Dewar’s has been providing Bakersfield with tasty treats for over 100 years.
Jastro Park was built in 1917 and has made its mark in Bakersfield. Jastro Park is located between Truxtun and 18th Street just east of Oak Street and provides several activities for all members of the family. Jastro Park has been apart of the Bakersfield community for over eighty years and still attracts a lot of people during the hot summer months.
The park has several qualities that may help avoid the heat in Bakersfield. The park is filled with big trees to provide some cover from the sun. There are two picnic areas available at Jastro Park for rent. The picnic areas are perfect for birthday parties or just a nice summer BBQ.
The park offers many activities to keep the children busy. There are seven tennis courts that are available during park hours. There are basketball courts that are available all day and even after sundown. The park is equipped with volleyball nets and even horseshoe pits.
After a competitive game of tennis or basketball, cool off at the Jastro spray park available during April or May until October. The spray park is free and the perfect way to cool off during Bakersfield’s hottest months.
Jastro Park does offer the usually necessities of a park as well. There are sandboxes designed for younger children and toy areas designed for the older children. It is guaranteed that the children will have plenty to do while the adults relax in the shade.
Grab the family and come and enjoy one of the more established parks in Bakersfield. Jastro Park is the perfect solution to a cooler and fun summer.
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church is having its Greek Food Festival (Spring Edition) on May 11. The festival will be held at Hellenic Park located at 401 Truxtun Avenue next to the Amtrak station. The festival on Saturday starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. The price for an adult ticket is $5 and children under 12 are free. In addition to children under 12, all mothers will receive free admission in honor of Mother’s Day. The Greek Food Festival is a wonderful and unique event for whole family to enjoy Greek food, folk dancing, live music, and fun games.
The Greek Food Festival will be offering many traditional Greek dishes throughout the day. There will be delicious appetizers like Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Tiropites (Filo wrapped feta cheese), and Spanakopita (Filo wrapped spinach and feta). The entrees will include Souvlaki (Shish Kebab) Dinner, Gyro Sandwiches, There will also be tasty desserts like Loukomades (light and airy fried pastry balls dipped in honey) and Baklava. Baklava Sundaes will be debuting at this year’s Greek Food Festival.
Live Greek music will be playing at the festival performed by Synthesi accompanied by Greek Folk Dancing. The festival will also provide lessons for those whose want to learn some new Greek Folk Dancing moves. The festival will have a large variety of games for the children and there will be several vendors at the festival for shopping purposes. The festival will also be offering church tours throughout the day for those who are unfamiliar and interested with St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
The Kern County Basque Club is having its 41st annual Basque Festival on May 25 and 26. The festival will be held at the club house located at 2301 South Union near Planz Road. The two-day festival is a chance for Basques to celebrate their heritage and for non-Basques to experience a very unique culture.
The Kern County Basque Festival is a combination of authentic food, culture, music, games, and dancing. The Kern County Basque Festival is one of the largest Basque festivals in the United States and many out-of- towners will make the journey to Bakersfield just to attend the event. Basque traditions originated from a small area located between Spain and France. Basque people and culture has now spread all over the world.
The Kern County Basque Festival is one of the most popular Basque festivals. There were about 3,500 people that attended the festival in 2012. Kern County has a large Basque community and several other Basque communities in the United States travel to Bakersfield for the festival. The Basque culture originated in The Kern County Basque Festival has activities for all ages.
The events on Saturday begin at 8 a.m. and the events on Sunday begin at 10 a.m. The activities on both days will continue until late evening. The price for an adult ticket is $20 and the price for children 12 and under is $12. The festival is filled with Basque traditions such as a performance by a Basque marching band the Bakersfield Klika, a traditional Basque mus card game tournament, handball matches played by Basque Country natives, and a performance of traditional dances.
“I have been a part of the festival since I was a little girl. I use to perform and teach the traditional dances that take place at the festival. It is amazing to see how popular the festival has become in past years,” said Stephanie Duhart, 38, a Basque Country native who lives in Bakersfield.
The activities and performances are not the only things that draw in a large crowd. The food keeps people coming back every year. The food served throughout the festival is authentic Basque dishes. If you are not familiar with Basque style dining then just be prepared for delicious food and a lot of it. During Sunday’s events there will be BBQ lamb sandwiches served.
“I have attended in previous years and realized that it is the only two days that I will stop my diet because the food is everywhere and it is irresistible,” said Holly Campbell, 27, a student at Bakersfield College.
The events do not just include those that are scheduled for the festival. Many people continue their celebrations at other locations in Bakersfield. Benji’s French Basque Restaurant has live traditional Basque music in the bar Saturday evening after the festival and many people go to Wool Growers on Monday morning for breakfast.
“The whole weekend is devoted to family, friends, and fun,” said Bernard Arduain, 65, owner of Benji’s French Basque Restaurant. “Once one festival ends we begin planning for and counting down the days until the next festival. The entire Basque community in Bakersfield works together to make sure that the festival is memorable for everyone.”
The two-day festival has become increasingly more popular in past years as Basque traditions have spread throughout the Bakersfield community. Overall the Kern County Basque Festival is a place where family and friends can spend time together and have fun.
Tired of siting on the couch at home watching the game? Well how about trying out one of Bakersfield’s many sports bars. There are several locations in Bakersfield that offer all the necessities for the perfect game day. Firehouse, Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler, and Buffalo Wild Wings are a few sports bar in Bakersfield that never disappoint on game day.
- Firehouse is the perfect place to watch the game with your family. Firehouse has something to offer for everyone. There are pool tables and a variety of arcade games to amuse the children. The sports bar also offers over 20 flat screen TVs so several different games can be playing at once. The two-story sports bar has the ability to accommodate large parties and offers a reasonably priced menu with all items being under 20 dollars. The menu consists of a variety of items such as pizza, burgers, tacos, and desserts. Game day is not complete without a cocktail. Firehouse is equipped with a full bar and variety of draft beer selections.
- Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler is the sports bar to go to when the weather is right in Bakersfield. The sports bar has a larger outside patio with TVs and a bar. When Bakersfield gets scorching hot in the summer or freezing cold in the winter Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler fights the elements by providing misters and heaters so you can comfortably watch the game outside on the patio. If the patio is packed, which is normal, there is seating available indoors with TVs on every wall. The sports bar offers drink specials every day and all items on the menu are under $10.
- Buffalo Wild Wings is one of Bakersfield newest sports bars but it can keep up with the competition on game day. The name of the restaurant says it all. Wings! Buffalo Wild Wings has 16 different sauces and 5 different seasons for its bone or boneless chicken wings. The prices range from six wings for $5.99 up to 50 wings for $36.99. If the delicious food isn’t enough, the walls of Buffalo Wild Wings are covered with over 30 flat screen TVs. There is no doubt that at any seat in the bar the game can be viewed. Buffalo Wild Wings has bar seating as well as dining room style seating.