Logistics: Directions, Parking, and Accommodations

Getting to the college

The address for Bakersfield College is 1801 Panorama Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93305. The freeway closest to BC is HWY 178. Traveling east bound from the reserved conference hotel, take Rosedale Hwy east. It quickly becomes 23rd St. Follow along 23rd and it becomes the entrance to HWY 178 east bound. You can take either the Haley St. or Mt. Vernon exit and exit northbound onto either street. The P3 solar parking lot, where parking will be free for conference attendees, is on the northeast corner of Panorama Dr. and Mt. Vernon. Courtesy carts will be available to escort you to the Renegade Event Center, Humanities building, and P3 parking lot.

Here is the link for the Parking Permit.

Follow these steps:

You will want your guests to complete the Guest option

Click on Bakersfield College

You will see the option to buy a pass, click on buy

Add this promo code to wave fees: NXMU3F7S

While you’re in town, feel free to use the information below to guide you around the areas near your hotels and the college.

Where to eat

Downtown Bakersfield is the best place for meals as it hosts a variety of food types and price points—many of them vegan friendly. Follow the provided links for more information and directions to each local eatery. If you’d like to search for a place on your own, try searching by zip code 93301 or look for any streets numbered in the teens or first half of the alphabet. In downtown, letters run N/S and numbers run E/W.

Voted Best Tacos in California, Nuestro Mexico has such delicious, authentic tacos and rellenos that even Guillermo del Toro had to come to town and try them.

For Thai on a budget, try Jasmine and the New Taste.a

Are you a sushi lover? Check out Jin Sushi Downtown.

For upscale but affordable new American cuisine with great vibes for groups, try The Botanist, The 18Hundred, and the historic Padre Hotel Brimstone Bar. The Padre also has a great coffee bar for a quick breakfast and caffeine fix called The Farmacy.

If you’re in the mood for pizza, tacos, and apps to share in a legendary punk venue, check out Jerry’s Pizza where icons of punk such as The Dead Boys, TSOL, and Adolescents have all played shows. Any Friday or Saturday night, there is bound to be a band playing.

If Carribean tapas in a small, unassuming local eatery sounds good, you might enjoy Mama Roomba. They have a full bar and the mango bellini is a local favorite cocktail.

For your morning pick me up with a healthy dose of hipster vibes, Dagny’s Coffee Company is a downtown staple for coffees, teas, pastry and house made quiches. The closest two Starbucks will be at 24th and L St. or at Mt. Vernon and Mall View Rd. 

What to do

If you’re an animal lover who would also like to know more about our California native critters, the California Living Museum (CALM) is a local zoo featuring all California native species in an educational and rehabilitation environment. It’s also a quick scenic drive from the college. It’s a great spot for a picnic, and visitors are permitted to bring in their own food as there is no on-site food vending.

Locals love to walk, fly kites or ride bikes on “The Bluffs” day or night. By day you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the largest oil fields in California and at night the view allows you to see all the twinkling lights that make up the Bakersfield nightscape. Access to The Bluffs is easy. Navigate to Bakersfield College, head west on Panorama Dr. and park for free on the north side of the street about a quarter to half mile down the road from BC.

If the Basque food we are serving at the conference inspires you, you’ll find a tiny, historic ethnic enclave of Basque restaurants, bars, and hotels in Old Kern. This area is comprised of the blocks between south 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st streets between Baker St. and Union Ave. This area is a little gritty, but truly offers a unique cultural experience. There are also some inexpensive and delicious mom and pop Mexican restaurants in this area.