Bethany Clough

The Tower District launches two new events Thursday: One has art, one has kale

Thursdays are about to get a lot more interesting in Fresno’s Tower District.

Two new events are coming to Olive Avenue: A daytime farmers market and a nighttime art walk. They both start Thursday, May 2.

First, the art part.

On the first and third Thursdays of the month, organizers are planning Tower ArtWalk from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s a bit like ArtHop (which also happens on the first Thursday of the month), but on the sidewalk.

“We’ve had several ArtHops in the area at various businesses, but this will be the first time we’re taking over part of the sidewalk,” said event coordinator Valerie Flores, who runs Transcendent Events.

Expect to see artists of all types showing their work or performing on the sidewalks.

This week, there will be a 16-year-old guitar player and singer. During future events, there may be street performers using fire, dancers and DJs.

Thursday is the first night in what Flores said organizers are hoping becomes a growing event.

“We’re hoping that as we progress, we can take up parts of the parking lots and strategically place artists and vendors throughout the whole street,” she said.

Though Flores is working with the Tower District Marketing Committee, the events are not officially hosted by the organization. Flores, the owner of Tower Blendz and other people are organizing them.

The Market in the Tower District

The Tower District is also getting a daytime farmers market starting Thursday, May 2.

It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays in the parking lot of Detention Billiards, which is in the former Blockbuster spot. It will be a seasonal farmers market, ending Sept. 30. It happens rain or shine.

So far, the farmers market has lined up vendors to sell vegetables and fruit, handmade jewelry and homemade soaps and lotions. Also, representatives of Ooooby (short for out of our own backyards) will be signing up people for its community-supported agriculture weekly box of local produce.

The market is seeking more vendors, specifically people to sell organic vegetables, flowers or plants, handmade items or art, Flores said.

To participate in either event as an artist, vendor or performer, contact Flores at 559-385-5318 or via the events’ Facebook page.

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Bethany Clough covers restaurants and retail for The Fresno Bee. A reporter for 20 years, she now works to answer readers’ questions about business openings, closings and other business news. She has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and her last name is pronounced Cluff.