Today is School Days: There is free admission for children in preschool through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon. There are several activities available throughout the morning.
Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Carnival hours are 3 p.m. to closing.
Prices: Adults are $12, seniors (62 and better) are $9, children (6-12) are $5, children (5 and under) are free, active and retired military members are free with military ID. There is free admission for children in preschool through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon. Parking is $10. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at all admission gates.
TODAY AT THE BUDWEISER PAVILION
Lauren Alaina, free concert at 8 p.m.: Lauren Alaina made a name for herself on the "American Idol" stage in 2011. She delivered a powerhouse performance each week until she was declared the runner-up. With her latest album, "Road Less Traveled," she blends pop and country into songs like "Queen of Hearts," "My Kinda People" and "Crashin' The Boys' Club." Concert-goers might even be able to pick up on Alaina's Carrie Underwood vibe, another "American Idol" alumna and her idol.
TODAY AT THE VILLA FESTIVA STAGE
Fantasia 5: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Y Su Grupo Viruz: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
TODAY’S STAGE PERFORMANCES
Magic of Frank Thurston: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage
Powerhouse Percussive Dance: 4 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage, 5:30 p.m. at the KC Lane Stage, 6:30 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage
Something Ridiculous: 4 p.m. at the KC Lane Stage, 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage
Beverly Belles: 5, 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage
Grupo Folklorico Esquelas Unidas: 5 p.m. at the Frontier Stage
The Alley Cats: 5:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage
Jazzercise: 6 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage
Ada & Love Dancing Bakersfield: 7 p.m. at the KC Lane Stage
Hypnotist Tina Marie: 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Frontier Stage
Piano Madness: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage
The Nightwatchers: 8 p.m. at the Frontier Stage
FIVE BEST BETS
Enjoy a few "belles" and whistles: The Beverly Belles bring a bit of the 1930s through 1950s with them wherever they go. This all-female group draws inspiration from The Andrews Sisters and can be seen 5, 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage.
Let them judge cake: See some of Kern County's best cakes on display at Kayla's Favorite Cake contest. Judging begins at 6 p.m., and the first-place winner takes home $50.
Get a workout in: Who says people can't get a little exercise while at the fair? Jazzercise is a combination of aerobic exercise and dance fitness available for people of all ages.
Meet some friendly animals: As part of School Days, children from preschool through sixth grade have several activities available to them throughout the morning. A petting zoo with goats, sheep and other animals is part of the fun from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at KC's Corner.
Head to Inversion: Inversion, one of the rides available the fair, swings passengers side to side like a pendulum then swings to invert them completely around and upside down. The inversion can reach a height of nearly 80 feet.