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139th Annual Ventura County Fair is Coming July 30th through August 10th

The 139th Ventura County Fair, themed "A Country Fair with Ocean Air" will be held July 30th through August 10th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

The fair features arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, petting zoo, carnival rides, games and entertainment. More information at www.VenturaCountyFair.org.

General Admission Prices: Adults (13 to 64) $12.00, Children 6-12 $9.00, Seniors 65 and older $9.00. Children 5 and under admitted free (well...as long as accompanied by an adult).

Special Admission Days:

$1 admission until 3pm on opening day, Wed, July 30th!

Feed the Need “Fair Cares” Food Drive , Thursday, July 31st: Purchase an adult admission ticket and donate 5 cans of food for FOOD share before 3 pm and receive a free return ticket good for admission Aug. 5 through 8.

Youth Day, Friday, August 1st: All fair visitors ages 12 and under will be admitted free all day.

Seniors / Persons with Disabilities Day, Tuesday, August 5th: Seniors age 65 and older and persons with disabilities admitted free all day.

$3 Before 3 Day, Wednesday August 6th: Admission to the Fair is $3 before 3 pm.

Military Appreciation Day, Thursday, August 7th: All military personnel holding a current, valid military ID will be admitted free.

FAIR HOURS: The Fair will open at 11:00 a.m. daily and the carnival opens at noon daily. Exhibits close at 10:00 pm; Commercial exhibits open until 11:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday only. Admissions taken until 10 p.m. Fair closes at 11 p.m. Carnival closes between 11pm and midnight.

Grandstand concerts and rodeos are free with admission to the fair! The lineup (subject to change):

Thursday, 7/31: The Beach Boys at 7:30pm

Friday, 8/1: Little Big Town at 7:30pm

Sat, 8/2: The Spinners at 7:30pm

Sun, 8/3, 3:00 pm Larry Hernandez, Carmen Jara, Mariachi Aguilas de Mexico

Monday, 8/4: Barenaked Ladies at 7:30pm

Tuesday, 8/5: Tony Orlando at 1pm

Tuesday, 8/5: Deep Purple at 7:30pm

Wed, 8/6: Seether at 7:30pm

Thursday, 8/7: Jake Owen at 7:30pm

Friday, 8/8: Creedence Clearwater Revisited at 7:30pm

Sat, 8/9: P.R.C.A. Rodeo at 2pm and 7pm

Sun, 8/10: P.R.C.A. Rodeo at 2pm and 7pm

NEW FOR 2014: Smoking will be permitted in designated areas only.

Parking at the Fairgrounds is $10.00 per car and is subject to availability. Free parking and free shuttle bus service to the Fair is available from 10:30 am until 11:00 pm at these locations: Oxnard Performing Arts Center (on Hobson Way in Oxnard), County Government Center (off Telephone Rd. in Ventura), Pacific View Mall (off Mills Rd. in Ventura), Ventura High School (Larrabee lots off Poli St. in Ventura) and Ventura Unified School District (Stanley Avenue). Free shuttle service is also provided from San Buenaventura State Beach and Marriott Ventura Beach on Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, but regular parking fees will be charged. Wheelchair capable busing is available from all sites.


2014 Summer Movie Clubhouse at Century Theaters in Ventura and Oxnard

Summer Movie Clubhouse! Ten weeks of fun films for kids at Century 10 Downtown Ventura on Wednesdays at 11am and Century Riverpark at The Collection in Oxnard on Tuesday/Thursday mornings at 9:45am. A different movie every week this summer. Same price for parents and children.

All 10 movies can be purchased in advance for only $5! Or $1 per show at the box office.  Visit www.cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse for more information.

Upcoming movies (previous ones removed from list):

Century 10 Downtown Ventura

555 E. Main St 805.641.6555 Showtimes at 11am

July 30: The LEGO Movie

August 6: Rio 2

August 13: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

August 20: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Century Riverpark at The Collection

2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard 805.988.6083 All showtimes at 9:45am

July 29 and 31: The LEGO Movie

August 5 and 7: Rio 2

August 12 and 14: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

August 19 and 21: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel


Ventura County Fair SuperHero 5K and Downhill Magic 1 Miler on Saturday, Aug 2

The Ventura County Fair Presents The

SuperHero 5K & Downhill Magic 1-Mile

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Join in the fun on August 2nd with a 5K or a downhill 1-mile run. Stick around after the run for the The Ventura County Fair Parade (and of course the Fair itself.) 5K Start - 8:00am; 1-Mile Start - 9:15am. Race location is Mission Park in Downtown Ventura (across from 211 E. Main St..

Check-in for both races will be at Mission Park. The 5K starts at Mission Park while the 1-Mile starts 1-mile up Main Street across from Memorial (Cemetary) Park. The 5K course is a 2-loop course on Main Street starting and finishing at Mission Park. The 1-Mile course is very downhill starting at Memorial Park and finishing at Mission Park. This course is FAST!!! (Starts at 145 feet elevation. Finishes at 22 feet.)

Learn more and sign up at venturacostumerun.com. Use Promo Code: vcfair5 to save $5.


27th Annual Music Under the Stars in Ventura, July 12th to Sept 6th

The City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division presents the 27th year of the popular Music Under the Stars series, Saturday nights beginning July 12th through September 6th. Performances run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm outdoors at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, near Ventura Harbor. Concerts start at 7:30 pm & gates open at 6:30 pm for dining. Visit www.cityofventura.net/mus for more information and tickets or call 805.658.4726. Tickets are $20. $10 for a table for four.

Dine, dance & delight to great performances at Ventura’s most historic party site! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy nine Saturday nights of summer magic “dancing with the stars” on a majestic wooden ballroom floor. Bring your own homemade feast or reserve a catered hot buffet dinner for fine twilight dining with friends within the warm embrace of adobe-baked courtyard walls.

New this year: The Underground Food Gourmet Truck, Ventura Coffee Truck and full beverage service at each performance.

The Lineup:

July 19: Rob Rio and the Revolvers (Boogie Woogie)

July 26: Spencer the Gardener (Indie Surf Dance Party)

August 2: Savor (Carlos Santana Tribute)

August 9: Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats (Rock N' Soul)

August 16: Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute)

August 23: Janeen Puente Orchestra (Latin Jazz)

August 30: Skinny Little Twits (Legends of Classic Rock)

September 6: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats (Zydeco)

Past Performers:

July 12: Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)


Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays

Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 7/15/14):

7/19: Wiggly-Eyed Glitter Fish

7/26: Make & Shake Noisemaker

8/2: You Name It! Door Hanger

8/9: Summer Spinning Top

8/16: Blooming Numbers Garden

8/23: Silly Face Magnetic Note Holder

8/30: Whimsical Wind Catcher

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com.


2014 Fairy Tales in the Park Free Outdoor Shows in Ventura County, May to September

Fairy Tales in the Park is a series of free, live theatrical performances geared towards children ages 3 to 10. John and Roxanne Diesel co-founded Gypsies in a Trunk, an all-volunteer troupe of actors performing free fairy tales for the young and young at heart. The troupe’s love of children’s theatre has led them to perform every May through September since 1995 throughout Ventura County.

The troupe's goal is to create an environment where families can introduce live theatre to their children in a casual setting at the right price – free! All Fairy Tales in the Park performances are held outdoors in a variety of venues and is always free of charge, though the players pass the hat to help cover costuming and travel costs, donations are always voluntary.

Most venues do not have shade, so sunscreen and hats are appropriate. Bring water, juice, snacks, picnics. Blankets and low-slung chairs are recommended. Please leave doggies at home (not that they don't love them). The shows are designed to run approximately 45 minutes, which coincides with the attention span of the target age group, 3-10 year olds.


  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Thumbellina and Tom Thumb's Voyage to Neverland
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Sleeping Beauty 2: Malificent's Revenge
  • Snow White and One Bat


Simi Valley (Shows at 4pm): Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheatre, 1765 Royal Ave

  • May 3: The Princess and the Frog
  • June 7: Thumbellina and Tom Thumb's Voyage to Neverland
  • July 5: The Gingerbread Man
  • Aug 2: Sleeping Beauty 2: Malificent's Revenge
  • Sept 6: Snow White and One Bat

Westlake Village (Shows at 11:30am): Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr. (Lakeview Canyon & Lindero)

  • May 3: The Princess and the Frog
  • June 7: Thumbellina and Tom Thumb's Voyage to Neverland
  • July 5: The Gingerbread Man
  • Aug 2: Sleeping Beauty 2: Malificent's Revenge
  • Sept 6: Snow White and One Bat

Camarillo (Shows at 11:30am): Valle Lindo Park, 889 Aileen St

  • May 10: The Princess and the Frog
  • June 14: Thumbellina and Tom Thumb's Voyage to Nev

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5th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk in Ventura on Oct 11th

Join in the campaign to support more birthdays at the 5th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraiser and pancake breakfast for Ventura County.  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer's last century.

Making Strides is a non-competitive 5K scenic morning walk, beginning at 8am Saturday, October 11th at Harbor Cove Beach, Ventura Harbor. Learn more and register at www.MakingStridesWalk.org/Ventura.


3rd Annual Seaside Half Marathon, 5K, 10K in Ventura on Sunday, February 22nd

The 3rd Annual Seaside Half Marathon, 5K and 10K is planned for Sunday, February 22, 2015 along the Ventura coastline and the historic Old Rincon Highway.

Start and finish at Ventura Promenade park along the beautiful oceanfront boardwalk. It then will travel along the Ventura bike path to the Historic Old Rincon Highway along the Ventura coastline.  Miles of ocean views will keep you in awe as you stroll to the turn around point and back to the start/finish line.  Aid stations every 1.5 miles. Half marathon starts at 8 a.m. Other races start at 8:15 a.m.

To learn more and register, visit www.seasidehalf.com.


2nd Annual Father's Day 5K/10K in Ventura on Sunday, June 21st

The 2nd Annual Father's Day 5K/10K will take place Promenade Park in Ventura is planned for Sunday, June 21, 2015. The 5K starts at 8am. There will also be a kids' 1K fun run. For more information, visit www.fathersday5k10k.com.


Circus Vargas' Magikaria Extreme Comes to Ventura 6/5-6/9 and Thousand Oaks 6/19-6/23

Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for ALL AGES!

Circus Vargas presents its most mind-blowing, highly anticipated spectacular ever! Join us, where the magic begins and the heart-pounding, death-defying action takes place! It’s awe-inspiring ‘Edge of your Seat’ excitement, all under the big top…where imagination comes to life and the world is full of possibility and wonder!

Don’t Miss Circus Vargas’ new magical, mega-hit sensation! Magikaria Extreme! It’s not a show…IT'S AN EXPERIENCE!

Charismatic Illusionist Casts His Spell at Circus Vargas' Magikaria! Handsome young illusionist Patrick Gable joins a cast of world-renowned performers for an Extravaganza of Magical Proportions! Enchanting audiences with mesmerizing charm, this mystical, magical warrior will make a believer out of you and maybe, just maybe, you'll discover the secret to Magikaria!

See Circus Vargas in Woodland Hills May 23rd through June 2nd, Ventura County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 5th through Monday, June 9th, then in Santa Barbara June 12th through 16th, followed by Thousand Oaks June 19th through 23rd at Conejo Creek Park South (soccer fields).

To learn more and order tickets, visit www.CircusVargas.com.


2014 California Beer Festival in Ventura the Weekend of September 20-21

The California Beer Festival (CBF) returns to Ventura County the weekend of September 20-21, 2014 at Mission Park in Ventura.

On Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm there will be over 130 different craft beers represented, food trucks and live music throughout the day from Rey Fresco, Dr. M and Petty Theft, The Ultimate Tribute Band to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers!

Guests will receive a souvenir tasting cup to sample some of the best craft beers from around the world! YOU MUST BE 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter CBF on Saturday. Gates will open at 12pm, beer sampling will start at 1pm. Space is very limited!

On Sunday from 11am to 6pm, bring your blues chairs and blankets to Sunday's family friendly event (Children 12 and under FREE). Sample amazing BBQ from teams from all over the state and get marinated by an amazing blues lineup.

No beer sampling on Sunday but craft beer will be available for purchase.

Visit californiabeerfestival.com/ventura.php to learn more and buy tickets!


2014 Aloha Beach Festival in Ventura on Saturday & Sunday, Sept 13-14

The 10th Annual Aloha Beach Festival is set for September 13th and 14th starting at Promenade Park/Surfer's Point, west of the Historic Ventura Pier.   The festival will feature freestyle frisbee and K9 frisbee competitions, surfing and outrigger canoe competitions and all day live music at the Aloha Stage.

The Festival will also include local arts and crafts, food vendors and a beer garden. Hours are 9am to 8pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday.  Admission is FREE.  Visit www.alohabeachfestival.us for more information or to sign up for an event!


17th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race at Ventura Harbor on Saturday, October 18th

11th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race at Ventura Harbor

The 17th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race at Ventura Harbor is a unique event that features people-powered works of art built to travel over an exciting all-terrain race course beginning with the launching of the vehicles into the water at the boat ramp on Spinnaker drive, continuing across the sand and around an oval track and ending with a drive through the mud pit at Ventura Seaside Village.

These kinetic sculptures can have over 100 gears, ingenious treading, flotation and propulsion, athletic pilots and mechanically advanced pit crews. These uniquely engineered machines are transformed into moving artful sculptures. Visit www.kineticrace.com for more information.

Turning Point FoundationThe event starts at the corner of Anchors Way Drive and Schooner Drive at 10:18 a.m. on Saturday, October 18th. Admission is FREE. The race benefits Turning Point Foundation, a non-profit organization, which provides a homeless shelter, housing and rehabilitation and community support services for persons disabled by mental illness in Ventura County. For more information, visit www.turningpointfoundation.org.


12th Annual Ventura Nationals at Ventura County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 30th

The 12th Annual Ventura Nationals Car and Motorcycle Show is planned for Saturday, August 30th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Fun all around with car/motorcycle show, live music, vendors, food and more.

Gates open at 9:00am. $15 admission. Active military with valid ID $10 Children 12 and under with paid adult are FREE with two can foods donated to Food Share of Ventura County. More information at www.venturanationals.com


2nd Annual Ventura Marathon and Half Marathon Planned for Sunday, September 7th

The 2nd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and Beach Party is planned for Sunday, September 7th. On Saturday, the 6th, bike rides, kids' run and beach party are planned. This is a flat and fast course...I should know, I ran the inaugural race last year. A fun and well-coordinated local marathon. For more information and to register, visit www.venturamarathon.com

After a very successful inaugural year with roughly 2,500 participants and over $16,000 generated for local charities and school clubs, the Ventura Marathon is taking it a step further. In 2014, the Ventura Marathon is kicking off its second year by partnering with five non-profit organizations, including Pier Into The Future, the Humane Society of Ventura County, Autism Society Ventura County, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and the Rotary Club of Ventura.

“We are excited to be partnering with five amazing charities,” says race director Josh Spiker. “We feel that giving participants the ability to raise funds will give their efforts more meaning, while raising money for the charities.”

Participants signing up online will have the option of raising funds for one of the five charities mentioned. There is a team option too, through a club, an office or any group.

Although the event organizers feel most people will raise money out of the goodness of their hearts, they have added some incentives, which include a Ventura Marathon running hat ($100 goal), a Ventura Marathon hooded sweatshirt ($250 goal) and a free entry to next year’s race ($500). Top individual and top team fundraisers will get additional prizes.

The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.


Ventura Family YMCA 14th Annual Fun & Fitness 5K on Saturday, August 16th

The Ventura Family YMCA 14th Annual Fun & Fitness 5K is on Saturday, August 16th at 8am, 3760 Telegraph Road. Prizes will be given out to top winners in each division and everyone can enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music and fun after the race.

Visit www.ciymca.org/fun-and-fitness-5k.html to pre-register.


2nd Annual The Color Run™ 5K in Ventura Planned for Saturday, October 18th

The 2nd Annual Color Run™ 5k Kaleidoscope Tour is coming to Ventura on October 18th, 2014 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds! The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community. Events starts in waves at 8 a.m.

The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. The two main rules of the race are to wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color!

Learn more and register at thecolorrun.com/ventura.


20th Annual Cool Breeze Century Ride in Ventura on Saturday, August 16th 

20th Annual


-36, 62, 102, 107 & 126 Miles-

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Ventura, California

Sponsored by the Channel Islands Bike Club and the Kiwanis Club of Ventura, the Cool Breeze route follows the coast from Ventura to Santa Barbara. The weather is generally in the low 70's -- you can't ask for better summer cycling weather! There are lots of great rest stops along the way. Fresh fruit, cookies, bagels, sandwich fixins' popsicles and more! Pre-race breakfast and post race lunch included.

Visit www.cibike.org/cool-breeze.html for more information and to register for the event.


2nd Annual Central Coast Comic Con in Ventura on September 12-14

The 2nd Annual Central Coast Comic Con "C4" is planned for Friday, Sept 12 from 4-9PM, Sat, Sept 13 from 10AM-7PM and Sun, Sept 14 from 10AM-6PM. at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Boulevard.

Weekend full of activities, guests from film, television, pop culture and comic book artists and creators, as well as local talent. Activities include Zombie Training, movie cars Power Rangers Experience (on 9/6) and more. Sunday is Kids Day.

For more information, visit www.venturacomiccon.com.


17th Annual Pooch Parade Dog Walk & Pet Expo in Ventura on Sunday, July 20th

The Pooch Parade is a celebration of love for all dogs. The walk is a beautiful three mile round trip along the Ventura Beach Promenade, and yes, the dogs are walking their people in long lines of smiles.

The walk is a fundraiser to support dog rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and dog owner education programs undertaken by the Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.). As a walk-a-thon, walkers gather donations by obtaining sponsors to underwrite their three mile dogwalk in the Pooch Parade.

The event is held at San Buenaventura State Beach Park in Ventura on July 20th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The event will also feature a silent auction, contests, demos and vendors. For more information, visit www.poochparade.org.