On the first Friday of each month, the Arts Council of Kern features ArtWalk, a family-friendly arts event that showcases Kern County’s best artists.  Come enjoy — and buy — the creations of many different types of artists and craftsmen and women.  It all happens from 5:00 – 9:00 pm beginning at the intersection of 19th and Eye Streets in downtown Bakersfield.


Thanks to Jacob Shaw of KBAK-29 for a great story on ArtWalk

May 5, 2017-  Click to Watch

Interested in Becoming an ArtWalk Vendor?

Read the Guidelines

Complete an Application

 No longer accepting applications for May 4 ArtWalk.

Deadline for June 1, 2018 ArtWalk: Wednesday, May 23, 2018  @ 4:00 P.M.

Note: We have experienced some difficulties receiving applications. If you submitted an application for February’s ArtWalk and have not heard from us, please re-submit your application. Thanks.

3. Wait (patience is a virtue). ArtWalk will contact you via email after receiving your application, usually within a day or so. You will be asked to submit photographs of your work and to submit a signed Release of Liability waiver.

Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t receive a response to your application within a few days.

4. Pay after receiving an email from ArtWalk confirming your space approval.


 DO NOT submit payment for a space until you have been notified by ArtWalk that your application has been processed and that you have been approved for a space.  Please check your spam folder if you do not receive a response within a few days.

Parking Update  

Effective Friday, March 3, 2017 and continuing indefinitely,

Eye Street between 18th and 19th Streets and Wall Street Alley between H Street and Chester Avenue

will be


from 2:30 pm until 9:30 pm during First Friday

in order to accommodate new vendor spaces.  Bakersfield Police Department will post “no parking” notices the day before each ArtWalk event.   Attendees can park in the city parking structure at 18th at Eye Streets by accessing the 18th Street entrance/exit or at other open spaces within the ArtWalk footprint.

Vehicles still parked within the prohibited area after 2:30 will be subject to citation and/or towing by Bakersfield Police Department.