Nightlife in Shafter

"Menopause The Musical" – Up to 49% Off

"Menopause the Musical"

Bakersfield Fox Theater

$56 $30

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Four women deal with menopause to the tune of parodies of well-known songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s

$10 for Standup-Comedy Show

Thai Rivera or Retha Jones

Shamrocks Irish Pub

$20 $10

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Nationally touring comedians Thai Rivera and Retha Jones sling jokes at a venue with a full-service bar

The Highwaymen Live! – Up to 43% Off Tribute Concert

The HIghwaymen Live!

The Fox Theater

$41 $25

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The famed supergroup of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings receives a spot-on tribute in a night of country classics

50% Off Wine-Tasting for Two or Four

Core Wine Company

Downtown Orcutt

$20 $10

Tasting session focuses on the art of blending wines; guests receive a discount on bottles

Forever Never Land/Music Forever Land – Up to 54% Off Festival

Forever Never Land/Music Forever Land

Avila Beach Golf Resort

$155 $71

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Sublime with Rome and Everclear headline a festival featuring activities such as foam parties, laser tag, and ziplining

60% Off Wine Tasting at The Workshop Urban Wine Collective

The Workshop Urban Wine Collective

San Luis Obispo

$50 $20

Brand new tasting lounge serves a cheese plate for each pair and pours three samples of wine per person; wine pours are 2 ounces each

50% Off Reserve Wine Tasting at Hunt Cellars

Hunt Cellars

Paso Robles

$40 $20

Sample a variety of reserve wines in a tasting room that features a 1,200 sq. ft. deck and live music or music from the white grand piano

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars

El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles)

$20 $11

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Tasters can imbibe half-ounce samples of the seven wines and pair them with cheese

50% Off Deluxe Wine Tasting at Monarch Grove Winery

Monarch Grove Winery

Grover Beach

$70 $35

Visitors sample local wines in a bright and sunny tasting room, and can take home a bottle of their favorite vintage

Up to 58% Off a Wine Tasting at J Ludlow Vineyard

J Ludlow Vineyard

Los Olivos

$42 $19

After sampling wines from a small tasting room, guests take home one or two bottles of Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Up to 62% Off Wine Tasting at Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room

Malibu Family Wines

Los Olivos

$66 $25

A 90-acre winery producing nine varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon; taste five wines at the Los Olivos tasting room

Up to 53% Off Classic Film Series

Warnors Center For The Performing Arts

Fulton Mall

$40 $19

Classic films played on the first Thursday of each month inside a historic theater

Up to 50% Off "Burlesque Shimmy!" Burlesque

"Burlesque Shimmy!"

Full Circle Brewing Co.

$30 $15

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Hosted by Lili VonSchtupp, burlesque revue delivers ribald laughs and lascivious delights courtesy of the temptresses of Yadi Presents

Up to 44% Off Standup Comedy

Justin Worsham

Mother Mary's

$21.60 $12

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Comedian and actor shares his unique take on such topics as marriage and fatherhood

Select Local Merchants

Trout's proudly and strongly retains the music traditions that were imported to Bakersfield via underground honky-tonk pipelines in the 1940s. The nightclub/dance hall/saloon offers up live music nightly ($5 cover charge), with area instrumentalists, karaoke aces, and mysterious, guitar-slinging drifters with hat brims pulled over their eyes taking to the Trout's Legends or Blackboard stages. Toast the sound of house band the Blackboard Playboys with a drink ($2.50–$8), or train your heels to boot, scoot, and boogie with Trout's line dance classes ($5), offered throughout the week. Trout's also houses an extensive collection of authentic memorabilia ($5–$2,000), with signed celebrity guitars and artifacts from the "Bakersfield sound" era of country music, made famous by belt-buckled Bakersfield residents Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

805 N Chester Ave
Bakersfield,
CA
US

A local institution for more than 40 years, Bakersfield Music Theatre pulls in patrons with a schedule of major Broadway musicals and other songful spectacles. Stop by on October 8 for a one-night-only performance of Direct from Vegas: Frank Sinatra, featuring Gary Corsello crooning un-remixed versions of Sinatra classics such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Come Fly With Me” to the orchestral accompaniment of five full-sized musicians. The hit musical Chicago (November 13, 14, and 20) follows the exploits of a pair of femme fatales driven to murder by the stiff breezes of the Windy City, while "This and That: A Night of Song and Dance" (February 26) combines the mouth-powered melodies of Bakersfield Music Theatre with the legendary leggery of the Civic Dance Center. Hairspray (April 30, May 1, and May 7) caps the season with the tuneful tale of a teenage dance queen whose fancy footwork and well-kempt coiffure help her to defeat her enemies, the Philadelphia Eagles.

1931 Chester Ave
Bakersfield,
CA
US

Founded to stage bold new theatrical works, Spotlight Theatre presents classics, dramas, comedies, and musicals. The theater boasts high-caliber production quality, homegrown talent, and a suspended net of tapioca-filled balloons to be dropped on audience members that linger too long after the show. The 2010–2011 season (the theater's eleventh) features nine works, including adaptations of Hamlet, The Producers, and Dreamgirls. The Drowsy Chaperone offers the whimsical tale of a diehard musical-theater fan that plays his favorite cast album and then watches in awe as the music literally bursts into life. The Great American Trailer Park Musical tells the story of a ménage à trois involving Pippi (a stripper on the run) and a married couple living in a trailer park in Florida, with a special appearance by a chorus line of trained tap-dancing alligators during intermission.

1622 19th St
Bakersfield,
CA
US

California Keyboards Music Center has sharpened the ears and tamed the wandering digits of the Southern Valley for more than 35 years. Each weekly 30-minute lesson is taught by instructors whose performance resumés include enlivening Carnegie Hall, marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and treading alongside jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald.

100 Oak St
Bakersfield,
CA
US

As if the hearty burgers and bubbly beer weren't enough of a draw, Amestoy's on the Hill lavishes patrons in a sense of warmth and community that it's been honing since 1948. The local institution boasts plenty of history in addition to its carefully crafted sandwiches and spirits, and offers a strong sense of community with events such as karaoke, Superbowl parties, and chili cook-offs.

2303 River Blvd.
Bakersfield,
CA
US

The walls of Sports & Spirits are adorned with tin signs and engraved mirrors that tout popular brands of beer, along with an entire squad of flat-screen TVs streaming sporting events. Dart boards and pool tables entertain patrons between sips of their cocktails, and one corner of the bar is even devoted to live musical acts on select nights.

6633 Ming Ave
Bakersfield,
CA
US