Recurring Gourmet Food Truck Events In and Around Ventura County

Gourmet Food Trucks are one of the hottest trends around town today. Here's a compilation of recurring food truck events in and around Ventura County and adjacent areas for your dining pleasure!

Note: Dates/times can vary and change, so check with organizers, particularly if there is inclement weather.

Monthly Gourmet Food Truck Events

Downtown Oxnard First Thursdays Gourmet Food Trucks:  First Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street. Enjoy over a dozen food trucks and live music. downtownoxnard.org/activities/food-trucks

#TBT Throwback Thursdays Food Truck Fest at Camarillo Ranch House: Every last Thursday of the month, Spring through October, at 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo from 5pm to 9pm. Ten food trucks on hand plus beer and wine available for purchase. camarilloranch.org/home/ranch-events

Food Truck 2nd Fridays at The Plaza in Simi Valley, 405 Cochran Street, by BevMo and Party City. Every 2nd Friday from 5-9PM www.facebook.com/Simivalley2ndfridays for most months out of the year. 

Gourmet Food Trucks at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura: Every 3rd Friday of the month in the parking lot next to Trader Joe's, along Mills Road, from 5pm to 9pm. Features over 20 food trucks and live music. shoppacificview.com

Ojai Valley Food Truck Friday is the 1st Friday of each month from 5-9PM at Mira Monte Elementary School, 1216 Loma Drive, Ojai. Free family movie screening at 7:30pm. www.facebook.com/pg/ojaifoodtruckfriday

Food Truck Friday at the Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks from 5-9pm at 299 S. Moorpark Road. Half a dozen food truck, music, games and full bar. Free admission. Visit their Facebook page for updates at www.facebook.com/pg/LosRoblesGreensGC.

Annual and Periodic Gourmet Food Truck Events

Here are a few annual gourmet food truck events for your dining pleasure. Food trucks make an appearance of course at hundreds of events throughout the year, but those listed here have them as a primary focal point of the event.

The Westlake High School Instrumental Music Boosters hosts a food truck festival in October (2007 event is October 8th). Details at www.whsfoodtruckevent.com

The Agoura High School International Baccalaureate Program hosts the annual Munch Madness International Street Fair event in the March time frame each year, featuring 15 or so gourmet food trucks. More at www.agourahighschoolib.com.

These are just a few. Something to add? Contact us!

Food Truck Fests No More: The Foothill Food Truck Fest at the Poinsettia Pavillion in Ventura was discontinued in September 2016.

Labor Day Weekend Events In Ventura County and Surrounding Areas

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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The second Labor Day holiday was on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday.

Oregon was the first state to officially enact Labor Day as a holiday by law on February 21, 1887, followed that year by Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Since then, all 50 states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

So what's going on in Ventura County over Labor Day Weekend 2017!? Here's a sampling from the CVG Events Calendar:

This is just a sampling of going on this Labor Day weekend! Or how about taking a hike on one of dozens of trails in and around Ventura County!

Restaurant Rewards Programs and Birthday Freebies Around Ventura County

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It's nice finding Kids Eat Free deals around Ventura County but there are also dozens of local rewards programs and birthday clubs that give you something for FREE!!!

This list includes programs where you get something for signing up or for being a repeat customer...a free burger, gift card, dessert, etc. Excluded are programs that do not provide an obvious freebie (i.e. only sends you promotional emails).

These deals often change, so click through to the restaurant website to confirm the deal is still good. Let us know of any changes, broken links or additions!!

VENTURA COUNTY AREA DAILY DEAL AND PRINTABLE COUPON WEBSITES!

Domino's

Piece of the Pie Rewards: Order online and earn points towards free pizza.

Locations: All over the place!

El Pollo Loco

My Loco Rewards: Sign up and get a free taco al carbon and free birthday rewards.

Locations: Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley (2), Oxnard (3), Santa Paula, Ventura

IHOP

Pancake Revolution: Free meal for signing up, on your birthday and on the 1 year anniversary of signup!

Locations: Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Fillmore, Carpinteria

Islands

Tiki Link: Free gift on your birthday and special promotions.

Locations: Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Simi Valley

Jamba Juice

Jamba Insider Rewards: Earn points for each purchase by entering your mobile phone number to cash in for $3 discounts. Free birthday smoothie or juice.

Locations: Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at The Commons at Calabasas offers a free ice cream on your birthday. Birthday guests can order any single, standard, or trio size ice cream in a cup or cone of their choice, and get their order free of charge.  The birthday special is only applicable on a customer’s day of birth. Adults must show a valid ID, and kids must be accompanied by an adult who can vouch that the day is their real birthday.

Jersey Mike's Subs

Email Club: Sign up and get special promotions. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email with a coupon for a regular sub and 22 oz drink redeemable on my birthday).

Shore Points Club: Register and earn points for each sandwich purchased. Redeem points for sandwiches. For example, each regular sub earns you 6 points; with 12 purchases you've earned a free regular sub. Effectively this is an 8% discount.

Locations: Over a dozen locations...Ventura, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Ojai, Oxnard, Calabasas, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, etc.

Johnny Rockets

Rocket eClub: Sign up and get a free burger (with purchase of entree and a drink...basically a buy one, get one free) at signup and at your birthday.

Locations: Camarillo, Calabasas

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Rewards App: Register and get a free Original Glazed doughnut. Earn points towards free doughnuts and drinks and get a free gift on your birthday.

Location: 220 Riverpark Road, Oxnard

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Gossip Hound Email List: Sign up and get complementary birthday and anniversary treats (dessert or appetizer)

Locations: Thousand Oaks and Oxnard

Marie Callender's

E-Club: Free slice of pie (excludes season fresh fruit pies and cheesecakes) and $5 off your check on your birthday and anniversary.

Locations: Camarillo, Ventura

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

My Smileage Club: Earn a Smile point for each dollar spent. Cash in 50 smiles for $5 towards a future purchase. That's a 10% rebate in my book!

Locations: The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard, The Commons at Calabasas

Mimi's Cafe

E-Club: Free slice of crepe cake or two-pack of muffins or croissants for joining and free slice of crepe cake on your birthday.

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Ventura (Pacific View Mall)

MOGL is a rewards program where you sign up your credit card(s) and receive a percentage (usually 10%) cash back when you dine at restaurants in the MOGL program. They pay your rebates directly to your credit card.  As of January 2017, some of the local restaurants in the MOGL program include Wild Cherry T.O., Greco's NY Pizza, Karma Indian Cuisine, Deliteful Low Carb, Pacific Fresh Grill, Exotic Thai T.O., Rokabab Mediterranean Grill, Karma Baker, Tony's NY Pizza, Crown N Anchor, Marie Callender's Camarillo, BG's Cafe and others.

Noah's New York Bagels

E-Club: Get a free bagel and shmear w/purchase with you sign up and a free egg sandwich w/purchase on your birthday

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ventura

Old New York Deli

Deli Dough Loyalty Program: Earn 1 point for every $1 spent. 75 points  =  $5 in Deli Dough.

Locations: Camarillo and Newbury Park

Panera Bread

MyPanera: Sign up and receive a free "surprise" like a free pastry or sweet. Then receive other surprises as you accumulate points.

Locations: Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley

Papa John's

PapaRewards: Earn 1 point for every $5 you order ONLINE (including tax and delivery). Accumulate points for food items.

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo

P.F. Chang's

Free Birthday Entree when you sign up.

Location: Thousand Oaks

Pieology

PieLife eClub: Receive a free pizza on your birthday

Locations: Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks

Pizza Man Dan's

Pizza Lover's Club: Free pizza on your birthday and much more.

Locations: Ventura (2), Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Moorpark and Camarillo

PizzaRev

RevRewards App: Use the PizzaRev app and earn one point for each dollar spent. Exchange 100 points for a free pizza or entree salad. Also receive a birthday surprise.

Locations: Camarillo, Thousand Oaks

Poseidon Brewing Company

Free Birthday Pint! Oh yah, a free pint of craft beer on your birthday, with valid ID showing birthdate (and of course assuming you are of legal drinking age.

Location: 5777 Olivas Park Drive, Unit Q, Ventura

RedBrick Pizza

RedBrick Rewards: Earn 10 points for every dollar spent. Receive $10 reward for every 1000 points. Effectively a 10% discount. Receive a small gelato after registering.

Location: Ventura

Red Lobster

Fresh Catch Club: Get something free for your birthday each year.

Location: Oxnard

Red Robin

Red Robin Royalty: Free burger on your birthday and every 10th items free.

Locations: Simi Valley, Ventura, Thousand Oaks

Regency Theatres

Regency Rewards: Earn points on purchases. 10 points for each adult ticket...100 points gets you a free companion ticket.

Locations throughout the area.

Rita's Italian Ice of Newbury Park

Rita's Birthday Club: Sign up and receive free birthday treat.

Location: 2290 Borchard Road, Newbury Park

Rubio's

Beach Club: Receive free food offers, promotions, etc. via email. First email gets you a free fish taco.

Locations: Newbury Park, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Ventura

Sbarro

Sbarro E-Club: Receive free slice of NY style cheese pizza for signing up, plus special promotions.

Location: Pacific View Mall in Ventura

7 Eleven

7Rewards Loyalty Program: Download app on your smartphone, scan when you purchase coffee, Slurpees and other fountain drinks, and get 7th drink free. Not a bad deal!

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill

Fin-Addict Card: Earn 1 point for every $1 spent. 100 points = $7 good toward future purchases. Effectively a 7% discount.

Locations: Calabasas, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Ventura, Westlake Village, Woodland Hills and soon in Thousand Oaks at Janss Marketplace

Sprinkles

Sprinkles Perks: Receive free cupcake on your birthday, free cupcake upon registration, buy 15, get one free and more

Location: The Promenade at Westlake

Starbucks

My Starbucks Rewards: Members receive a free birthday drink or treat. Free refills and other items based on number of Stars collected over designated periods.

Locations: Everywhere (where is there NOT a Starbucks?)

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Rewards: Sign up and get a free cup of frozen yogurt on your birthday. Visit 10 times and get a free cup.

Location: Camarillo

T.G.I. Friday's

Give Me More Stripes program: Earn 1 stripe for every $1 spent. 100 stripes = $8 coupon. Effectively an 8% discount. Free appetizer upon signup and free dessert w/purchase of entree on your birthday month.

Locations: Oxnard, Simi Valley

Tilted Kilt

Kilt Clan: Sign up and receive a free birthday burger, boneless wings on your birthday and more.

Location: Thousand Oaks

Toys R Us

Geoffrey's Birthday Club: Receive a birthday card and gift from Geoffrey the Giraffe each year along with other items

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ventura

Urban Pizza

PIEoneer Club: Collect points and exchange for free pizza and other items. Receive free soda on first visit.

Locations: Westlake Village, Simi Valley

Urbane Cafe

Urbane Cafe App: Download the app, use it to pay for your purchases, and receive $5 credit for every $100 you spend; a 5% discount. I was surprised to also receive a $10 birthday credit.

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura

Veggie Grill

Veggie Grill Rewards: I was very pleased with this one. After downloading the smartphone app, I used it and immediately received a $4 First Visit Reward and $4 First Visit Bonus, good for $8 towards my meal! Sweet! Then, for every $99 spent using the app you receive a $9 credit towards future meals. Effectively a 9% discount.

Email: Sign up and receive a birthday surprise (don't know what this surprise is yet but I shall find out).

Location: Westlake Village

Wienerschnitzel

Wiener Lovers' Club: Get a free chili cheese dog for signing up and other stuff.

Locations: Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Vibe Club Rewards: Get a free drink for signing up. Earn points and get free sandwiches.

Location: The Shoppes at Westlake

Wingstop

Email Club: Free fries for signing up and a free birthday gift.

Locations: Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura

Yogurtland

Real Rewards Program: Earn points for each ounce purchased and exchange points for free yogurt and birthday treats.

Locations: Simi Valley, Westlake Village, Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo

Arby's

Email Club: Free roast beef classic with purchase of drink after signing up

Locations: Thousand OaksVentura

Auntie Anne's

My Pretzel Perks: Free pretzel after signing up. Accumulate 300 points for a free pretzel. $1 spent equals 10 points.

Location: Pacific View Mall Ventura

Baja Fresh

Club Baja: Free taco for signing up and a "special treat" on your birthday.

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Camarillo (2), Simi Valley (2), Westlake Village, Calabasas, Oxnard

Bandits Grill & Bar

Bandits' Roundup Club: Free birthday gift, specials and more.

Locations: Thousand Oaks and Camarillo

Barnes & Noble Kids' Club: Free birthday cupcake and $5 gift certificate for every $100 spent on kids' books, plus 30% off one kids book.

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Ventura, Woodland Hills

Baskins-Robbins

Birthday Club: FREE 2.5 oz scoop on your birthday!

Locations: Newbury Park, Camarillo, Westlake Village, Moorpark, Agoura, Simi Valley (2), Oxnard (2), Thousand Oaks, Santa Paula, Ventura (2)

BJ's Restaurant

BJ's Premier Rewards: Earn 1 point for each $1 spent and redeem for discounts. For example, cash in 350 point for $25 off your meal, effectively about a 7% rebate.

Locations: Westlake Village, Oxnard

BUY 10 (OR 12, or what have you) AND GET 1 FREE PROGRAMS

Quite a number of eateries have rewards cards where you get something for free after purchasing a certain number of items. These are generally not advertised, so we will add to this list as we hear of new programs:

California Pizza Kitchen

Pizza Dough Rewards: Receive $5 in "Pizza Dough" for every $100 spent, good towards future purchases. Receive a free "small plate" valued at $3 to $6 after registering.

Locations: Thousand Oaks (The Lakes), Simi Valley Town Center, Ventura (Pacific View Mall)

Carrows

E-Club: Free dessert for joining, then another dessert on your birthday.

Location: Ventura

Chili's Grill & Bar

My Chili's Rewards: Earn "Plenti" points and get free menu items. Free birthday dessert.

Locations: Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Oxnard

Dairy Queen

Blizzard Fan Club: Sign up at get a Buy One, Get One free Blizzard® Treat and a special coupon on your birthday.

Locations: Camarillo Premium Outlets, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Pacific View Mall Ventura, Simi Valley

Daphne's Greek Cafe

Pita Points E-Club Program earn one point for each dollar spent; 100 points = $5 off any purchase. Plus another $5 credit on your birthday.

Locations: Newbury Park, Woodland Hills, Simi Valley

Del Taco

Raving Fan EClub: Get 2 free grilled chicken soft tacos for signing up and a free shake on your birthday.

Locations: Newbury Park, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley (3), Oxnard (2), Ventura, Santa Paula

Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Rewards App: Use their app and earn points towards free subs and more. Get free birthday sub too.

Locations: Simi Valley Town Center

Volunteer Opportunities in Ventura County

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Looking for a job? Why not help yourself by filling in the gaps in your resume with new experiences while helping others! Or if you are just looking to give back to the local community, there are hundreds of opportunities to volunteer throughout Ventura County. Here's where to find volunteer opportunities:

The United Way of Ventura County hosts www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org, which lists numerous upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Since 1998, VolunteerMatch.org has helped volunteers find over 4 million volunteer matches at over 60,000 non-profits across the country. You type in your zip code and in my case today it identified over 250 volunteer opportunities within a 20 mile radius of Newbury Park.

Or visit the Local Charities section of Conejo Valley Guide and you'll find over 100 Ventura County area non-profit organizations, most of which could use your help. I clicked a few and found plenty of volunteer needs publicized on each entity's website, like MANNA Food Bank, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue in Agoura, Hospice of the Conejo, Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library, and CareGivers - Volunteers Assisting the Elderly.

You could also join one of over 80 service organizations in the Service Clubs section of CVG. The Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimist, Assistance League, Lions Club and other organizations provide needed services to others in need. 

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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary seeks volunteers ages 17 and up to join its local Channel Islands flotilla. Bring the USCG AUX your skills or join to develop your leadership skills through numerous free classes and workshops offered. The USCG AUX was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. Volunteers assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security, vessel safety checks, public safe boating classes and watchstanding. Visit www.d11s.org for more information.

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County seeks volunteers for its ReStores, with shifts available Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.habitatventura.org/habitat-restore-merchandising to learn more and sign up.

Volunteer opportunities in Thousand Oaks: toaks.org/departments/human-resources/volunteer

Volunteer opportunities in Simi Valley: www.simivalley.org/index.aspx?page=355

Volunteer opportunities in Ventura: www.cityofventura.net/volunteeropportunities

Volunteer opportunities in Camarillo: www.ci.camarillo.ca.us/i3.aspx?p=632

Volunteer opportunities in Moorpark: moorparkca.gov/389/Volunteering-in-Moorpark

Volunteering in the City of Westlake Village: www.wlv.org/index.aspx?nid=320

Volunteering in the City of Agoura Hills: ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=11090

Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center: www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/government/departments/community-services-parks-recreation/parks-facilities/agoura-hills-recreation-center

Volunteer opportunities in Calabasas: www.cityofcalabasas.com/volunteer.html

Volunteering for the County of Ventura: www.ventura.org/employment/volunteering-for-the-county-of-ventura

How about the National Park Service? Check the local Santa Monica Mountains volunteer opportunities and Channel Islands National Park volunteer opps.

Also check out the volunteer opportunities with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

There are shelters and meal providers throughout Ventura County that could use your help too.

Forty-Seven Things to Do In Thousand Oaks

The City of Thousand Oaks was incorporated on September 29, 1964. Most of Newbury Park was annexed by the city in the 1960s/1970s. Casa Conejo, Newbury Park's first planned community built in the early 1960s and the Lynn Ranch area of Thousand Oaks are unincorporated areas of Ventura County that technically are not annexed into the City of Thousand Oaks. Why that is, I'm not sure. The City of Thousand Oaks also annexed the Ventura County portions of Westlake Village in 1968 and 1972. A bit complicated, eh?

Enough history for now! Let's look at the future...like tomorrow or this coming weekend. Here are 47 things to do in the City of Thousand Oaks in random order.

View of Boney Mountain from the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area.

View of Boney Mountain from the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area.

Older version of City of Thousand Oaks sign.

Older version of City of Thousand Oaks sign.

Vintage Sign From The Lang Ranch on Display at Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks

Lang Ranch gate photo by Herb Noseworthy, 1967. (From the Thousand Oaks Library Special Collections "Conejo Through the Lens" collection.)

Lang Ranch gate photo by Herb Noseworthy, 1967. (From the Thousand Oaks Library Special Collections "Conejo Through the Lens" collection.)

The nearly 2,600 acre Lang Ranch in the northeast section of Thousand Oaks was annexed into the city in 1968.  It is now home to open space, plenty of homes and the Chumash Indian Museum.

The Lang Ranch sign seen in the photo from approximately 1967 shown above is on display at the museum. 

The museum is open Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Admission price as of August 2017 is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors 65+ and children under 12. There is no charge to walk the trails in the park.

Free Concerts and Live Music All Summer Long Around Ventura County

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Summer 2017 is just about upon us and we're in the midst of another outstanding summer of free live music throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas! Rock, jazz, pops, R&B, reggae, Celtic, classical, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Latin, tribute bands, etc. The compilation below has links to more detailed information.

Concerts subject to change. List will be updated regularly as new events are added.

Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Newbury Park

Agoura/Oak Park/Calabasas/Woodland Hills

Moorpark/Simi Valley

Camarillo/Oxnard/Port Hueneme

Ventura/Ojai/Santa Barbara

Have something to add to this list? CONTACT US!!

Check the Events Calendar for things going on around town as well as the Local Events and Community Messages sections of Conejo Valley Guide.