Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks — Military Friendly with Terrific R&R

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We are preparing for our 11th Annual Hero Appreciation Months, a unique local program in which we honor our military along with our firefighters and all of our first responders, every January through March. You will see many 2017 events related to Heroes Months in the list below. They are free and open to the public — but that is not all we are doing!  Below you will also find a sample of other 2017 concerts, festivals and events, which we have already prepared for our community, and for all of our visitors.

Ranger-Led Programs

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

For continually updated information on the popular Ranger-led Park Programs, call 559-565-3341 or visitwww.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit.

December 3

1st Saturday Three Rivers

Art Festival

The theme for this month’s festival of food, fun, and fabulous art is “Find Your Sequoia.” Along with 1st Saturday’s usual offerings of beautiful art, crafts, specials on food, music and other delights, based on the monthly theme, the December festival runs longer because it also includes Christmas caroling around a Bonfire in the evening.

December 3

Christmas Caroling around a Bonfire, evening

Three Rivers

Join us for a beautiful evening of community Christmas Caroling out under the stars, around a large campfire maintained by our volunteer firefighters, along with a visit from good ol’ Saint Nick!  Enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores and more, provided free of charge by our local businesses.

December 10, afternoon

High Sierra Jazz Band

Music and Christmas Party

Three Rivers

We celebrate the season dancing to the famous High Sierra Jazz Band performing traditional jazz classics and all our Christmas favorites, with beer and wine for purchase, along with various types of delicious finger food prepared by local volunteers for everyone to share.

December 17, 2016

2nd Street Brass.

Entertaining tuba player Gabe Sears and his trio, 2nd Street Brass, will perform popular holiday songs as well as Disney songs and sound tracks from Disney animated films.  At 7 pm at Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers, courtesy of Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute.

January through March, 2017

11th Annual Hero Appreciation Months

Three Rivers

Our 11th Annual Hero Appreciation Months program begins in January, sponsored by the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce in Three Rivers. By way of this three-month program, which runs annually from Jan. 1- March 31, our participating businesses honor our military and our first responders with discounts, individual celebrations and special family-friendly events — like a Snowman Contest in neighboring Sequoia National Park on January 14th.

January 1, 2017

Polar Dip at the Gateway, Noon

Three Rivers

To start the New Year out right, we jump in the river at the Gateway Restaurant and Lodge! For more details about this year’s jump, contact the Gateway or go to https://threerivers.com/.

January 14, 2017

Snowman Contest

Sequoia National Park

This is a part of Hero Appreciation Months. This free family-friendly annual event is held at Wuksachi Lodge, Sequoia National Park, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free hot spiced cider is provided for the participants, and a free loan of snowshoes to reach the meadow where we build the snowmen also provided if necessary. There are prizes for best entries. Park entrance fee required.

January 27, 2017

Firefighters/EMS Celebration

Three Rivers

With the Firefighters Celebration we have the opportunity to honor local heroes. Those being honored tell us stories, and each goes home with a unique piece of art from a local artist. To that we add beer, wine, soup, homemade bread, desserts and we have quite a party! It is free and open to the public. This is part of the Sequoia Foothills Chamber’s 11th Annual Hero Appreciation Months program.

February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

Learn to Square Dance Parties

Three Rivers

Every Tuesday night in February, as part of Hero Appreciation Months, our professional caller provides FREE Learn to Square Dance Parties so anyone can learn to dance — with a variety of music and lots of laughter!  Light refreshments provided, and there is a pie social to celebrate what we’ve learned on February 28. All dances are 7-9 p.m. at the Three Rivers Arts Center.

February 24, 2017

Law Enforcement/Peace Officers Celebration

Three Rivers

With the Law Enforcement Celebration, we once again have the opportunity to honor local heroes. The honorees tell us stories, and each goes home with a unique piece of art from a local artist. To that we add beer, wine, soup, homemade bread, desserts and we have a party!  Free and open to the public. 

March 25, 2017

Bathtub Race for Charity

Lake Kaweah

A part of Hero Appreciation Months, this free family-friendly annual event is always held on the last Saturday in March at Lake Kaweah’s Kaweah Recreation Area. Teams build boats with only the materials provided, and race across the lake for their favorite charity. The entire event, including the boat building, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 31, 2017

Armed Forces Celebration

Three Rivers

With the Armed Forces Celebration, we honor local heroes who have served in the military. They tell us stories, and once again each goes home with a unique piece of art from a local artist. To that we add beer, wine, soup, homemade bread, desserts and have our party!  Free and open to the public.

For more information about these events and others, visit threerivers.com.
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