ARTHOP, JAZZHOP AND — INTRODUCING! — THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE: Thursday is the first Thursday of the month, meaning it’s ArtHop and JazzHop . There are fliers for those below, but might I suggest stopping by the Warnors Theatre complex? Thursday is also the start of a new weekly concert series — Thursday Night Live on the Fulton Mall. If you remember, Fulton Plaza Thursdays, it’s kinda like that, but hopefully better. MoFo Party Band plays the first one. There’s no cover. More deets.
TWO BIG DOWNTOWN FESTIVALS: The downtown calendar overlaps this weekend with the two big annual events: the Fresno Tattoo Expo (Saturday and Sunday at the Fresno Convention Center) and the Cinco De Mayo festival (Friday-Sunday on the Fulton Mall).
MORE FESTIVAL-Y TYPE THINGS: In addition to the ink-lovers and Cinco De Mayo weekends, there are a number of festival-ish community events. Those include: Mariposa Butterfly Festival, Three Rivers Music Festival, the Coarsegold Rodeo (in its 60th year!), the Old Town Clovis Wine Walk.
APCAL IS BACK: The popular summer concert series at ApCal Winery in Fresdera (the address is in Madera, but it’s just an exit past Herndon on 99) returns on Friday night. Local band Deja Blues, which set the attendance record last summer, kicks things off. It’s also hosting a beer and wine festival with comedians for Cinco De Mayo on Saturday.
THESE AREN’T THE DRINKS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR: Got your Darth Vader costume yet? The Star Wars Pub Crawl is Friday night — ya know, for May the Fourth Be With You. Read more in my recent column about the event.
ALSO IN NERD WORLD: As you know already, “The Avengers” opens this week. To get you ready, Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 is having an all-day Marvel movie-a-thon on Thursday. See all the Marvel movies leading up to the midnight premiere of “Avengers.” More info here.
IN TOWN THIS WEEK: A few concerts you need to know about — rockers Middle Class Rut play Fulton 55 on Wednesday night, Morris Day & The Time lead the Cinco De Mega concert at Rotary Amphitheatre at Woodward Park on Friday and San Francisco salsa band N’Rumba plays Saturday night at Starline for Cinco De Mayo.