Top things to do

Top Choice Basque in Bakersfield


Surly Basque gentlemen pass the communal wine carafes at Bakersfield’s family-style Basque institution. The fixed menu includes a procession of dishes leading to silky oxtail stew, ribs and amazing garlic fried chic…
Top Choice Live Music in Bakersfield

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

For fans of the Bakersfield Sound, this is the first stop – just look for the huge neon homage to Buck’s famous red, white and blue guitar. Part museum, honky-tonk and steakhouse (dinner from 5pm, brunch 9:30am to 2…
Historic Site in Bakersfield

Cesar E Chavez National Monument

This newly designated national monument, Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, is the national headquarters of the United Farmworkers of America and was the home of civil rights leader César Chávez from 1971 until his dea…
Museum in Bakersfield

Kern County Museum

This museum brings local history to life with a pioneer village of more than 50 restored and replicated buildings (including Merle Haggard's childhood home) and courtyard with beautifully restored vintage neon signs…
Brewery in Bakersfield

Temblor Brewing Company

Housed in a cavernous, sleekly renovated industrial space, this brewpub is a welcome newcomer to Bakersfield's nightlife. It serves quality flatbreads with fresh ingredients and main dishes ($9 to $15), and excellen…
Italian in Bakersfield


Lined with black-and-white photos of sporting legends, this amazing lunch spot has been around for over 100 years. The stuffed chicken melts in your mouth and the excellent bakery turns out soft, buttery rolls and a…
Brewery in Bakersfield

Dionysus Brewing Company

Craft beer nerds should go out of their way for a snifter at this exceptional small brewery. It specializes in adventurous sour beers, but has something for every palette, from the Super Funkadelic sour aged with fr…
Cafe in Bakersfield

Cafe Smitten

This bright cafe in the heart of downtown has a great vibe, serving lighter fare, such as a savory 'avocado smash' sandwich, and buttery pastries. It has excellent coffee drinks and a sunny patio that attracts a fun…
Ice Cream in Bakersfield

Dewar’s Candy Shop

Perched on the pink stools at the counter, families dig into homemade ice cream with ingredients sourced from surrounding farms since 1930. Dreamy flavors like lemon flake and cotton candy change seasonally.
Arts Center in Bakersfield

Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame

Housing a small theater, recording studios and displays on local legends, this space celebrates past icons and fosters new talent. Check the schedule for local up-and-comers, who take the state-of-the-art stage and …