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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than hoping Fresno State football can cover the spread.

1. LIGHT YOUR FUSE FOR LOCAL MUSIC
Were this feature called “One Thing You Should Do This Weekend,” this would be it. Fuse Fest, or Fresno Urban Sound Experience, is our annual all-local music festival that acts as an all-you-can-eat buffet of local music of various genres. It’s tonight and Saturday, with a total of 40 acts playing on 10 stages, all in downtown Fresno. Tickets can be purchased for $15 per night or $20 for both, good for maximum stage hopping. For more about the festival, read this story from today’s Bee about its evolution, check out the band lineup/schedule, listen to my podcast, or Famous’ podcast, check out The Fresnan or hit up the Facebook page. If there were one weekend to get out and support the Fresno music scene, this is it. [More]

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2. TASTE RIVER PARK
On the other end of town Saturday night is the annual Taste of River Park. It’s another of those shopping center parties — with food, drinks, a fashion show, etc. This year, though, A Taste of River Park got kinda hipster. It recruited Fierce Creatures as its band and lined up the NOCO dancers too. It might be the hippest River Park has ever been. [More]

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3. ORDER SOME FREE LAUGHS
The free, all-ages, monthly comedy show at Teazer’s World Tea Market is tonight, at the downtown location. It features San Francisco-based headliner Dr. Brian King. Rising local comic Bo Delapp shares the headlining spot. [More]

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4. SIP SOME WINE & WHISKY
Karla Davis — who watchers of “The Voice” may recognize — returns to the Valley to play with her buddies Whisky Row (Kerman represent!) on Saturday night at ApCal Winery. This is a quality country show from two up-and-comers. And the venue is fitting, since Whisky Row recently released its own wine. [More]

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5. WOBBLE, WOBBLE IN TULARE
Continuing the popular trend of the EDM/rave events at the Tulare County Fairgrounds is Saturday’s Electric Fairy Tale, a massive dance party with 40 different acts on four stages. This second annual event also includes fair rides with admission. Ahh, dubstep and ferris wheels, what more could a 22-year-old need on a Saturday night? [More]

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND? LEAVE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS/PLUGS IN THE COMMENTS.

Responses to "Five Things You Should Do This Weekend"

The Human Race and Festival! Sunday morning we’re having a 5k/10k to raise money for 32 local charities and non-profits, followed by a Festival at Eaton Plaza (next to the Water Tower) featuring a beer garden, live music, the First 5 of Fresno County Kids’ Zone, and booths featuring local artists! For more info: call (559) 237-3101 or visit http://www.handsoncentralcal.org/HumanRace

Ronnie S. says:

What’s good for grub tonight downtown while traversing FUSE venues. Keeping in mind it’s going to be a date some what with somebody not to open to the idea of being downtown after the courthouse closes

blake says:

dinner?
Tokyo Garden on Fulton and Calavaras…about 1/2way between FUlton 55 and the Warners Theater. Or Joe’s Steakhouse on Van Ness near the spiral parking garage. Both reasonably priced. Tokyo is very near the venues and has a great vibe…somewhere between tiki and godzilla.
The Iron Bird Cafe’ serves sandwhiches. I *imagine* they’ll be open, but I’m ignorant of their closing times.

Famous says:

* Tokyo Garden is a great one.
* Iron Bird Cafe will be open and has good food.
* Brick (which is down the way some on Van Ness) is a nicer sort of place.
* Club One on Van Ness has good everything-under-the-sun fare.
* Fajita Fiesta is just down from Fulton 55, at Divisadero and Van Ness. Good Mexican food.

Ronnie S. says:

We went to Tokyo Garden had some great food fairly cheap (inagi fillets) then headed over to the Fulton 55 for an amazing night of music ….. One bad thing was the crowed migrated from down stairs up to The coffee house stage they brought their arena voices with them there was actually people 15 feet from Kat jones acting like they at a sports bar nor at a music fest. But other then having to address some dudes that looked like they caught a shuttle in from the yard house it’s probably the best night of music in recent memory.