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Ventura’s Summer Soirees

Events — By kwanberg on April 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

The summer months are quickly approaching, and now’s the time to mark your calendar for some good, old fashioned fun on Central Coast shores. First stop, Ventura:

MUSIC:

Indie West Fest: 30 national Indie bands at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 4, from 11 am to 6 pm.

The Johnny Cash Music Festival: Musicians play tunes by “the man in black,” fans dress up for a “pin-up” pageant, and vintage automobiles are on display at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 18 from 11 am to 7 pm.  Admission: from $15 per person, $25 per couple.

Music Under the Stars: The historic Olivas Adobe is the setting for outdoor concerts of all genres every Saturday at 7:30 pm from July 9 to September 3.  Admission: $20 each. 

Sunday Summer Concert Series: Live music at the Ventura Harbor every Sunday from June 19 to September 4, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Carousel Stage in the Ventura Harbor Village.

FOOD + LIBATIONS:

18th Annual Pier Under the Stars: A food and wine tasting festival—which benefits the 139-year-old Ventura Pier—offers nibbles and libations by more than 50 local Ventura businesses. Admission: from $60.

California Beer Festival: Held at Mission Park on September 17th from 12 to 5 pm and the 18th from 12 to 6 pm, the event offers more than 100 brews on tap from more than 70 different breweries, tasty eats, and  live music. Proceeds benefit the Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center (DARC) and the Gen Giammanco Foundation, which supports student athletes. Admission: $40.

FUN

The Ventura County Fair: Held by the beach at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the event is held daily from August 3-14, 11 am until 10 pm, and includes live music, carnival rides, tasty bites, and more. Admission: from $9.

Aloha Beach Festival: Located at Promenade Park (Surfer’s Point), the event is held September 10 and 11 starting at 9 am, and features Polynesian dance, music, and food, as well as a beer garden and beach activities like the Aloha Longboard Classic, hula dancing, and a Frisbee contest with the grand prize of a hybrid car.

    2 Comments

  • Caroline Telus says:

    These all sound like a whole lot of fun! I love that Ventura is just a quick drive from Santa Barbara ( about 25 minutes South). There is just as much to do in Ventura as there is in Santa Barbara, but i have to say by personal opinion, SB is much prettier :). Though Ventura’s county fair is so much fun! If looking for a great place to stay in Santa Barbara, I recommend The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Located in downtown SB, the location is great, but not as good as the price! Incredibly budget friendly if traveling on a budget.

  • Adele says:

    I personally love Ventura but I’m a much bigger fan of Santa Barbara! Great city with it’s own assortment of great live music as well. I was just there and had a lovely time going to shows and enjoying the downtown area. Stayed at the South Coast Inn (www. santa-barbara-hotel.com). So elegant and affordable!

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