Redbird's Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow in Moorpark, July 19-21, 2019

Redbird’s 2019 Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow

July 19-21, 2019

Moorpark College Athletic Field, 7075 Campus Road

Native American Singing, Dancing, Arts, Crafts and Food

Everyone Welcome – All Drums and Dancers Welcome

Friday, July 19 6PM - 10PM
Open Flute Circle - All wind instruments welcome
Everyone Welcome

Saturday July 20 11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow
Storytelling, music and more. Gourd dance sessions start at 11am, followed by grand entry when all dancers enter the arena and the powwow begins.

Sunday July 21 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow as well as Veterans' Honoring at 11am during the final gourd dance session.

$2.00 suggested parking donation per vehicle, no passenger limit. Otherwise, the event is free of charge.

The event is held on the athletic field and thus there are no trees to shade the event, so consider bringing shade canopies and chairs.

DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.

Redbird is a 501(c)(3) non profit promoting the awareness and celebration of indigenous cultures and people and creating a sustainable future www.redbirdsvision.org.

31st Annual Santa Barbara French Festival July 13-14, 2019

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 13-14, 2019 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance, -- and, of course, the infamous Pooch Parade!

For two days Santa Barbara truly is the American Riviera as the French influences take over Oak Park. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages will be filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free!

The entertainment is only part of what the Festival has to offer -- more than 50 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage and before you settle in for the next performance and a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park.

The French Festival takes place in Oak Park, which is located at the corner of W. Junipero Street and Alamar Avenue in Santa Barbara. Admission is free. Festival is a non-smoking event. For more information visit FrenchFestival.com.

99th Midsummer Festival at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills on Sunday, June 23, 2019

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Swedish American Central Association of Southern California's 99th Midsummer Festival is Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Vasa Park, 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills.

Ages 13 and above $10; Children 5-12 $5; parking included. Park will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. a "Continental" Cold Breakfast will be served, Raising of the Maypole at noon, Stage program, dancing, food, swimming, huge water slide, folk dancing, Scandinavian vendors.

Exit 101 freeway at Kanan Road and turn west. NO PETS (except ADA) / NO BARBECUES.

Visit vasapark.org for more information.

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The Midsummer Pole!
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46th Annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival the Weekend of July 27-28, 2019

Santa Barbara's 46th Annual Greek Festival is taking place from on July 27-28, 2019 from 11 am to 7 pm in beautiful Oak Park, 600 West Junipero Street. The festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara's beautiful Oak Park and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. Admission and parking is free.

Dozens of volunteers enthusiastically staff their booths, creating a convivial, welcoming atmosphere. Festival-goers return year after year for the food. — Delectable festival favorites like gyros and moussaka. And no Greek village would be complete without homemade pastries like baklava, melomakarona, and kataifi.

Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.

Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.

More information at www.santabarbaragreekfestival.org.

"A Gathering of Joy," Obon Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple

The Annual Obon Festival, "A Gathering of Joy" will take place at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, 250 South "H" Street, Oxnard on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm. FREE admission and fun for the entire family! Exhibits and demonstrations will include Bonsai, Karate, Judo and crafts in addition to authentic entertainment such as classical Japanese and Okinawa dance, Taiko drumming, and children's games. For more information visit www.oxnardbuddhisttemple.org or call (805) 483-5948.

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41st Annual Ventura County Greek Festival in Camarillo June 21-23, 2019

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The 41st Annual Ventura County Greek Festival will take place June 21-23, 2019. The event is presented by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and features live Greek music, folk dancing, food, delicious pastries and baklava, vendors and a kids' play area. The food at this event is DELICIOUS!

Festival times are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Check vcgreekfestival.org or call 805.482.1273 for more information.

The event will be held again this year at Freedom Park, 515 Eubanks Street, Camarillo (near the airport).

Admission $5. Children under 12 free.

44th Scandinavian Festival at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks on April 6-7, 2019

Quite possibly one of my top 5 favorite desserts on earth, Aebleskiver.

Quite possibly one of my top 5 favorite desserts on earth, Aebleskiver.

The largest Nordic festival in Southern California will return to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on April 6 and 7, 2019

The 44th Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The family-friendly festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, vendors and lectures.

Festivalgoers can also wander through an authentic Viking village, as well as a Sami sliddastallan, or community gathering. They can ask a rune reader for advice, visit Norwegian elkhounds and take Scandinavian dance lessons. Families can also try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called kubb.

Other fun family activities include croquet, head wreaths (make them with real flowers and ribbon!), raising of the maypole and more.

Cooks will demonstrate how to make aebleskivers, lefse and krumkake. Other food options include Swedish pancakes, Viking dogs, Swedish meatball pizza, open-faced sandwiches and Swedish baked goods.

Vendors of Scandinavian handicrafts will be selling their wares.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation is producing the event.

Admission free for children 12 and younger, $5 for teenagers and $10 for adults. Parking is free. The campus is located at 60 W. Olsen Road.For more information or to volunteer, go to scandinavianfest.org.

Updates at www.facebook.com/scandinavianfestival.