Tickets are on sale now for two upcoming festivals that celebrate art, community and a top Kern County crop.

First up is COLOURS, also known as the Shafter arts festival, which takes place over four days, Feb. 21 through 24. Now in its third year, the festival was the brainchild of several Shafter residents who were looking for a way to celebrate the city's cultural life. Activities include art exhibitions, a wine-tasting, several musical events and a number of theatrical performances.

Ticket prices vary; for more, go to and look for our feature on the festival in an upcoming edition of The Californian.

Also on sale are tickets to the inaugural Kern County Nut Festival on June 15 at the Kern County Museum. Organizers have big plans for the daylong event, which celebrates the three local nut crops: almonds, pistachios and walnuts. Though the festival is still coming together, an abundance of food, contests and family activities have already been announced.

Tickets, available at the museum and all Vallitix locations are: $10, adults and $5, children (all tickets will be $2 more at the door). For information, visit

Meanwhile, the festival is seeking submissions for its poster contest. First prize is $1,000, and the deadline is Feb. 11. Artists must live in California and the winning work must incorporate one or all of the featured nuts. Applications and rules are available on the museum's website. Questions? Contact Beth Pandol at