Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County


Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit

Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.

10/26, 11/24, 12/28 - Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park 10am to 12:30pm - Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Sun 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sat 11/2, 12/7, 1/4/20, 2/1 8:30-10am - Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains Walk at King Gillette Ranch - Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds. We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

Sat 10/19 6:30-8:30pm - Movie Night at Malibu Creek State Park featuring “The Second Time Around” - From 1946 to 1974 today’s park was a movie ranch owned by 20th Century Fox where dozens of movies and TV shows were made. Join us on for a romantic comedy with Debbie Reynolds as the innocent city girl who travels to the wildness of the frontier west. Filmed in CinemaScope. Park in the lower lot and walk a short distance to the outdoor amphitheater. Parking is $3 an hour. $12 maximum.

10/20 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Gourd Necklace Workshop at Rancho Sierra Vista - Get creative with Potawatomi artist Nadiya Littlewarrior as she presents a workshop on making and decorating gourd necklaces. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

Sun 10/20 2-3:30pm - Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Join a ranger and learn something cool about the many different owls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Practice your scientific exploration skills with an owl pellet dissection activity. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge and get sworn in by a ranger! Family friendly fun for all ages.

Fri 10/25 6:30-7:30pm - Park After Dark at Paramount Ranch - Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night! See the eerie remains of Western Town. Stand on a dangerous, abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here. Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear. (805) 370-2301.

Sat 11/2 9-10:15am - Yoga on the Mountain at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Trying to find a new way to exercise and connect with nature?

Yoga instructors Dawn and Greg will lead a 1-hour Yoga session and end with live acoustic music! We invite people of all skill levels to join us on an outdoor yoga class at our King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center.

Parking is free, but please arrive 10 mins early to the class.

Please bring your own Yoga mat and water. Limited supply of yoga mats to borrow for first timers!

Must RSVP at

11/3 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Make an Authentic Native American Pinch Pot at Rancho Sierra Vista - Join Navajo – Pueblo of Isletas Native, Rowan Harrison, as he will teach and demonstrate how to create your very own small, traditional, hand-coiled pottery.

The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

11/9 9:30am, 11:30am and 2pm - Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams PhD at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Professor Jim Adams, PhD, of the USC School of Pharmacy, leads a plant walk on the medicinal uses of California native plants. Adams is trained in Chumash healing and will discuss traditional recipes for making healing medicines.

Coauthor of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, Adams will be available to sign his book.

Walks will begin at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 2pm

Reservations Required. Email or call 805-370-2301 for reservations and more info.

11/9 10-11am at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Coffee with Nithya Raman - The King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center is proud to host “Coffee With…” featuring local scientists, professors, and experts. Casually chat about social and environmental topics while you sip fresh, locally roasted coffee. We provide the coffee; you provide the mug!

On Saturday, November 9, from 10:00-11:00 am, join urban planner and community advocate Nithya Raman for a talk about the connections between homelessness issues and Los Angeles’ natural, open spaces.


11/17 10am-noon and 1-3pm - Make a Dream Catcher at Rancho Sierra Vista - Come make a dream-catcher with Wichita tribal artist Michael Williams. He will teach the basics of creating your very own dream-catcher using natural resources.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

Sat 11/16 5:30-9pm - Fall Star Party at Paramount Ranch

Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing! Telescopes will be set up in the field next to Western Town. If conditions permit, see the cold, icy worlds of Uranus and Neptune as well as our distant neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.

Dress warmly. In order to preserve night vision, red flashlights and headlamps are preferred. Restrooms are available. The event is free and accessible. Rain or fog cancels.

12/1 10am-3pm - Winter Solstice Festival at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Join us for a full day of Native American hand-crafted art, music, storytelling, dance demonstration, and family fun.

More than a dozen Native American Indian artists will show and sell artwork reflecting Chumash, Tongva, Wichita, Hupa, Cahuilla, Apache, Kumeyaay, Dine/Navajo, and many other Native cultures.

This is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful and unique Native American art for the holidays and meet our local artists.

Native American flute music, traditional dance demonstrations, and stories will be performed throughout the day. All ages welcome.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Directions to various locations

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.

Circle X Ranch: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead: 1.75 miles north of the Circle X contact station along Yerba Buena Road. Parking lot is on right.

King Gillette Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.

Malibu Creek State Park: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Park entrance is 0.25 mile south of the intersection on Las Virgenes Rd. From Pacific Coast Hwy: north on Malibu Canyon Rd to park entrance on left.

Paramount Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) to Kanan Rd exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.

Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills.

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left at Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. To get to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the parking area to brown wooden building. 

Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Fwy (101) to Wendy Dr. exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch: From Ventura Fwy (101): Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right into entrance of King Gillette Ranch. The visitor center is the first building on your right. 26867 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Muddy Warriors Xperience 10K and 5K Trail & Obstacle Runs and 1 Mile Walk/Run in Simi Valley 11/24/19

MUDDY WARRIORS™ XPERIENCE is a trail run that will test your strength, overall fitness and your will. This is not a traditional race. You will be challenged over trails, hills and fun obstacles. You may register as an individual or register with a team. The MW XPERIENCE is about not quitting, helping people around you that need it and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. There are three course options for the Muddy Warriors Xperience at Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley on Sunday, November 24, 2019. 10K Trail & Obstacle Run open to participants over 13 yrs of age. 5K Trail & Obstacle Run open to participants over 10 yrs of age. 1 mile Family Walk/Run open to anyone over 6 yrs of age who wants to complete the obstacle course. To learn more and to register, visit

15th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival in Agoura Hills October 10-13, 2019

The 15th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival will take place at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills  October 10-13, 2019.

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. 


Thursday, October 10: Fiesta at the Adobe at 11:30am - luncheon for ages 50+ $10 with entertainment and tours of the Reyes Adobe Historical Site

Friday, October 11: Night at the Adobe for ages 21+ from 6-9PM. Visit website for tickets and pricing.

Saturday, October 12: RAD Runs 5K/10K/10 Miler in the early morning. RAD Parade at 10am with celebrity Grand Marshall Regan Burns, plus floats, bands and classic cars.

Saturday/Sunday October 12-13: Day in the Park 11am to 4pm featuring live music, free children's activities, art, food trucks, adobe tours and more.

Entertainment Lineup: Saturday, October 12:

  • 11-11:15am - Mayor Greeting and Parade Awards

  • 11:15am-Noon - Conjunto Oye

  • Noon-12:45pm - Candy Sherwin - line dancing

  • 12:45-1:45pm - Drum Circle

  • 2-4pm - Joey Riedel - Elton John Tribute

Entertainment Lineup: Sunday, October 13:

  • 11am-Noon - Mariachi Divas

  • Noon-12:45pm - Stephen “The Spectacular” Levine Magic Show

  • 12:45-1:45pm - Drum Circle

  • 2-4pm: Queen Nation - Queen tribute band

(Entertainment schedule subject to change)

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

UCAAN Buy Me Love Charity Date Auction in Agoura Hills on Saturday, September 28, 2019


United Cancer Advocacy Action Network (UCAAN), the non-profit organization that aids cancer warriors, patients and survivors directly, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of impacting the lives of 10,000 cancer patients nationwide. To celebrate these two milestones, the community is invited to participate in the annual charity date auction, “UCAAN Buy Me Love.” The event will take place on Saturday, September 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center located at 27040 Malibu Hills Road in Agoura Hills. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the event starts at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite - $15.00 for VIP, available until September 5 when prices increase to $20.00 and $25.00 at the door. The Eventbrite ticket link can be found on

“What UCAAN does is extremely unique because we focus on people not research and what their specific needs are. We help individuals diagnosed with any kind of cancer and we never turn away a patient. We will be remembering those we fight for and those we have lost,” said Rachel Shur, cancer survivor extraordinaire and founder of UCAAN.

UCAAN caters to the patient and finds the resources that benefits them, which is specialized and customized to their needs. In 10 years, UCAAN has impacted cancer patient lives with over 90% of patients requesting financial support. UCAAN has various programs to help empower patients and their friends and family to raise the funds they need through a program UCAAN started called the “Personal Fundraising Program,” which has helped patients raise upwards of $5,000 by selling handmade items made by Shur and volunteers that are gifted to patients in need.

“We cannot keep up with this need on our own, which is why we create fun and engaging events every year to raise awareness about UCAAN, and our future goal of becoming one of the largest financial support organizations for cancer patients in the country,” Shur added.

This is the last “UCAAN Buy Me Love" event, which will make way for new UCAAN events in the coming years. A new addition this year is a live service auction where small business owners will auction off their products and services.

Caterers participating at the event include Stonefire Grill, Alligator Pear Catering, and Zen Garden.

Featured businesses that will be offering their products and services in the live auction include AnnDee McGlory, a Motivational Powerhouse Life Coach, Arnold Bloch, MFT, Jennifer Sidoti, CPT & CMT - Personal Trainer, Dr. Katrina Babcock of Rehab Wellness, and Karen Smith M.A., M.S., Educ. Of Personalized College Choice, an Independent Educational Consultant.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information email, call 805-479-1032 or visit


United Cancer Advocacy Action Network (UCAAN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that aids cancer warriors, patients and survivors directly providing the tools needed to live life to their fullest potential and improve their quality of life. When Rachel Shur was diagnosed with Stage 4, terminal rare cancer in 2006, she turned her public speaking and experience into the cancer organization, UCAAN, which focuses on getting as much vital information, resources and support to those with cancer, nationwide. Programs include customized resources, a personal fundraising program, education, inspiration and hope, and supportive programs. UCAAN provides connections to dentists who can help cancer patients prevent dental deterioration caused by chemotherapy and radiation. Donations to the nonprofit also help fund temporary lodging for patients who lose their homes, caregiver assistance, gas cards, grocery cards and more. For more information, visit

2019 Scandinavian Autumnfest Celebration in Agoura Hills on Sunday, October 20th

The annual Scandinavian Autumnfest and Marknad Celebration takes place on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 9 AM to 5 PM 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. The cost is only $10 per car ($5 for Vasa members).

No dogs (except ADA) or BBQ allowed.

The 11th Annual Swedish Meatball Contest will take place and for $5, you can be the judge and sample meatballs and score them.

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 for more information.

Summer Programs at Agoura Hills Library

Agoura Hills Library, part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, is offering a fun-filled summer of activities for kids of all ages!

The library will be offering its popular Music N’ Motion program for babies and toddlers every Friday morning at 9:30 am. This is an interactive emerging literacy program of live banjo music, songs and nursery rhymes and lots of activity! 

Smarty Pants Storytime for kids age 2 to 5 years old will be offered every Wednesday morning at 11 am beginning June 19th and ending on July 26th. Join us for stories, music, finger plays and an art activity. No need to sign-up. Just come on in!

The Summer Discovery Program will feature fun programs, such as:

  • Mon Jul 22 5-7PM - Summer Movie: Sunset Boulevard - In this classic 1950 film, a screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. Movie is not rated. For ages 12 and up.

  • Wed Jul 24 4-5PM - Teen Summer Art Activity: Bookish Book Bags - Looking for something new to read? Want to recommend your favorite book to a new friend? Come to the library to talk about new books and old favorites and then make a bookish book bag to take home all your new books. Supplies are limited. Sign-up at the Information Desk or by calling the library at 818.889.2278.For teens 12 to 18.

  • Sat Jul 27 11am-Noon - Adult SRP: Line Dancing at the Library - Line Dancing instructor, Candy Sherwin, will help us close out the summer by teaching a few basic dances. All skill levels welcome! For adults.

  • Wed Jul 31 4-5PM: Teen Summer STEM Activity: Lava Lamps - Join us to flex your STEM skills and create your own lava lamp! Supplies are limited. Sign-up at the Information Desk or by calling the library at 818.889.2278. For teens 12 to 18.

All programs and activities in the library are free and open to all children.

Come in and sign up for our summer reading program, record the books you read and play our library reading game to earn free books and prizes!

For more information about summer fun at the Agoura Hills Library, call 818-889-2278 or visit The library is located at 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills.

Library hours are 10am to 8pm Mon-Wed and 9am to 5pm Thu -Sat. Closed Sundays.

Tiny Porch Concerts at King Gillette Ranch (New Location) May to September 2019

In cooperation with the National Park Service, Tiny Porch Concerts will be presenting “Summer Concerts at Peter Strauss Ranch**.”  Set among the giant oak trees in Agoura Hills Canyon, the historic ranch is the venue for five, free concerts, running monthly from May through September. Music starts at 5pm, except the Sept 7th show that starts at 6pm. Limited seating available.


The concerts will feature double-bill performances at each event, as follows:

July 7: The Lonely Heartstring Band, with special guest Sparky & the Ancient Mariner

Aug 4: Alice Wallace with special guest Tanbark - Award winning Alice Wallace's vocals move seamlessly through folk, country and blues. The acoustic duo Tanbark use close vocal harmony to evoke a unique style reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac pop and Neil Young folk. Bring picnic and own beer or wine. The show runs 5-7:30pm, but come early to explore the grounds

Sept 7: Goodnight, Texas, with special guest The Deltaz (music starts at 6pm)

King Gillette Ranch is located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas

For additional information on performers, sponsorships and VIP Tickets, go to


The Carnival for Las Virgenes Schools at Whizin Market Square in Agoura, September 6-8, 2019

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The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools presents "The Carnival" the weekend of September 6, 7 and 8, 2019 at Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Hours are Friday 6-11pm, Saturday noon to 11pm and Sunday noon to 9pm. Free admission. 

Discounted ride tickets and daytime wristband available until 2pm Friday at