — the band’s namesake, the Wild Blue — that this is group is forever tied to. But that place that (now the Million Elephant nightclub) probably isn’t hosting their reunion concert anytime soon. Nonetheless, the band is converging in Fresno and bringing some special guests. More info and tickets, which cost $15, here.
MADERA FAIR: The Madera District Fair starts up on Thursday and runs through Sept. 11. But Saturday oughta be a big night, as country star Billy Currington performs. Tickets cost $20 and are available here.
FIVE ALARM BASH: The Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation and David McDonald, the former Pelco CEO, host Five Alarm Bash, a social event to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. It’s happening under the stars at Fresno Fire Department’s downtown headquarters. There’s music from blues rising star John Nemeth and local group 5150. Tickets cost $55. More info here.