It’s a very busy weekend, so consider these five in addition to Big Hat Days, blasting hip-hop speakers at Save Mart Center, the annual MCC Sale at Fresno Pacific, the Tower Classic Car Show, Bee My Honest Festival and Beehive Birthday 7.
1. PLAY BALL!
Ahhh, yeah. It’s baseball timein downtown Fresno again. The Fresno Grizzlies open their home season with a weekend series against Tacoma — with games tonight, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. For tonight, the Grizzlies are encouraging people to wear orange. I’m encouraging you to remember a sweater and umbrella. Ticket info here. If you haven’t already, read about the carnival the Grizzlies added this year.
2. AIM THAT FIREHOSE
Late ’80s/early ’90s alt-rockers fIREHOSE play Coachella on Saturday, but first they’re at Fulton 55 tonight. The band is doing a reunion tour leading up to its Coachella stop and Fresno is the final warm-up. [Tickets]
3. EAT BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS
Grub on some pancakes and bacon while checking out the animals at Fresno Chaffee Zoo. That’s what you should do Saturday at Chaffee Zoo’s annual Breakfast with the Animals. Just don’t feed the monkeys bacon. [Tickets]
4. CHASE SOME FOXES
San Francisco-by-way-of-The Valley rock band The Stone Foxes come home to headline Fulton 55 on Saturday. Along for the ride is a band I’m quite excited about — Hacienda. Their upcoming album is produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Should be a super solid gig. [Tickets]
5. BRAVE THE FLOOD
Roots rock/blues band Lance Canales & The Flood is at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday celebrating their new album, “Elixir.” It’s stompy, swampy rock ‘n’ roll with some Tom Waits-ish gravely vocals and a Native American twist. [Info]