So, you’re thinking of moving to Fresno, but you’re still on the fence. You know that it’s a farming town, and that’s true: at least twenty percent of the local workforce is employed in the agricultural field. But, this is actually just one of the many positives about becoming a part of Fresno’s vibrant community. Right now, housing in well-maintained apartment communities and neighborhoods is still relatively affordable. Here are some reasons to make a move now: say “Fres-yes” to Fresno!
If you make the move to Fresno, you’ll be living at the center of the country’s fruit and veggie basket: when you eat locally, you’ll be eating the freshest produce that the nation has to offer. While treating your drinking water in any new town is still recommended, a visit to one of Fresno’s year-round farmer’s markets will show you that the locals can offer produce unlike any you’ve had before: and it’s a wonderful way to introduce yourselves to some new neighbors.
If you’re not fashion-centric, you may not know what color’s currently “the new black,” but one thing is certain: Central Valley is the new wine country. Both Fresno and Madera counties have their own wine trails, boasting more than twenty wineries to taste from along the way. Hit up a wine-tasting event and get friendly with your fellow connoisseurs.
The Tower District
The Tower District is Fresno’s dining, arts, and entertainment district. With its historical art-deco cinema at the heart of the mostly locally owned businesses, you’re sure to enjoy an engaging night out in your new city. The restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, performing arts venues, theaters, galleries, bakeries, and specialty retail stores—all within walking distance of each other—are sure to offer you more than a single night’s worth, too, and you’ll have to come back for more.
Fresno may not be Los Angeles, but it’s a valley full of passionate local artists, film festivals, a thriving theatrical community, and live performance venues. The following is just a shortlist of what the arts community has to offer:
- The Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival is Central California’s most popular LGBT event. From its humble beginnings in a classroom at Fresno State all the way back in 1990, Fresno Reel Pride is now the sixth oldest—and one of the most attended—LGBT film festivals in the US. 2020 will mark the festival’s thirtieth anniversary.
- Aside from Fresno’s lavish Saroyan Theatre, which boasts professional regional productions and accommodates Broadway’s national tours, Fresno is also home to excellent community theatre and outreach. The famous local troupe, “The Good Company” Players, even teach classes on basic theatrical skills that will culminate in a public showcase. Sign up and meet some fellow thespians in your new community.
- Fresno’s own “Audra McDonald” might not be a household name, but she ought to be. The Fresno native is a six-time Tony award winner (in every major category), a Grammy winner, an Emmy winner, and a recipient of the presidential National Medal of Arts. She’s a theater GOAT, and her high school alma mater, Fresno Unified, just named its theater wing after her. In a heartfelt reunion at the dedication two years ago, McDonald encouraged the students to continue sharing stories of compassion “to start communicating.” Get involved locally, and start communicating with your new neighbors, too.
A Thriving Community
Fresno is a community well-known for its sense of community—in fact, Fresno’s academic pride and joy, Cal State University Fresno, is ranked in the top thirty of universities across the entire nation for community engagement and volunteership. Just take a gander here on the iLoveFresno website for opportunities to volunteer among Fresno’s youth and traditionally underserved. You’re sure to meet plenty of like-minded people who’ll become fast friends after the move!