If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get out and explore your community, downtown Bakersfield has the event for you with Second Saturday.
Started last spring, the gathering celebrating the burgeoning downtown business scene is modeled after First Friday, the decade-old gathering celebrating arts, music, food and culture downtown.
Downtown businesses and City Councilman Andrae Gonzalez, who serves Ward 2 have championed the event to bring people to the area on the less-active weekend.
A map drawn by Katie Lemster of Honey I Love You Shop shows people this month's participating restaurants and retailers, which are offering discounts, giveaways and other specials.
The Hen's Roost farmer market continues its ongoing participation including a vendors fair (19th and G) featuring Better Bowls, a plant-based meal business; Grizzy Cycles, which will offer bike valet; What Up Dough, serving "doughnuts with personality"; and artisans Petal & Fleur, Lux Exteriors, Tiny Particles of Light, Greenman Nature Craft, Amazing Soap Company and Hippie Rasta Uncuffed.
Downtown's other farmers market at F and Golden State will also take part in the event. Other participants/activities include:
Over at 17th Place Townhomes (18th and N streets), Stephen and Katherine Winters, owners of Samsara Wellness Center, will lead a free sound healing pranayama session at noon.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dog Gone Crazy Pet Salon (19th and K/L streets) will offer walk-in toenail trims ($10), along with fresh breath spray, spritz of perfume/cologne and fun scarf for $5.
Artist Jocelyn Dimaya will open her Jocelyn Shares design studio at 2005 Eye St., Suite 4 (above Dagny's) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
House of Flowers will host a maker station for pressed flower bookmarks from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Fellow 19th and Eye businesses Parlor Wax Co. and Encore Boutique will offer discounts.
The Bakersfield Museum of Art (1930 R St.) will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with a special family art activity.
Mill Creek Antique Mall (19th and Q) will offer sales up to 50 percent off along with free cocoa or coffee with purchase.
Vendor For Love & Wellbeing will again show attendees how to make their own beaded plant hanger ($10), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Cafe Smitten (909 18th St.). The activity has been a popular one for the monthly event.
The area around the coffee shop will also feature pop-ups for Brandwell Workshops, Bakers Outpost, Cactusamongus and other vendors.
For more on the event, visit bakersfieldsecondsaturday.com.