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01/18/2022 - Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day with Visit Visalia
Visit Visalia is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), powered by U.S. Travel Association. The event takes place on the last Tuesday in January to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the entire year at the start of the year. Visit Visalia is ready to help with tips and inspiration for those looking to plan the vacation they deserve. READ MORE >
01/18/2022 - Downtown Visalia Restaurant Month
The annual Downtown Visalia Restaurant month is back in February 2022. Foodie explorers are invited to take advantage of these local offerings and get a taste of Visalia’s vibrant food scene all month long. READ MORE >
12/17/2021 - Soccer City 1852 Visalia breaks ground on innovative new sports facility
Soccer City 1852 Visalia is a new and innovative sports facility coming to Visalia California, the first of its kind in the Central Valley. This unique sports venue combines street-style soccer with local craft brews making it an ideal gathering spot. Located in Visalia’s downtown dining and entertainment district, this project will add an exciting new option for visitors to the city. The project is expected to be completed in… READ MORE >
12/14/2021 - City of Visalia Adds More Places for Travelers with Sensory Needs to Find Comfort
The Comfort Suites Hotel and Hampton Inn Visalia have become the first hotels in the city to be designated Certified Autism Centers™ by IBCCES, joining the movement started by Visit Visalia to make Visalia a more inclusive travel destination. READ MORE >
12/02/2021 - Valley Oaks Golf Course Becomes California's First Golf Course Designated A Certified Autism Center
Valley Oaks Golf Course has become the first golf course in California to be designated a Certified Autism Center™(CAC). The CAC designation is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that complete position-specific training and certification to help staff better communicate and serve visitors with autism and sensory sensitivities. READ MORE >
10/13/2021 - A Nostalgic Holiday in Visalia Makes Memories That Will Last a Lifetime
Those looking for nostalgic holiday magic will find it in the charming city of Visalia, California, considered one of the best destinations for Holiday Spirit. READ MORE >
10/05/2021 - VISIT VISALIA FIRST CALIFORNIA DMO TO ADOPT THE HIDDEN DISABILITIES SUNFLOWER PROGRAM SUPPORTING ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL MARKET
Visit Visalia is the first California destination marketing organization to adopt the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program, working to raise awareness and make travel easier and safer for visitors with autism. READ MORE >
09/10/2021 - Visit Visalia Becomes Autism Certified Center, the first destination marketing organization in California
Visalia, CA (Sept. 10, 2021) Visit Visalia announced today it is the first California destination marketing organization designated a “Certified Autism Center” by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This new distinction is a result of the organization’s staff and governing board of directors completing specialized training in common behaviors and sensory considerations associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD.) This training expands the team’s readiness to assist… READ MORE >
08/18/2021 - Fall Festivals Offer Taste of Visalia Through Arts, Food and Outdoor Fun
Visalia, California announces an exciting lineup of fall events happening in its charming city and the nearby national parks. 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. READ MORE >
07/12/2021 - Comfort Food Lovers Alert: Visalia to host Mac & Cheese Contest
Visit Visalia is excited to announce that restaurants in downtown Visalia will be vying for the coveted title of “Best Mac & Cheese in Downtown Visalia” in a contest that runs from July 12 to July 31, 2021. READ MORE >
06/11/2021 - Three Scenic Drives Worth the Trip This Summer
Visit Visalia is anticipating increased summertime travel and is ready with travel tips and suggestions, and offering their top picks for three scenic drives that will have visitors exploring the local foothills and the national parks in Visalia, California's backyard for a classic summer road trip. READ MORE >
05/18/2021 - Top Gifts for Fathers Day 2021
Visit Visalia has best ideas for Father’s Day gifts for 2021. READ MORE >
04/27/2021 - Memorial Day Travel to Visalia
Memorial Day Weekend Signals Start of Summer with 3 Days to TravelVisit Visalia is ready for First Long Weekend that Kick-starts Outdoor AdventureVisalia, Calif (April 27, 2021) The long Memorial Day weekend is recognized as the kick-off to summer activities. It is the first long weekend and the unofficial start to summer. Visit Visalia is ready with tips and suggestions for eager travelers ready to hit the road for a… READ MORE >
03/05/2021 - Farmer Bob's World Grand Opening
Farmer Bob's World offers agricultural tours of a working citrus ranch near Visalia, California. READ MORE >
01/04/2021 - Visit Visalia hosts Fireside Chat on Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Public is Invited to Join the Conversation, Q&A with Superintendent Woody Smeck  Community members interested in learning more about what’s coming to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in 2020 are invited to join the conversation at the first “Fireside Chat” hosted by Visit Visalia.Visalia, California is known as “the gateway to the Sequoias.” Located near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is the most robust city near Sequoia… READ MORE >
03/06/2020 - Winning Never Gets Old: Visit Visalia Invites Travelers to 2020 Visalia Senior Games
Visit Visalia invites visitors, competitors and spectators to explore Visalia during the annual Senior Games taking place March 21-22 and 28-29. READ MORE >
02/05/2020 - More than 100,000 Visitors Expected in Visalia Area on Feb 11-13
More than 100,000 convention-goers are expected to make their way to Tulare County for the 2020 World Ag Expo happening Feb. 11-13, 2020. As arguably the “largest agriculture event on the planet,” World Ag Expo is a convention unlike any other. READ MORE >
01/28/2020 - Visit Visalia Announces Summer Promotion – ‘Double the Parks, Double the Adventure’
Stay in Visalia. Explore Sequoia National Park and Visalia Adventure Park for Free.  Visalia, Calif. (January 28, 2020) – Visit Visalia, the most robust city near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, announced a limited-time promotion offered through the new vacation booking service on VisitVisalia.com. With “Double the Parks, Double the Adventures,” visitors book a two-night stay in any of the 16 Visalia hotels and receive two free passes for the Sequoia Shuttle,… READ MORE >
12/02/2019 - VISIT VISALIA TO HOST “DENIM & DIAMONDS” MD4 CON
Visit Visalia announces California Lions Club Multiple District 4 (MD4), Lions International will host their Denim and Diamonds conference at the Visalia Convention Center and Marriott Hotel on February 21-23, 2020. READ MORE >
11/26/2019 - Visit Visalia announces self-guided historic tour of early Visalia
Visit Visalia is excited to announce “Visalia: Then and Now,” a self-guided walking tour of historic sites in downtown. Visitors will discover the city’s unique character as they explore interesting buildings and sites, and hear the story of our growth as told through the architecture of this vibrant and active Central Valley city. READ MORE >
11/18/2019 - One of the Largest Catholic Churches in the United States Breaks Ground in Visalia
Visit Visalia joins the excitement as St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church breaks ground on what will become the largest Catholic church in the Western United States. READ MORE >
11/18/2019 - Reality TV Show Coming to San Joaquin Valley
Visit Visalia, the new hot-spot tourist destination in Central California, is preparing to welcome a few more visitors this spring, as ABC announced a new reality TV show to be filmed at neighboring Surf Ranch. READ MORE >
11/15/2019 - FOREIGNER RETURNS FOR CONCERT AT VISALIA CONVENTION CENTER
Media Contact:Heather McKinneyHeather@AMFmediagroup.com925.790.2630 Foreigner Returns for Concert at Visalia Convention CenterVisit Visalia welcomes concertgoers to explore new entertainment destination Visalia, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2019) – Visit Visalia is excited to announce rock band Foreigner is coming to play at the Visalia Convention Center this January. The city is ready to welcome travelers bringing in the new year with rockin’ dance moves and ‘80s hits.The popular ‘80s band known for “Jukebox Hero,” “Cold… READ MORE >
11/11/2019 - Visit Visalia Announces Schedule of Holiday Events and Winter Activities
From a trip to the ‘Nation’s Christmas Tree’ to the iconic Beach Boys in Concert, there is no better way to spend an American Holiday. READ MORE >
11/06/2019 - Visalia Offers California Wildfire Respite
Over the past several weeks, California has been impacted by wildfires across the state. Our hearts go out to all affected, and we recognize that many travelers may be worried about maneuvering California during this time. READ MORE >
09/03/2019 - 'Taste' of Visalia Through Arts, Music and Food
FALL FESTIVALS OFFER ‘TASTE’ OF VISALIA THROUGH ARTS, MUSIC AND FOODVisit Visalia to provide media passes for journalists to attend the unique, once-a-year eventsVisalia, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Today, Visit Visalia announced the exciting line-up of fall events in the popular destination. This October, three authentic festivals—Taste of Downtown, Taste the Arts and the Tastemakers Festival—will fill the streets and allow visitors to experience the best local food, culture, art… READ MORE >
08/12/2019 - THE BEACH BOYS TO COME TO VISALIA, CA
Media Contact:Suzanne BiancoSuzanne@VisitVisalia.com559-334-0141THE BEACH BOYS TO COME TO VISALIA, CAVisit Visalia Prepares for Legendary Band to Perform at Fox Theatre Visalia, Calif. (Aug 12, 2019) –Visit Visalia announces The Beach Boys are coming to Visalia to perform this December, and the city is ready for the influx of visitors.The official, legendary band famous for songs such as “Surfin’ USA ,” “Kokomo” and “Good Vibrations,” is coming to Visalia’s Fox Theatre on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The Beach Boys show, Holiday, Harmonies… READ MORE >
08/02/2019 - Exhibition by Photographer Beckie Ballew Nava
VISIT VISALIA FEATURES EXHIBITION BY PHOTOGRAPHER BECKIE BALLEW NAVA Visalia, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2019) –Visit Visalia today announced a photographic exhibition showcasing work by artist Beckie Ballew Nava is open to the public in the downtown Visalia office. “Nava’s extensive photographic collection captures the range of color and the play of light on her subjects,” said Demea Metcalf, executive director of Visit Visalia. “From the foothills to the clouds in the sky, there is… READ MORE >
07/31/2019 - Dark Sky Festival Media Alert
MEDIA PASSES AVAILABLE FOR DARK SKY FESTIVALVisit Visalia welcomes journalists for this historic event Reporters attending the 6th Annual Dark Sky Festival in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks can contact Visit Visalia for accommodation requests and suggested itineraries. Visalia, California, known as “the gateway to the Sequoias,” is a mid-sized city in Central California, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The destination allows visitors to… READ MORE >
07/28/2019 - Visalia to host the Cal Ripken 60 World Series in 2019
Event Title: Cal Ripken Major/60 World SeriesVisalia, CA—Visalia Youth Baseball, Visalia Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Visalia and Babe Ruth League Inc.are excited to announce that the 2019 Cal Ripken Major 60 World Series is coming to Visalia! The best 12-year-oldsfrom around the country will come together to play ball at Riverway Sports Park in a 10-day tournamentAug. 2, 2019- Aug. 9, 2019, all vying for the World… READ MORE >
07/19/2019 - SHOWTIME IN VISALIA: SUMMER HEATS UP WITH NEW CONCERTS AND BACON FESTIVAL
SHOWTIME IN VISALIA: SUMMER HEATS UP WITH NEW CONCERTS AND BACON FESTIVALVisalia, Calif. (July 19, 2019) – Summer in Visalia is heating up with a free concert series featuring up-and-coming country music stars, followed by the ever crowd-pleasing Boots, Brews & Bacon Festival.“Whether you want to be one of the first to hear new hits from fresh artists or experience the best in beer tasting mixed with the deliciousness of… READ MORE >
07/17/2019 - New Visit Visalia logo honored with Award
NEW VISIT VISALIA LOGO HONORED WITH AWARDVisalia, Calif. (July 17, 2019) – The new Visit Visalia logo was recently recognized for creative excellence by the American Advertising Awards. Visit Visalia is a collaboration of the Visalia Tourism Marketing District and the Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau to increase the marketing budget to promote the city.The American Advertising Awards program, formerly known as The ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and… READ MORE >
06/26/2019 - Artist Heidi Steinman
VISIT VISALIA ANNOUNCES EXHIBITION OF THE WORK OF ARTIST HEIDI STEINMANVisalia, Calif. (June 26, 2019) –Visit Visalia today announced a unique exhibition of artwork by local artist Heidi Steinman. The installation is showcased in the Visit Visalia office at 112 E. Main Street in downtown Visalia.“Steinman’s vibrant oil paintings capture the beauty and color of our region’s Sierra Nevada foothills,” said Executive Director of Visit Visalia Demea Metcalf.The exhibition is… READ MORE >
06/17/2019 - Sequoia Springs Splash Park Opens
SEQUOIA SPRINGS SPLASH PARK OPENS IN VISALIA, CALIFORNIAVisalia, Calif. (June 17, 2019) – Today, Visit Visalia announced that Sequoia Springs Splash Park, a 42-foot water structure with four slides, is officially open to the public.“Water is flowing at Sequoia Springs and kids are beginning to trickle in,” said Demea Metcalf, Visit Visalia Executive Director. “Our team had the opportunity to be on site to see the doors open, and it’s… READ MORE >
06/16/2019 - Visit Visalia Summer Getaway
ANNOUNCING THE TOP SUMMER GETAWAY: VISALIA, CALIFORNIAVisit Visalia Lists New Activities, Venues and Events this June and JulyVisalia, Calif. (June 6, 2019) –Visalia, located in Central California with easy access from major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, announced its summertime activity schedule today. The entertainment destination, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, is the most robust city near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.The summer… READ MORE >
05/06/2019 - Economic Impact of Tourism in Tulare County
TOURISM CONTINUED TO SUPPORT VISALIA’S ECONOMY IN 2018Travel industry thrives in Visalia and across CaliforniaVisalia, Calif. (May 6, 2019) – Visalia continued to thrive from visitor spending in 2018. Visit California’slatest economic impact report demonstrates local visitor spending reached $430.4 million last year,a 6.38 percent boost in spending over the previous year, and supported 5,450 jobs in Tulare County. This growthhighlights the ongoing importance of tourism to the region and California’s… READ MORE >
01/04/2019 - C-SPAN Cities Tour to feature Visalia, CA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 4, 2019 Visalia to be in National Spotlight: C-SPAN reveals Visalia history and highlights authors during weeklong visit Mayor Bob Link, Comcast and Visit Visalia will welcome C-SPAN to Visalia on Monday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m. outside City Council Chambersat Visalia City Hall as they kick off a visit to record the history and non-fiction literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction bookchannel Book… READ MORE >
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