Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

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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 samofund.org/calendar.

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

Sat 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 8/18, 9/15, 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 9/7, 10/5, 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!

Sun 8/18 2-3:30PM - Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program at King Gillette Ranch - 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.

Sun 8/18 9:30-11:30AM - Secrets of Solstice: A History Hike to the Roberts Ruins at Solstice Canyon - If you’ve ever wondered these questions or are just curious about the history of Solstice Canyon, join Ranger Aaron as he hikes and chats his way up towards the Roberts Ruins near the waterfall at Solstice Canyon! We will meet at the main/upper parking lot at 9:30am.

It is an easy 1-mile hike (one direction) where we will make a few stops to look at the historic features that Solstice Canyon offers. The hike will conclude at the Roberts Ruins with a room-by-room tour of the house along with images of how it looked before it burned down.

It is advised that attendees carpool if possible and try to show up early to grab a parking spot. Parking lot can fill up very quickly!

The hike and tour should last around 2 hours at most but there will be plenty of time afterwards for any questions! Please bring shoes appropriate for hiking, water, hat, and sunblock. Rain cancels.

Sun 8/18 2-3pm - Bird Beak Buffet Jr. Ranger Program at Rancho Sierra Vista - How do birds eat their food? Why are beaks so many different shapes and sizes? Earn a junior ranger pin by joining a park ranger in an fun activity to discover how different beaks help birds eat many kinds of foods! Drop in any time between 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM for this 15 minute activity!

Sat 8/24 2-3:30PM - Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program at King Gillette Ranch - 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.

Sun 8/25 6-8pm - Park After Dark: The Stars of 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.

Sat 9/7 8:30am-12:30pm - Intro to Mountain Bike Skills at Malibu Creek State Park - Learn basic mountain biking skills from professional mountain bike coach Mark Langton (mountainbikeskills.com). Skills covered are proper posture (body position) for balance, cornering, climbing, descending, and braking.

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.

2019 City of Calabasas 4th of July Fireworks, Fun Runs, Splash Party and Pet Show

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The City of Calabasas will proudly host the community’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. The family-oriented, fun-filled event will feature live music, a family fun zone and the grand fireworks display! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at City Hall (100 Civic Center Way) starting June 1 and at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (23400 Park Sorrento) and Juan Bautista De Anza Park (3701 Lost Hills Road) until July 4. The event usually sells out in advance of July 4th.

The $10 admission price includes parking, entertainment and all activities.  Children under 2 years of age are admitted free. Picnic items permitted (no bottles or open containers).  Food & drinks available for purchase on site: barbecue, sausages, roasted corn, kettle corn, snow cones & more. The Fireworks Spectacular is an alcohol and tobacco free zone. No bottles, pets or umbrellas are permitted.

Summer Splash Party at the Tennis & Swim Center, 2300 Park Sorrento, on July 4th from noon–5:30 pm. Free swimming and tennis, family BBQ, fun, games, and more! For information (818) 222–2782.

42nd Annual Lakeside Fun Run presented by the Calabasas Park Homeowners Association. Events begin at 7:45 am and include 4 & 2 mile runs, 2 mile walk and 1/4 mile races for youth. For information call (818) 222–2782 or visit www.imathlete.com. Pre-register by July 1st for discounted fee.

Pet Show presented by the Calabasas Park Homeowners Association at the greenbelt at Calabasas Lake at 11am. All pets welcome. Register onsite. Call 818.222.2782 for information.

More information at cityofcalabasas.com/events/fireworks.html.

2019 Bulldog 50K and 25K Runs in Malibu Creek State Park on Saturday, August 24th

Bulldog 50k and 25k

Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas

Saturday, August 24, 2019

50K at 7am, 25K at 8am

The challenging and popular Bulldog runs consist of two races - the 25K Trail Run and the 50K Trail Ultra Run, which are conducted simultaneously. Come join us and run in the beautiful scenic Santa Monica Mountains recreational area beginning at our base camp in Malibu Creek State Park.

The course offers inspirational vistas of untamed terrain and sweeping ocean views. The challenging trail weaves through the mountains on single track and fire roads.

Visit ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=61451 for more information and to register for these challenging events.

2019 Sun Sets Summer Concert Series on Sunday Nights at Calabasas Lake

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Spend your summer Sundays with great live music at the 2019 Summer Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake

The traditionally private Calabasas Lake opens its doors to concert goers, providing a scenic backdrop and ample field seating for picnickers. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sweaters. Some fixed seating is available on a first come first served basis. All performances are free to the public.

Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com for more details.  Free parking and admission to all events. Enter at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center at 23400 Park Sorrento. Concerts start at 6pm.

Parking at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and there's a park and ride shuttle from the Calabasas Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Way. Shuttle hours 4:30pm to 8pm.

The Lineup:

June 9: Queen Nation (Queen tribute band)

July 14: Boxcar 7 (7 piece show band covering blues hits by B.B. King, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and more)

August 4: Abba Fab (ABBA tribute band)

Lil' Ranchers Days at Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Tuesdays, July 9 to Aug 13, 2019

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Mark your calendars for "Lil' Ranchers Days" at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Tuesdays, July 9th through August 13th, 2019 from 9:30am to 11:30am. Fun for the entire family with activities & live kids music, feeding the ranch animals and more! 

Admission:
- Members free
- Non-members: $8/person (2 y/o & up)
- Under 2 free

www.leonisadobemuseum.org

2nd Annual Calabasas Shamrock Shuffle 5K, Kids Run and St. Patrick's Day Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Calabasas Shamrock Shuffle 5K & Fun Run along the beautiful roads of Calabasas. With a race start and finish at the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center runners will enjoy the post-race St. Patrick's Day Celebration featuring Live Irish Music, Kids Inflatables / Carnival Games, Face Painting, Irish Step Dancers, Beer Garden featuring an Irish Coffee Bar, and much more!

Online Registration Closes Thursday Evening, March 12th at 11:59pm.

After online registration closes you can register in person at the expo on Friday from 11am - 7pm or at the race starting at 7:30am. Both the expo and the race take place at the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center (27040 Malibu Hills Rd, Calabasas)

5K participants are welcome to join the Fun Run at no additional fee.

Participants receive:

•race shirt
•custom finisher medal
•race photo
•chip timing (5K)
•awards (5K)
•post-race St. Patrick's Day Celebration for the whole family

Don't miss out on the St. Patrick's Day Celebration in town! Post Race St. Patrick's Day Celebration is Free!

•Live Irish Music on the Main Stage
•Irish Step Dancers
•Face Painting
•Jumbo Inflatable Play Course
•Games / Activities
•Beer Garden
•And more!

Register at runsignup.com/Race/CA/Calabasas/CalabasasShamrockShuffle

Santa Monica Mountains Fund Spring Celebration in Calabasas on Sunday, June 9, 2019

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The Santa Monica Mountains Fund invites you to join us Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 5-7pm for a celebration of renewal and rebirth in the mountains at the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitors Center at King Gillette Ranch. November 2018, the Woolsey Fire raged through this area, destroying 88% of the National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The fire wiped out miles of trails, wildlife habitat, Western Town at Paramount Ranch, multiple ranger houses, the Rocky Oaks archives building and more. The road to recovery is long and difficult journey, but progress is being made. The glorious green hillsides and wild flowers after the rain offer hope at a difficult time. While there is still much to be done, we would like to celebrate the rebirth of life to the mountains.

There will be small plates, drinks, music and a silent auction.

Before the evening program, we invite you to join a ranger for a guided visit at one of two locations in the mountains: Paramount Ranch or Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. The guided visit, beginning promptly at 3 pm, will include a short walk and talk, taking in the views and learning the rich history of the sites. Then come along to the celebration, and share your experiences with other guests! directions will be provided after registration.

A donation of $100 ($82.50 tax deductible) will reserve your spot at the event at samofund.org/spring-celebration.