Events in Ventura County and Nearby Areas That Have Been Around Over 40 Years

Conejo Valley Guide is the most comprehensive resource ever known to human civilization for events, activities and things to do throughout Ventura County and adjacent areas stretching to Santa Barbara, Malibu and Calabasas, as all of you already know. We've noticed there are numerous events that have taken place in our local community for quite a long time! Let's take a look at the longest duration events in the area - those that have been around at least 40 years.

(By all means we know this list can't be 100% help us out by tipping us off to anything we've missed! Also, all these events/dates are subject to change, so be sure to visit the organizers' websites for more details.)

The 141st Ventura County Fair takes place in summer 2016, the longest duration community event in the county. According to this Fillmore Gazette article, the VC Fair originated in 1874 at Pierpont Bluffs and Hueneme before moving to Seaside Park in Ventura.

The Ventura County Fair is the longest-running community event in the area

The Ventura County Fair is the longest-running community event in the area

The 96th Midsummer Festival at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills is hosted the weekend closest to June 24th each year (June 262016 next year) by the Swedish American Central Association of Southern California to encourage the preservation of Swedish culture, traditions and customs.

The 92nd Annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara will be taking place over five days in late July/early August in 2016. It is an annual festival that honors and preserves Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions with music, art, food, parade, tours and more in various locations. Learn more at

Simi Valley Days celebrated its 82nd annual event in September 2015. This is a great community event with a carnival, family games, entertainment, vendors, food, an annual parade and much more.  Learn more at

The 71st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show takes place in March 2016. It is one of the largest and oldest orchid shows in the United States.

The 66th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade took place on the first Sunday after Thankgiving 2015, Quite a tradition for this town that was incorporated in April 1902!

The 65th Annual Oxnard Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony happened in December 2015 (generally the first Friday night of the month), making it one of the oldest traditions in Ventura County. And the tree is the County's tallest, at about 110 feet!

The 63rd Annual Santa Barbara Downtown Holiday Parade in 2015 is Santa Barbara's only nighttime parade, generally on the first Friday night of December.

The 62nd Annual Semana Nautica 15K in Santa Barbara takes place on July 4th of each year and is the oldest foot race on the Central Coast.

The 60th Conejo Valley Days carnival, planned for May 4-8, 2016, is the oldest event of its kind in Thousand Oaks. The event officially became called Conejo Valley Days in 1956; previously referred to as a "Community Circus" when held at the old Jungleland (now The Lakes) compound

Scene from Conejo Valley Days Parade of 1970

Scene from Conejo Valley Days Parade of 1970

The 56th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival will take place at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills in May 2016. The event was established in Topanga Canyon and moved around a bit as it grew and moved to the current venue in 1990. It is one of the largest acoustic music events in Southern California. Learn more at

The second-longest running Christmas parade in Ventura County is the Camarillo Christmas Parade, which celebrated its 55th annual event in December 2015

The 54th Annual Simi Valley Halloween Carnival took place on 10/31/15 at Rancho Santa Susana Park. Hosted by the Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District, this is one of the longest running Halloween carnivals in Ventura County.

The 54th Annual Spirit of 76 Foundation 4th of July Parade takes place July 4, 2016 in Santa Barbara and is the longest-running 4th of July parade in the Ventura County/Santa Barbara area.

Local area gem and mineral societies have been organizing fun annual shows for decades, including the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society's 54th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Lapidary Show that will take place in March 2016.

The 50th Annual Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor dazzled spectators in December 2015, making this perhaps the longest-running boat parade in Ventura County. Great fun watching the boats lighted up at the Harbor.

Orange you glad the 49th Annual Santa Paula Citrus Festival will take place in July 2016, to my knowledge the longest-running produce/food related event in Ventura County

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park hosts its 49th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on Easter Day 2016, quite possibly the longest running local Easter service in Ventura County

The 46th Annual Westlake Village 4th of July Parade and Party in the Park will likely be taking place yet again on July 4, 2016, making it the longest running Conejo Valley area 4th of July parade.

The oldest Ventura County 4th of July fireworks show is the 46th Annual Simi Valley 4th of July Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza hosted by the Simi Valley Rotary in 2016.

The 46th Annual Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society Galaxy of Gems Expo will take place in November 2015, making it the 2nd oldest gem and mineral show in Ventura County. These shows are interesting and fun for the whole family and have great learning opportunities for the kids.

The 45th Annual Malibu Arts Festival planned for the last weekend of July 2016 is possibly the longest running arts festival in the nearby area!

The 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival is anticipated to take place in July 2016. (The Ventura County Greek Festival is not far behind at 38 years in June 2016

The Westlake Village Garden Club's 43rd Annual Garden Tour will take place in May 2016, making it the longest running garden tour in the area.

The 3rd longest running gem and mineral show in the area is hosted by the Conejo Gem & Mineral Club. Its 42nd Annual Pageant of a Thousand Gems Show is anticipated for April 2016 in Newbury Park.

Last but definitely not least, the 42nd Annual Scandinavian Festival at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks takes place in April 2016.

This is just a tiny fraction of ALL the great events that take place in Ventura County and surrounding areas each year that are highlighted in the Events Calendar and Local Events section of Conejo Valley Guide.