Friday, Feb. 12
The three-day festival kicks off today with 18 bands playing Dixeland swing and Zydeco music. DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Center, 2233 Ventura St., Fresno, 209-534-1924, www.fresnodixie.com, $30. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Theatre: The Altos
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Event: Milk and cookies for grown ups
Enjoy Nitro Merlin Milk Stout paired with specialty cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Co. Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen, 1279 N. Wishon Ave., Fresno, www.facebook.com/events/1548176745497845. 5 p.m.
The author will read from his collections “Just Enough” and “The Map is Not the Territory.” Fresno State, University Business Center, 5245 N. Backer Ave., Fresno, 559-278-1569, Free. 7 p.m.
Food: Fish & chips at the lake
Today and every Friday during lent, enjoy all you can eat fish & chips and relax with a day at the lake. Ducey’s Bar & Grill, 39255 Marina Drive, Bass Lake, www.facebook.com/events/487043971483608, $12.95. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Find more things to do at calendar.fresnobee.com.