Events throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas! Click here for events by category/title or here for calendar format. Community events of broad public interest meeting criteria summed up here can be submitted here but we encourage most folks to post events, fundraisers and other items of interest directly to the Community Messages section.
Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas through December 2014 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit
Sat 12/27 10am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park - Welcome to Malibu Creek docent led walk - meet at lower parking lot by the restrooms.
Sun 12/28 8:30am to 11:30am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching - all levels welcome - bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235
Sun 12/28 10am to 11am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents - Bincoulars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint.
The 3rd Annual HOPE4Kids Festival and 5K/10K Run/Walk is planned for Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8am to noon. Community event benefits foster youth of Ventura County.
Silent auction, booths, food trucks, kid zone, adoption and foster fair to feature profiles of children in need of homes. Adoption tent will be staffed by county social workers.
Event to take place at Camarillo Community Center Park, 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo.
Visit hope4kids.myevent.com for more information and to register.
The 3rd Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K and 10K is planned for Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3601 Calle Tecate, Camarillo. The 5k/10k course is over gentle rolling hills along the fully paved Camarillo bike path and surrounding neighborhoods.
Courses are geared towards both runners and walkers! There is a generous 4 hour time limit for the half marathon, so don't you worry! There will be prizes for the best holiday costumes, so come dressed in your favorite Christmas wear!
To learn more and to sign up, visit www.HollyJollyHalf.com.
The 10th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival is planned for Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Moorpark College from 10am to 7:30pm. Event is presented by the Ventura County Blues Society and proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Event to feature guitarist Coco Montoya, John Nemeth, Deanna Bogart, BB Chung King and the Buddaheads, the Delgago Brothers and others to be announced. Learn more and buy tickets at venturacountyblues.com. Presale tickets now available. Kids 12 and under free with adult.
The 15th Annual Relay for Life of Moorpark will take place from 9am on Saturday, April 25th to 10am on April 26th at Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease
No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?
Your reasons for walking in the Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can't claim another year of anyone's life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!
For additional information and to register, visit this link.
Celebrate the festive holiday season with Southern California’s finest at The Malibu Country Mart. The shopping destination will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a stately decorated Christmas tree, charming ornaments, and plenty of twinkling lights. Families can enjoy the Christmas spirit every Saturday, with events for all ages starting on Saturday, December 6th through Saturday, December 20th.
Each Saturday in December, prior to Christmas Eve, visitors can participate in complimentary, holiday-themed activities that are sure to create warm memories for the whole family. Before heading off to travel the world, delivering presents to good boys and girls, Santa and his very own REAL, LIVE REINDEER will visit the Malibu County Mart, pose for photos and prance for their admirers.
Winter Wonderland Schedule
Saturday, Dec 6: Stocking and Dreidel Decorating Party and Holiday Face Painting (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec 13: Photos with Santa and Cookie Decorating Party (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec 20: Santa’s Reindeer visit the Malibu County Mart and Photos with Santa (noon – 4:00 p.m.) and strolling carolers
The 64th Annual Oxnard Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Friday, December 5th starting at 5:30PM at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street, Oxnard. The community is invited to watch as downtown illuminates Ventura County’s tallest Christmas tree at over 110 feet high! There will also be entertainment, free refreshments, and but of course, Santa. 805.247.0197
The next day, Saturday, December 6th, the community can cheer on a vast contingent of high-stepping marching bands, electrifying holiday floats, fantastic performance groups and local personalities during the Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade taking place on ‘A’, 5th and ‘C’ Streets from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The 2014 theme is "Surf, Sand & Celebrating the Season."
The 9th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show is scheduled in Plaza Park, 500 South C Street, from December 5th to January 4th. Shows run every 15 minutes from 5PM to 10PM. Enjoy your favorite holiday jingles synchronized with over 30,000 colorful lights, animated characters and decorated trees.
The 8th Annual Holly Trolley Tours depart from Centennial Plaza at 6, 7 and 8pm on December 16th, 17th and 18th. Ride a double-decker for a 50 minute guided tour of Downtown Oxnard and its Historic District's spectacular nighttime display of holiday lights and decor, stopping at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies and going through Christmas Tree Lane. RSVP in advance for $10/person at 805.385.2705.
Heritage Square Christmas Tours and Gingerbread House Contest takes place on weekends, December 5th to 28th, from 10am to 4pm at Heritage Square, 715 South A Street. Suggested donation $5/person. Weekday tours by appointment only. Call 805.483.7960 x4 or visit HeritageSquareOxnard.com.
Christmas Tree Lane will be on display from December 14th through 26th from 6pm to 10pm on F and G Streets between 5th and Palm. Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County's largest residential holiday light displays in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. Vist OxnardHistoricDistrict.com or call 805.385.7545 for more information.
Visit www.downtownoxnard.org or call 805.247.0197 for more information.
The XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Challenge takes place at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas on Saturday, May 16, 2015, with the 22K starting at 7:30am and the 6K at 8am. The 22k goes up Bulldog, with amazing scenery in Malibu. The 6k is a great introductory trail run with single track and fireroad trails. All participants get a great race t-shirt, finisher medal, hot breakfast, coffee and a raffle ticket. Visit trailrace.com/malibu-creek-trail-run for more information.
Have you vowed to make 2015 the year to make a difference? Well now you have your chance to follow through on your resolution and participate in the American Cancer Society's 2015 Relay For Life of Thousand Oaks event.
This year’s event marks the 18th year anniversary of Relay For Life in the Conejo Valley area.
The American Cancer Society is looking for anyone who wants to honor cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer.
For those unfamiliar with Relay For Life, it is an overnight community effort where individuals and teams camp out, socialize and take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds to fight cancer. As day turns to night, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in an inspiring ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members who have died from the disease. The Relay For Life event represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
Relay For Life of Thousand Oaks will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, starting at 10:00 am to Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Conejo Creek Park South, Thousand Oaks.
For more information about this event visit www.relayforlife.org/thousandoaksca.
Senior Concerns would like to invite you to participate in its 22nd Annual 5K/10K Love Run in Westlake Village the morning of Sunday, June 7, 2015. Once a year, Senior Concerns sponsors the Love Run, a sanctioned 5K/10K race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. The race is on a flat course around the lake in Westlake Village. Well over 1,000 runners, walkers, adults and children demonstrated their commitment to the community through their participation in this highly anticipated event each year.
The Love Run raises money for the Meals on Wheels program in Thousand Oaks. The program serves seniors who are no longer able to shop or cook for themselves. Last year, volunteer drivers delivered nearly 48,000 meals. Senior Concerns never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay. As demand continues to increase the need for corporate sponsorship does as well. That is why it is so important for businesses in this community to support the Meals on Wheels program.
The races start and finish at 3011 Townsgate Road.
More information at www.seniorconcerns.org/NewsEvents/LoveRun/tabid/406/Default.aspx or register directly at runsignup.com/Race/CA/WestlakeVillage/LoveRunWestlake.
The 3rd Annual Santa Paula Police Memorial 5K Run/Walk is planned for 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Santa Paula Train Depot, 963 E. Santa Barbara Street.
All net proceeds from the race will go to benefit the families of members of Santa Paula Police Department whose lives were lost in the line of duty.
Visit www.copquest.org/5k for more information.
The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District presents the 2nd Annual Mud Crazy 5K on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Mission Oaks Park, 5800 Fieldcrest Avenue, Camarillo. 5K with over 30 obstacles! Teams with unique costumes are encouraged. Includes t-shirt and giveaways. Proceeds to benefit the PVRPD Youth Scholarship Fund. More information and to register, visit www.gomudrun.com.
The 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide is Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Temple Etz Chaim/United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1080 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks from noon to 3pm. Visit the Global Village Festival before and after the Walk, for information and advocacy booths on Darfur, Sudan, Congo and other human rights abuses, conflict minerals campaign and other advocacy opportunities, solar cooker demonstrations, crafts, merchandise, food, music and more.
The Walk to End Genocide raises awareness and funds to provide vital resources for those suffering from the horrors of genocide. With your help, we will raise thousands of dollars to help realize a better future for people around the world suffering human rights abuses. Anyone and everyone can help! Join or start a walk team, walk as an individual, make a donation, volunteer or become a sponsor! There is no fitness requirement for this family-friendly walk, so everyone can participate.
To learn more and to register, visit www.walktoendgenocide.org.
The Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk and Run is planned for Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Westlake Village City Hall. There is a 5K, 10K and Kids 1K Fun Run. Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks are a great way to increase funding for research and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Lustgarten Foundation walks serve as a wonderful celebration of the progress being made in the fight against this disease, and your important participation provides hope for the future. Check in 7am, 10K at 8am, 5K at 9:30 am, Kids Fun Run at 10:30am.
For more information and to register, visit 2015westlakewalkrun.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1125817.
Also visit www.lustgarten.org or call 866.789.1000 to learn more about The Lustgarten Foundation.
Come mingle with our Founding Fathers during the 23rd Annual Presidents Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Monday, February 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This celebration includes fun for the whole family, including musical entertainment, storytelling, arts and crafts, and presidential and first lady look-alikes. Hot dogs, pie, and other all-American foods will be available for purchase.
Free parking and shuttle pick-up will be available along Presidential Drive. All Presidents Day activities are free. Museum admission applies to view the exhibits, including Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit. For more information, call 805.522.2977 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com.
Color Run 5K Fun Run in Simi Valley on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at St. Rose of Lima School, 1325 Royal Ave. (across from Royal High School). Packet Pickup at 8 am. Color Dash starts at 10 am. Open to people of all ages and abilities! Come out and have some colorful fun as you get blasted with bright, nontoxic color powder at each kilometer! Register at thecolordash5k.com.
Come out and support the Camarillo-based Cancer Hope Foundation as they host their 4th Annual 5K and (new this year) 10K to raise money for Camp Keepsake 2015. Event to be held at the Ventura Beach Promenade on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8am. There is also an untimed Kids Fun Run Obstacle Course Challenge that should be fun for the little ones!
Camp Keepsake, a program of Cancer Hope Foundation, is a place where adults with cancer and also cancer survivors can go with their family and friends to spend time away from the hectic and often stressful routine of doctor visits and treatments. For more information. visit cancerhopefoundation.org
Entry includes free shirt, post race food and music. A lot of fun for a terrific cause. To register, visit cancerhopefoundation.org/chf/?event=cancer-hope-foundation-4th-annual-5k&event_date=2015-01-10.