Nestled in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, food, craft beer, yard games and country music are scheduled to entertain the likes of many.

The Active 20-30 Club presents its third annual Country & Craft Beer Festival. The event takes place Saturday, April 1, at the historic Central Park at Mill Creek.

The club hopes to give attendees a “Coachella experience on festival-style grounds,” according to business owner and event chairman Vance Elmore.

You don’t necessarily have to like country to attend this event. If you’re a beer connoisseur or a foodie, then this is an event for you.

More than 40 different craft breweries and 30 different local restaurants are scheduled to attend. Participants include local breweries such as Lengthwise Brewing Company, which is sponsoring the event, and Temblor Brewing Company, as well as out-of-towners such as Firestone-Walker and Lagunitas.

With each brewery, there will be a representative to pour and educate. Attendees will get unlimited samples of everything.

The event is volunteer based and 100 percent of the proceeds go to children’s charities.

“All of it is donated, which we really like to advertise,” Elmore said.

While you drink for a good cause, there will be games and live music available. You can enjoy playing giant Jenga and giant beer pong while local bands such as Lonely Avenue and Truxton Mile perform on the main stage and Texas country group JB and the Moonshine Band entertain on the VIP stage.

The event is scheduled to host 1,500 people, 200 of which will be VIP guests.

“We don’t want you to wait in lines,” Elmore said.

VIP tickets are $120 and general admission is $60. It is highly recommended that attendees purchase tickets in advance as the event tends to sell out.

Tickets are all-inclusive but with a VIP ticket you get some extra bonuses. VIP gets you an hour early admission, a private stage with special musical guests, a fully catered meal from the award-winning PorkChop and Bubba’s BBQ and a specialty beer tent where exclusive barrel-aged and sour beers will be poured.

This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Active 20-30 club. Last year, it raised more than $60,000. Some of the proceeds went to local charities such as the Boys & Girls Club and M.A.R.E. This year they hope to raise more.

“It’s a lot of fun and we know that we’re helping a lot of underprivileged youth and that’s really what it’s all about,” Elmore said.

If your children’s charity is interested in volunteering, send an email to the Active 20-30 Club at BeerFest@active2030.org

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