The fifth-largest city in California and the cultural hub of the broad San Joaquin Valley, Fresno has a metro population of about 1.1 million and is known primarily as a hub of commerce and trade, catering heavily to the region's agricultural concerns. Although it's less a tourist destination than most California cities, it is the gateway to Yosemite National Park, 110 miles north. And although it's also one of the West's most conservative cities, Fresno does have a sizable gay community and several gay bars.
The city's Pride celebration, Fresno Rainbow Pride, takes place in early June.
Fresno Gay Pride takes place in the bustling Tower District from 10 am until 3 pm and includes both a parade and a festival. Bands, comedians, and others perform.The festival is preceded by the Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade, which sets off at 10 am.
Fresno Gay Resources
Bear in mind that local bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride Weekend. Check the GayFresno.com for more on the local Fresno gay scene. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau.