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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-  Click to Watch

Interested in Becoming an ArtWalk Vendor?

Read the Guidelines

Complete an Application

No longer accepting applications for October 2019 ArtWalk


Deadline for November 1, 2019 ArtWalk: 

October 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.


1.  Complete an Application.

2. Wait.   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.

Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t receive a response to your application within a few days.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email outlining details of your space assignment.

3. Pay.   Please pay after receiving an email from ArtWalk confirming your space approval.

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 approved for a space.  Please check your spam folder if you do not receive a response within a few days.



The following areas are


from 2:30 pm until 9:30 pm during First Friday

Eye Street between 18th and 20th Streets, Wall Street Alley between H Street and Chester Avenue, and the service alley between 19th & 20th Streets adjacent to Eye Street

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.

Vehicles still parked within the prohibited areas after 2:30 will be subject to citation and/or towing by Bakersfield Police Department.