For most folks, it was a short work week. We needed it to recover from the holiday weekend. So this should be a quiet restful weekend in Bakersfield, right?
Sorry, just the opposite. Put on your red hat, your high-heeled sneakers, and slip a couple of Alka-Seltzers in your pocket. The Bako area is on full scale party alert.
There are tough choices to make, and any choice will be a good one.
Only one party lasts both Friday and Saturday, and it’s also the granddaddy of festivals. This is the 40th year for the St. George Greek Food Festival. Since the church grounds are right downtown it’s easy to slip over Friday evening and load up on lemon chicken, Greek salad, spanikopitas, gyros and baklava, then walk it off and head a few blocks over to—
“Bakersfield First Friday.” September First Friday has been the biggest attended because of the huge juried art exhibit at Metro Gallery. They have over 150 entries this year with the theme of “fiesta.” The entire downtown will be a fiesta. There are four other major art exhibits, live theatre, funky bars, great restaurants, live music and perfect weather. Another place to visit downtown will be the “Guild House.”
I love this beautiful restored 1905 home and the kitchen is run by a great group of volunteers to support a local children and family mental health clinic. On “First Friday” they will be serving an appetizer, wine and dessert and music will be provided by yours truly on keys along with Ken on sax. Hope to see you there.
Get some sleep Friday night because Bako’s biggest party of the year starts at 6pm Saturday. The “Village Fest” is expecting another sold-out crowd of 4500 partiers. There will be 30 restaurants, 60 breweries (100 brands of beer), 25 wineries (70 wines offered) and 5 stages of simultaneous live music with 17 bands.
I will be playing with the Fat Daddy Blues Band on the Micro-Blues Stage at 7:15, so hope to see you there. Here’s a video of our group playing the Village Fest a couple of years ago. http://youtu.be/s__u2l8jINU
If German food and beer are your preference, then take a 40 minute drive up the mountain and enjoy the Tehachapi Mountains Oktoberfest on Saturday. 24 food vendors offering sausage, chicken, cheese noodles, sauerkraut, bratwurst, apple strudel, ox tails, and of course, beer; some traditional Polka music and dancing too.
If the Alka-Seltzer didn’t work Saturday morning, then a nice calm day can be spent taking part in the Wasco Rose Festival. They still cultivate 44% of the World’s roses. Bus tours of the rose fields, a big parade and a huge barn dance round out your Saturday night.
For the rest of you, there are a few good movies playing in town too.
Enjoy this great weekend and our perfect weather.