'What's Happening' Kern County? List of things to do in Bakersfield, Kern County May 17, 18

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 'What's Happening' Kern County? Here's a list of fun events happening in Bakersfield and Kern County on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18.

To find out 'What's Happening' on weekends, watch 23ABC's weekend morning show with Lindsey Adams on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Did we miss anything? Email the newsroom at events@kero.com with any future events in Kern County.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

SIXTH ANNUAL BIGGEST, BADDEST BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP

More than 50 local teams will battle for $15,000 and the title of having the "Best Barbecue in Town." There will be live music, family entertainment and a variety of food vendors. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. The event is being held at the Kern County Fair grounds, 1142 South P Street. 

ROLLER DERBY

Start your weekend with some fast, hard-hitting roller derby! The Bakersfield's Unforgiving Rollergirls will be taking on the Fresno Derby Alliance at Rollerama, 1004 34th St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. 

32nd ANNUAL LILAC FESTIVAL

Come celebrate the flower the mountain (the Lilac!) during the 32nd annual Lilac Festival at the Pine Mountain Club. From 9 a.m. to 5:00 p..m., enjoy more than 100 arts and crafts booths, international food vendors, live music and amusement area for kids. The traditional Lilac parade will be held at 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free. 

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY

It's another Saturday of races at the Bakersfield Speedway. Tonight's race includes street stocks, hobby stocks, hard tops and more! Gates open at 4 p.m. and the races start at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military personnel and $6 for kids ages 6 thru 12. The Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Ave. 

PARK AT RIVER WALK CONCERT SERIES

This week's show features Pablo Cruise at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Formed in 1973, the band topped the charts throughout the 1970’s, landing 4 singles in the Billboard top 20. Tickets for the show are just $12.50.

BAKERSFIELD YOUNG AUTHORS FAIR

The Kern Reading Association's 39th annual Young Authors Fair will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30  p.m. at the Larry E. Reider Education Center on 20th and K Street. This event is for elementary, junior high and high school students and is free of charge. Each child that attends can write or illustrate a book for public display. Each child who has written a book and attends will receive a ribbon. Books are not judged, but all books will be on display.

WILDFIRE AWARENESS EXPO

The Kern County Fire Department will be holding a Wildfire Awareness Expo in Tehachapi to provide the community with valuable information on wildfire awareness, hazard reduction and emergency preparedness. The expo will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Meadowbrook Park

LOW-COST VACCINATION AND LICENSING CLINIC FOR SHAFTER RESIDENTS

The Kern County Animal Services Department and the Shafter City Animal Control Department have joined forces to offer a low-cost vaccination and licensing clinic for both city and county residents in the Shafter area. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Mannel Park. Microchips are being offered at no cost. DHPP vaccinations are just $3 each, and rabies vaccinations are just $5 with the purchase of a Kern County or Shafter City dog license at the time of vaccination.

DORK STRONG WOD

You can honor fallen firefighters with a here WOD at 9 a.m. at RX & Scaled Divisions CrossFit OD located at 10010 Rosedale Highway. A $10 donation will go towards a fundraiser to honor fallen Boston firefighter Mike "Dork" Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh. There will be vendors and raffle prizes at the event.

ARMED FORCES DAY LAKE CLEAN UP

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, the Keepers of the Kern are hosting a lake clean up. They will meet at Old Isabella Campground parking lot at 9 a.m. They will be handing out flags and trash bags to anyone that wants to help clean up around the lake and celebrate Armed Forces Day. If you have a flag you can bring it, along with water and a snack to share.

CAR WASH BENEFITING THE WILKINS FAMILY

Gail Wilkins passed away on May 2nd leaving behind three children. The family is hosting a car wash on El Tejon Avenue and Airport Drive starting at 10 a.m.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

BAKERSFIELD COLLECTOR CON

Celebrate your inner geek and head out to the second annual Bakersfield Collector Con, where you'll be able to check out the latest collectibles, toys and comics. There will also be a costume contest and raffle drawings held every hour. Plus, those who attend could land a role in an upcoming zombie movie. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Bakersfield Marriott. Admission is $5 and those in costume will get in for a discounted rate. 

TEHACHAPI SYMPHONY 

Come check out the final performance of the season by the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra. The free concert starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Country Oaks Baptist Church. The event will feature the Young Artist Concert Winner

and the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus. The music selection includes Brahm's Symphony no. 4 and Brahm's Love Song Waltzes. 

HAGGIN OAKS FARMERS MARKET

Looking for fresh and tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables? Then check out the Haggin Oaks Farmers Market today from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It's in the parking lot of the Kaiser Permanente on Ming Ave.

SPARTACUS

Enjoy a special showing of the Oscar-winning film "Spartacus" today at the Edwards Stadium 14. Kirk Douglas stars as a slave turned gladiators who eventually leads his fellow slaves in a rebellion against their masters. The showing is at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors. 

SWEET SURRENDER 25TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

The public is welcome to join owner of Sweet Surrender, Kim Fiorini, and her staff as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sweet Surrender Bakery and Boutique. The event will feature complimentary birthday cake, entertainment, face painting and a cakewalk. The event is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Sweet Surrender located at 6439 Ming Avenue.

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