Basque Festival


Ongi Etorri to the Kern County Basque Club's 42nd annual Basque Festival.  Preparations are on the way and we will be needing volunteers to help us make this Festival a successful one.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of the board members.

There are a block of rooms available at the newly renovated Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield.  This historic hotel has 2 great bars and a fabulous restaurant.  The cost is $139 and there are 10 rooms reserved. Be sure to book it before May 14th and ask for the Basque Picnic in order to receive the group rate. Their number is 661-427-4900 or visit the website at

Another hotel is the DoubleTree for $89/night. The phone numbers are 888-779-4694 or 661-323-7111.  Be sure to ask for the Kern County Basque Club rate and the code is C-KCB.  Be sure to book your room by April 22; after this date the price will increase to at least $169/night.  The hotel will block only a limited number of rooms. 

The Sheraton is also offering a competitive room rate of $89/night that must be booked by May 9th.  Contact Jessica at 661-862-7423.  Be sure to mention Basque Festival to get the $95 rate!

The Holiday Inn & Suites located at 3927 Marriott Dr. is offering rooms at $89/night-be sure to mention the Basque Festival to secure that rate!

There is a city wide event so availabilty for rooms could be limited.  Book your rooms asap.  Hope to see you here!

Picnic Schedule

All events will be at the Kern County Basque Club unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 23, 2014

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.- NABO Convention Meeting @ Wool-growers Restaurant

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.- NABO Youth Pala/Handball Finals @ KCBC

4:30-5:30- Basque Chat with Asun Garikano, author of  "Kaliforniakoak (1533-1848) & Inaki Goirizelaia- President of the University of the Basque Country @ KCBC

5:30-6  p.m. Appetizers & Cocktails @ KCBC: Entrance Fee-Adults $15/Children $10  pre-paid  by May 16th

                    After May 16th: Adults $20/ Children $15

6:00 p.m.- Performance by NOKA and Mikel Markez @ KCBC

7 p.m.- Accordion Festival @ KCBC...Click on the link for more information

Saturday, May 24, 2014

8:00 a.m. - Mus Tournament: $35 per player (Lunch included)
     1st Place Team - $500
     2nd Place Team - $250                             

8:00 a.m.-NABO Pilota Finals

10:00 a.m.- NABO Junior Mus Tournament

12:30 p.m.- Lunch- $10                           

2:00 p.m.- Tripota/Lukainka/Chorizo Contest

4:00 p.m. - Pelota/Handball game: Players from Euskadi

6:00 p.m.- Tri-Tip Dinner Pre-Paid by May 16th- Adults $20 & Children 12 & under - $12

                 After May 16th Adults $25/Children $17

7:30 p.m.- Dinner & Entertainment: KCBC Junior Dancers Perform   

Sunday, May 25, 2014                        

10:00 a.m. - Mass celebrated by Bishop Armando Ochoa and Monsignor Craig Harrison along with the KCBC Klika &  choir

11:30-2:00 p.m.- Lunch: BBQ Lamb   
     Adults - $20   
     Children 12 & under - $12

2:00 p.m. - Dance groups & Klika perform 

4:30 p.m. - Lukainka Sandwiches and Ham/Cheese Sandwiches -$7

5:00 p.m. - Pelota/Handball Game: Players from Euskadi 

6:30 p.m. - Music by Francisco Santxotena

7:30 p.m. -Dance: Music by Luhartz and Francisco Santxotena from Euskadi

8:30 p.m.- Drawing: $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.  Buy your tickets at:Benji's, Wool Growers or at the Basque Festival

                       1st Place Prize: $1000 cash

                       2nd Place Prize: $500 cash

                       3rd Place Prize: $250 cash

10:30 p.m.- Late Night Snack...Taco Truck

If you need a reservation form please click on this link Reservation Forms

There are four professional handball players from ASPE in Euskadi that will be playing handball on Saturday and Sunday. 

    Jon Apezetxea

jon:               Inaki Larrinaga                                                                                                                       Larrinaga:

       Artiz Lasa

lasa:                   Kepa Penagarikano


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