8th Annual Banana Festival at the Port of Hueneme on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bananas are tops at the 8th Annual Port of Hueneme Banana Festival, Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Festival guests will enjoy a variety of delicious foods, including BBQ, empanadas, gourmet grilled cheese, sushi burritos, shaved ice, banana splits (of course!), banana beignets and more. Each food vendor will offer at least one unique banana dish.

The festival also features live bands, beer & margaritas, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ crafts and activities. Free tours of the Port are available that highlight 80 years as Ventura County’s only working port. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn more about the Port’s history, customers, imports/exports and environmental contributions at the Festival’s Port Pavilion. The Festival is located on the Port of Hueneme, with the entrance at the corner of Surfside Drive & Market Street. Free admission and parking at the beach lots.

For festival information, call 805-535-4060 or visit www.BananaPortFest.com.

Cowboys and Cabernet Country Music Festival in Simi Valley on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Join us for an everning of amazing wines, tasty micro brews, lip-smackin' grub, country Music and FUN at the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 430-8:30PM. Cowboys & Cabernet is Simi Valley's Premier Country Music Festival. Admission includes unlimited wine, brews and food tastings along with LIVE Country Music and games. Also on tap are a Wine Pull, Shopping and Much More!

Hummingbird Nest Ranch is located at 2940 Kuehner Drive, , Simi Valley. 

Visit www.cowboysandcabernet.com for more information.

28th Annual California Lemon Festival in Goleta September 28-29, 2019

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Be sure to stop by Girsh Park in Goleta on September 28-29, 2019 for the 28th Annual California Lemon Festival. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING! Open 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

In addition to the sumptuous lemon food, fantastic family atmosphere, and cornucopia of entertainment and activities that have made this event the most anticipated in the Valley.

Also at the event on Saturday is the 14th Annual Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show from 9am to 3pm.

As always, the Lemon Festival will feature the most extensive 'Safety Street' in the county, wildly-popular pie-eating contests, arts and crafts vendors, and more food than you can shake a lemon-scented stick at. A petting zoo and amusement park rides add to the many things that make the California Lemon Festival fun for the whole family.

For more information visit www.lemonfestival.com or call 805.967.2500. Pets not allowed at the event.

24th Annual Oxnard Multicultural Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2019

Every year, the Multicultural Festival is presented by the City of Oxnard's Community Relations Commission.

The festival is held annually on the first Saturday of October. MCF celebrates the rich cultural diversity of its residents and the city’s history. People of every culture come together to learn and discover their shared values in an atmosphere that honors all.

The festival offers a variety of performing groups, live music, food trucks, exhibitors, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family. Admission is always free.   The 2019 event is planned for Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street in Oxnard.

More information at www.facebook.com/OxnardMulticultural.

33nd Annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria, October 4, 5, 6, 2019

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The 33rd Annual California Avocado Festival takes place in Downtown Carpinteria on Friday, October 4th (1 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, October 5th (10 am to 10 pm) and Sunday, October 6th (10 am to 6 pm).  Admission to the Festival is FREE.

Contact the California Avocado Festival at www.avofest.com or call 805.684.0038 for more information.

  • The events are located in downtown Carpinteria on Linden Avenue

  • Park & Ride Shuttle Service available at Carpinteria High School on Foothill Rd. and Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave.

  • There are four entertainment stages with over 75 acts in total as well as dozens of arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors and food booths.

  • The festival is home to the world's largest vat of guacamole!

  • Other activities include Best Guacamole Contest, Avocado Auction and more.

Why avocados? Well, Santa Barbara County is the third largest avocado producer in North America, with Carpinteria being a major contributor. It's all good (fat, that is)!

Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival September 7-8, 2019

The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival will take place September 7-8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura. This waterfront juried art festival features more than over 40 talented street chalk artists creating colorful murals along the Village promenade overlooking the boats.

Visitors to the seaside event will watch as street painters create spectacular chalk pastel murals along the promenade, and enjoy original artwork available for purchase including paintings, sculptures, woodwork and wearable items.

Ventura Harbor Village has free admission and complimentary parking and over 30 seaside restaurants, boutiques, new waterfront coffee house, and several local artist galleries to enjoy during the two day festival. For artist application or sponsorship information visit venturaartfestival.com.

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.