33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas on Sunday, June 9, 2019

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The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival is planned for June 9, 2019 from noon to 4pm. Come soak in the beauty of Lake Casitas while participating in one of the most enjoyable wine tastings in California.

Wine and beer tasting, food, live music and dancing, arts and crafts vendors, free boat rides, a premiere VIP Lounge and a silent wine auction, are just some of the fun you can experience.

Over 60 wineries participate with more than 250 selections of wine and 30 premium craft beers and micro brews. Visit www.ojaiwinefestival.com to purchase tickets. You must be 21 years or older to enter and participate in the VIP Lounge. No children are allowed in the VIP Lounge. VIP Tickets are limited. Children under 13 years gain free entry into the main festival area when accompanied by a paid adult. Call 1-800-648-4881 for details.

The Ojai Wine Festival is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai-West.

14th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival in Agoura Hills October 11-14, 2018

The 14th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival will take place at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills  on October 11-14, 2018

RAD celebrates the very best of local culture with a variety of events for all ages on the grounds of an original 1845 California rancho. 

Overview:

Thursday, October 11: Fiesta at the Adobe at 11:30am - luncheon for ages 50+ $10

Friday, October 12: Night at the Adobe for ages 21+ from 6-9PM. Visit website for tickets and pricing.

Saturday, October 13: RAD Runs 5K/10K/10 Miler in the early morning. RAD Parade at 10am.

Saturday/Sunday October 13-14: Day in the Park 11am to 4pm featuring live music, free children's activities, art, food, adobe tours and more.

More information at www.reyesadobedays.org. Or call 818.597.7361 for more details, float parade entries, etc.

Westlake High School Instrumental Music Food Truck Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Westlake High School Instrumental Music Boosters presents its annual Food Truck Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 11am to 4pm at Conejo Creek Park North, adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Library.

Enjoy access to gourmet food trucks, live music and family fun. A dozen gourmet food trucks will be on hand. Children 5 and under are free. Food purchases are not included. Tickets $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. www.facebook.com/events/1560180797415088

4th Annual Oxnard Steampunk Fest the Weekend of October 13-14, 2018

Do you want an opportunity to explore the history of Oxnard, to connect with the Steampunk community, to listen to musicians, hear curiosities and oddities and generally get to know the mad, mad world of Steampunk? Then join in the fun at the Oxnard Steampunk Fest, October 13th and 14th, at Heritage Square, 715 South A Street, Oxnard.

Hours: Saturday, October 13th 11:00AM – 7:00PM, and Sunday, October 14th from 11:00AM - 5:00PM. Join the gathering of goggle adorned top hats, corsets, Victorian clothing embellished in clocks and gears, leather and lace or just come to learn more about this fabulous sub-culture. You may even find fully functioning body parts! For questions call 805.766.0861, oxnardsteampunkfest.com/about-us/ or info@oxnardsteampunkfest.com.

Steampunk celebrates the Victorian-era culture: the style, dress, machinery, food, and the fascinations with wonders and curiosities. Over the years since its inception, Steampunk has taken that fascination beyond the literary genre into costuming, music, art, re-creation of history and even the re-purposing of the ‘throw away’ modern world. This new community embraces and encourages difference, allowing those to set themselves free and express their inner personalities. As a great genre for makers, Steampunk has helped to make characters that were dreamt up by the cosplayers themselves. Often creations are not from the movies or TV shows.

In addition to children’s activities, such as face painting, music and performances on stage, a marketplace of great vendors of all trades, there will be presentations of the weird and wonderful, food to keep you going, roaming entertainers, workshops, panels and much more. Enter the costume contest and win prizes from local merchants ($5 entry).  It’s a gathering of the whimsical and adventurous as you travel to the fascinating destination of historic Heritage Square, $15 pp each day, youth 15 and under are free.

Oxnard boomed in the late 19th century, the same era celebrated by members of the Steampunk community. This festival is important to downtown Oxnard, because, although there is a vast internet community of Steampunk, this event is needed in Ventura County to draw them together in real life. It helps people to connect with the past in a way that memorizing actual names and dates cannot. It can add spice and depth to history and stimulate those to learn more about different time periods, especially the Industrial Revolution. Think about the “what-ifs” of history, and you think about Steampunk.

Tickets available at oxnardsteampunkfest.com.

2018 City of Westlake Village City Celebration Event on Saturday, October 20th

The City of Westlake Village's 16th Annual City Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 3pm to 8pm. Event will feature the White Oak Elementary Family Festival, food trucks, craft beer, wine, Triunfo YMCA Dr. Frankenstein's Science Lab and Super Hero Make-Over, displays and activities, dance and game zone, local community performances, magic show, a shredding event and more.

In addition, sensitive documents may also be dropped off for safe and secure shredding. The shredding event is limited to three boxes per family to allow for as many residents to participate as possible. No staples or cardboard will be shredded. The document shredding and electronic waste recycling will be held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Residents are also encouraged to bring cans or boxes of food for Manna Food Bank.

Additional information at www.wlv.org/citycelebration. Free admission. Festival rides, games and food priced individually. Parking is available across the street at the Farmers Insurance Parking Lot, 31051 Agoura Road. The event takes place at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive.

4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley on October 28, 2018

The Simi Valley Historical Society is inviting everyone to attend their 4th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.  This event will take place on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 2PM - 7PM, at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum.

Día de los Muertos is traditionally a three day celebration running from October 31st to November 2nd.  It is a celebration where deceased loved ones are remembered and revered. Families build altars in their homes commemorating lost loved ones and celebrate their lives.

These days, Day of the Dead altars are also created in libraries, museums and classrooms in both Mexico and the United States, as a way of honoring Mexican traditions and encouraging cross-cultural understanding.

The October 28th festival will feature live music, performances, storytelling, craft vendors, crafts for all ages, face painting, food vendors and more.

Building a  Día de los Muertos altar is an important part of celebrating Mexico's most famous holiday. They can be relatively simple as one might display photographs and mementos that reflect their loved ones character and personality; what matters is the act of honoring and remembering them.

Strathearn Park is at 137 Strathearn Place (behind the Madera Target store).  Tickets are available online (recommended) at svhs.ticketleap.com/ddlm2018/dates/Oct-28-2018_at_0200PM and at the gate: $7 Adults, $5 Kids age 5-12.  For additional information call 805-526-6453

India Festival at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sunday, October 28, 2018

Stop by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the India Friends Association’s India Festival, a celebration of music, dance, food, culture and much more showcasing the diversity of India. Enjoy authentic Indian food, dance, music, henna and more. Visit www.indiafriendsassociation.org for more information.