5 Places to Get Lucky on St. Patty’s Day in Fresno

Although St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday this year, there are still a few restaurants that will be taking part in this popular holiday.  Whether you are looking for green beer, corned beef and cabbage, or other Irish favorites, these five places are ready to help you celebrate. Just don’t forget to wear your green!

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1)   Groggs – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Groggs-Irish-Pub/114992085193308?fref=ts

No matter what day St. Patrick’s Day lands on, Groggs will always be pulling out all of the stops. The party will be starting at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, with an outdoor beer garden (complete with green beer) and local DJ, Koyote, hosting the festivities.

2)   Standard – https://www.facebook.com/events/741916472507978/

The Standard will also be hosting their St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday. Green beer, Irish whiskey, and corned beef are all on the menu with lots of other drink specials. It is recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time for this event. The sooner you buy them, the cheaper they are!

3)   Peeve’s – https://www.facebook.com/peevespublichouse?fref=ts

Peeve’s never lets us down when it comes to giving us things to do. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are having TWO parties! Sunday from 6:00-11:00 p.m. they will be serving “Americanized” corned beef and cabbage, green beer and will host Celtic band Roscanna. For Monday’s celebration, they will be serving a very traditional Irish dinner with Irish stew and Sheppard’s Pie, skipping out on the green beer. Also, Celtic band Finshug will perform. The best part – both celebrations are all ages so bring the family!

4)   Neighbor’s – https://www.facebook.com/NeighborsClovis?fref=ts

Neighbor’s will be painting their tap house green this Saturday, Sunday and Monday by serving the best Irish faire from breakfast to dinner. They will be having great food and drink specials with plenty of green beer and Guinness to go around.

5)   Swiggs – https://www.facebook.com/events/683489901694021/

Swiggs will not disappoint with their Fatty St. Paddy’s Day party. Although it is taking place on Saturday and not Monday, you won’t even know the difference. There will be no cover and all of your holiday favorites will be available, including Irish car bombs, green beer, green Jello shots, and plenty of stouts. Head out to enjoy a night full of music and dancing.

Know of any other places that are hosting St. Paddy’s Day parties? Leave a comment below with the details!

Where to go for the Big Game

The Big Game is on Sunday and there are quite a few places around Fresno that will be putting on a party. From great food and drink specials, to a bazillion different TV screens for your viewing pleasure, there is sure to be a place near you that will be celebrating. Here are five that are pulling out all of the stops for this Sunday’s game day.

#1 The Elbow Room

Need to Know: $4 Bud Lights | $30 All You Can Eat Buffett | 12 HD Screens | 51 Aces Live 1-3:30

Tip: buy tickets in advance

#2 Peeve’s Public House 

Need to Know: 75+ craft beers to choose from | open from 8A-8P on Sunday for the Festivities | game being shown with a projector

#3 Swigg’s Anti-Seahawks Super bowl Party 

Need to Know: Happy Hour starts at 11 a.m. and goes until kickoff

Once the Game starts there will be $1 beer until the 1st touchdown, $5 famous SWIGGNATURE wings, $5 loaded nachos, and $5 stuffed quesadillas

#4 HCK Super Bowl Party 

Need to Know: half off all bar drinks during the game | reserve a table in advance

#5 Neighbors

Need to Know: BBQing before the game | drink specials all day

Other Great Places to Watch the Game:
Yard House
Buffalo Wild Wings
Dog House
BC’s Pizza and Beer
Classics Billiards (free BBQ during game)

10 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Fresno

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year, it’s on a Friday! In anticipation of the day, we’ve compiled a list of fun events and activities going on around town throughout the month of February.

#1 Wine and Chocolate Pairings: there are two separate wine and chocolate events going on the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

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The first event is the Twin Rivers Vintners Association’s Wine and Chocolate Lovers Weekend. There will be a cluster of ten wineries, two breweries and two tasting rooms, all within eight miles just west of the 99.

Need to know: Feb. 8-9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | FREE if you bring your own glass

Tip: print the map of all the wineries participating and choose where you want to start

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The second event is Madera Wine Trail’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend. There will be 10 wineries participating, with local art, live music and vendors for you to enjoy.

Need to know: Feb. 8-9 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | $25 advance/$30 door

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#2 Roger Rocka’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

This is the perfect (and only) place for dinner and entertainment all under one roof. It’s an absolutely hilarious performance, so if you’re looking for a laugh, we highly recommend it.

Need to know: Jan. 16- March 16 | $37 (show only)/$50 (dinner and show)

Tip: get your tickets ahead of time and don’t be late! dinner 5:30 p.m. | pre-show 7:30 p.m. | show 8:00 p.m.

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#3 Gallery 25 – Hearts Fundraiser

For those who are looking for a more relaxed, at-your-own-pace afternoon, check out the “Hearts” themed artwork at Gallery 25. Impress your sweetie by taking home a piece of artwork for less than $100!

Need to know: Feb. 6-March 2 | Fridays and Saturdays only |from 12 p.m. –  4 p.m. | FREE

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#4 Ramos Torres Vday dinner

Ramos Torres Winery will be hosting a 4-course dinner with dancing to follow! Each course will be paired with a different wine.

Need to know: Feb. 14 – 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Tip: buy your tickets ASAP online

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#5 Harris Ranch Getaway

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Not only is Valentine’s Day on a Friday, it also kicks off President’s Day weekend, which means three days off for some of us! And what’s the best thing about 3-day weekends? Trips out of town. Harris Ranch is a beautiful oasis only an hour away from the Fresno area. It has three delicious restaurants to choose from and relaxing hotel rooms for a romantic getaway.

Need to know: make your dinner reservations for the Jockey Club ahead of time

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#6 Fulton 55 – The Beetles – Love Songs for Valentines

Come one, come all Beatles fans! Be serenaded by your favorite Beatles love songs over drinks at this awesome Fresno venue.

Need to know: Feb. 14 | 8:30 p.m. | $8 advance/$10 door | 21+

Tip: doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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#7 Run or Dye at Woodward Park

They say the couple that runs together, stays together…or something like that. The morning after Valentine’s Day, get crazy with color at the Run or Dye 5K.

Need to know: Feb. 15 | $47/person

Tip: register ahead of time

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#8 The Rock and Worship Roadshow at Save Mart Center

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The Rock and Worship Roadshow is jam packed with awesome bands this year and it lands on the evening of Valentine’s Day. Not only will there be a ton of great music, you get it all for only $10 at the door!

Need to know: Feb. 14 | 7:30 p.m.

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#9 Fresno State Men’s Basketball vs. Colorado State

Cheer on your Bulldog’s as they face Colorado State! Wear your bulldog red and be Kiss Cam-ready with your date.

Need to know: Feb. 15 | 7:00 p.m.

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#10 A Night In with Me N’ Ed’s Heart-Shaped Pizza

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This may not count as a date out, but it is something many look forward to every year! Order a Me N’ Ed’s heart shaped pizza and take it home for a night in.

Tip: order your heart-shaped pizza 2-4 hours ahead of time! | Me n’ Ed’s is swamped on V-Day and wait times can be lengthy

H&M Coming to River Park

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From the Fresno Bee: Trendy global fashion retailer H&M will take over the former Borders bookstore space in River Park, the shopping center announced Friday.

The seller of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing will open in late summer or early fall. Rumors that the Sweden-based retailer was coming have been circulating for months and work has started on the 25,000-square-foot space.

Downtown Fresno Ice Rink – Fresno Things To Do #7

Sunday – Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday – Saturday 10am to 10pm

General admission $10
Children 12 and Under $8

(includes parking validation and skate rental)

Where: Fulton Mall

Presented by Community Regional Medical Center

The downtown area keeps getting better and we can’t think of a cooler way to celebrate the coming Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year holidays than by ice skating outdoor!

Forestiere Underground Gardens – Fresno Things To Do #6

From their website:

The Underground Gardens are the life-long devotion and
hobby of Baldassare Forestiere (1879-1946), a Sicilian
immigrant who came to America in 1901 to escape the
iron rule of his wealthy father and pursue his own
dreams.  The Gardens are a subterranean complex of
patios, grottos, and garden courts interconnecting with
passageways that encircle the living quarters of the self-
taught artist and builder who sought to escape the brutal
heat of Fresno summers.

Forestiere patterned his underground world after the
ancient catacombs, which he so admired as a boy.
Arches and passageways dominate the underground
landscape while the stonework provides stability and
beauty.  But unlike the dark catacombs that protected the
remnants of the lifeless, Forestiere designed well-lit
courtyards and grottos to bring forth the radiance and
vitality of life.

No plans were put on paper; each room and
passageway originated in Forestiere’s mind as he
worked.  With the simple tools of a farmer—a pick, a
shovel, and a wheelbarrow—the young immigrant dug,
chipped, and carved the unforgiving hardpan land for 40
years (1906-1946) in his spare time.  By the time he was
44 years-old, he had excavated and planted over 10
acres.

But the humble immigrant’s genius did not stop there.
Incredibly, Forestiere planted multiple varieties of fruit-
bearing plants at different underground levels.  Oranges,
lemons, grapefruits—many on a single tree—as well as
more unusual varieties like kumquat, loquat, jujube,
strawberry, quince, and dates could be easily plucked
from the surface by simply bending down.  Wine and
table grapes also grace this sanctuary, and dangle
lusciously in great clumps every-where—truly an oasis in
a modern-day desert of pavement.

Biking – Fresno Things to Do #4

There really are a million things to do in Fresno, and biking is definitely one of them. The ‘I Bike Fresno‘ group can help keep you up-to-date on all biking events in and around the Fresno area. Check out their resources page for bike clubs, where to shop, where to ride and more!

Below is a poster for their upcoming Halloween event. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

Hillcrest Pumpkin Patch in Reedley – Fresno Things to do #3

While this place is a good 30 minute drive outside of Fresno, it still made our Million Cool Things To Do in Fresno cut. Hillcrest Christmas Tree Farm is the oldest in the San Joaquin Valley. Founded in 1960 by Ed and Bonnie Toews (pronounced Taves), it has been at its current location ever since. Right now the place is GOING OFF in the harvest/pumpkin department. What a fun place. Check it out for sure these next couple of weeks if you get a chance.