America the great – Mariposa Symphony Orchestra presents the “Independence Day Spectacular!” concert at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheatre July 1.
Double dose of soccer – The Fresno Fuego and Fresno Freeze play a doubleheader July 1 at Chukchansi Park. The Freeze, who are leading the Women’s Premier Soccer League PacNorth division, host San Ramon FC at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Premier Development League Southwest Division-leading Fuego vs. San Francisco City FC at 7:30 p.m. The Fuego return to Chukchansi for a game against FC Golden State Force July 13.
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Today we celebrate our independence – Celebrate the nation’s independence day with barbecue, swimming and fireworks. Events around the Valley happen July 1-4.
Summer blockbuster – Peter Parker accepts his newfound identity in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” hitting theaters July 7.
High times – Fresno Summer Jam featuring Wiz Khalifa and Warren G stops by the Selland Arena July 8.
Festival of lights – The 72nd annual Obon: Festival of Lanterns celebration will take place at the Fresno Buddhist Temple July 8.
Ready to rock – Rockers P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm and Powerflo make a stop at Full Circle Brewing July 8.
King without a crown – Singer-songwriter Matisyahu, is a Jewish-American reggae vocalist and beatboxer, plays Tower Theatre July 9.
Summer arts – The CSU Summer Arts Festival is in full swing this month, featuring an Urban Bush Women performance July 10 at Fresno State’s University Theatre. Check the calendar for the whole month of events.
All aboard – Train stops by the Save Mart Center, with O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield, July 11.
Broadway hit – CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre produces “Fiddler on the Roof,” winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, opening at the Mercedes Edwards Theatre July 13-22.
Convent hideaway – A diva witnesses a murder and hides in a convent disguised as a nun in the feel-good musical “Sister Act,” opening at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater July 13 through Sept. 10.
The comeback kid – Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney brings the “Kid Gorgeous” tour to Saroyan Theatre July 14.
Another battle – Cesar and his apes are forced into battle with an army of humans in “War for the Planet of the Apes,” opening July 14.
Musical – Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, three tales in early 20th century New York City are woven together in “Ragtime,” at Playhouse Merced July 14-30.
The way she’s livin’ – Country singer Lee Ann Womack is well known for her hits “I Hope You Dance” and “I May Hate Myself in the Morning.” She performs at Chukchansi Resort & Casino July 15.
More comedy – Brian Regan made history in 2015 with the first live broadcast of a comedy special on Comedy Central. Catch him at Saroyan Theatre July 16.
Ska and beer – “The Beer Run” is a day of ska and craft beer with performances by Reel Big Fish and The Expendables at Woodward Park July 19.
European choral music celebration – The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom will perform a special concert July 20 at St. James Anglican Church.
Love the nightlife – Be amazed at the night sky in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks during the Dark Sky Festival, taking place July 21-23.
Dancing kings – A group of unemployed steelworkers hatch a plan to take it all off for some extra cash in “The Full Monty,” opening at the Dan Pessano Theater July 21 through Aug. 6.
Come sit at our table – Experience the rich and vibrant food and beverage industry Central California has to offer at the Fresno Food Expo, happening at the Fresno Convention Center July 27.
A night you’ll never forget – An outcast is bullied in high school and discovers she has special powers in “Carrie, The Musical,” opening at Selma Arts Center July 28 through Aug. 5.
Double the tacos – The annual Taco Truck Throwdown has grown so much in popularity that it’s now a two-day event. Game day is July 28 and a festival is July 29 at Chukchansi Park.
Bacon and more bacon – Expect live music and entertainment and a load of bacon goodies at the first annual “Boots, Brews, & Bacon Fest,” July 29 at the Visalia Convention Center.