Superhero-themed contests and a sidewalk chalk competition will be among the highlights of Fresno State’s award-winning 42nd annual Vintage Days celebration April 15 – 17 at the Maple Mall on campus (south of the Satellite Student Union).
The campus will come alive with an estimated 50,000 people from throughout the Central Valley and beyond coming out for the free, three-day event that is the largest student-planned celebration of the year.
A Fresno State tradition since 1975, Vintage Days features more than 40 food and game booths, vendor booths, a beer and wine garden, live local entertainment, the Kids’ Zone and an extensive crafts fair with 120 vendors.
The festival also is a showcase for student clubs and organizations and their food and game booths, as well as for local food and craft vendors. Community food vendors participating this year include Dutch Bros, Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream, and Country Faire Cinnamon Rolls and Funnel Cakes.
Using a general superhero comic book theme, the celebration includes a free outdoor screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 8 p.m. Friday in the Boomtown North area (south of the Satellite Student Union and east of the Peters Business Building.
The superhero-themed contests will be at 7 p.m. Friday prior to the movie and at various times throughout the weekend at the Kid’s Zone. The competition is open to all ages.
The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday outside of the Conley Art Building. It is open to all Fresno State students. The registration fee is $15 per entry. To register.
Earlier this semester, Vintage Days won a CalFest Award for Best TV Commercial or PSA for an event operating within a budget of $50,001 to $150,000.
The California/Nevada Festivals & Events Association organizes the CalFest convention to promote best practices and grow events. This year it was held Feb. 17-19 in Burbank.
Vintage Days also won several other awards and recognition from other event and festival coordinators throughout California and Nevada.