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  • Mountain Festival 2023

    Jul 6, 2024

    Your complete guide to Mountain Festival Weekend, August 18-20....

  • Tehachapi Mountain Festival returns

    Clare Scotti, Executive Director, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    Welcome to the 60th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival! Each year, we at the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce have the pleasure of hosting this multifaceted event, and this year's Diamond Anniversary is going to be spectacular! The Tehachapi Mountain Festival began with the intention to celebrate this town's unique history and its close knit community. Sixty years ago the festival was an exciting new event and a gathering of a few individuals. Now, for this Diamond Anniversary, Mountain...

  • Presenting Sponsor: WM

    Clare Scotti, Executive Director, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    WM's Kern County Operations is excited and honored to be the Presenting Sponsor for this year's Diamond Anniversary celebration of the Tehachapi Mountain Festival! For six decades the Mountain Festival has been a true testament to the deep sense of community pride, can-do spirit and rich history that makes Tehachapi such a great place to live, work and visit. At WM, we're dedicated to improving the quality of life for our neighbors .– the customers and the community we serve. The Tehachapi M...

  • Stop by the V.F.W. during Mountain Festival weekend

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Schedule: Friday night, Aug. 18 Karaoke with DJ Eric from 7 p.m. until close. Claudia’s Catering will be serving up hot food. Saturday, Aug. 19 Live music: “Big Game Ticket” performs from 2 to 5 p.m. “Fistful of Nickels” performs from 6 to 10 p.m. Food available from California Hot Dog Co. The V.F.W. Post 5948 is located at 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information, please call (661) 822-7500. Everyone is welcome to attend!...

  • A street dance returns to Tehachapi

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    Tehachapi has a long history of having outside dances in the Downtown area, and that tradition is going to be renewed with this year's "Green Street Get Down," held in conjunction with this year's Tehachapi Mountain Festival. The dance will be on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Green Street, and admission is free. Three different bands will perform over the course of the evening: Soda Crackers, Muleskinner Revival and Three Bad Jacks. Food, beer and wine, and merchandise will be available...

  • Black Gold Cloggers in Central Park

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    The Black Gold Cloggers demonstration team from Bakersfield is led by Loni and was established 39 years ago. The members of BGC come from the clogging class, which is offered by Bakersfield Recreation and Parks. We meet at Silver Creek Recreation Center, 7011 Harris Rd., Bakersfield, each Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. All ages, from 7 years on up, are welcomed. You can come any Thursday evening to see what we do. Then if you think you would like to learn this energetic dance form,...

  • Blond Mustard in Central Park

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Strange name right? The band Blond Mustard has been together for the last 10 years. They are a group of friends who really enjoy music and play locally at the wineries and other local venues. The band plays rock, pop, country and jazz. It's really all about making good music together. The group consists of lead singer Gloria (Glo) Yeager, who is well known as a dance instructor in Tehachapi. Glo has worked with numerous artists on a national level, including Steely Dan, Al Wilson, Andy Williams...

  • T-Shirts and Good Time Badges

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    The Good Time Badges and T-Shirts include the theme and the official logo of the 60th Diamond Anniversary of the Mountain Festival. The cost per badge is $2; the T-Shirt is $20. When purchasing your Good Time Badge or T-Shirt, please remember that proceeds go back into our community. Good Time Badges and T-Shirts will be available at the Chamber Table at the Gazebo in Central Park during the Mountain Festival. There is a limited quantity, so make sure to buy early!...

  • Wild Wind Riders at the 2023 Mountain Festival PRCA Rodeo

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Wild Wind Riders Youth Equestrian Drill Team was Established in 2020 by a bunch of hometown kids who wanted to do something with their horses. These kids range in age from 8-18 years old. They practice endlessly with each other and their horses in hopes to compete in competitions next year. They enjoy performing at Benz Bad Bulls on the 4th of July and Mountain Festival Rodeo in August. They would like to thank Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association for all the support they have given the team...

  • Something new, just for you the Tehachapi Apple Festival – 10th Anniversary

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    This year we'll be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Tehachapi Apple Festival. The festival will take place on Green and F streets in Downtown Tehachapi on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides the kids bounce houses and multiple games, this year we will have a street maze for kids to try to solve, free face painting, marionettes performing "Peter and The Wolf" and so much more for kids to do, like apple bobbing on a string. There...

  • Bouncy castles, bungee run and obstacle courses in Central Park

    Lil Ntertainment|Aug 12, 2023

    The fun starts with inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course racing to the slide and a Bungee Run. Kids of all ages will enjoy professional face painting designs. Let's not forget the great prizes that will be raffled off with your chance to win a Backyard Movie Rental Package, Lil' Bounce Party Rental Package or Lil' Water Slide Package, as well as small fun prizes to celebrate 60 years of Mountain Festival! All day wristbands will be available for $10. Single use tickets will be for...

  • Mountain Festival Parade

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Tehachapi knows how to put on a parade, and the Tehachapi Mountain Festival Parade never fails to impress. Each year, nearly 75 small businesses, organizations, youth groups and others take part in the parade. This year Citizen of the Year, Dal Bunn, will be Marshal riding in a convertible corvette. You'll also see Tehachapi's queens, rodeo stars, marching bands, color guards, local celebrities and more. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of F Street and Mulberry Street, on...

  • JR Long and his Portable Museum

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    JR Long, owner of Tehachapi Signs, has been keeping busy producing memorabilia for the Diamond Anniversary of the Tehachapi Mountain Festival. In the last few months, he has designed the festival's logo, created high end steel hanging trophies for Thunder on the Mountain winners, printed commemorative t-shirts and keychains, among other things. But the most inspiring project that JR has completed is a 90 foot banner illustrating more of Tehachapi's unique history. For weeks, JR poured over...

  • Fruit Festival, Lilac Festival, Mountain Festival

    Susan Wiggins, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    We have made it! This year is the 60th anniversary of Tehachapi Mountain Festival. This year is the Diamond Jubilee! A good time to look back at our mountain city, the Land of Four Seasons. I wrote a column in 2014 taken from the 1968 Lilac Festival brochure that I had found in my mother, Marion Deaver's, files – it was the only one she had saved. So, having discovered the library at Tehachapi Museum, thanks to Del Troy, I once again imposed upon her to let me see some of the other old b...

  • Come cool off at the Beer Garden

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is hosting the beer garden yet again, and this year will be one for the books. Sponsored by PDubs Mountain Bowling, this refreshing island will keep you comfortable all day. Do some shopping, grab a delicious meal and look for a fenced space wrapped in an incredible banner depicting Tehachapi’s history. On the other side of the banner, you’ll enjoy cold beer under the misters. You aren’t going to want to leave. Money raised from this year’s beer garden will support the Chamber’s varied programs...

  • Come visit the Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show!

    Deb Burken, TVGMS, contributing writer|Aug 12, 2023

    While you're out and about at the Tehachapi Mountain Festival on Aug. 19 and 20 be sure to stop by the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society's Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show at the Tehachapi Senior Center. There will be lots to see and do for all ages. Vendors will be showing and selling beautiful showcase minerals, fossils, polished rocks, beads and handcrafted jewelry. This might be just the place to pick up a unique Christmas or birthday gift for that "hard to shop for" friend or relative....

  • A love affair with Mountain Festival

    Healthy Hippie Trading Co.|Aug 12, 2023

    For some, Tehachapi's Mountain Festival is a take-it-or-leave-it event. For others, it's the highlight of the summer season, marking the transition into fall. It is the embodiment of everything good about small town America. Folks come from out of town to take in the beautiful mountain weather while partaking in shopping from the artisans set up in the park, as well as visiting local shops. Locals use this time to wander around downtown, visit shops they've been too busy to check out and chat wi...

  • 2023 Thunder on the Mountain Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    On Aug. 20 promptly at noon, no matter where you are in Downtown Tehachapi, you'll hear the deep vibrating roar of 185 engines as they echo off the buildings and mountains. This is "Thunder on the Mountain." The sound of the engines has delighted crowds since 1997. Originally created by the Tehachapi Car Club, Thunder on the Mountain has only missed one year, and is an exciting addition to the Mountain Festival. Thunder on the Mountain is organized by local car enthusiasts, volunteers, sponsors...

  • Michael Peters in Central Park

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Michael Peters is a singer, songwriter from Bakersfield. As a kid he got into guitar right around the same time he started attended live shows at Jerry's pizza in 2001. Soon after he discovered country and western music through his grandparents who introduced him to the greats. Over the years he has played in rock bands mostly, but since 2018 he decided to start singing and performing live country and western music, both solo acoustic and with his band, The Monsters. His set is a combination of...

  • Bear Mountain Boys in Central Park

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Bear Mountain Boys, originally formed in Tehachapi in 2002, consists of Tom Lichtenwaldt, Dave Brown and Jim Davis. Devoted to rich three-part vocal harmonies, the Boys offer up a menu of original songs, upbeat gospel numbers, fired-up fiddle tunes and classic covers of artists ranging from bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe to folk-rock originators, such as CSN&Y, Chris Hillman and Jerry Garcia. Bear Mountain Boys have performed at various events in and around Tehachapi, and most recently at...

  • Church Service by Christian Life Assembly in Central Park

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    You're invited to join Christian Life Assembly for Worship in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Central Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to celebrate Jesus Christ in worship, led by the CLA Band, as well as a message from Pastor Smith. CLA is a "come as you are" church, so everyone is accepted and welcome. Free doughnuts and coffee will be served as well. For more information, please visit www.clatehachapi.com or stop by the church at 920 W. Valley Blv...

  • Madison McDonald at the PRCA Rodeo

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    For 10 years Madison has been selected as the Contract Act for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and has been nominated five times as one of the Top 5 Contract Acts in the PRCA! Both Madison and her equine partners have appeared numerous times as stunt doubles on the well-known Canadian television show "Heartland." She traveled and performed with the amazing Pepe Aguilar on his spectacular 2019 North American Tour. When Madison is not on the road, she spends her time competing as a WPRA...

  • Kids Life of Tehachapi Pancake Breakfast

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Before heading to any of the festival events on Saturday, Aug. 19, come enjoy a pancake breakfast, sponsored by Christian Life Assembly. Come to American Legion Squadron post 221 located at 125 E. F St., where members of CLA's Kids Life program will serve hot pancakes and sides. Breakfast will be available between 7 and 9:30 a.m. The girls and boys of Kids Life will be serving their traditional all-you-can-eat Mountain Festival Pancake Breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and...

  • 2023 Mountain Festival PRCA Rodeo

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Aug 12, 2023

    Mountain Festival brings the quiet little town of Tehachapi into a full bloom of family fun time. From festival activities in the park to the flag waving, cheering crowds lining the parade route, Mountain Festival is sure to please one and all. One of the many highlights of Mountain Festival is the two-day PRCA rodeo, hosted by the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association. Celebrating 60 years of providing our community and the surrounding communities of Kern County, TMRA is proud to announce our...

  • Mountain Festival events cancelled Sunday, Aug. 20 due to Tropical Storm Hilary

    Aug 12, 2023

    At the advice of the National Weather Service and emergency management agencies in preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm Hilary, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tehachapi are announcing the cancellation of all Sunday events connected to the 60th Annual Mountain Festival. This includes the Thunder on the Mountain car show and festivities at Central Park, Railroad Park and the Tehachapi Rodeo and Events Center. This is for Sunday events only; all Saturday events wi...