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Big hats, craft beer, comics, cosplay and the Dude! It’s festival week in the Central Valley

Big Hat Days draws thousands to Old Town Clovis

The Clovis Chamber of Commerce's annual Big Hat Days street fair brought out thousands to enjoy hundreds of craft and food booths in Old Town Clovis on on a warm spring weekend.
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The Clovis Chamber of Commerce's annual Big Hat Days street fair brought out thousands to enjoy hundreds of craft and food booths in Old Town Clovis on on a warm spring weekend.

It’s all about festivals in and around Fresno this weekend.

Here’s the quick breakdown of things to do:

Big Hat Days

Big Hat Days serves as the official kickoff to Clovis Rodeo month and if past attendance holds, some 140,000 people will flood Old Town to celebrate with food and music and, yes, big hats.

No, they are not all cowboy hats.

Details: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Old Town Clovis. Free. 559-299-7363, clovischamber.com

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FresCon

OK, this is not technically a festival, it’s a “con,” which is short for convention. As in, Fresno State’s fifth annual comic convention.

You can expect plenty of vendors and artists and cosplay enthusiasts, people dressing up as their favorite superheroes. There also will be plenty of panels and workshops such as “Comparing the DCEU and the MCU: How not to make a cinematic universe” and “ Sci-Fi and Fantasy: Not just for white boys.”

Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. University Student Union at Fresno State. Free admission and parking. @Fresnostatecon on Facebook

The Dude Fest

For fans of “The Big Lebowski” and/or bowling, but probably both.

There are several official Lebowski Fest events happening in Los Angeles later this month. One of them features Jeff Bridges and his band, just to throw it out there.

Here, you get to bowl while the movie plays in the background. There’s even a costume contest for those who want to dress up. First prize is a rug, obviously.

On a side note, remember when the actual Dude did a meet-and-greet in Hanford last year?

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Bowlero Clovis, 140 Shaw Avenue, Clovis. Standard bowling prices apply. @bowleroclovis on Facebook

Selma Craft Beer Fest

Think of this as the pre-game for National Beer Day on April 7. This is the third year for the Selma Craft Beer Fest, which raises money for the Selma Cancer Support. There will be more than 16 breweries (including, but not limited to, Riley’s Brewing, Tioga Sequoia Brewing, Full Circle Brewing, Zack’s Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Brew Bakers Brewing and House of Pendragon) and music from For the Record, Stone Shiver and Marcel and the Wild.

Details: 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Village, 1880 Art Gonzales Parkway, Selma. $20-$30. www.selmacancersupport.com

Other events ...

And here are three other non-festival, yet totally noteworthy events happening over the next week.

Fresno Grizzlies opening weekend, 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday and 11:05 a.m. Monday. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St. $10-$55. 559-320-TIXS, fresnogrizzlies.com

Pulse Music: Rei Hotoda and the Fresno Philharmonic 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Bitwise, 700 Van Ness Ave. $12. www.eventbrite.com

David Archuleta 8 p.m. April 11. Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. $31.50-$51.30. 559-485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com

Joshua Tehee covers breaking news, with a focus on entertainment and a heavy emphasis on the Central Valley music scene. You can see him share the area’s top entertainment options Friday mornings on KMPH’s “Great Day.”


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