Those headed downtown Saturday will be able to double-dip in terms of activities. Along with the popular Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade, the area will also be celebrating Second Saturday, an event celebrating the burgeoning downtown business scene.

The event, which began this spring, is modeled after First Friday, the decade-old gathering celebrating arts, music, food and culture downtown. 

“We want to build off the successes of First Friday,” City Councilman Andrae Gonzalez told Bakersfield Life in May. Gonzalez serves Ward 2, which includes the downtown area.

“We want to encourage people to come downtown and spend the day. On Second Saturday, we’re creating a lot of activities for people who think there’s nothing to do.”

Previous Second Saturdays, which have included participants like Cafe Smitten, the Tree Foundation of Kern and 17th Place Townhomes, focused more on the growing 18th Street corridor. But this month's gathering spreads through downtown from 18th Street to the farmers markets on F Street and at The Hen's Roost (19th and G). 

A map drawn by Katie Lemster of Honey I Love You Shop shows people November's participating restaurants and retailers, which are offering discounts, giveaways and other specials. 

Participants are: Tibb's Jerky and other vendors at the F Street farmers market (F and Golden State); Blissful Retreat Day Spa (19th and D); Campici Salon & Boutique and House of Talula (both 19th and F); The Hen's Roost farmer market and vendors fair (19th and G) featuring Better Bowls, a plant-based meal business, and Poke Express; Blue Oak Coffee Roasting (20th and G); CraSh Lounge (18th and Eye); Kamnation Clothing, and Dog Gone Crazy Pet Salon (19th and K/L); Cafe Smitten, boutique Paynefully Bliss, Young Living Essential Oils, For Love and Wellbeing, mobile retailer Melange Boutique and Erica Garcia with Lularoe (all 18th and O); Mill Creek Antique Mall (19th and Q).

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Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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