Nothing brings men (and women) together like food and sports and November brings two events to Bakersfield to keep everyone well-fed and entertained.

Bacon and Craft Beer Festival

If you have a love for bacon and a fresh, cold beer, you’ll want to check out the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival on Nov. 11 at The Park at River Walk. This is the fourth annual festival put on by founder Austin Powell and representing sponsor Lengthwise Brewing Company. All the proceeds collected by the event will be given to children’s charities.

Strongman Mini Donuts will keep you wanting more with its bacon maple doughnut, all the while Eureka keeps it interesting with its bacon cocktail concoction, along with creations from Moo Creamery, Locale Farm to Table Eatery and many more food vendors. Centro 18 Cuisine and Lounge will make its first appearance at the festival.

General admission tickets will be $60 prior to the event and $70 the day of the festival; VIP tickets are $95. VIP allows early access to the festival, special pours and a free T-shirt. The price of admission includes food samples, beer, games and bottled water. The festival begins at noon for VIP,1p.m. for general admission, and runs till 5 p.m. This event is for the 21-and-over crowd.

For more information, go to baconandcraftbeerfest.com, the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival Facebook page or Instagram @baconandcraftbeerfest.

Professional Bull Riders: Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour

It’s a two-athlete kind of sport – man versus beast.

The Professional Bull Riders comes to Bakersfield Saturday, Nov. 18, for its Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour for one night only. This will be the third trip the Velocity Tour has made to Bakersfield. It’s a two-hour event and it starts at 7 p.m. at Rabobank Arena.

There will be 40 competitors from all around the world Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States. The riders travel all over the United States and receive points all throughout the tour to be able to make it to finals, which is held in Las Vegas. Shortly after that, the world finals will also take place in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.

Not only will you have a chance to see the bull riders compete, but you have a chance to compete yourself. The fan that is the loudest and has the most energy will get a chance to win a customized belt buckle! Brace yourselves, you may be called down into the pit for some fun games.

This event is available for everyone of all ages. Tickets range from $15 to $150.

For tickets or more information, go to rabobankarena.com/events.

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