Fall calendar filling up with festivities

Organizers continue with plans to hold Oktoberfest, A Taste of Visalia, Taste of Downtown and Pride Visalia Weekend

VISALIA – Visit Visalia, the tourism marketing group promoting Visalia, recently announced an exciting lineup of fall events happening this month and next.

Grouped into three can’t-miss itineraries, these events will allow visitors to experience the best in local food, culture, and adventure while enjoying the cool fall weather. The seasonal itineraries, “Beers, Boots and Brunch,” “A Taste of Visalia” and “Pride Visalia Weekend,” include a visit to the two nearby national parks, home to the largest living trees in the world.

More recently, the organization confirmed these events will still take place unless the state drastically changes its guidance for events between now and Oct. 23.

“Everyone is moving ahead and following all California Department of Public Health guidance,” Visit Visalia executive director Nellie Freeborn said. “All of these events are outdoors so they are well ventilated and attendees will have the option to socially distance.”

There are few restrictions for events under the CDPH’s “Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors.” The only restrictions involve mega-events defined as indoor events with more than 1,000 people and outdoor events with more than 10,000 people.

Beers, Boots & Brunch

“Beers, Boots and Brunch” itinerary centers around the region’s largest Oktoberfest Celebration, to be held at Vossler Farms on Sept. 24. Over 40 booths of the Central Valley’s best food, wine, and of course beer are on tap! While breweries and restaurants will keep the beer and food flowing, live music will keep the crowd dancing. Visitors put on their hiking boots as the weekend continues with a visit to Sequoia National Park on Sept. 25 when Park entrance fees are waived for National Public Lands Day. Round out the weekend with a leisurely brunch at some of Visalia’s top restaurants like the Cellar Door or the Vintage Press.

A Taste of Visalia

Visitors will get “A Taste of Visalia” in this itinerary that offers two authentic festivals. On Oct. 16, Taste the Arts fills the streets with the Central Valley’s largest -and FREE-outdoor arts festival with over 100 artists and workshops. The pumpkin patch and corn maze at Vossler Farms offer seasonal fun. Then it’s up to Sequoia National Park to see the dogwood trees as their leaves turn beautiful golds, oranges and reds. Foodies will love the Taste of Downtown on Oct. 19 which showcases Visalia’s vibrant food scene giving revelers a taste of both popular fan favorites and introducing new restaurants.

Pride Visalia

Diversity and inclusion are on tap for “Pride Visalia,” the region’s only pride festival, scheduled for Oct. 23 at Valley Strong Stadium. The day-long event offers family-friendly activities, food booths, vendors, entertainment, and organizations in support of the LGBTQ community. Add to the weekend a trip to Sequoia National Park where visitors can marvel at the panoramic vistas and the giant sequoia trees. Sequoia Guides is offering a free, guided hike to festival goers who reserve in advance. Special hotel rates are also available.

Street vendor Scoops hands out ice cream at the 2019 event, A Taste of Visalia.Photo by Susies Youngs

“Visit Visalia is looking forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy these fun festivals and activities,” Freeborn said. “The rich cultural heritage, artistic expressions, and diverse cuisines of each festival as well as access to two of California’s most majestic national parks make Visalia the perfect destination for fall travelers.”

Located in central California and just three hours from major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, Visalia offers restaurants, shopping and a large selection of hotels for visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These itineraries make for a perfect fall vacation.

Visit Visalia is partnering with local hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues to provide visitor information. Visitors can find free maps and guides in all our local hotels, and they are encouraged to stop by the Visit Visalia office, at 112 E. Main Street, for itineraries and additional information.

More information about these events and itineraries is available at www.visitvisalia.com/articles/get-a-taste-of-visalia-with-these-fall-events.

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