It might not be particularly known for its tourism, but is definitely worth a visit. You might recognize it under its nickname, “The Country Music Capital of the West Coast,” as it is home to the famous country musicians Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Moreover, the city has a rich history and a thriving cultural scene to offer, giving travelers plenty of options for activities and attractions.
To satisfy your interest in local history, check out the 56 exhibits of The Kern County Museum. These include items ranging from an 1800s log cabin to a 1936 gas station. Plus, you can even have a peek into a jail, a one-room school as well as typical Victorian-style homes. Kids will especially dote on The Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center. If you have a rental car at your disposal, you can easily reach the center through highway 204, 99, or 58, as it lies just north of Downtown.
When it comes to entertainment, take a seat at the Rabobank Arena, where you can attend sporting events, concerts, circuses, and other shows throughout the year. For more comedy and musical live shows, reserve a ticket at the Fox Theater. Should you plan a visit in May, you can attend the popular weekend Jazz Festival, hosted on the CSU Bakersfield campus. In spring and summer, this is also where you can find Ethnic food and culture festivals that feature cuisine from countries such as Scotland, India, and Greece.