Free things to do Downtown

Posted by Cynthia Villarreal

You can visit one of the many Art Galleries located in downtown Fresno. Not only are they free, but they offer great culture and diversity incorporated in the phenomenal art. Great places to enjoy beautiful culture without breaking the bank.


Arte Americas- Casa de Cultura

They are located right in the center of the Cultural Arts District here in Downtown Fresno. They focus the cultural celebration of arts in Mexico, Latin America, the Southwest and California. They are a cultural arts and education center that offers flourishing place for Latino arts in the San Joaquin Valley.

They are open Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5 pm, Sunday 1pm- 5pm


1821 Gallery & Studios

This is another great Downtown Fresno art gallery that is located in Fresno’s Cultural Art District. They offer a range of original work from photography to painting & sculpture. They even have great works on paper. They are in the heart of the Mural Arts district that is mostly known for the large amount of urban art. It is filled with great art by Fresno Artists, and is a must stop on Art Hop.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Adam Longatti – March 5-29

Jerry Scott – April 2 – May 31

CCAC – June 4-28

Kit Coleman – July 2 – Aug 2

Yokuts Indian by Clement Renzi (1925-2009) can be found on Fulton between Kern and Inyo

These galleries offer beautiful, creative and different art, but inside galleries aren’t the only places you can find great art. The Fulton Mall offers fun innovative art and murals. Taking a walk down the Fulton Mall can not only introduce you to some great art and sculptures, but also relieve you from some occasional stress.

The Boy with the Leaking Boot
It originally stood at the Van Ness and Mariposa entrance to the park in front of the original Fresno County Courthouse

  Fresno Memorial Auditorium (1936)

A great place to enjoy a casual day and some historical significance

The Legion of Valor Museum is open Monday thru Saturdays from 10am to 3pm, and is always free of charge.


“A museum that honors all veterans and is dedicated to Americanism and Education”


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