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Via Arté & Holiday Lights will return in 2020 with changes

MELKSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: A man looks at the Christmas lights displayed on a house on December 1, 2008 in Melksham, England. The householder Alex Goodwind - who says he does it to raise money for charity after his mother died a few years ago - starts planning lights in July and has spent 3,000 GBP this year alone on the lights that are now estimated to be worth 30,000 GBP. Last year the bill for electricity was 700 GBP and the house had to have an uprated electricity supply installed to cope with the additional power needed. Donations from visitors to the spectacle raised over 2,000 GBP to local hospice Dorothy House. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

2 Bakersfield events will still occur this year but both will have major changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Via Arté Italian Street Painting Exhibition will begin its 22nd year at the Marketplace on October 17 & 18. The Bakerfield Museum of Art says the event which transforms the parking lot into pieces of amazing chalk art will have a smaller scale with social distancing and masks or face coverings being required. The museum is currently looking for sponsors for the event as well as artists that would like to be a part of the exhibition. You can find out more information at this link.

CALM has announced that the annual light spectacular “Holiday Lights at CALM” will return this year as a drive-thru experience. The yearly event which brings 65,000 attendees will feature a mile long winding path for cars and trucks (buses, RVs and limos will not be allowed). The event will run November 28th- January 2nd. Prices, how to purchase tickets, and other details will come soon. The zoo also announced that they will be partially reopening to the public on September 23rd. The playground, indoor exhibits and the zoo train will remain closed. Get more information about CALM here.


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