List of Easter celebrations, Good Friday and Holy Sunday services in Central California (2024)

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Easter is around the corner and many organizations are holding events across Central California, including egg hunts and other celebrations.

Below you'll find a full list of the upcoming events:

Saturday, April 9

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Lions Park-744 S Park Ave, Kerman
9 am - 12 pm

Contact: City of Kerman Parks and Rec

Information: The City of Kerman Parks, Recreation, and Community Services invites you to join our Easter Eggstravaganza & Earth Day event on April 9th, 2022 from 9:00AM - Noon at Lions Park. Celebrate by taking pictures with the Easter bunny, hunting for eggs in the park, and participating in Earth day activities. Click here for more information.

EASTER EGG HUNT

Northpointe Community Church-4625 W Palo Alto Ave, Fresno
9:30 am - 11 am

Contact: 559-276-2300

Information: We're super excited to have an Easter Egg Hunt for NorthPointe families this year! The hunt itself is designed for kids (Babies - 4th Graders), but the whole family is invited. We're also going to have face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny! Make sure to get there for the kick-off celebration at 9:30AM near the Baptism Pool. Click here for more information.

BUNNY BRUNCH & EASTER CELEBRATION

Children's Storybook Garden & Museum-175 E Tenth Street, Hanford
(Brunch) 9:30 am - 11:30 am & (Celebration) 10:30 am - 12 pm

Information: Parents and kids can enjoy breakfast and games with the Easter Bunny during the Bunny Brunch. After the Brunch, enjoy additional games, activities, and Easter Egg Hunt until noon. Pre-registration is required FOR THE BUNNY BRUNCH. Space available for 30 children only. Easter Celebration: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Children: $12 Adults: $5. Parents and kids can have fun in the Garden enjoying games, activities, and an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are available online on our website, Eventbrite, or at the Garden. Tickets at the Gate day of the event for an additional $2. Click here for more information.

EASTER EGG HUNT & CAR SHOW

Al Radka Park-5897 E Belmont Ave
12 pm - 2 pm

Information: Come and enjoy a family fun event. Free to the public. Take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy free food and refreshments and face painting. This is an outdoor event. There will be a small car show for family entertainment. Click here for more information.

Friday, April 15

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE @ THE WELL

The Well Community Church - 2044 E Nees Ave., Fresno
6 pm

Information: Worship with us remembering the work that Jesus did on the cross. Join us at 6 pm on April 15th in person at our north campus or online. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY AT NORTHPOINTE

Northpointe Community Church-4625 W Palo Alto Ave, Fresno
6 pm

Information: We're putting together services to encourage and uplift - so you might engage Jesus in new ways. You might be enduring a loss, suffering in pain, feeling insignificant, harboring bitterness, carrying guilt, or feeling empty & numb... You were designed for something better. There's a future and a hope God wants to give you. And it starts at the foot of the cross and leads to new life. Good Friday service available online and in person. Watch online here. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY COMMUNION GATHERING

Peoples Church-7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno
12 pm - 1:15 pm

Information: Join us for a special Good Friday gathering on Friday, April 15 at 12pm in the auditorium. We encourage you to invite a friend! More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE @ NORTHPARK CHURCH

Northpark Community Church-2297 E Shepherd Ave, Fresno - or online
12 pm - 1 pm

Information: You are invited to join us at Northpark on your lunch break for a meaningful, interactive communion service as we reflect on what Jesus' death (and resurrection) means for us. This is a great way to kick off Easter weekend! We intentionally end a little before 1:00 so you can get back to work if you're on your lunch break. 1st - 6th Grade children will have their own Good Friday lesson and fun activities. Childcare will be provided for children age 0 - Kindergarten. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY @ HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit Catholic Church-355 E Champlain Drive, Fresno
12:15 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm

Information: Stations of the Cross at 12:15pm. Liturgy of the lord's passion at 3pm and will be live streamed. The Passion of the Christ movie at 7pm. More information here.

CROSSCITY GOOD FRIDAY

Crosscity Christian Church-2777 E Nees Ave, Fresno
6p

Information: We invite you to join us online or in person and celebrate with us! Why are we celebrating? Because God loved us enough to give us the very best He had to offer. We are celebrating the resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. The Easter story is all about God's great love for us, and His desire to have a real relationship with you! More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY AT CELEBRATION CHURCH

100 W Ashlan Ave, Clovis
6 pm

More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY AT GATEWAY MERCED

Gateway Community Church-353 E Donna Drive, Merced
7 pm

Information: Gateway is made up of ordinary people from the community, just like you! We are committed to growing in our love for Christ, each other and our community. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY @ NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH

Neighborhood Church-5505 W Riggin Ave, Visalia
6:30 pm

Information: Before we jump into Easter weekend, we are taking time to reflect on the cross. Join us on Good Friday at Neighborhood Church for a night of worship, communion, and prayer. No childcare will be provided. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY @ ST. CHARLES BORROMEO

St. Charles Borromeo-5049 W Caldwell Ave, Visalia
3 pm, 6 pm

Information: Good Friday is the second day of the Easter Triduum and the day that Catholics and other Christians throughout the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. According to Mark 15:42 Jesus died "on the day of preparation, the day before the sabbath." The Hebrew Sabbath is celebrated on Saturday which is preceded by Friday. Therefore the Friday before Easter (the day that we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead) is traditionally marked as the day Jesus died on the cross. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY @ TCC ALIVE

Tulare Community Church-1820 N Gem Street, Tulare
6 pm

More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER WALK @ EPIC CHURCH

Epic Church Of Hanford-213 W 7th Street, Hanford
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Information: Come by the epic church campus and walk through several worship, prayer, and reflective stations that draw us to the power of the crucifixion. Your prayer walk will conclude in worship and communion in the Worship Center. More information here.

GOOD FRIDAY @ KOINONIA CHURCH

Koinonia Church-12536 Hanford Armona Rd, Hanford
7 pm - 8 pm

Information: Join us for Easter 2022! Start inviting your friends and family. More information here.

Saturday, April 16

WILLOW GARDENS' EASTER EGG HUNT

Willow Gardens Nursery-10428 N Willow Ave, Clovis
10 am

Information: It's that time of year again! Join us at Willow Gardens Nursery on Saturday, April 16th at 10 a.m. for an Easter egg hunt! Egg hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. with 3 different start times based on age. All children free under 10 years old. Click here for more information.

VISALIA PAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Lincoln Oval, Visalia
10 am - 10:30 am

Information: Visalia Police Activities League (PAL) would like to present our Annual Lincoln Oval Park PAL Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 am. We will have over 4000 eggs hidden within the park and each egg will have a prize. Many other eggs will contain tickets for an even bigger prize. The Easter bunny will also be present to meet and greet the kids in attendance. Bring your own basket to enjoy the egg hunt. There will be an egg hunt for toddlers and an egg hunt for the older children. Click here for more information.

PPCMF EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Zumwalt Park, Tulare
11 am - 5 pm

Information: The Paulie Pryce Cortez Memorial Foundation Easter Eggstravaganza at Zumwalt Park in Tulare. Easter egg hunt Photos with the Easter Bunny Vendors Face painting Corn hole games and more fun Free admission. Click here for more information.

EASTER AT NORTHPARK

Northpark Community Church-2297 E Shepherd Ave, Fresno - or online
5 pm

Information: Join us for meaningful worship, relevant teaching directly from the Bible, and a warm and friendly community. Our children's program is always FUN, spiritually meaningful and secure! Children's classes through 6th grade will be available at all services. Kids through 6th grade will enjoy special activities including the Easter week story, age appropriate activities, and an Easter Egg Hunt! More information here.

CROSSCITY EASTER SERVICE

Crosscity Christian Church-2777 E Nees Ave, Fresno
6 pm

Information: We invite you to join us online or in person and celebrate with us! Why are we celebrating? Because God loved us enough to give us the very best He had to offer. We are celebrating the resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. The Easter story is all about God's great love for us, and His desire to have a real relationship with you! More information here.

Sunday, April 17

EASTER SERVICE @ NORTHPOINTE

Northpointe Community Church-4625 W Palo Alto Ave, Fresno
9 am and 11 am

Information: We're putting together services to encourage and uplift - so you might engage Jesus in new ways. You might be enduring a loss, suffering in pain, feeling insignificant, harboring bitterness, carrying guilt, or feeling empty & numb... You were designed for something better. There's a future and a hope God wants to give you. And it starts at the foot of the cross and leads to new life. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY MASS @ THE WELL

The Well Community Church-1235 N Minnewawa Ave, Clovis
10 am

Information: See you Sunday at 10am at our outdoor Clovis campus or online at thewellcommunity.Org/live as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It will be a time of worship and family fun with coffee and donuts, a puppet show, and baptisms. Invite your family and friends to hear the hope, unity and peace only found through Jesus. Bring your chairs and blankets! More information here.

OUTDOOR SUNRISE GATHERING

Peoples Church-7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno
7 am - 8:15 am

Information: Start Easter Sunday right with a special message at our Outdoor Sunrise Gathering on the West Field at 7am. More information here.

INDOOR EASTER GATHERINGS @ PEOPLES CHURCH

Peoples Church-7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno
8 am - 9:15 am, 9:10am- 10:45 am, 11 am- 12:15 pm

Information: You're invited to spend Easter with us at one of our gatherings on Sunday, April 17 at 8am, 9:30am or 11am. Bring your whole family as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. More information here.

CROSSCITY EASTER SERVICE

Crosscity Christian Church-2777 E Nees Ave, Fresno
9:15 am and 11 am

Information: Thank you for visiting, We invite you to join us online or in person and celebrate with us! Why are we celebrating? Because God loved us enough to give us the very best He had to offer. We are celebrating the resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. The Easter story is all about God's great love for us, and His desire to have a real relationship with you! More information here.

EASTER AT NORTHPARK

Northpark Community Church-2297 E Shepherd Ave, Fresno
8:30 am and 10 am

Information: 8:30 a.m. (in person) & 10:00 a.m. (online or in person). Join us for meaningful worship, relevant teaching directly from the Bible, and a warm and friendly community. Our children's program is always FUN, spiritually meaningful and secure! Children's classes through 6th grade will be available at all services. Kids through 6th grade will enjoy special activities including the Easter week story, age appropriate activities, and an Easter Egg Hunt! More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP @ FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

First Presbyterian Church-1540 M Street, Fresno
9 am - 1 pm

Information: The Children's Ministry Team is offering Nursery care and Preschool class during our 9am worship. Nursery care and Preschool to 3rd grade Sunday School will be available during the 10:45 worship.4th grade and up will worship with their families. Offered in person and online here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIkTI--hSRQfYvRltPW7tQA. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY @ HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit Catholic Church-355 E Champlain Drive, Fresno
8 am, 10 am, 12 pm

Information: Mass of the resurrection at 8 am. 10 am service will be livestreamed. And there will be a 12 pm service. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY VICTORY

New Covenant Community Church-1744 E Nees Ave, Fresno
9 am, 10.45 am

Information: Easter Week at Newcov is an exciting time as we look to remember the death and burial of Christ and celebrate the resurrection of the son of God. More information here.

EASTER AT CELEBRATION

100 W Ashlan Ave, Clovis
9 am, 11 am

More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY @ REDEEMERS CHURCH

Redeemer's Church-819 W Parlier Ave, Reedley
9 am, 11 am, 11:15 am

Information: English services at 9 am and 11 am. Spanish service at 11:15 am. Free family photos. Activities for kids in between English services at 10:30 am. More information here.

EASTER SERVICE AT GATEWAY MERCED

Gateway Community Church-353 E Donna Drive, Merced
9 am, 11 am

Information: Gateway is made up of ordinary people from the community, just like you! We are committed to growing in our love for Christ, each other and our community. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY @ YOSEMITE CHURCH

Yosemite Church-2230 E Yosemite Ave, Merced
9 am, 11 am

Information: Services will be held in our outdoor amphitheater at our Merced campus, weather permitting. If weather is uncooperative, services will be moved inside. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY @ ST. CHARLES

St. Charles Borromeo-5049 W Caldwell Ave, Visalia
6:30 am, 8 am, 10 am, 12:30 pm, 7 pm

Information: For Catholics and most other Christians all over the world, Easter is a solemn holiday that is held on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox; which is in late March to mid-April.

Easter Sunday, the Pascha, or Resurrection Sunday as it is also known, marks the third day after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the day of his miraculous resurrection, fulfilling the Messiah prophecy foretold in the Old Testament. Spanish mass will be 8am & 12:30pm. English mass will be at 6:30am + 10am + 7pm. Simultaneous Masses will be celebrated outside for overflow at 8:05 a.m., 10:05 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. as needed. More information here.

EASTER @ NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH

Neighborhood Church-5505 W Riggin Ave, Visalia
8:30 am, 10 am, 11:30 am

Information: You're invited to Easter at Neighborhood Church! We're throwing a party to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday, April 17 at 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am! There will be a family photo booth, you can create your own Easter basket, free portraits for the whole family, outdoor lounge area, bounce house and Easter kids game area with prizes. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY @ TCC ALIVE

Tulare Community Church-1820 N Gem Street, Tulare
10 am

Information: As we do each year, we will be inviting our neighbors and community to join us for these services. Please help us make this a welcoming place for all who will join us those days. We also encourage you to be praying about who the Spirit might be leading you to invite to the Easter services this year. More information here. More information here.

EASTER SUNDAY @ KOINONIA CHURCH

Koinonia Church-12536 Hanford Armona Rd, Hanford
9 am, 11 am

Information: Join us for Easter 2022! Start inviting your friends and family. Spanish sunrise service at 6am. More services at 9am & 11am. More information here.

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE @ EPIC CHURCH

Epic Church Of Hanford-213 W 7th Street, Hanford
10 am

Information: Join us for this special celebration of Christ's resurrection through meaningful worship music and inspiring Bible study. We'll serve a special holiday brunch on the front patio at 9:15 so that we have time to get to know one another a little better. More information here.

JAZZ EASTER BLOCK PARTY

Cultural Arts District Park - 1615 Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93721
1 pm to 5 pm

Information: Come celebrate a jazzy Easter with Fresno Career Development Institute and the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce. Take photos with Easter Bunny. There will be vendors, raffles, games and treats for kids.

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List of Easter celebrations, Good Friday and Holy Sunday services in Central California (2024)

FAQs

What do people do on Easter Sunday? ›

On Easter, people traditionally visit churches, bake hot cross buns, and decorate Easter eggs, which are symbolic of Christ's death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb. Children decorate eggs and take part in Easter egg hunts, where the Easter Bunny hides eggs.

What do churches do on Easter Sunday? ›

Christians celebrate this momentous occasion with special Easter church services. Many of them go to Sunrise services which are held early in the morning. They do this because of when the women found the empty tomb, signifying that Christ is risen! Some churches have a special Easter luncheon after the service.

What do we do on Easter Friday? ›

Many Christians attend church services on Good Friday. These services often focus on reflecting on Jesus' suffering and crucifixion. Some traditions include abstaining from meat, attending special processions, or participating in Stations of the Cross meditations.

Do you have any Easter traditions? ›

Easter traditions include sunrise services or late-night vigils, exclamations and exchanges of Paschal greetings, flowering the cross, the wearing of Easter bonnets by women, clipping the church, and the decoration and the communal breaking of Easter eggs (a symbol of the empty tomb).

Is Easter a Catholic or pagan festival? ›

While Easter is a time when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ, a few aspects of the holiday were adopted from ancient pagan rituals that celebrated the annual resurrection of life during the spring.

What not to do on Easter Friday? ›

Those who observe in the superstition believe that doing any housework on this day will bring bad luck to your family. Gardening and farming tasks are off the table too on Good Friday, as an old belief decrees that no iron (such as a spade or a fork, for example) should enter the ground.

What are 3 traditions of Easter? ›

Some of these Easter traditions, such as baking a cake or hosting an egg roll, might already be part of your holiday, while others, such as whipping up a fresh batch of hot cross buns or sporting a festive and colorful bonnet, might make the perfect addition if you're looking for something new!

What do people do on Good Friday? ›

Commemorating Jesus' crucifixion, Good Friday is a solemn day of mourning and reflection for Christians, who often attend special church services and prayer vigils. Good Friday is a part of Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, and Good Friday, leading up to Easter Sunday.

What not to do on Easter Sunday? ›

However, there are some things you must not do on Easter. Sunday is a holy day that we should dedicate to God and use for rest. You should not then clean, wash, work or do other things. Especially on such a special Sunday as Easter, you should refrain from such activities.

What do churches do on Good Friday? ›

The Good Friday liturgy consists of three parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and the Holy Communion. The Liturgy of the Word consists of the clergy and assisting ministers entering in complete silence, without any singing. They then silently make a full prostration.

What church does not celebrate Easter? ›

The most famous Christian groups to commonly reject Easter are: the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Messianic Jewish groups (also known as Hebrew-Christians), Armstrong Movement churches, many Puritan-descended Presbyterians, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

What to do at 3pm on Good Friday? ›

The first is the moment of the death of Jesus at 3 O'Clock. We immerse ourselves in the Passion of Jesus and pray with great love and gratitude to Him, thanking Him for His love for us. We say the short prayer and offer it for sinners.

What happened at 3pm on Good Friday? ›

Beaten, forced to wear a crown of thorns and given the burden of carrying a heavy wooden cross on his back, Jesus was paraded through streets of jeering crowds. He was then nailed to the cross by his hands and feet. After spending six hours on the cross, Jesus died at 3pm on Good Friday.

What not to do on Good Friday? ›

Household chores, including washing of clothes, were also to be avoided on this holy day as it was thought doing them would bring bad luck on the household for the rest of the year. Having a bath on Good Friday was thought to bring bad luck, especially at 3pm, the time Christ is believed to have died on the cross.

Do they celebrate Easter in Los Angeles? ›

We can't wait for Easter in Los Angeles, a time when the city is full of vibrant spring parties, egg hunts, outdoor brunches, and festive activities. Here we've looked into some of the most highly-anticipated events happening this year on and around March 31, 2024.

Does Los Angeles celebrate Easter? ›

As spring unfolds its beauty across Los Angeles, the city comes alive with fun Easter celebrations. This festive season, characterized by longer days and blooming landscapes, offers a perfect backdrop for a plethora of activities that cater to everyone's tastes.

Do they celebrate Easter in the States? ›

Christian Americans celebrate Easter in the church, but Easter has also become a holiday celebrated by people of all faiths in America, with a non-secular tone. The non-secular mascot for Easter in America is the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny is a fictional creature, similar to Santa Claus.

What states is Easter a holiday? ›

In the United States, Easter Monday is not a federal holiday and there are few national observances apart from traditions such as the White House Easter egg roll. On a local level, the day is informally observed in some areas such as the state of North Dakota, and some cities in New York, Michigan, and Indiana.

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