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.