Tulare County treasures
4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday / Tulare Country Fairgrounds, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Tulare / $9, $5 for kids and seniors / (559) 686-4707, tularefair.org
Fair season in the Valley continues this weekend with the Tulare County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday and continues through Sunday. The fair's grandstand entertainment includes a Monster Truck rally on Friday, the Humpz and Hornz bull riding on Saturday and a destruction derby on Sunday. Musical entertainment (on the Budweiser stage) includes Lucky Ned Pepper of The Smokin' Armadillos, Mötley Crüe tribute Trüe 2 Crüe and Los Morros Del Norte. All concerts are free with fair admission.
Chamber festival returns
3 p.m. Sunday / 1st Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. / (559) 227-8489 / Free
The 5th Annual Chamber Music Concert at the 1st Congregational Church features an all-star lineup. Performing are pianists Gina Fazio, Matthew Horton and Robert Maldonado, organist Scott Horton, vocalists Jeffrey Burgstahler, Terry Estabrook and Steve Wall and trumpet player Kendra Morrison.
Sound the horn: Moment Musical opens
3 p.m. Sunday / Westminster Presbyterian Church, 50 E. Santa Ana Ave. / (559) 432-2473 / $10, $20 family of 3 or more
The weather might not have turned crisp and fall-like yet, but never fear: Chamber music season is here. Moment Musical opens its season with "Horn of Plenty (with PDQ for Dessert)!" The program includes works for horn and piano by Danzi; a string quartet by Borodin, a duo for flute and piano by Devienne, and the PDQ Bach "Schleptet in E-flat Major."
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday / Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 E. McKinley / $1 / (559) 891-1673 or (209) 668-0821
Vendors will sell comic books, toys, sports cards, non-sports cards, action figures, "Star Wars" memorabilia, die-cast cars, records and more. There will be free comics and cards with each admission, plus hourly door prizes.
The special guest is C. Andrew Nelson, who was a visual effects supervisor and senior artist at LucasArts Entertainment Company. His credits include "Star Wars: Dark Forces," "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire" and "Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II." Nelson has played the role of Darth Vader for Lucasfilm since 1994, making appearances in commercials, print ads and TV shows.
A new kind of organ
7:30 p.m. Friday / St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. / (559) 213-6099 / Free
Organist Tony Imperatrice will give a concert demonstrating the capabilities of the Rodgers Infinity Organ, a digital instrument capable of reproducing pipe organ as well as orchestral and other sounds. Imperatrice, known for his Rogue Festival show "Confessions of a Church Organist," is the organist for the First Christian Church in Selma.
Rally in the Valley
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday / Fresno County Peace Officer's Range, 7633 N. Weber Ave. / Free admission, $2 for parking / (559) 477-547
The Knights of the Shield is hosting its 11th annual Rally in the Valley on Saturday. The event features food, crafts and a giant kid's zone play area, plus live music and more. Knights of the Shield is an official Oakland Raiders booster club. All Raider fans are welcome.
Mickey Mouse event
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday / Masonic Lodge, 40216 Highway 49, Oakhurst/ $4-10 / (559) 683-1928 or (559) 683-4295
Brush off your mouse ears; it's time again for the annual fundraiser by the Oakhurst-Sierra-Fresno 49-EARS Disneyana Club. The event features Disney silent auction and raffle items, a Mickey pancake breakfast, lunch, vendors and special guests. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Along with vendors selling comic books, toys and other memorabilia, there will be several special guests, including: Terri Hardin, a Walt Disney Imagineer and sculptor; Carolyn Carroll, wife of Eddie Carroll, the second actor to voice Disney's Jiminy Cricket; Don Ballard, author of two books on the Disneyland Hotel; and Margaret Kerry, the actress who served as the model for Tinker Bell.
There will be free comics and cards with each admission, plus hourly door prizes. All proceeds fund high school scholarships and benefit Children's Hospital, Children's Museum of the Sierras and other local charities.
4-6 p.m. today, 12-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday / Fulton Mall, Fresno / Free / (559) 490-9966, www.downtownfresno.org
Cinco De Mayo gets all the attention here in the states, but it's not even one of Mexico's five fiesta patrias (national holidays). Contrarily, Sept. 16 is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. In Fresno, the day is marked with the annual Fiesta Patrias, which draws thousands of people to the Fulton Mall for three days of music, food and cultural celebration. This year's event features Mexican music groups Los Dueto Voces del Rancho, El Puma de Sinaloa, La Migra, Grupo Koronados, Roberto y su Grupo El Tiempo, Cristina and more.
8 p.m. Fridaay / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St., Fresno / $10-$15 / (559) 412-7400, fulton55.com
The Painted Turtle is a nonprofit camp for seriously ill children. It was founded by Paul Newman and supported by a number of celebrities, including the singer Meat Loaf.
Loafdom for The Turtle is an affiliate organization, created by Meat Loaf fans, to help aid the cause. The group sells merchandise online and donates proceeds to the Painted Turtle. The group holds its first live music benefit tonight at Fulton 55, with local tribute band Foreigner Unauthorized, plus Shockwave and 5150. Ticket sales will go to The Painted Turtle, which is rebuilding its camp due to damage from the Powerhouse wildfire.
7 p.m. Saturday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave., Fresno / $25 / all ages / (559) 485-5356, www.numbskullshows.com
Sonny Sandoval has been in the music business for 21 years as the frontman for San Diego nu metal band P.O.D. and knows it's no easy racket. "It's a hustle," says Sandoval in advance of the band's stop Saturday night at Strummer's. While the band is still popular overseas it just returned from playing festival dates in Europe its American fan base is loyal, but underground. The band is on tour of smaller clubs and music halls on the West Coast before leaving for a tour of Asia and Russia in late September. It released its eighth studio album, "Murdered Love," in 2012.
Saturday through Dec. 15 / Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, Henry Madden Library, Fresno State / valleyfirsts.com, (559) 278-5790 / Free
Peter McDonald, Fresno State's dean of library services, and curator Jill Moffat, curator of the exhibition "ValleyFirsts!," view what is called the Lebec Bark. The bark is what might be considered essentially the first tombstone of an Anglo in the greater San Joaquin Valley. The exhibition is meant to be a compendium of notable "firsts" and other achievements in the area stretching from Bakersfield to Stockton.