There’s something for everyone of all ages this weekend at one of the many events taking place in the central San Joaquin Valley.
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Hammer Road Rally – The second annual bicycling event for beginners and professionals is in honor of Edward Lund, a former faculty member at Fresno State, Fresno-area artist and avid cyclist who died while participating in Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo in 2015. The event, which honors Lund’s cycling nickname, “The Hammer,” features three route options, all starting and finishing in Clovis, between 26 and 102 miles long and up to 9,800 feet in elevation. A music and food festival begins at 11 a.m. at Millerton Lake. Proceeds from the race will provide scholarships for art students applying to Fresno State’s Study Abroad in London program. Details: 8 a.m. Saturday. Start and finish at Meadow Campground at Millerton Lake. 707-560-1122, www.hammerroadrally.com.
Civil War Revisited – Travel back in time to the 1860s at the 28th annual reenactment of the American Civil War, featuring daily battle reenactments, Union and Confederate soldiers, military encampments, carriage rides, an old glory mercantile and a look at life in the 1800s. Dine with soldiers during Camp Night on Saturday, tickets cost $23 and include dinner and dessert, live music and dancing with actors. Details: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kearney Park. $10, $5 ages 6-12. 559-441-0862, www.valleyhistory.org/index.php?c=112.
‘The Big Tell’ Film Festival – Earlier this year, the Central Valley Community Foundation launched the film contest and awarded 10 grants of $5,000 for stories of triumph, friendship, innovation and more. Those films are done now and ready to be screened at the central San Joaquin Valley film festival, featuring 10 five-minute mini-documentaries written and produced by local filmmakers. They include Cindy Wathan and her film “The Blessing and the Curse,” a look at the life of local musician Lance Canales; Paula Yang’s story of three Hmong veterans who served the U.S. during the Vietnam War in Laos; Karen Dusek’s film about two volunteer tutors at the Mariposa Library; and Joshua Krause’s film about Amy Querin and her work, from her own dance company to working with prisoners at a women’s facility. Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Warnors Theatre. Free. www.eventbrite.com/e/the-big-tell-showcase-tickets-38213899803.
Fresno Taco Fest – Fresno sure loves its tacos. Twenty local restaurants will come together to offer taco creations at the newest food, music and cultural celebration. There will also be live music by Ballyhoo, Mix Master Mike, 40oz. to Freedom, Noise Pollution and Mento Buru, live lucha libre wrestling matches starring Tijuana’s “Baja Stars,” a Chihuahua beauty pageant and races and more. Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. fresnotacofest.com. Woodward Park. $25-$30.
Fulton Street Reopens – Although parts of Fulton Street have been open to traffic for a few months now, the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony means the street is fully open to traffic for the first time since 1964. And that means there’s going to be a party. Enjoy food trucks and beer gardens, pop-up shops and a classic car drag. Live music will take place on two stages and features 50 Watt Hype, Stoneshiver, John Clifton Blues Band and many more. Festivities run into the evening with a family friendly screening of “Hocus Pocus” at 8 p.m. at the historic Crest Theatre. Details: 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Fulton Street, downtown Fresno. www.facebook.com/events/1742448135784380.
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias – Two Latin superstars are set to share the stage for an explosive night of music and dancing. Enrique Iglesias, also known as the King of Latin Pop, has topped both the English and Spanish charts with hits like “Hero” and “Bailamos.” Pitbull, or Mr. Worldwide, was born in Miami to Cuban parents where he was influenced by the Miami pop scene. His single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” became the rapper’s breakout into international success. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Save Mart Center. $36.95-$146.95. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
ZooBoo – As though kids needed another reason to put on their Halloween costumes, they are encouraged to dress in non-scary costumes as the entire zoo gets decked out in Halloween decorations for a special evening of trick-or-treating, carnival games and live entertainment at Dracula’s Disco. Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (The fun continues next Friday and Saturday.) Fresno Chaffee Zoo. $18, $16 ages 2-11. 559-498-5910, www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/event/zooboo.
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