The Art Walk At First Friday


On the first Friday of each month, the Arts Council of Kern features ArtWalk, a family-friendly arts event that showcases Kern County’s best artists.  Come enjoy — and buy — the creations of many different types of artists and craftsmen and women.  It all happens from 5:00 – 9:00 pm beginning at the intersection of 19th and Eye Streets in downtown Bakersfield.

Thanks to Jacob Shaw of KBAK-29 for a great story on ArtWalk

May 5, 2017



Interested in Becoming an ArtWalk Vendor?

1.  Read the Guidelines


2.  Complete an Application


Application deadline for October 6, 2017 ArtWalk:  

Monday, September 25, 2017  @ 4:00 P.M.


3.  Wait (patience is a virtue).  ArtWalk will contact you via email after receiving your application, usually within a day or so.  You will be asked to submit photographs of your work and to submit a signed Release of Liability waiver. 

4.  Pay after receiving an email from ArtWalk confirming your space assignment.

DO NOT submit payment for a space until you have been notified by ArtWalk that your application has been processed and that you have been assigned a space.  






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Parking Update  

Effective Friday, March 3, 2017 and continuing indefinitely,

Eye Street between 18th and 19th Streets and Wall Street Alley between H Street and Chester Avenue

will be


from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm during First Friday

in order to accommodate new vendor spaces.  Bakersfield Police Department will post “no parking” notices the day before each ArtWalk event.   Attendees can park in the city parking structure at 18th at Eye Streets by accessing the 18th Street entrance/exit or at other open spaces within the ArtWalk footprint.


For More Information About ArtWalk:


or Call 661-324-9000