Valley Living


Located at the base of three National Parks in Central California, Fresno offers big city amenities with small town ease — all with access to some of the best outdoor recreation in the World. Almost equal distance from Los Angeles and San Francisco, Fresno is one of the last undiscovered gems left in California. Currently going through a renaissance, Fresno has seen the growth not only of population, but also of civic pride and entertainment opportunities.

The population of the greater Fresno area is just under a million. Fresno has a younger and more diverse population than the rest of California, which in turn has a younger and more diverse population than the rest of the nation. The average age in Fresno is 28.5. Not only is Fresno younger and more diverse than the rest of California, but it is also more affordable.

Fresno climate is reminiscent of the Mediterranean, warm, sometimes hot in the summer and moderate temperatures with relatively light precipitation in the winter. Spring blossoms and the Fall harvest provide a magical backdrop to close to perfect weather during the transitional seasons. Fields of blossoms can be seen on the self-guided Blossom Trail. Fall is celebrated with a tradition County Fair: The Big Fresno Fair.

With the completion of the Save Mart Center at California State University, Fresno, the Central Valley has played host to Boccelli, Madonna, Elton John, and more. When not booked with World-class entertainment, the Save Mart Center plays home to the Fresno State Basketball team and the Fresno Falcon’s, Fresno’s own triple A hockey team. Sports aren’t limited to Fresno State. 2002 saw the completion of Fresno’s downtown ballpark, Grizzlies Stadium, the home of the San Francisco’s AAA farm team. Also downtown, arena football is played by the Coyotes at Selland Arena.

Sports aren’t the only thing happening downtown. On the first Thursday of every month downtown is filled with art and music lovers for Fulton Plaza Thursdays (during the Summer months), an open air festival on the Fulton Mall and ArtHop a monthly open-gallery art exhibition with over 80 participating galleries and museums.

Local flavor can be tasted at one of our many farmer’s markets, by taking the Fruit Trail, or by visiting one of many area wineries. Local music can be heard at venues throughout the city in the Tower District, Downtown, North Fresno, all over. To find the entertainment that suits you best, visit Fresno Famous, a community-driven portal or pick up a copy of one of our local entertainment papers.