If you can take the heat, head out to First Friday. There are plenty of activities — many inside air-conditioned locations — to keep you busy as you head into the weekend. Here's a quick roundup.
Bubble Pop Gallery is putting the next generation of artists in charge with its Kids Art Show. Featuring works by 15 artists ages 5-13, the show will be on display for one night only.
Participants, who depicted either a well-loved super hero or one of their creation, are Charlie Hennessy, Olive Farley, Zori Rodriguez, Mary Spurlock, Pepper Lily Lively, Beatrix Faye Lively, Meilindah Fogle, Mia Rhodes, Storm Rhodes, Hannah Montoya, Liam Wentworth, Wyatt Wentworth, Sadie E., Gloria Keveany and Kayla Krouse.
Along with the show there will be a free art demo and activity provided by Sey Studios (run by gallery curator Ashleymarie Sey Lively), GoodyK Art will be offering a slime activity ($2) and ice pops for sale from Paleta Co. 5-8 p.m., Bubble Pop Gallery, 2007 H St.
The Arts Council of Kern, which usually hosts receptions for shows later in the month, is getting in on First Friday. The gallery will feature the exhibit "Nature as We Know" by Reema Hammad. The photographer's work is a multi-part documentary series examining the different ways we view the natural landscape.
Also on display are punched tinworks in a Spanish Colonial style by Adam Thacher, who also takes part in the Arts Council's First Friday Art Walk. (More information on his work at sanjoaquinpunchedtin.com.) 5-6:30 p.m., 1330 Truxtun Ave.
The Bakersfield Museum of Art is all about the free fun. Along with free admission (and extended hours until 8 p.m.), it will again offer a free yoga session. Hosted by Samsara Wellness Center, the free session starts at 6:15 p.m. in the museum's sculpture garden. Bring your mat, water and a good attitude. More information at bmoa.org/yoga.
Art lovers can also take in the summer exhibitions: "Charles Arnoldi: Forms, A 50 Year Survey"; "From Where I Stand," from the 2018 ArtWorks youth program; and ongoing shows "Mark Adams: Works on Paper" and "LINE." 1930 R St.
The Hen's Roost, which recently reopened for lunch offering its tasty vegan fare, has also brought back its karaoke night. The eatery will be open 5 to 8 p.m., selling food and allowing guests to take the mic. Song requests are $2 with proceeds going to aid those in need in the downtown area. 1916 G St.
House of Flowers is pushing out summer inventory with an evening of plants, pottery and paletas. There will be a plant swap and attendees can bring a plant cutting to take part. Guests can also pick up some tips and tricks on plant care and propagation and enjoy a discount on house plants and vintage pottery. The Paleta Company will also be selling iced treats. 5-9 p.m., 611 19th St.
Those looking for a different dining option can head to the American Legion Post 26 or Bakersfield Elks Lodge. The Legion is hosting a fish fry with dinner for $10. Canteen opens at 5:30 p.m. with $3 bottle beer and dinner will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. 2020 H St. 324-9453.
The Elks are serving up a spaghetti dinner for just $5. Proceeds aid scholarships for deserving local high school seniors and veterans. 1616 30th St. 323-7536.
The Bakersfield Art Association Art Center welcomes artist Marilyn Cameron back for another solo show, "The World of Horses." In her artist statement, the watercolor painter wrote: “Most people never have had the opportunity to experience a horse close up, let alone ride them. Many don’t know much about them except seeing them at racetracks or rodeos."
This exhibit includes depictions of a number of horse breeds as well as equines in action, including roping cattle, riding dressage and racing. 6-8 p.m., 1607 19th St.
The BAA also has a presence over at Dagny's Coffee Co., which hosts two shows a month. Patti Doolittle will share her "Favorites" in a solo show in the main area of the coffeehouse. With a lifelong love of art, Doolittle painted in her spare time while raising a family before focusing more on her work as her children grew older.
Dagny's will also host the group show "Another Good Book " in its annex. Participating artists are Kelly Pankey, Norma Eaton, Patte Embrey, Gigi Murray, Iva Fendrick, Toni Lott and Charlotte White. 6-8 p.m., 1600 20th St.
Cafe Smitten has live music this Friday. Local singer-songwriter Liberty Roche, who is currently recording jazz music, will perform. 7-9 p.m. 909 18th St.