Current Events —

oleadner and pride 2022

Musical Theatre Camp

Sat, Jun 18,  6:30 - Sun, Jun 19, 2022 7:30 PM

Oleander Neighborhood 

plein air painting festival

Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, May 22nd

1330 Truxtun Ave

Past Events —

Saturday, July 23rd 10:00am

ACK Listening tour - spanish

The Haunted Museum 

pie and fall art festival

October 17th - 31st

November 12th

Saturday, July 23rd 11:30 AM

First Friday ArtWalk is back!
Join us as a vendor or visitor. downtown at 
19th and Eye Street

January 6th,  February 3rd,  March 3rd

FIRST FRIDAY / ARTWALK

Stories on the Sidewalk—

The past comes alive on the streets of Bakersfield with an interactive journey through the history of Kern County. This live theatre experience centers around actors playing the parts of some of our area’s most famous - and infamous - residents greet visitors at each of eleven stops spread throughout downtown. Beginning at the Arts Council of Kern, colorful characters like Colonel Thomas Baker, Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, Madge the Madam, the devious outlaw Dick Fellows, and many others chart a path through some of the most exciting stories in Kern’s rich history. 

Tours begin at 10AM and end at 3:30PM each day as local performers in period dress shepherd groups through an historical journey into their own back yard.

For almost a decade, The Plein Air Painting Festival has been a staple of Kern County’s cultural calendar. Derived from the French practice of painting landscape pictures outdoors, plein air painting has evolved into an immersive practice of creating art in the public sphere. The Festival offers artist discussion panels, workshops, and parties as part of the week-long event, as well as a chance to observe artists in action as they take inspiration from the vibrant happenings and iconic scenes around the city.


Plein Air Painting Festival—

  • Bird Dog Arts (2022)
  • David & Debby John (2020)
  • Fred and Virginia Hamisch Charitable Fund (2020)
  • Gallery N’ Gifts (2022)
  • Jack and Carolyn Pandol (2020)
  • Jim & Nancy Duncan (2020)
  • Lori & John Hale (2020)
  • Lou & Sheryl Barbich Foundation (2020)
  • Mary Mazzei (2020)
  • Melissa Fortune (2020)
  • Nancy & Dennis Frick (2020)

thank you to our
PAPF Sponsors

  • (2020) Patricia B. Young
  • 2022) Robert Raskind Foundation 
  • (2022) Seneca Resources Company 
  • (2020) Stinson’s 
  • (2022) Sue and Don Deininger 
  • (2022) Susan Ruppel 
  • (2020) Sylvia Cattani 
  • (2020) Thomas Maxwell 
  • (2020) Tim and Katie Werdel Giving Fund 
  • (2020) UBS Financial