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Entries in Ventura (28)

Wednesday
Jul012015

2015 Summer Saturday Night Free Concert Series at Montalvo Square in Ventura

Montalvo Square Shopping Center is located near the corner of S. Victoria Ave and Avocet Drive in Ventura.

Monday
Jun292015

28th Annual Music Under the Stars at Olivas Adobe in Ventura, July 11th to Sept 5th

The City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division presents the 28th year of the popular Music Under the Stars series, Saturday nights beginning July 11th through September 5th. 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 dinner or purchase it from a gourmet food truck on site. Full beverage service on hand.

Upcoming performers:

7/11: Britain's Finest - Beatles tribute

7/18: Porterhouse Bob - New Orleans Boogie and Blues

7/25: The Kings of 88 - Tribute to piano rock

8/1: The Platinum Groove - Dance party grooves

8/8: Floyd and the Flyboys - R&B, soul

8/15: Desperado - Eagles tribute

8/22: Louie Cruz Beltran - Afro-Cuban jazz

8/29: Fantastic Diamond - Neil Diamond tribute

9/5: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats - Zydeco

Tuesday
May262015

Regency Theatres Kid's $1 Summer Movie Series Runs June 16 through August 18

Regency Theatres is hosting a Kids' Summer Movie Series at five locations in Ventura County. This is a 9 week program that features popular kids films, all rated PG, every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:30 am.  Doors open at 9:45 am. There series starts on Tuesday, June 16th, with a final screening on Thursday, August 18th. Admission is only $1 per person! There will also be face painting at each show for only $1 and a $3 snack tray which includes popcorn, drink, and candy. Tickets are on sale now at www.regencymovies.com and at each theatre's box office.

Locations:

Dates/Movies:

  • June 16, 18: Kung Fu Panda
  • June 23, 25: Bee Movie
  • June 30, July 2: Flushed Away
  • July 7, 9: Despicable Me
  • July 14, 16: Shrek
  • July 21, 23: Megamind
  • July 28, 30: Madagascar
  • August 4, 6: How to Train Your Dragon
  • August 11, 13: Monsters vs. Aliens
Sunday
May242015

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Half Marathon, 10K and 5K in Ventura on Sat, Oct 24

Lexus LaceUp Running Series comes to the Ventura Promenade Park on Saturday, October 24th with a half marathon, 10K and 5K. The Series is an exceptional race and finish experience for runners and their friends. Enjoy a premier running race followed by a local food truck brunch and a Sierra Nevada finish line toast in a lively event hub. Half marathon and 10K start at 7am, 5K at 7:45am. To learn more and to register, visit laceuprunningseries.com/race/locations/#ventura.

Sunday
May242015

2015 Motion by the Ocean 5K, 10K and 1K Kids Run in Ventura on Sat, July 25th

The 2nd Annual Motion By The Ocean 5K, 10K, 10K Relay, and 1K Kids Run takes place at the oceanfront Promenade Park in Ventura, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard, on July 25, 2015. The 10K starts at 7:30am, 5K at 7:45am and 1K at 10:30am. Day will also feature music, local vendors and food trucks. Proceeds will help build the new Community Memorial Hospital. This six-story facility will be located on land adjacent to the current hospital. Register at www.motionbytheocean.org.

Tuesday
May192015

Free Summer Concert Series at Ventura Harbor Village June thru August

Enjoy the free summer concert series on Sundays from 1-4pm at Ventura Harbor Village at the carousel stage. The lineup is below. Also enjoy Steel Drum Saturdays from July 4th through August 29th from 1-4pm. The Sunday lineup is as follows:

June 21st: Unkle Monkey
June 28th: Soul Surfers (Surf Tunes)
July 5th: TreCoustics & Jodi Farrell (Soft Rock)
July 12th: After the Smoke (Reggae)
July 19th: Ship of Fools (Pirate Tunes) Pirate Days!
July 26th: Smokey & Friends (Reggae)
August 2nd: Downtown All Starz (Rock)
August 9th: Soul Surfers (Surf Tunes)
August 16th: Cadillac Angels (Rock)
August 23rd: TreCoustics & Jodi Farrell (Soft Rock)
August 30th: Ray J & The Uptown Brothers (Blues)

Visit www.venturaharborvillage.com or call (805) 477-0470 for more information.

Tuesday
May192015

2015 Fairy Tales in the Park Free Outdoor Shows in Ventura County, May to Sept

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.

2015 LINEUP

  • Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • Cinderella
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

LOCATIONS

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

  • 5/2: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/6: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/4: Cinderella
  • 8/1: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/5: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

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

  • 5/2: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/6: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/4: Cinderella
  • 8/1: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/5: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

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

  • 5/9: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/13: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/11: Cinderella
  • 8/8: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/12: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Ventura (Shows at 4pm): Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. (Johnson & Ralston)

  • 5/9: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/13: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/11: Cinderella
  • 8/8: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/12: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Channel Islands Harbor (Shows at 2pm): Harbor View Park (Between Marine Emporium Landing & Port Royal Restaurant, near 3600 Harbor Blvd

  • 5/3: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/7: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/5: Cinderella
  • 8/2: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/6: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Visit www.fairytalesinthepark.com for more information.

Monday
May182015

2015 Boogie Nights Summer 5K Run Series in Ventura, Wed Nights May 20 to July 22

Boogie Nights Ventura is coming back for its 5th annual summer run/walk series in Ventura taking place on Wednesday evenings beginning May 20 through July 22. Races start at 6:15 pm at the Ventura Promenade.

There's also a Free Kids 1K (0.62 miles) Run that will start at 6:00pm each night! For ages 10 and under, though parents are encouraged to run with their children.

For more information and to register, visit www.boogienightsventura.com. Series benefits the Buena High School Cross Country Program. Register at runsignup.com/Race/CA/Ventura/BoogieNightsSummerRunSeriesVentura.

Wednesday
May132015

Rotary Club of Ventura 2015 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic 

The Rotary Club of Ventura announces its 4th of July Fireworks Show & Family Picnic on Saturday, July 4th! “A Salute to America” 2014 Fireworks and Family Picnic will take place at Ventura College Athletic Field, 4667 Telegraph Road!  Enjoy fireworks, live music, a Kids’ Fun Zone and hometown picnic!

Gates open at 5 pm for the hometown-style picnic and celebration with a DJ, live music, food vendors and a Kids' Zone. The fireworks show will start at approximately 9 pm. Bring your picnic supplies like blankets, chairs, and coolers. No glass containers! Please note that all bags are subject to search. No alcohol or pets.

Tickets go on sale in June. More information at www.venturafireworks.com.

Wednesday
May132015

2015 Shoreline Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Ventura on Sunday, July 12th

The 2015 Shoreline Half Marathon, 5K and 10K are planned for Sunday, July 12th at the Ventura Promenade. Start and finish will be at Ventura Promenade park along the beautiful oceanfront boardwalk at Ventura Beach. Runners will enjoy the two loop ocean front course that winds along the Ventura boardwalk and up along the gentle sloping Visa Del Mar ridge. Half marathon starts at 8 a.m., 10K at 8:10 a.m. and 5K at 8:15 a.m.

For more information and to register, visit www.shorelinehalf.com.

For this year's race, all runners will be awarded a free glass of beer and a plate of street tacos at the post race expo!  Additional glasses $3 each. Friends and family can buy food and beer tickets for $3 each. 

Monday
May112015

140th Annual Ventura County Fair is Coming August 5th through 16th, 2015

The 140th Ventura County Fair, themed "A Country Fair with Ocean Air" will be held August 5th through 16th 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 (accompanied by an adult). The fair will be open at 11 a.m. every day. Fair closes at 11 p.m. Carnival closes between 11 p.m. and midnight.

Special Admission Days:

$1 admission until 3pm on opening day, Wed, August 5th!

Feed the Need “Fair Cares” Food Drive | Thursday, August 6 - 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. 10 through 13.

Youth Day | Friday, August 7
All fair visitors ages 12 and under will be admitted free all day.

Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Day | Tuesday August 11 - Seniors age 65 and older and persons with disabilities admitted free all day.

$3 Before 3 Day | Wednesday August 12th (Admission to the Fair is $3 before 3 pm.)

Military Appreciation Day | Thursday, August 13
All military personnel holding a current, valid military ID will be admitted free.

Other Highlights:

Pay One Price Carnival Wristbands - Thurs 8/6, Mon 8/10, Tues 8/11, Thurs 8/13 - Wristbands will be sold for $25 from opening until 6pm for unlimited carnival rides until 7PM. Wristbands do not include admission and can not be used for carnival games.

Fair Parade Saturday, August 8th
See the annual Ventura County Fair parade march down Main Street! Parade begins at 10 a.m., right before the opening of the fair!

Dia de la Familia Sunday, August 9th
This fair highlight celebrates family! This special day features a concert with three musical artists beginning at 3 p.m. in the Grandstand Arena.

Junior Livestock Auction - Friday, August 14th

Entertainment lineup to be posted at a later date.

Monday
May112015

2nd Annual Father's Day 5K/10K in Ventura on Sunday, June 14th

The 2nd Annual Father's Day 5K/10K will take place Promenade Park in Ventura is planned for Sunday, June 14, 2015. The 5K starts at 8am. There will also be a kids' 1K fun run. For more information, visit www.fathersday5k10k.com.

Sunday
May102015

Ventura 4th of July Street Fair and 40th Annual Children's Pushem-Pullem Parade

The popular City of Ventura 4th of July Street Fair on Saturday, July 4, 2015 extends along Main Street from Fir Street to Ventura Avenue as well as side streets Chestnut, Oak and California interspersed with six stages of entertainment and free shuttle bus service from the Ventura County Government Center to the Street Fair. This year's event theme is "Celebrating 40 Years."

The event covers seven blocks of Main Street and several side streets filled with over 300 fine artists, crafters, nonprofit organizations and food booths, as well as continuous live entertainment. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event is free to the public. A free shuttle service to the event from the Ventura County Government Center is available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Last shuttle leaving the Street Fair is at 5 p.m.

The 40th Annual Children’s Pushem - Pullem Parade at 10:00 a.m. is sponsored by the Ventura East Rotary Club.  Assemble at Cemetery Park at Main and Crimea Streets at 9:30 a.m.  The parade proceeds down Main Street to Fir Street at 10:00 a.m.

More information and applications for vendor and food booths at www.cityofventura.net/streetfairs or call 805.654.7749 for more information.

Thursday
May072015

2015 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 Mondays and 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:

Century 10 Downtown Ventura

555 E. Main St 805.641.6555 Showtimes at 11am

June 1 and 3: The Croods

June 8 and 10: The LEGO Movie

June 15 and 17: Dolphin Tale 3

June 22 and 24: Peabody and Sherman

June 29 and July 1: Penguins of Madagascar

July 6 and 8: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

July 13 and 15: How to Train Your Dragon 2

July 20 and 22: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

July 27 and 29: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

August 3 and 5: The Nut Job

Century Riverpark at The Collection

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

June 9 and 11: The LEGO Movie

June 16 and 18: Dolphin Tale 2

June 23 and 25: Peabody & Sherman

June 30 and July 2: Penguins of Madagascar

July 7 and 9: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

July 14 and 16: How to Train Your Dragon 2

July 21 and 23: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

July 28 and 30: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

August 4 and 6: The Nut Job

August 11 and 13: Rio 2

Sunday
Apr262015

32nd Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 27

Mark your fitness calendars for the 32nd Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 27th.

The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1 mile family fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. at Ventura Community Park, 901 S. Kimball Road. Visit runsignup.com/Race/CA/Ventura/LawDay5KVentura to register.

Saturday
Apr252015

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 5/22/15):

5/23: Memorial Day Flag

5/30: Hello, Sunshine! Mobile

6/6: Beaded Bubble Wands

6/13: Design-Your-Own Race Cars

6/20: Great Catch! Fishing Pole

6/27: Storybook Cottage

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

Monday
Apr202015

10th Annual Ventura County Summerfest in Ventura on Saturday, May 30th

The 10th Annual Community Summerfest of healthy living, presented by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) and the Ventura Unified School District is quickly approaching! This year's FREE event will be on Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will be held at the VUSD Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura.

Attendees will enjoy visiting more than fifty community, sports and health booths provided by our local community of businesses, non-profits, sports and service organizations. All festivities focus on engaging children and their families to become and stay fit, active and healthy. Funds raised will help support school nutrition and physical activity programs as well as VEP Health and Wellness Grants. It is a free, family-friendly event starting with a 3,000 meter fun run/walk, followed by community, sports and health-related booths presented by local organizations. Festivities focus on engaging children and their families to become and stay fit, active and healthy.

Last year more than 7,000 children and families attended this free event.

For more information, call 805.641.5000, ext. 1550 or visit www.vep4vusd.org/SummerFest.html.
Sunday
Apr192015

3rd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, September 13th

The 3rd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are planned for Sunday, September 13th. This is a flat and fast course.nFor more information and to register, visit www.venturamarathon.com

Additional events planned for Saturday, September 12th include Kids Sand Runs and 100, 62 and 35 Mile Bike Rides.

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.

Last year there were 880 finishers in the marathon and over 1,600 in the half marathon.

Sunday
Apr122015

Roadshow Revival Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash in Ventura on June 27-28

One of the largest tribute concerts on the West Coast returns in full swing in 2015 with two days of "A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash" at beautiful Mission Park in Downtown Ventura. The seventh annual event will feature popular outlaw country, rockabilly, bluegrass and Johnny Cash tribute bands, plus a pin-up girl pageant, hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles, Johnny Cash memorabilia, food & beverage, a kid's corral and scores of vendors with unique offerings and collectibles.

A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash takes place Saturday & Sunday, June 27th (11am to 7pm) & 28th (11am to 6pm) at Mission Park in Downtown Ventura, 185 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura. Visit www.facebook.com/theroadshowrevival for up-to-date event information, merchandise specials, and ticket giveaways.

Friday
Apr102015

2015 Clif Bar Mountains 2 Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K on Sunday, May 24th

The 2015 Clif Bar Mountains 2 Beach Marathon is 26.2 miles of mountain and beachfront scenery. Starting in beautiful Ojai, the course begins at just over 700 ft. and gradually descends to sea-level over 18 miles, and finishing near the historic Ventura Pier. Limited to the first 1500 entrants.

The Clif Bar Mountains 2 Beach Half-Marathon is a fast, beautiful, point to point 13.1 mile course. The race starts near Foster Park just outside Ventura and runs gently downhill to the Ventura beachfront finishing just past the Pier with the Marathon finishers. The half-marathon is limited to the first 1350 entrant
s. There's also a 5K race on the beachfront in Ventura.

To learn more and to register, visit www.mountains2beachmarathon.com.