It’s not a dream from heaven: The second Saturday is back with an interactive map and theme.
Organized by The Hub of Bakersfield, the initiative brings together businesses and pop-ups to attract visitors to the area.
Starting this month, the recently rebranded movement is even more community-focused with a strong digital presence, including an interactive map at bakersfieldsecondsaturday.com/map and a dynamic social media campaign.
Each month will also have a theme, focusing marketing on the seasons, holidays, or other topical issues that allow attendees to express their creativity.
November’s All Things Pie theme will highlight local businesses taking Thanksgiving pre-orders: Cafe Smitten (909 18th St.), GhilaDolci Bakery (2002 19th St.), and Baker’s Outpost (3310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160).
Ward 2 Councilman Andrae Gonzales will take part in a virtual ‘pie walk’ visiting these businesses. The video will be shared on social media before Saturday, according to The Hub chairwoman Shannon LaBare.
Future Second Saturdays will leverage other community members creating online content and collaborating with participating companies.
Below are scheduled events for the second Saturday, as well as other downtown events.
Bakersfield Art Museum (1930 R St.): The museum is open from 10am to 4pm and features a printmaking project for all ages inspired by the prints “El Coyote” and “El Mojado” by Mexican-American painter and printmaker Javier Carrillo, who both are part of the exhibition “Exploring the Figure: Selections from BMoA’s permanent collection.” Project lessons are given in English and Spanish.
From 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be a teacher-led Spanish-English discussion on Javier Carrillo
In addition, guests may view all current exhibits for free courtesy of Kern Family Health Care.
Cultural Council Kern (2001 22nd St.): The organization will host a Pie and Fall Art Festival, which will include the first art exhibition in its new gallery space, six musical performances throughout the day, a craft fair, competitions, and an art station for children.
Tlo wines (1212 18th St.): Chef Yana Todorova will be preparing handmade Neapolitan pizzas on the terrace. Guests can order for dinner or takeout, and choose from classic Pepperoni or La Ciliegine, made with fresh baby mozzarella, sharp grass-fed cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, pistachios, garlic pesto, fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Pizzas ($18 for 10-inch pies) must be ordered from tlowines.com by 4:00 p.m. Friday. They can be enjoyed on site from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or taken away
Musician Jon Ranger will perform from 3pm to 5pm in the tasting room, which is open until 8pm
wire + bead (1911 17th St.): Guests at the fine jewelry and homewares shop can sample pie in a cup (or flute), pumpkin spice lattes, and cider mimosa from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. New fall theme items are also available for sale.
house of flowers (1611 19th St.), open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a fall natural craft activity and vintage clothing pop-up.
Junk Atique Outlet Thrift Store (212 21st St.): Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the store will have a grand sale featuring bins featuring home decor, clothing, shoes, books, music, videos, kitchen and craft items and more.
All Bako All The Time Pop-Up: Launched earlier this year by photographer and lifelong Bakersfield fan Felix Adamo, the pop-up returns to Cafe Smitten’s parking lot to highlight small businesses with locally themed merchandise.
Artist Ensley Davis, who creates under the Emotive Artworks moniker, will offer some of her paintings and drawings for sale.
Fellow painter Johnny Ramos, whose Moderngigi gallery is opposite the café, will be selling his paintings and prints.
Also for sale are locally themed stickers and patches by Heather West of Tule Supply Co.
The Bako Market (1001 Truxtun Ave.): Another place where you can find a variety of local businesses is this market, which returns to Centennial Plaza outside Mechanics Bank Arena from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
This large pop-up event will feature 115 vendors selling food, handcrafted items, clothing and more.
Attendees include Captain B’s (shark bait snacks, smoked salts and marinade mix), The Book Cottage (notebooks, stationery and more), Lasting Lux Jewelry, Canvas Traveling by L (artwork), Kern Soap Co. and grocers Mari’s Guisados, Get It Twisted and Babmokja Korean Barbecue.
The market has also partnered with America Recycles Day, which runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the south parking lot. Anyone who donates unwanted items for recycling will receive a Bako Market ticket for a chance to win tickets to the Bakersfield Condors or Mannheim Steamroller or other prizes.
In Your Wildest Dreams Broadcast & Antiques (2819 F St.): The store offers indoor and pop-up vendors (including Big Al’s BBQ) and the F Street Farmers Market in its parking lot.
The chicken coop (1916 G St.): The 9am-2pm Farmers’ Market includes vendors such as Blue Magnolia Bread Co., Howie’s Micheladas, French Delice, Vida Juicery and more.
Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter: @realstefanidias.