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Ventura Chowder Taste 2019

Mmm. What’s better than a warm bowl of soup on a chilly winter day? How about a nice bowl of clam chowder? With the ocean right here in our own backyard, it makes sense that the powers that be would organize something like Ventura Chowder Taste 2019 on our shores, doesn’t it?

What: Ventura Chowder Taste 2019
Where: Various Ventura Harbor Village Restaurants
When: Sunday, February 24th, 11 am to 3 pm
Cost: $10 per person

Ventura Chowder Taste 2019

Tickets for Ventura Chowder Taste 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleTo purchase your tickets, go to the Village Promenade located right next to the Seaside Promenade Stage on the 24th. The first 400 to pay $10 each (cash only) becomes a part of the Ventura Chowder Taste 2019 experience. Yes, 400 people is the maximum amount allowed to participate. So, if you don’t want to miss your chance to sample savory clam chowder created by local chefs, you might want to show up at Ventura Harbor Village a little early.

With your $10 ticket, you’ll be allowed to visit each of the seven participating restaurants located in Harbor Village. At each stop, sample the delicious chowder created specifically for the occasion. In between stops, enjoy live music playing on the promenade. And, of course, the views are absolutely spectacular!

Restaurants Participating in Ventura Chowder Taste 2019

  • 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese (1575 Spinnaker)
  • Andrea’s Seafood (1449 Spinnaker)
  • Baja Bay Surf & Taco (1567 Spinnaker #104)
  • Boatyard Pub (1593 Spinnaker)
  • Brophy Bros (1559 Spinnaker)
  • La Petit Cafe (1591 Spinnaker #112)
  • The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood (1583 Spinnaker #101)

Remember, tickets are limited to just 400 people. The last of the tickets (if any are left) will be sold at 2:30 pm. If you don’t want to miss out on some hot, rich, heavenly chowder, get to the Ventura Harbor Village early on February 24th for Ventura Chowder Taste 2019.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019

Tomorrow (February 5th), Chinese New Year officially begins. 2019 is the Year of the Pig. For the Chinese people, pigs symbolize wealth and good fortune. People born in the Year of the Pig love to be entertained, enjoy life and are enthusiastic. If you want to celebrate the Chinese New Year, we can’t think of a better way than by coming to the Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019.

What: Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019
Where: Downtown Ventura (1304 E Main St)
When: Saturday, February 16th, 5 pm to 10 pm
Admission: $29 to $75, Children under 12 are FREE

Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleEvery year, the people of China ring in the new year with a special lantern festival. It’s a time to socialize with others and reunite with family. Here in Southern California, everyone has a chance to celebrate this wonderful Chinese tradition at the Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019. Decorate your lantern in any style you want. Then, hang it up in one of the 350-foot tunnels located around downtown Ventura. While this happens, live music fills the air. Food trucks ensure that no one goes hungry. So, make sure you bring some money with you to fill your tummies up with yummy bites to eat. When the sun goes down, the lanterns light up. Trust us. You won’t want to miss a moment of this amazing event!

Tickets for Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019

Tickets for the Ventura Lantern Street Festival 2019 cost $29 per person (ages 12 & older). Your general admission ticket allows you access to the festival as well as one lantern of your own. All children under 12 with an accompanying adult get into the event absolutely free of charge. Children’s lanterns will be available for purchase for a fee. If you’d like to donate to the Turning Point Foundation, a $10 additional charge will be tacked onto the general admission fee (for $39 total). For an even bigger experience, purchase a VIP package for $75. With this package, you gain access to the festival, receive one lantern and a commemorative T-shirt, and get to dine on a wonderful dinner prepared especially for you. To purchase your tickets, please visit the online Lantern St Festival box office here.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise 2019

Valentine’s Day is just under a month from today. But it’s never too early to plan a special evening with your sweetie. Make it a night to remember by taking a Ventura Valentine’s Day harbor cruise aboard a majestic tall ship.

Take your special someone out for a night they won't forget when you hop aboard a tall ship for a two-hour Ventura Valentine's Day Harbor Cruise 2019. Tickets available now!

What: Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise 2019
Where: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport (1583 Spinnaker Dr)
When: 4 pm to 6 pm, February 14th, 2019
Cost: $59-$65 each ($10 discount per couple)
Contact: Grays Harbor (800) 200-5239, (360) 532-8611 or via email

Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleGuests traveling on the Ventura Valentine’s Day harbor cruise travel aboard either the Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain, two beautiful replicas of gorgeous 19th century tall ships. This two-hour cruise is catered for couples. But, individuals may sail as well. Learn some sea shantys as the captain mans the helm and the crew hoists the mainsail. As a treat for the Valentine’s Day couples, the cook promises a special dessert served onboard.

Tickets for the Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise 2019

You must be at least 18 years old in order to participate in the Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise. Tickets cost $65 per person. Students, military members, and seniors pay just $59 per person. Receive a $10 discount ($5 per ticket) when you purchase two tickets at a time. Purchase your tickets online here. But you’d better hurry. Tickets are limited and they sell out pretty quickly!

If you miss the Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise 2019, don’t fret. You can still take a trip around the harbor aboard these beautiful tall ships. Both the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain take guests out on other two hour tours: Adventure Sails (a leisurely sail around the harbor) and Battle Sails (with firing cannons and close-quarters maneuvers. Adventure Sails takes place on the weekends from February 16th to March 2nd. Battles Sails only takes place on February 16th and February 18th. I suggest you get your tickets now if you want to join these fantastic voyages.

This year, make it a holiday for the ages. Treat your lady love or special fella to something they won’t soon forget. Book your tickets now for the Ventura Valentine’s Day Harbor Cruise 2019.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Arts and Eats Ventura 2019

To become a well-rounded individual, you must embrace all sectors of life. Knowledge of math and sciences helps humanity grow. But so does the arts. Encourage your artistic side and support our local artists at the Arts and Eats Ventura 2019 event this month.

Enjoy tasty treats prepared by local chefs while breathing in art created by local artists at the Arts and Eats Ventura 2019 in Downtown Ventura.

What: Arts and Eats Ventura 2019
Where: Downtown Ventura (16 different locations within walking distance of each other)
When: Saturday, January 19th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Very Ventura (805) 641-1090 or via email

Arts and Eats Ventura 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleArts and Eats Ventura 2019 marks the third year that Fox Fine Jewelry and Very Ventura partnered up for this unique event. Every couple of months, several downtown shops and restaurants offer tasty treats in conjunction with gorgeous art pieces created by talented artists. All of this can be enjoyed along a lovely stroll throughout the downtown area. This month’s event takes place on Saturday, January 19th.

Exhibits and food changes with each Arts and Eats Ventura 2019 event. For example, Fox Fine Jewelry highlights their “Living Textures” exhibit this month. It features nature in all its beauty. Next time, they’ll showcase a different artist, medium, and/or subject. So, every time you visit an Arts and Eats Ventura event, you come away with a different experience.

Want to be a Part of Arts and Eats Ventura 2019?

If you own a gallery, restaurant or shop in the Downtown Ventura area and want to be a part of future Arts and Eats Ventura 2019 events, contact Debbie Fox at Fox Fine Jewelry. Reach her via phone at (805) 652-1800 or via email. To be a part of the “arts” portion of the event, you pay just $100 for the calendar year. That’s $100 for six different events throughout 2019. To be part of the “eats” portion, you pay nothing. Simply provide tasty appetizers for folks to nibble on while they view the art on display. Of course, there are some rules you must follow to be part Arts and Eats Ventura 2019. Visit Downtown Ventura’s Arts and Eats page to find out what rules are enforced.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Christmas Lights & More 2018

Did you make it to last week’s Ventura holiday tree lighting at the San Buenaventura Mission? If you didn’t, there are several other Ventura County Christmas lights on display as well as other fun events scheduled for this holiday season. Check out the list below and make your plans today.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones? Choose from several different Ventura County Christmas lights and other fun events scheduled throughout this holiday season.

Ventura County Christmas Lights & More 2018


First off, let’s talk about Camarillo’s tree lighting and winter walk. This Friday, December 7th, visit Didzar Park (2400 E Ventura Blvd) between 5 pm and 9 pm. After a few live performances and photo-ops with Santa, watch the tree light up. For more information, call (805) 484-4383. Free admission for all ages.

Camarillo’s official Christmas Parade takes place at 9 am on Saturday, December 8th. The parade travels along Temple Ave and Las Posas Rd. Afterward, visit Santa’s Village at Community Center Park (1605 E Burney Rd). This also happens to be the location of the end of the parade. Vendors and live entertainment will be set up at the park all day long. For more information, call (805) 482-1996.


What would the holidays be without gingerbread houses? In addition to the multitude of Ventura County Christmas lights on display, Heritage Square in Oxnard hosts weekend tours of their facility at 715 S A St. Starting December 8th and continuing through December 30th, docents dressed up in period costumes lead guests on a guided tour of historic Oxnard homes as well as the sweet gingerbread creations on display. They suggest a $5 donation per person. Tours take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. For more information, call (805) 483-7960.

Christmas Tree Lane officially opens Sunday, December 9th. Travel along F St, G St, and the area along 5th & Palm St to see beautiful historic Oxnard homes dressed up in sparkling Christmas lights. The displays will be open for viewing between 6 pm and 10 pm every evening through December 26th.


Starting December 7th and continuing through January 2nd, downtown Ventura hosts a walk through Candy Cane Forest. Between 8 am to 9 pm each day, walk through more than 100 specially decorated trees at Plaza Park (651 E Thompson). Sponsorships for individual trees are still available. For more information, call (805) 641-1090.

After a stroll through Candy Cane Forest, enjoy Christmas classics under the stars at Plaza Park as well. On December 7th, the Plaza invites guests to wear their favorite pajamas while they watch the original 1966 cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” followed by a screening of “The Polar Express”. Food trucks will be on-site if you get hungry. And Santa plans on making an appearance here as well.

Another time-honored Ventura County Christmas lights tradition takes place on December 8th: the Lighting of the Mast. Watch as curators at Channel Islands Harbor Maritime Museum light up the 75-foot tallship mast at 6 pm. Visitors watch the lighting for free. However, if you want a seat for the Parade of Lights through the harbor at 7 pm, they’ll cost $10 per person. For more information, call (805) 984-6260. Outside of the museum’s grounds, feel free to scout out a good spot, set up your blanket or lawn chairs, and watch the Parade of Lights pass through the harbor.

If you miss the parade on the 8th, come back on December 14th and 15th for another Harbor Parade of Lights at Harbor Village. But this time, there’ll be fireworks, too! Enjoy fun carnival rides, carolers, fake snow, holiday crafts, vendors (15th only), and much, much more. Events kick off at 5 pm each day. For more information, call (805) 477-0470.

Whatever your holiday plans might be this year, take some time to enjoy homegrown fun like these Ventura County Christmas lights and other events. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Celebrate it with the ones you love.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018

In just a couple of days, millions of families get together to give thanks for their blessings. So many people lost their homes in the wildfires consuming California land up and down our state recently. This really puts the holidays and what we should be thankful for into perspective this year. On Friday, November 30th, the San Buenaventura Mission welcomes everyone to the Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting, signifying the beginning of the season.

To kick off the Christmas season right, bring your family to the Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018 at San Buenaventura Mission and Mission Park Nov 30th.

What: Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018
Where: Mission Park & San Buenaventura Mission
When: Friday, November 30th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: San Buenaventura Mission (805) 643-4318

Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018

Almost 140 years ago, two Norfolk pine trees were planted at the San Buenaventura Mission. Some say that these trees were donated by a local family. Others believe they were planted to be used at a later date for a captain’s mast. Whatever the case may be, these trees grew to become a local landmark. In fact, you can see them from downtown Ventura as well as the 101 freeway. And in 2000, they became “Millenial Trees” according to the State of California. For the past 80 years, they’ve lit up for the holidays as well as other special days at various times throughout the year. At the Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018, they feature brand new lights.

Not to be outdone, a special fig tree in Mission Park joins the celebration. For the first time ever, this fig tree shows off its lights at the Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018 in conjunction with its two pine tree brethren. Before and after the festivities, guests get to enjoy traditional holiday music, inflatables to play on, dozens of kids activities, and even some snow! The tree itself officially lights up at 6:45 pm. Even Santa promises to stop by for a visit. When you get hungry, pick up something tasty at one of the food booths.

Come out to celebrate the season. Bring your family to the Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2018 ceremony. It promises to be lots of fun for everyone.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

2018 Veterans Day Ceremonies in Ventura County

Millions of men and women have faithfully served our country over the last several decades. On November 11th, we honor these heroes with several 2018 Veterans Day ceremonies in Ventura County. Please take a moment out of your day this weekend to pay your respects to these brave members of the military who have fought for our freedom.

November 11th falls on a Sunday this year. So, you shouldn't have any trouble attending any of the 2018 Veterans Day Ceremonies around Ventura County.

2018 Veterans Day Ceremonies in Ventura County

Moorpark Veterans Day Events

Where: American Legion Moorpark Post 502 (Spring & Flynn)
When: Sunday, November 11th, 2018 10 am to 11 am

Moorpark officials want to honor our veterans with an official Veterans Day ceremony, including refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.

Oxnard Veterans Day Events

Where: 500 Plaza Park
When: Sunday, November 11th, 2018 9:30 am to 1 pm

Next on the list of 2018 Veterans Day ceremonies in Ventura County takes place at and around Plaza Park in Oxnard. The day’s events begin with a parade at 9:30 am. You might want to come a little early to find a good spot along the marked parade route. After the parade ends, visit Plaza Park for a flag-raising ceremony.

Port Hueneme Veterans Day Events

Where: Port Hueneme City Hall (250 N Ventura Rd)
When: Sunday, November 11th, 2018 8:30 am to 9:30 am

The next one of the many 2018 Veterans Day ceremonies going on around Ventura County takes place at Port Hueneme City Hall. Retired USN Captain Bob Quinn (a Vietnam vet) plays master of ceremonies at the event. The Hueneme High Jr ROTC presents the Retirement of Colors. Our local Boys & Girls Club members sing the National Anthem. The mayor and other honored guests will make a few remarks to mark this solemn occasion. Port Hueneme’s Veterans Day ceremony ends with a prayer from USN Chaplain Victor Stevens.

Simi Valley Veterans Day Events

Where: Rancho Tapo Community Park (3700 Avenida Simi)
When: Sunday, November 11th, 2018 11 am to 12 pm

Some of the displays at this 2018 Ventura County Veterans Day ceremony include photos of local residents that served in WWI. Lunch will be served free of charge after the conclusion of the ceremony.

Where: Regan Library (40 Presidential Dr)
When: Monday, November 12th, 2018 10 am to 3 pm

Since Monday will be an official holiday for schools and government offices, it would be a great time to bring your kids to the Regan Library for the final one of our 2018 Ventura County Veterans Day ceremonies. Included in the festivities will be a civil war encampment, live music, military vehicles, and information about each of the United States’ military branches.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018

Halloween officially takes place in 16 days. That means trick-or-treating happens on a school night (Wednesday, this year). Ventura officials believe it’s slightly inhumane to make kids or parents wait that long. Celebrate Halloween with more treats and fewer tricks at the Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018. And it takes place on the Saturday before Halloween. So, you’ll have a day to recover from your candy hangover before the kids head back to school and you go back to work.

Enjoy a safe and sane preview of Halloween night when you come to the Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018, with treats, live entertainment & a movie.

What: Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018
Where: Mission Park & 200 Block of Main St
When: Saturday, October 27th, 11 am to 9 pm
Admission: FREE

Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018

Not interested in going door-to-door, begging for treats? Want a safe alternative to celebrate the Halloween holiday? Or are you just looking for a reason to to wear a costume more than one time a year? Then come to the Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018 on Saturday, October 27th. Guests enjoy holiday-themed arts and crafts, carnival games, jump houses, a costume contest, and even a pirate ship.

Of course, there will be trick-or-treating from businesses in the downtown Ventura area. Just look for a pumpkin sign in the window. This signals that treats await inside. For the daredevils, enter the haunted house at your own risk. Watch or join the pie-eating contest. When you get hungry, visit one of the food trucks on-site. Several raffles and a silent auction offer amazing prizes. And admission is absolutely free (raffle tickets will cost you, though).

After the sun goes down, the movie screen goes up. Stay in Mission Park for a free outdoor screening of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Bring a blanket or lawn chair with you to enjoy the movie in comfort.

Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018 Costume Contest

The spooktacular costume contest is open to all ages. Yes, Mom and Dad. You can dress up for fun and prizes, too! The contest begins at 3 pm and breaks down into five separate age groups. The top three costumes in each age group receive an award at the end of the event. The age breakdown is:

  • infant to 3
  • 4 to 7
  • 8 to 12
  • 13 to 17
  • 18+

Dress up in your favorite costume (group or individual). Grab your treat bag. Then, head over to the Ventura Harvest Moon Spooktacular 2018 for family-friendly fun to whet your Halloween appetite.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Harvest Festival 2018

We’ve now entered the latter third of the year. This tends to be the most exciting time of year with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas coming up in rapid succession. But first, let’s celebrate the fall season with the Ventura Harvest Festival 2018.

Celebrate the season at the Ventura Harvest Festival 2018. Enjoy live entertainment & shop local vendors while your children play in the Kids' Zone.

What: Ventura Harvest Festival 2018
Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura)
When: October 5th (10 am to 5 pm), 6th (10 am to 6 pm) & 7th (10 am to 5 pm)
Admission: $4-$9
Contact: Ventura Harvest Festival (925) 392-7300 or via email

Ventura Harvest Festival 2018

This weekend, the Ventura Harvest Festival 2018 takes over the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Guests enjoy live music both on-stage and strolling around the grounds. Hundreds of local artists and artisans showcase their best handmade arts and crafts in three huge buildings. It’s never too early to start checking off items on your Christmas shopping list. You’ll find everything from jewelry to clothing, blown glass to ceramics, and so much more. Find a one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person in your life.

Learn how to make your own holiday ornaments or other knick-knacks with live demonstrations. Want to create the perfect holiday feast? Get ideas from vendors on-site courtesy of their cooking demos. You’re sure to be a hit at any party you throw or attend this holiday season.

And the festival hasn’t forgotten about the kids. Let them blow off steam in the Kids’ Zone. They’ll even have the opportunity to seek out some jack-o-lantern fodder in the pumpkin patch. Clean it out well and seal it with a watered down bleach solution and/or vaseline. That helps preserve it for much longer.

Tickets for the Ventura Harvest Festival 2018

Plan ahead and purchase tickets for any day of the Ventura Harvest Festival 2018 online. They’re also available at the gate. Tickets cost $9 per adult and $7 for seniors (ages 62+) and military members (ID required if not in uniform). Families pay just $4 for kids ages 13 to 17. All children under the age of 13 get in absolutely free of charge with a paid adult to accompany them. Parking costs $5 per vehicle.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience

We’re so lucky to live here in Ventura County. Sunny skies greet us most of the year. The Pacific Ocean acts as our playground. And several amazingly talented chefs live and work in the area. It’s no wonder that the 2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience is one of the top events of the year!

The 2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience takes place at the Camarillo Hangar on Sat, Nov 10th. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, food samples & more.

What: 2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience
Where: Camarillo Hangar (455 Aviation Dr, Camarillo)
When: Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 1 pm to 4 pm
Admission: $50 to $160
Contact: 2018 Ventura County Wine & Food Experience contact form

2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience

This year’s celebrity chef at the 2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience is Chicago-based Graham Elliott. This four-star, double Michelin star, award-winning chef owns and operates several restaurants around the world. But you probably know him best as a celebrity judge on the “MasterChef”, “MasterChef Jr”, and “Top Chef” TV shows. He’s not the only talent at this festival, though. Representatives from more than 30 local area restaurants show off their skills with sumptuous food tastings. And, to top it all off, guests enjoy samplings of fabulous local wines and craft beers as well.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cook or find out more about fine wine, you’re in luck. Two wine seminars and a cooking demonstration will be performed at the Camarillo Hangar throughout the afternoon. Seating is only available on a first come-first served basis. Get there early so you don’t miss a thing.

As you can imagine, the 2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience enforces a “21 and over only” restriction. No children (even in strollers or carriers) or pets (other than official service animals) will be allowed on the premises.

2018 Ventura County Wine and Food Experience Tickets

Why tell you now about an event that takes place in two months? Because it tends to sell out pretty quickly. If you want to go, you need to make plans right now. Besides, ticket prices go up the closer we get to the event. Take advantage of the best-priced deals right now. Attendees must choose one of three packages available: Grand Tasting, VIP Grand Tasting, and the Chef’s Package.

The Grand Tasting package costs $50 per person ($85 at the door) and includes unlimited food samplings, wine and craft beer tastings, and access to all live demonstrations and seminars. The VIP Grand Tasting sells for $80 ($115 at the door) and includes everything in the Grand Tasting package as well as entry into the VIP area and restrooms and early entrance into the event (12 pm, no waiting). In the VIP area, guests dine on specially made hors-d’oeuvres and premium wine. For $160 per person (no discounts), purchase the Chef’s Package. It includes everything in the VIP Grand Tasting package as well as a personal meet-and-greet with Graham Elliott at 11 am. To purchase tickets, simply visit the VC Wine & Food Experience website here. All available Chef’s Packages for sale are almost gone. So, you’d better act now!

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists