BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 'What's Happening' Kern County? Here's a list of fun events happening in Bakersfield and Kern County on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.
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Saturday, May 3, 2014
RELAY FOR LIFE
Bakersfield's 23rd annual "Relay For Life" kicks off today, with gates opening at 6:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies starting at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Merle Haggard and Airport Drive. There will be live music, vendors and giveaways.
SPRAY PARKS OPEN
Summer is almost here and the local Parks and Recreation Department has some good news if you're looking for somewhere to get cool. The Water Spray Parks officially opens Saturday at noon. The parks will be open only on weekends from noon until 7 p.m. until May 25, then on May 30 they will open seven days a week until September 1. There are eight different locations and admission is free.
GREEK FOOD FEST
The fourth annual Spring Greek Food Festival is from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. today at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church on Truxtun Avenue, next to the Amtrak Station downtown. This one-day event will feature the return of lamb to the huge list of cultural dishes being served as well as music and dancing. Tickets are $5 for adults and kids under 12 get in free. All of the money raised will go towards the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church.
BAKERSFIELD FESTIVAL OF BEERS
The event is held every year at Stramler Park, and features hundreds of different beers on tap. Several bands will also be taking the stage. Tickets are $40 at the door and all of the proceeds go to dozens of local children's charities in Kern County.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Today is Free Comic Book Day! Come out to Leeters at the East Hills Mall to celebrate. Not only are they giving away free comics but there will also be live music, art, a costume contest and an appearance by Angus Oblong, the writer and creator of the hit series "The Oblongs." Everything kicks off at 10 a.m. and is free.
TEHACHAPI TRAIN SHOW
The Tehachapi Loop Railroad Club is hosting their spring model train show this weekend. Enjoy the many displays on hand by members of the club and other model train enthusiasts. Enjoy the many displays on hand by members of the club and other model train enthusiasts. There will also be vendors there to help start or expand your own collection. Today's free event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m. at West Park located at 491 West D Street in Tehachapi.
Comedian Carlos Mencia is live at the Fox Theater. His stand-up starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $44.50. The Fox Theater is located at 2001 H Street.
"COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER"
Enjoy the classic story of country legend Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" Saturday at the Maya Cinemas. Actress Sissy Spacek plays the singer in the true story of how Lynn eventually rose to country music greatness. "Coal Miner's Daughter" starts at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6. The Maya is located at 1000 California.
It's another Saturday night of races at the Bakersfield Speedway. Tonight's races include street stocks, hobby stocks, hard tops and more. Gates open at 4 p.m. and races at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military and $6 for kids ages 6-12. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Avenue.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
RAINBOW VOICES CONCERT
The Rainbow Voices are putting on a performance of songs from movies called "Movies and the Mouse" at the Kern County Museum. The concert starts at 7 p.m. The event is a celebration of music from movies and will also feature snacks, a silent auction and a raffle ticket drawing. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
Come get down with the funk legend George Clinton and his group The Parliament Funkadelic at the Fox Theater. The 1970's music icon will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.75 to $49.75.
HAGGIN OAKS FARMERS MARKET
THe Haggin Oaks Farmer's Market is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors have a selection of items including fruits, vegetables, local honey, hummus, artisan breads and juices too. It is located in the parking lot of the Kaiser Permanente on Ming Avenue.
A special showing of "Ben-Hur" will be showing today at the Edwards Stadium 14. The classic film stars Charlton Heston. The movie starts at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 and $7.00 for kids and seniors.
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24th Street Project community meeting scheduled
In a matter of days, people will get the chance to see what the future of 24th street will look like in downtown Bakersfield.
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