About The City
Fresno, flourishing in the heart of California, blends an urban sophistication with a small town flair. About 500,000 people, from more than 80 different nationalities, live in this city that is one of the fastest growing areas in the state.
The city of Fresno’s roots date back to the early 1870s. An expanse of wide open space was transformed by the arrival of railroads and immigrants as well as the emergence of farms and ranches that to this day are a mainstay of the area’s economy. Fresno has blossomed into an industrious center of business, government and distinctive neighborhoods that range from the historic allure of Huntington Boulevard to the funky vibe of the Tower District. Attractive retail centers also are part of the picture: You can shop for trendy clothes, shoes, MP3s and
other items at spots that include Fashion Fair mall and the River Park complex.
Life in Fresno has a city flavor, but you can set your own pace. And you’ll need to do that because there’s much to see. The most popular bands and productions regularly perform at venues such as the Save Mart Center, the William Saroyan Theatre and Selland Arena. Local talent can be discovered and savored at clubs, cafes and restaurants as well as Fresno State’s own stages and concert halls.
Those who enjoy the outdoors will want to hike or bike trails found at places like Woodward Park and along the San Joaquin River Parkway. You’re also just an hour or two away from lakes, rivers, and majestic national parks that include Yosemite and Kings Canyon. Or drive west to
seek the relaxing beaches along California’s central coast.
Sports, of course, are a prime attraction in Fresno. Teams in the city include not only the Fresno State Bulldog squads but the Fresno Grizzlies, the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate that plays at picturesque Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno.
Throughout the year, special events fill the schedule. Here’s just a few examples: The Rogue Festival, the largest fringe festival in the west, runs early in the year. The 62-mile Blossom Trail also springs to life early each year in Fresno County. Monthly ArtHops — which welcome people to socialize and view the work of local artists -- are hosted in museums, galleries and other spots. The Big Fresno Fair, featuring concerts, rides and a mountain of food, takes the spotlight in October. And don’t forget that Fresno State’s own annual Vintage Days happens every April.