Events throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas! Click here for events by category/title or here for calendar format. New events added daily. Community events of broad public interest can be submitted here.
Gentlemen, rev your engines! The third annual CARS AT THE ROCK classic car show will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at The Rock Community Church and Hillcrest Christian School, 384 Erbes Road, (corner of Erbes and Hillcrest), Thousand Oaks.
Along with a variety of classic cars from pre-1980 and a special interest class, the show will boast a live DJ, children's game booths, face painting. Visitors can also participate in the hour-long church service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Food trucks, including the popular Grilled Cheese Truck, will be available at this fun, family event.
There are still some spaces available for car entrants. Entry fee prior to the show is $25 and day of show is $35. Interested car enthusiasts can get details and register online at www.rockcarshow.com
Admission for the general public to view the cars is free. Proceeds from the show go to local charities.
Join us at the third annual CARS AT THE ROCK Classic car show on Sept 28. For more information visit the website at www.rockcarshow.com or call Rock Car Show Chair Steve Covell at 805-390-5090.
The Conejo Schools Foundation is hosting the 6th Annual Walk for Healthy Schools on Saturday, October 18th at Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks. The family friendly 5K will start at 9:30 with walk-in registration opening at 9. Or better yet, pre-register at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bcc223. Come walk with your family, friends and neighbors for the benefit of our health and our local schools. All monies raised from sponsorships and walk registrations will directly benefit all schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Learn more at www.conejoschools.org/events.
The 21st Annual Salmon Run at Patagonia, 259 W. Santa Clara Street, Ventura takes place on Sunday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. This is a certified 5K course on a flat dirt road along the Ventura River. Patagonia® gear awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age category. Silent auction, raffle and refreshments. Limited to 400 runners/walkers! This event usually sells out!
Visit www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=15737 to learn more and to register.
The 10th Annual Run Through the Orchards takes place on Sunday, November 2nd at 8 a.m. at Tierra Rejada Ranch, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. This is a certified 5K and 10K, all-dirt course through the scenic walnut, avocado and orange groves celebrating open space and agriculture in Ventura County.
Eight age categories from under 13 through over 70. Race prizes will be awarded in each category and for overall men's and women's runners. Registration includes a raffle drawing ticket and a limited edition tote bag made from recycled materials. Water and refreshments will be provided. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the race. Proceeds support SOAR, a local organization dedicated to making Ventura County a better place to live by limiting urban sprawl, protecting open space and agricultural lands, and promoting livable and sustainable communities.
Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley are back again this October! Tours are limited to 20-25 people. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 10 and no charge for children under 5. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Tours will start every 15 minutes.
Reservations taken for groups of 10 or more at 805.526.6453. Free parking is available along Strathearn Place. All tours are filled on a first come basis. This is a walking/standing tour with limited seating at a few of the stops. The tour can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. No flashlights allowed inside the park. No photography or sound recording allowed within the park.
Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park is a family friendly event. It is NOT a "Haunted House" type of event and is appropriate for children of all ages. It is the history of Simi Valley told in a very entertaining way by those who created it.
- Fridays, October 10, 17, 24: 7-9PM
- Saturdays October 11, 18, 25: 6-9PM
- Sundays October 12, 19, 20: 6-8:30PM
Visit www.simihistory.com for more information.
Halloween Fun at the Stagecoach Inn Newbury Park on Saturday, October 25th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Stop by for some old fashioned Halloween fun! There will be many activities, including a cupcake walk, Halloween storytelling, trick-or-treating, crafts and games and gold panning. Wear your costume and enjoy the fun!
Admission: Adults $5 Seniors & Youths $4 Children (5-12) $2 Under 5 are FREE. Located at 51 South Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Call (805) 498-9441 or visit www.stagecoachmuseum.org for more information.
The annual Scandinavian Autumnfest and Marknad Celebration takes place on Sunday, September 21st from 9AM to 6PM at Vasa Park, 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills. This event is a wonderful, family fun day with our Swedish and Nordic friends. You will not find another event like this one around here. And it is FREE, other than a parking donation of only $10 per car ($5 for Vasa members).
There is DELICIOUS authentic Scandinavian food for sale, vendors, access to a huge 274 foot waterslide and pool, fun family games and prizes, ropes course, rock wall, petting zoo and just a whole bunch of really nice people! Other activities include Alpine tube slide, kids' mining, bingo, train rides and more! Visit www.vasaparkla.com for more information.
And, what's that!!?? The 6th Annual Swedish Meatball Contest!!! YEAH Baby!!! $5 to taste and judge all the meatballs! Bring it on!
Conejo Joe: We've been to events at Vasa Park a number of times! Great family fun with a dose of Scandinavian culture! This park is not usually open to the public so it is a treat being able to visit. And the water slide is FUN FUN FUN for kids and adults alike!
The 2014 Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival is September 18-21 at the Simi Valley Town Center, north of the 118 freeway between Erringer Road and First Street.
In store is a music festival, carnival games, contests and prizes, free samples and giveaways, shopping, arts and crafts, great food, family entertainment, car show, rides and much more!
Admission only $5; kids 4 and under are free. More information at www.svfamf.com.
Thursday, September 18: 5pm - 10pm (70s/80s Music Night)
Friday, September 19, 5pm - 11pm (Salsa Music Night)
Saturday, September 20, Noon -11pm (parade is 9:30am) (Polynesian Music Night)
Sunday, September 21, Noon - 9pm (Country Music Night)
United Way of Ventura County invites the community to participate in its 25th Annual Day of Caring to take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This event will bring together teams and individual volunteers to help nonprofit organizations in the community with a variety of tasks. Volunteer projects are available in cities throughout Ventura County.
United Way is seeking volunteers to help community organizations across Ventura County. Day of Caring will be a fun, free and easy way for individuals, families and teams to work together and create real change in the community.
Some of the volunteer projects will include leading arts and crafts activities for children, painting and freshening up community centers, creating a garden of hope for cancer patients, sorting food at food banks and pantries and more!
Volunteers will receive a Day of Caring T-shirt for their participation. To register as a volunteer and to view full descriptions of the available Day of Caring projects, visit www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org or CLICK THIS LINK to get directly to the event page. Register by the 22nd.
2nd ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY 2014
SEE AG - "Opening Eyes to Agriculture"
WHO: Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEE AG), an agricultural education non-profit & local Ventura County Farms will host the 2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day On Saturday, September 27, 2014.
WHAT: 2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day 2014 - FREE multi location event for the general public. After party BBQ at McGrath Family Farm - $30 ticket price - tickets go on sale July 1, 2014. Eventbrite.
WHERE: Twenty Ventura County Farms! Deardorff Family Farms, Friends Ranch, Houweling's Tomatoes, McGrath Family Farm, Mission Produce, Gills Onions, Rancho Del Pueblo, Chivas Goat Farm, Ojai Olive Oil, Rio Gozo, Join The Farm, Underwood Family Farms, Gills Onions, Duda Fresh, Petty Ranch, Pyramid Flowers, Food For Thought Ojai - San Antonio Elementary Garden, East End Eden Farms, The Museum of Ventura County AG Museum, Pine Tree Farm.
For more information and map visit www.venturacountyfarmday.com.
WHY: Increase the understanding of the food journey from farm to consumption.
SEE AG helps kids understand the origins of their food. Mary Maranville founded Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture [SEE AG] in 2008. The mission of SEE AG is to increase the understanding of the food journey from the field to consumption and to connect school children to the farmland in their own backyard.
Agriculture is a long mainstay and significant part of Ventura County's economic viability. Ventura is ranked 9th in Agricultural production out of the 3144 counties in the United States. To date, this program has reached over 7,000 school children, providing classroom lessons and field trips. Ventura County Agriculture is a topic appropriate for all ages and both adults and children can enjoy a free day of learning and tasting what their local farmers grow in their backyards.
Free events and programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas through September 2014 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit
TUE 9/16 8am - Malibu Creek State Park – Reagan Ranch - Easy-Pace Hikers: Cornell to MASH Site Enjoy a moderately paced, 6-mile 600’ gain hike including Lookout Trail, Century Lake, MASH site, and Reagan picnic area. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. Info: 818-787-5420. 3hrs SC
FRI 9/19 6pm - Paramount Ranch - Whose Hoo? Join a ranger and discover the tricks of identifying the different owls that maybe found within the area on this 1.5-mile hike. Bring sturdy shoes, water, hat and sunscreen. 1.5hrs NPS
Western National Parks Association on Saturday, September 20 10:00am – 11:30am Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Self Sufficient Home - Author and instructor Christopher Nyerges will describe practical methods of self-reliant living. Topics include how to find and purify water, alternatives to electricity, and use of solar ovens. He will be available to sign his two books: The Self-Sufficient Home and Extreme Simplicity. Reservations recommended. Info: 805-370-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT 9/20 9:30am - Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Summer Hike with a Ranger - Enjoy a summer hike to Inspiration Point on a 1-mile loop trail. Bring sunscreen and water. Meet by fountain 1.5hrs NPS
SUN 9/21 8am - Malibu Creek State Park - Birdwalk Enjoy watching birds in unspoiled habitats. Bring binoculars. Beginners welcome! Meet in lower parking lot. Muriel 310-457-5796 or Art 818-887-0973. 4hrs SFVAS
TOM GAMACHE PHOTOGRAPHY Sunday, September 21 Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center 9am to 5pm – View Photography Exhibit - Our National Parks and Other Public Lands - Enjoy the work of Tom Gamache. Tom is the co-author of the book Range on the Edge/Santa Monica Mountains. The exhibit will run through October 19, 2014. 2pm to 4pm – Meet the Artist/Photo Walk INFO: 805-370-2301 National Park Service
National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 27 - Join us at Paramount Ranch 9am – 12:30pm. Participate in the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy – including areas with streams leading to the coast. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A partnership event with the National Park Service, Heal the Bay, and Cornell Preservation Organization. Info and registration: 805-418-3176
SUN 9/28 8:30am - Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching - Beginners, experts, teens, or adults are all welcome. Bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. Info: 310-395-6235. 2-3hrs SMBAS
SUN 9/28 10am - Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents - Join a special walk. Binoculars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint. Reservations required for groups: 310-395-6235. 1hr SMBAS
SUN 9/28 10am - Malibu Bluffs Park - Bay-view Ramble - Celebrate the beginning of autumn while ambling between sea and mountains with a shoreline stroll. Info: 818-782-9346 2hrs CNPS
SUN 9/28 10am - Paramount Ranch - From Set to Screen - Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of Paramount Ranch. 1hr NPS
Cultural Workshop Sunday, September 28 10am–12pm & 1pm–3pm - Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Tongva artist, Julia Bogany, presents a workshop on how to make tule reed bird dolls and tule reed boats. Materials will be provided. Please arrive on time. All ages welcome. Info: 805-370-2301 NPS
Directions to various locations
Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn
After a one year hiatus, the Oxnard Autumn Historic Home Tour is coming back this Sunday, September 28th from 10am to 5pm.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of historic homes in and around the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. This year's featured home is the Levy House, a beautiful Craftsman/Tudor structure built in 1914 by one of Oxnard’s prominent founding families. Explore what it’s like to care for these legacies of fine design and excellent craft.
Advance purchase tickets available at www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com/TOURS.html or 805.483.7960 for $20. Tickets available at the Carnegie Art Museum for $25 on the day of the event.
THOUSAND OAKS POLICE FOUNDATION HOSTS 18th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
All proceeds directly benefit Police Youth and Volunteer Programs
The Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation (TOPCF) hosts the 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The event is presented by Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays.
The fun-filled day begins at 8am with a breakfast buffet and putting contest. Shotgun start at 10am with lunch and beverages throughout the day, hole-in-ones and other contests. If golf isn’t for you, join TOPCF at 5:00pm for dinner, silent and live auctions
Visit www.SupportTOPCF.org to purchase tickets.
TOPCF was organized to promote community welfare, education and crime prevention through support of public safety, youth and volunteer programs including: Start Smart program, Parent Project, K9 Search & Rescue, Citizen Academy, Explorers, DART team, Reserve Deputies and Volunteers in Policing.
Visit the Camarillo Ranch on Sunday, October 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Adolfo Camarillo’s 150th birthday! Party festivities will include a fiesta BBQ and birthday cake, tours of the Victorian mansion, mariachi music and folkloric dancers, the Camarillo High School Band, history and agricultural exhibits, a country store and sweet shoppe, and of course, the Camarillo White Horses. Cost: Free admission, suggested $5 donation for house tours. Learn more at www.CamarilloRanch.org.
The 23rd Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair will take place on Sunday, October 19th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Moorpark Road between Hillcrest and Wilbur Road in Thousand Oaks, in between Janss Marketplace and the Best Buy. Plenty of parking in the adjacent shopping centers and streets.
The Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair continues this great event with up to 20,000 expected attendees and 370 vendors!
Featuring artisans specializing in hand-made products and a Kids Fun Zone with games, crafts, jumpees, soft drinks and pizza. Live music and entertainment too.
For more information, visit www.ThousandOaksRotary.org.
Crossroads Community Church's Annual Trunk or Treat event is planned for Sunday, October 26th from 3:30pm to 6pm at 161 Plaza La Vista, Camarillo.
Activities for the whole family include trunk or treating, carnival games, face painting and a costume contest. All activities are FREE (food available for purchase). icrossroads.org/events-manager/trunk-or-treat-2
California Lutheran University invites the public to participate in free master classes and a worldwide performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as part of its Day of Dance on Saturday, October 25th.
The “Thriller” performance at 3 p.m. in Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus is part of “Thrill The World,” an annual simultaneous dance to Jackson’s hit song. People are encouraged to dress as zombies. A dance party will start at 1:30 p.m.
The community is invited to learn the dance from Cal Lutheran students, alumni and faculty from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 in Gilbert Arena. Each class is open to the first 55 people who show up.
The Oct. 25 festivities will also include free master classes in the dance studio. Dana Fukagawa will teach yoga from 8 to 9 a.m., jazz from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. and contemporary from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Thousand Oaks High School graduate is an assistant choreographer to singer Mandy Moore and choreographer Tony Testa, and her many credits include choreography for “So You Think You Can Dance” and Kylie Minogue’s Les Foiles World Tour and performances on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and in live LXD shows in Beijing, New York and Los Angeles. She is a substitute teacher at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.
Dancer and choreographer Damian “Dmoe” Gomez will lead a hip-hop class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Gomez has worked with many artists including Janet Jackson, Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas.
Registration for the master classes is required. Contact Shannon McMillan in the Theatre Arts Department at email@example.com or 805-493-3452.
Cal Lutheran is expanding its dance program, and its first choreography class presented a concert in May. The university’s Artists and Speakers Committee recently purchased a portable dance floor so that outside groups and students can now perform safely on campus. The Theatre Arts Department received a grant from the university’s Community Leaders Association to present the Day of Dance event.
All the events are free, but donations will be accepted for Santa Barbara-based World Dance for Humanity’s efforts to build a school in Rwanda.
Kingsmen Park is located along Memorial Parkway west of Mountclef Boulevard. Gilbert Arena and the dance studio are inside the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court. Parking is free.
For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at 805-241-8515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.