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The Arts Council of Kern provides support and promotes arts access, advocacy, and education for all residents and visitors to Kern County.

Kern County

Plein Air Painting Festival


April 20-25, 2020
Various beautiful & scenic locations all throughout Kern County

Fifteen of the best artists from the western US are invited to observe
and paint our beloved Kern County outside in the elements. The events culminate with the Award and Sales Gala, a juried show and sales event celebrating the artists work.  

 Click here to learn more!







Artist Reception at the

Access Center Gallery

February 6, 2020     5:00pm – 6:30pm
1330 Truxtun Avenue   Bakersfield, CA 93301

Join us for a free community event  complimentary hors d’oeuvres
and with dozens of original paintings and photographs.

Main Artist: Berklee Comstock
Featured Artists: Ryan Holdcraft

Click here to let us know you’ll be there!




Stories on the Sidewalk

February 8 & 9, 2020     11:00am – 3:00pm
Tours begin at 1330 Truxtun Avenue   Bakersfield, CA 93301

Tickets are just $10.

Straight from the mouths of those who were there, Stories on the Sidewalk is a fun, educational walk through history, where colorful characters from Kern County’s past come alive on the streets of Bakersfield. 

Eleven stops in downtown Bakersfield will feature actors portraying some of Kern’s most famous and infamous residents, such as Colonel Thomas Baker, General Edward Beale, Dr. Rose Bercham, Chops Lawrence and Aurelio Hererra. These exciting stories of Kern’s rich history, told in riveting, locally written dramatic presentations and performed by local actors, will be right on the streets of Bakersfield.

Click here for tickets on Saturday, February 8.
Click here for tickets on Sunday, February 9.



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