A little rain shouldn't deter anyone headed downtown for Second Saturday. And if it does, many of the activities are planned inside allowing people to sip, shop and stay dry. Here's a look at some of what's on tap.
Bakersfield Museum of Art (1930 R St.): The museum, which has welcomed visitors on previous Second Saturdays with ongoing exhibits, has upped the ante this month. It's kicking off a lecture series and art project timed with the monthly downtown event. The inaugural speaker is Art Sherwyn, a motivational speaker, artist, author and "authority on artful living." His all-ages presentation will use an apple to demonstrate the history of art, presenting the ways in which artists have paved the way for creativity.
In addition to the lecture, which will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the museum will offer an all-ages art project exploring concepts from the current winter exhibition. Refreshments will be provided by Dagny's Coffee Co. which is sponsoring the event. Admission is $5, free for museum members.
Lectures will continue into the spring with speakers Laddie John Dill, a BMoA Permanent Collection artist, on March 9; Gustavo Godoy, creator of the current "Prototype" exhibit, on April 13; students from the BMoA ArtWorks Program on May 11; and Rebecca Weller, a professor of modern art history at Cal State Bakersfield on June 8.
For more information, visit bmoa.org/second-saturday.
Bakersfield Art Association Art Center (1607 19th St.): Speaking of art, watercolor artist Duane Anderson will discuss his work at 10 a.m., explaining how he combines his love of design and nature in his work.
F Street farmers market (F Street and Golden State Avenue): Find your local favorites or new wares with vendors selling fresh produce, unique food and crafts from 7:45 a.m. to noon. Participants include Apple Sherrill Orchards, Estrella’s Bakery, Autumn's Eve, Rick's Kitchen, Schroeder’s Kettle Corn, Pepper Delight, McFarlin Farms, Fig Man, McMurray Farm, Mojave Worm Tea, Adee Honey and more.
Tiki-Ko (1919 K St.): The favorite tiki haunt of downtowners is serving up a special cocktail. The Second Saturday Safari ($9), consisting of Appleton Signature Jamaican Rum, Licor 43, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and fresh muddled mint, topped with soda water, will be available from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Wire + Pearl (1911 17th St.): Time to get your Valentine's Day shopping done at the shop, featuring jewelry designed by Susan Ruppel as well as an assortment of wares including Kinley M. Designs. The local graphic design and print business has Bakersfield-themed products like a BAKO (Bakersfield Almonds Kissed with an Orange) candle, totes and apparel. The shop, open from 10 a.m. from 5 p.m., is also offering a 10 percent discount on red items.
Cafe Smitten (909 18th St.): The Eastchester cafe is serving brunch, desserts from Ghiladolci Bakery and L.A. sweet shop The Pie Hole, with which it now has a partnership. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tlo Wines (1212 18th St.): Head to the tasting room from 1 to 7 p.m. for a complimentary tasting of the new 2018 Tlo rosé, which was released last week.
World Records (2815 F St.): Enjoy a free performance from the Patrick O’Connell Trio, featuring Paul Perez and Mike Bhone starting at 10 a.m. Patrick O'Connell and his band will open for jazz singer/trumpeter Bria Skonberg on Feb 14.
In Your Wildest Dreams (716 19th St.): The consignment and antique shop is offering storewide discounts from 10 percent to 50 percent as well as $2 racks from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will also hosts vendors in its parking lot including Curbside Kitchen, Loads of Loaves, Cactusamongus, Sweet Nine Bakeshop, Emilia Verano's Designs and Color Street.
Better Bowls (1818 G St.): In addition to its usual plant-based bowls, including the wonderful taco salad, the shop will sell special pre-Valentine’s day treats and offer free mini hot cocoa mixes with purchases of $5 or more from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bike Bakersfield (1708 Chester Ave.): The group will host a free session on how to travel and camp with your bike from 1 to 2 p.m. Call 321-9247 for more information.
The Hen's Roost (1916 G St.): Starting when they open at 10 a.m., the shop will offer a buy-one-get-one-free deal on vegan corndogs until they run out.
17th Place Townhomes (1001 18th St.): The complex has again teamed with Samsara Wellness Center for a free yoga session at noon. Pop by early for a mimosa and chocolate-covered strawberries at 10 a.m.
For a complete list of events and deals, visit bakersfieldsecondsaturday.com.