May 20th is National Pick Strawberries Day. We learned a few interesting facts about the strawberry that we would love to share. For example, did you know that the strawberry is actually part of the rose family? (The Rosacaeae family to be precise.) A cup of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than a medium orange. California grows approximately 80% of all strawberries produced in the entire United States. So, it makes sense that the Ventura Strawberry Festival takes place later this month.

Celebrate California's role in strawberry production at the Ventura Strawberry Festival 2024 on May 18th & 19th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

What: Ventura Strawberry Festival 2024
Where: Ventura Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd)
When: May 18th (10 am to 7:30 pm) & May 19th (10 am to 6:30 pm)
Admission: $8 to $15 per person per day
Contact: Strawberry Festival contact form

Ventura Strawberry Festival 2024

This festival is one of the most popular festivals in Ventura County. One trip and you quickly understand why. More than 40 food vendors provide tantalizing takes on strawberry cuisine. They offer traditional treats like chocolate-dipped strawberries, funnel cake, margaritas, and smoothies. But they also offer more unique items using strawberries like nachos, tamales, pizza, popcorn, and even beer! Build your own shortcake for just $5. Whatever your palette wants, the festival provides. Just make sure to bring some cash with you. Food vendors only accept cash. ATMs will be made available at the venue if you forget.

In addition to the food vendors, organizers put together a very fun afternoon of entertainment. Peruse the goods created by local artists and artisans in the arts and crafts section of the festival. Listen to live music performed on any of the three stages throughout the fairground all day long. Try your skills at the Ninja Nation Obstacle Course. Don’t miss the Berry Baby Fashion Parade held at 10:45 am each day of the festival on the Family Fun Stage. Then, there’s Strawberry Land for the little kids and carnival rides for kids of all ages.

Ticket Information

General admission for each day costs $15 per adult, $10 per active military and their dependents as well as seniors aged 62+ (ID required for both), and $8 per child ages five to 12. Kids under five years old get in for free with a paid adult admission. You may purchase your tickets ahead of time (and beat the line) online here. If you wish to wait, you can purchase them at the gate on the date of admission. Carnival tickets cost $1 each or 24 for $20. Expect to pay between four and seven tickets per ride. However, if you purchase your tickets before you go to the festival, pay just $30 for 10 rides. That’s not 10 tickets. That’s 10 rides of your choosing. However, that special only lasts until just before midnight on May 17th. So take advantage of this great discount and purchase those carnival ride tickets right now.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Strawberry Festival 2024