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Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017

When does the Christmas season start in your home? The day after Thanksgiving? Or when the official City tree gets lit up? If it’s the latter, then you’ll want to watch the Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017 yourself on Friday, December 1st.

The Christmas season doesn't officially start until the Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017 takes place. This year, that's on Dec 1st at Mission Park.

What: Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017
Where: Mission Park (185 E Santa Clara St)
When: Friday, December 1st, 3 pm to 8 pm
Contact: San Buenaventura Mission (805) 643-4318

Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017

Main Street will be shut down in front of the San Buenaventura Mission specifically for the Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017 ceremony. While the tree lighting won’t take place until after dark (around 6:45 pm), there will be plenty to keep you busy beforehand. Visit Santa’s Village for holiday-themed fun. You can also start checking off the items on your Christmas list by purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts found at the Village. Santa even plans to stop by for pictures with the children.

Watch Jesus’ birthplace come alive before your eyes with the mission’s living nativity. Choirs sing Christmas classics while other live entertainment performs throughout the day on two separate stages in Mission Park. They say it never rains in California (which, of course, is silly because it absolutely does). But, this year, it snows. That’s right. Guests at the Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017 event enjoy a beautiful winter setting complete with snowfall. Food and beverages will also be available for sale.

Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017 Parking

Parking for this holiday event can be found at the Ventura County Museum, at the Knights of Columbus Hall or in any of several lots available in the downtown area.

Hopefully, you and your family can make it to the Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2017. Santa should arrive just as the lights go on. Snow and surf within minutes of each other. Only Southern California can offer you both. Happy holidays!

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Ventura Veterans Day Ceremony 2017

Since our very first days as a nation, more than 40 million people have served in the military. These amazing men and women made incredible sacrifices to defend our country. They deserve our respect. To honor every person who played their part, the City hosts a Ventura Veterans Day Ceremony 2017 this Saturday.

Come to the Ventura County Government Center at 11am on Nov 11th for the official Ventura Veterans Day Ceremony 2017 honoring all men and women who served.

What: Ventura Veterans Day Ceremony 2017
Where: Ventura County Govt Center (800 Victoria Ave)
When: Saturday, November 11th, 11 am
Admission: FREE

Origin of Veterans Day

Veterans Day actually began as “Armistice Day” in 1919 to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the “great war” (World War I). In 1926, Congress sought to make this a date of observance. In 1938, November 11th became an official national holiday. After World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower changed the name from “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day”. Between 1971 and 1975, the date was moved to the 4th Monday in October. However, President Ford changed it back to November 11th in honor of the significance of the date and the origination of the holiday.

Ventura Veterans Day Ceremony 2017

Beginning at 11 am, US Navy Captain Chris Janke joins City and County officials as they pay tribute to veterans of all branches of the military. The service takes place at the flag poles located at Victoria and Telephone. This brief Ventura Veterans Day Ceremony 2017 concludes with an official laying of wreaths to signify each branch.

Free Services for Veterans on Veterans Day 2017

Many US businesses express their thanks to our military members by offering free meals and services on Veterans Day. For a complete nationwide list of where you can take advantage of these free offers, please visit the Military Benefits website. You can also visit Military Bridge’s website to locate local Ventura County locations offering free and discounted meals, admission, shopping, and services.

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2017 Ventura County Pumpkin Patches

October means fall harvest fun in Southern California. Halloween is just over three weeks away. That means it’s time to go hunting for pumpkins! But where do you start? Try one of these great 2017 Ventura County Pumpkin Patches.

Chances are good that there are great 2017 Ventura County Pumpkin Patches located somewhere near you. Which one do you like the most?

2017 Ventura County Pumpkin Patches

Ojai Pumpkin Patch

Who: Boccali’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Where: Boccali’s Ranch (3277 E Ojai Ave)
Hours: Now through October 31st, 10 am to 7 pm
Admission: FREE, Hayrides $2 each
Contact: Boccali’s Ranch (805) 669-7077

Home of the “Big Mac” pumpkins (super-sized). But you’ll find every size from small to large here. They also sell squash, Indian corn and other seasonal produce. Let the little ones run free through the free children’s maze. Then, take a hayride around the ranch for just $2 per person. Starting October 13th, Boccali’s hours extend from 10 am until 9 pm. That’s also when the pumpkin patch turns “haunted”. But only from 7 pm to 9 pm every Friday and Saturday until the end of the month.

Santa Paula Pumpkin Patch

Who: Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch
Where: Limoneira Ranch (12471 Foothill Rd)
Hours: Every Sat & Sun thru Oct 29th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 per person (ages 2 & under FREE), Corn Maze $10 per person
Contact: Limoneira Ranch (888) 522-1884

Activities include hayrides, hay maze, and hay pyramids. Watch a pumpkin take flight for $5 at the pumpkin chucker. Ride a pony or get your face painted for $6. Make your way through the corn maze for $10. Live music performed all day. See large and small farm animals. Visit the country store for something special. When you get hungry, pick up some tasty food.

Ventura Pumpkin Patches

Who: Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 4075 Telegraph Rd
Hours: 10 am to 9 am 7 days a week thru Oct 31st
Admission: FREE
Contact: Big Wave Dave’s (805) 218-0282

In addition to the hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes for sale, kids can try their hand at dozens of fun games.

Who: Great Pacific Pumpkins
Where: 5100 Olivas Park Dr
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm 7 days a week thru Oct 31st
Contact: Great Pacific Pumpkins (805) 644-1235

Who: McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch
Where: 5156 McGrath St
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm 7 days a week through Oct 31st
Admission: FREE
Contact: McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch (805) 658-9972

Wholesale pumpkins and gourds every day. On the weekends, enjoy delicious barbecue provided for sale by It’s in the Sauce. Also, grab some baked goods for dessert every weekend as well.

Who: Prancer’s Pumpkin Village
Where: 3075 Johnson Dr
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm 7 days a week
Contact: Prancer’s Village Contact Form

There’s pony rides, jumpers, face painting and a petting zoo for the kids. Make your way through the hay maze. Ride the mechanical bull. Or take a hayride. So much fun!

Are your favorite 2017 Ventura County Pumpkin Patches listed above? If not, let us know where you like to get your pumpkins from.

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2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience with Martha Stewart

Do you enjoy sipping a fine glass of wine while eating delicious food prepared by some of today’s most talented chefs? Then you’re going to want to get your tickets right now for the 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience. This year, visitors have the chance to actually meet Martha Stewart live and in person.

Meet talented chefs from all over Southern California at the 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience. Special guests: Duff Goldman and Martha Stewart.

What: 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience
Where: Olivas Adobe (4200 Olivas Park Dr)
When: Sunday, October 1st, 1 pm to 4 pm
Admission: $85 to $325
Contact: Ventura County Star email update sign-up

2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience

So many extremely talented chefs live right here in the Ventura area. Luckily for us, they’ve agreed to come to the 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience to showcase their talents for you. Some of the chefs featured at this exclusive event include Alex Montoya from The Cave Ventura, Gabe Garcia from Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, Salvador Austen from The Pierpont Inn in Ventura and Michelle Kinney from La Dolce Vita in Oxnard. But those are only a few scheduled for the day. Duff Goldman, owner of Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes and Food Network personality, will also be at the event for a meet and greet with guests. And, of course, the legendary Martha Stewart makes an appearance as well.

At the 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience, guests sample food, wine, beer and more from several local wineries, breweries, bakeries, restaurants and personal chefs. Indulge in a cooking demonstration or two. Learn the latest techniques in culinary excellence from those in the know. This event is jam-packed with tons of things any foodie would be thrilled to experience.

Tickets for 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience

Since alcoholic beverages will be served at the 2017 Ventura Food and Wine Experience, you must be at least 21 years old to enter. Choose from four different options for your total experience. First, the Grand Tasting costs $85 per person. Guests enjoy unlimited samplings, live demonstrations and access to guest panels. Next, the VIP Grand Tasting runs $120 per person. With the VIP package, guests get in one hour earlier than everyone else (12 pm). That means an early jump on food, wine, beer and spirit tasting. After that, the Duff Goldman VIP Grand Tasting costs $180 per person. You receive everything included in the regular VIP Grand Tasting as well as a signed cookbook and personal meet and greet and with Duff Goldman himself. Finally, for $325 each, meet Martha Stewart as she signs copies of her latest cookbook Slow Cooker. In addition to the cookbook signing, guests partake in a sampling of Martha Stewart Wine Co wine selections and take home a swag bag filled with Martha Stewart goodies. To purchase tickets, visit the Ventura Food and Wine Experience box office online here.

Everyone can have a good time and still be responsible. Arrange a designated driver before you head out. Or, call a cab, Uber or Lyft to pick you up and take you back home. Whatever choice you make, just stay safe and keep others safe around you. Cheers and bon appetit!

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California Beer Festival Ventura 2017

Only a few days left to summer, according to the calendar. But in sunny Southern California, we get to enjoy summer a little bit longer. Nothing goes better with summer time weather than a nice cold beer. Choose from some of the finest craft beers at the California Beer Festival Ventura 2017.

Celebrate finely crafted local beers as well as fantastic food and great music at the 3-day California Beer Festival Ventura 2017 in Plaza Park.

What: California Beer Festival Ventura 2017
Where: Plaza Park
When: Sept 15th 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Sept 16th 12:30pm to 5pm, Sept 17th 11:30am to 7pm
Admission: $25 to $75 (3-Day Passes are SOLD OUT)
Contact: California Beer Festival (805) 628-9588

California Beer Festival Ventura 2017

There’s so much to see and do at the California Beer Festival Ventura 2017! First, kick things off with a food and beer pairing on Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Various local chefs put their talents to work for you. They’ve partnered with local Ventura breweries to bring you a pairing menu unlike any other. Then, visit craft beer heaven on Saturday. Gates open for early bird VIP ticket holders at 11:30am. General admission comes in at 1pm. Live music and bocce ball provide the day’s entertainment. Guests sample from more than 85 craft beers on tap. Of course, there’ll be food to help absorb the alcohol. For these two days, you must be at least 21 years old to participate.

Finally, Sunday wraps up the California Beer Festival Ventura 2017 with the popular Boots & Brews Country Music Festival. Four amazing acts are scheduled to perform: Highway Starr, “Yours” singer Russell Dickerson, “Fix” singer Chris Lane and “Think a Little Less” hit maker Michael Ray. Food and drinks sold separately. All ages are welcome to this event.

California Beer Festival Ventura 2017 Tickets

Please note: 3 day passes for the California Beer Festival Ventura 2017 already sold out. But others are still available…for now. Friday’s Food & Beer Pairing costs $60 per person. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. General admission on Saturday runs $50 per person. Get in an hour and a half early with a VIP ticket for $75. However, if you’re the designated driver for your group, you only pay $25. Keep in mind that, even if you don’t partake in sampling beer, several talented chefs prepare amazing food for you to taste. Then, there’s always the great entertainment, too. Sunday’s Boots & Brews Music Festival costs $25 for general admission. Upgrade to VIP for $50 each. This gets you a front row seat and access to the VIP lounge. Purchase tickets online at the California Beer Festival Ventura 2017 website here. But, hurry. They sell out quickly.

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Ventura County Fair Starts on Wednesday

Ventura County Fair Starts on Wednesday

12 days of good old-fashioned fun! The Ventura County Fair starts on Wednesday, August 2nd. Consider this your traditional family-fun fair. All of the old fashioned rides you would expect to find will be here. Although, this year there is a great new addition: Michael Jackson’s Wave Swinger from his personal collection at Neverland Ranch. This is the ride where you sit in a swing and go in a circular motion. It is just really neat that it is from his personal collection.

You can expect to find:

  • Deep-fried everything!
  • An old-fashioned flea circus
  • An Olympic Bobsled coaster
  • Chalk Art
  • Daily Discounts Available
  • Concerts every night
  • A weekend Rodeo
  • And so much more!

What makes this fair so great is how it is offered to the community. There are budget-friendly opportunities for families to take part in. The WOW pass is only $36 and allows you entry for all 12 days. What a deal! You have until Tuesday, August 1st to purchase your WOW passes. There are other great offers like Dollar Day where there are designated times that entry prices are only a dollar. On Friday, there is a kid’s day where all children under 12 are free all day. Feel free to check out the following link to see what special deals are going on all 12 days.

Don’t miss the parade. The fair parade will be traveling around downtown Ventura at 10am on Saturday morning. KC and the Sunshine Band are performing Saturday night at 7:30pm and it is free. Other special events going on while the fair is in town include Military Appreciation Day, concerts are every night at 7:30, and there is even a rodeo on the weekend! The Ventura County Fair is a tradition here and if you haven’t been, this is the year to make it your family tradition!

When: August 2nd through the 13th

Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd, Ventura

Website: https://www.venturacountyfair.org/

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Channel Islands National Park- Ventura County

Channel Islands National Park- Ventura County

Along the Santa Barbara Channel you can find Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary which is made up of five Channel Islands. These Channels are so very important to our area. They serve as our ocean environment and as a great resource to our community. Therefore, if you have not been to any of the park’s Channel Islands yet, make time this summer to come explore. Near Ventura, and close to Los Angeles, it is refreshing to visit and break away from the busy California city lifestyle.

The Channel Islands are San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Between all of them, they are as an oceanic home to several hundred unique to the area species and over 2,000 plant and animal species, overall. However, one of the coolest ones is the Santa Barbara Channel because it happens to be home to over 30 marine mammals like whales, dolphins, and elephant seals!

Which Island to See First?

Each island is unique and has different qualities to offer. If you are looking for amazing views and rock formations that usually have cute sea lions propped on them, go to Anacapa. Anacapa is additionally well known for bird watching and wildflowers. If you are looking to kayak, snorkel, hike, or even camp, Santa Cruz is the most popular. Santa Rosa is known to be a private area with beautiful white beaches. It is also great for hiking and camping! Santa Barbara and San Miguel Islands however, are mostly used for rehabilitation and conversvation. Therefore, they are closed to the public at times.

Really anytime in summer is good to visit any of the islands. The blue and the humpback whales are out and moving for great whale watching opportunities. Check out the Channel Islands website here for additional information and openings. Just 14 miles from Ventura, and miles of fun for hiking, kayaking, camping, and general wildlife viewing.

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Downtown Ventura’s Annual 4th of July Street Fair!

Downtown Ventura’s Annual 4th of July Street Fair!

This 4th of July, join in the tradition and come on out to the street fair in Downtown Ventura where you will experience all of the great things that street fairs have to offer. Each year has a theme and this year’s theme is “Sea to Shining Sea.” Be one of thousands and thousands who come to support this event and see why over 30,000 people attend.

What does the street fair have to offer?

For starters, let’s talk about the good stuff, the FOOD! There will be several food booths to choose from including local eats. There will also be live entertainment on several stages all along Main Street. Therefore, as you walk around, look, and shop, you will be able to hear the music. A favorite for the kids is the Kids Zone which will have all sorts of rides and inflatable bouncy houses. The Ventura Fire Department will also be there showcasing a fire engine for the kids to see and explore.

The Parade is local favorite, as well. This Pushem Pullem Parade is so much fun because both children and adults get to participate. People ride bikes, pull little red wagons, all dressed up for the parade.

Last, but not least, is The Rotary Club of Ventura’s Fireworks Show and Family Picnic. This fireworks show is worth the tickets! It For 23 years, families have come out to hang on the lawn of the Ventura College Athletic Fields, and enjoy live music, food vendors, a kids fun zone, and of course, the fireworks! This is a very family and picnic friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit http://venturafireworks.com/

All of the booths are full so you can be sure to get a great variety of handmade goods, arts, crafts, and all sorts of original pieces.

When: Tuesday, July 4th from 10am to 5pm

Where: Downtown Ventura

Parade Info: Meet at Cemetery Park at 9:30am; Parade is at 10:00am

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California Strawberry Festival

California Strawberry Festival

Okay Ventura County folks, it is strawberry season here in California. Yummy, plump, juicy, and perfectly delicious strawberries! And tons of them. Held at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park just outside of Ventura, is the annual California Strawberry Festival. Here, strawberries are showcased in the best of ways with every single use for strawberries you can think of on display. Therefore, see live demonstrations, arts and crafts, and all the joys of festival fun.

This festival is a top-rated event and is perfect for the whole family. There will be live performances for entertainment, celebrity cooking and guest appearances, bookoos of arts and crafts booths, rides, attractions, strawberry contests, and so much more. For the kids, Strawberryland is a favorite! There will be over 50 food booths and over 200 arts and crafts vendors present. If you are looking to kick off the summer, the Strawberry Festival is the way to go! Even better, the proceeds go to benefit our local community and charities. This is a great way to get out on a pretty weekend for some family fun and delicious eats, and it is also a great way to give back!

When: May 20th and 21st from 10am to 6:30pm

Where: Strawberry Meadows of College Park 3520 South Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA

Cost: General Admission is $12; $8 for Seniors; Children $5; 4 and under are FREE!

Transportation Available: Come take a free ride aboard the Strawberry Express shuttle! It will be running every 15 to 20 minutes and is super convenient and fast! Pick up locations include Camarillo Premium Outlets, Topa Financial Towers, Oxnard Transportation Center, Santa Clara High School, and Channel Islands Harbor.

Website: http://castrawberryfestival.org/ Feel free to purchase tickets online!

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Sailing around Ventura Harbor!

Sailing around Ventura Harbor!

Sailing is favorite hobby here in Ventura Harbor. So much so that there are sailing charters and sailing lessons. What is so fun about sailing? It is considered a recreational sport, mainly used with yachts either for leisurely cruising or for competitive racing. You get to control the sails and use the winds of the sea to your advantage for speed. It can be very fun, and is a great way to enjoy the water! Ventura Harbor offers sailing charters, sailing lessons, and a Junior Yacht club with summer camp for our youth.

Adventure Sailing Charters

This is a charter service which offers all kinds of services to the people of Ventura. Some of them include a romantic stay, an overnight adventure where you can go out to the Channel Islands National Park and see whales, dolphins, seals, and even sea lions. You can also use the charter service as a way to learn how to sail. Whether you are looking to take it out for snorkeling or for a relaxed afternoon in the sun, Adventure Sailing Charters has a lot of great options in terms of sailing.

Pacific Sailing

If you are in the market for sailing lessons, Pacific Sailing is a great choice. Here you can enjoy all of the perks of owning a boat, without actually having to own one. They offer full service programs catered to suit your specific needs, including private sailing lessons. Located near the Channel Islands where sailing is sublime!

Ventura Yacht Club Junior Sailing

Ventura Yacht Club is a full service club offering sailing of all levels to the community. This is a club for the whole family. For junior yacht-enthusiasts, this club offers summer camp. Kids and teens can learn the basics of sailing, including safety. For more information, visit www.vycyouthsailing.org

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