Hotel Fresno opened in 1913 on Broadway & Merced Streets. It was known for its grand design. Photo via Vintage Fresno

This weekend launches Fresno’s Historic Preservation Week (May 2nd-9th) “Every building has a story” is the theme for this year. Throughout the week, the City of Fresno and local organizations will be hosting free events to educated the public about some of Fresno’s most iconic buildings…in an entertaining way! The Celebration begins at one of the oldest buildings in Fresno, the historic Roessler Winery (located at the Discovery Center), this Saturday, 2-5PM. This event includes wine tastings, live music, an art show, and tours. You can read more about this and other events, here.

Chris Rocha, founder of Vintage Fresno, will be participating in Historic Preservation Week. His collection of Hotel Fresno artifacts is displayed in the mayor’s foyer at City Hall. According to Vintage Fresno, Hotel Fresno was constructed over 103 years ago, making it the oldest existing hotels in Fresno. Its grand design and decor made Hotel Fresno a destination for locals and celebrities. Read more about the fascinating history of Hotel Fresno on Vintage Fresno’s blog post.

“I believe it is crucial to not only learn about our past, but to recognize, appreciate, and preserve the pieces of our past that still remain; such as our historic buildings,” says Chris, on the importance of Fresno’s history. “As we strive for a revitalized downtown it is important to incorporate and reuse the historic buildings that shaped our city.”

Interior of Hotel Fresno. Hotel Fresno has sat vacant for decades. Chris Rocha hopes that his displayed collection will spark an interest to restore Fresno's dilapidated historic buildings. Photo via Vintage Fresno.


FRIDAY (5/1)

7-8AM – Downtown Rooftop Yoga – Pacific Southwest Building – More Info.(A)

11AM-2PM – Eatin’ at Eaton – Eaton Plaza – More Info. – (NC, A)

12-1PM – Music Fridays: Glen Delpit – Civic Center Square – More Info.(NC, A)

5-7PM – Geek Night/Fresno Hack It Kick-off Party – More Info. (NC, A)

5-9PM – Food Trucks, Live Music, Craft Beer – Gazebo Gardens – More Info. – (NC, A)

5:30-8PM – Business Speed Dating – Kocky’s Bar & Grill – More Info.(NC)

6-10PM – Friday Night Live: 51 Aces – ApCal – More Info.(NC, A)

7PM – Swing Dance Lessons & Dance – Fresno State, Leon S Peters Bldg Room 010 – More Info. – (NC, A)

7PM – Crisis Arm/Airs/Aubery – Chinatown Youth Center – More Info.(A)

7:30-10:30PM – Lucha Xtreme – Tioga Sequoia – More Info.(NC, A)

8PM – The Music Lesson – Fresno Art Museum – More Info.(A)

8PM-12AM – Night of Ghost Hunting – Warnors Theatre – More Info.

8:30PM – Marble Fork – Peeve’s Public House – More Info.(NC, A)

9:30PM – Comedy Fiesta – Club One Casino – More Info.

This weekend is also a celebration of Fresno's diversity. Pictured is Fresno's annual Basque picnic. Photo via Fresno Basque Club. Click photo for more information.



9AM-12PM – Lowell Neighborhood’s Fruit & Veggie Fest – More Info. – (NC, A)

9AM-10PM – 38th Annual Basque Festival – Rancho Vista Del Rio – More Info.(NC, A)

10AM – Yellow Umbrella Tours – Warnors Theatre – More Info.(NC, A)

10AM – Free Comic Book Day – Heroes Comics – More Info.(NC, A)

10AM-3PM – Fresno High Flea Market – Fresno High – More Info.(NC, A)

10:30-11:30AM – Women’s Self-Defense Class – Sierra Athletic Club (Blackstone Location) – More Info. (NC)

1-5PM – Kentucky Derby Party – Moravia Wines – More Info.

1PM-Dusk – Star Wars/Cinco de Mayo Mashup Kickball – Lafayette Park – More Info. (NC)

1-8PM – Country Music Festival – ApCal – More Info.

2PM – The Music Lesson – Fresno Art Museum – More Info.(A)

2-5PM – Launch of Historic Preservation Week: Historic Roessler Winery – Discovery Center – More Info. –  (NC, A)

5-9PM – Food Trucks, Live Music, Craft Beer – Gazebo Gardens – More Info. – (NC, A)

7PM – Almaflor: A Gallery Mixer Featuring Devoya Mayo – Arte Americas – More Info.(A)

7:30-10:30PM – Fresno Fuego v. La Misioneros – Chukchansi Park – More Info.(A)

7:30-10PM – COIL Yoga 13-year Anniversary – COIL Yoga – More Info.(NC, A)

8PM – Nate Butler’s Silent Film Showings – Mia Cuppa Cafe – More Info.(NC, A)

8PM – Fresno Touch 2nd Anniversary Social – Step2Dance – More Info.

8PM – The Music Lesson – Fresno Art Museum – More Info.(A)

8PM – Temptation – Strummer’s – More Info.

8:30PM – The Sleep Disaster/The Union Trade – Peeve’s Public House – More Info.(NC, A)

9PM – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Fulton 55 – More Info.

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, on the Fulton Mall, is one of the largest celebrations in the area. Photo via Downtown Fresno Partnership. Click on photo for more information.


SUNDAY (5/3)

8AM – #9372RUN – Iron Bird Lofts – More Info. – (NC, A)

8AM-3PM – Vintage Flea at the Farm – Simonian Farms – More Info.(NC, A)

10AM-3PM – Sawdust Sundays – Fresno Ideaworks – More Info. (NC, A)

12PM – Costume & Fabric Workshop – Fresno Ideaworks – More Info. – (NC, A)

12-7PM – Cinco de Mayo Festival – Fulton Mall – More Info.(NC, A)

1-3PM – Yoga Disco Party – Perfect Balance Yoga – More Info.

2PM – The Music Lesson – Fresno Art Museum – More Info.(A)

2-6PM – El Dorado Canyon Tournament – More Info.(NC, A)

7PM – From Indian Lakes/The Soil & The Sun – Strummer’s – More Info.(A)

8PM – Desecrate – Fulton 55 – More Info.


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A = All-ages


If I missed any events please comment with the details.



Have a lovely day in Fresno!

Veronica Stumpf, Broker

Stumpf and Company, Real Estate

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