4th of July Fireworks, Parades and Other Events Around Ventura County

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America's 243rd birthday is July 4, 2019! Here is our annual list of local fireworks, parades and other festivities taking place throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas for Independence Day.

Fireworks planned in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Moorpark (July 3rd), Simi Valley, Calabasas, Channel Islands Harbor, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Woodland Hills, Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Laser show in Agoura Hills on the 7th.

4th of July celebration parades to take place in Westlake Village, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands Harbor and Carpinteria (June 30).

Other family festivities and fun includes concerts, carnivals, swimming, games, tournaments, kids' fun zones, 5K/10K runs, etc.!

(Contact us with updates)

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park

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The annual Conejo Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Best viewing will be at Janss Marketplace and The Oaks Mall parking lots. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Patriotic music simulcast by KHAY 100.7.

Other CRPD 4th of July events around town include a pancake breakfast and Home Run Derby in the morning at Borchard Park in Newbury Park, Concert in the Park at 5pm at Conejo Community Park and free swimming from noon to 4pm at CLU and NPHS pools.

July 4th 5K/10K Run/Walk at Dos Vientos in Newbury Park. Race proceeds benefits a local non-profit that helps families in extreme circumstances.

Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks once again will be hosting a free viewing of the fireworks along with live music and family activities starting at 5pm on the 4th. Eagles tribute band The Long Run will be performing.

Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks once again opens its incredible views to the public with a 4th of July Celebration starting at 6pm. Free music, family fun, food for sale and some of the best views of the Thousand Oaks fireworks display in town!

Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Celebration at Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park from 1-4pm on July 4th. Free admission and ice cream (while supplies last)!

Westlake Village

The 50th Annual Westlake Village 4th of July Parade starts at 9:45am followed by music, inflatables, games, popsicles, etc. at Berniece Bennett Park until noon. Boy Scout pancake breakfast before the parade for $5/person.

The City of Westlake Village presents its 6th Annual Fireworks Spectacular Show from the Westlake Village Golf Course, with additional viewing locations at Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village Inn and Berniece Bennett Park. Activities begin at 6pm, including family-friendly games and contests and food trucks. The 18 minute show will start at 9:10PM.

Calvary Community Church is hosting a Fireworks Celebration starting at 6pm, followed by fireworks viewing at 9pm. Bring blankets, chairs and dinner, or purchase from food trucks on site. No pets, grills, alcohol, tents or tailgating allowed.

Moorpark (3rd of July)

The City of Moorpark presents its 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Arroyo Vista Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road once again. A fun family event with festivities (games, food, entertainment) starting at 4pm (gates open at 3:45pm). Fireworks at 9pm. $5 admission; ages 4 and under are free.

Simi Valley

Visit the Reagan Presidential Library 4th of July Celebration between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Festivities include music, family entertainment, food, presidential re-enactors, face painting, storytelling and more. All 4th of July activities are FREE; however, regular admission applies for touring the museum.

The Star Spangled 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will take place at Rancho Santa Susana Park in Simi Valley on July 4th from 3pm to 9pm, followed by fireworks. FREE admission.

Calabasas

The City of Calabasas 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School opens at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Features live music and kids' fun zone. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. $10 admission includes parking, entertainment and activities. Children under 2 are free. Food and beverages will be offered for sale.

Other Calabasas 4th of July activities include a free Summer Splash Party from noon to 5:30pm, a Pet Show at Calabasas Lake at 11am and the 41st Annual Lakeside Fun Run 4 mile, 2 mile, 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile events in the morning.

Camarillo

The annual fireworks at Camarillo High School are a “go” for 2019 at 9PM but due to anticipated construction at the stadium, activities will be limited. No coolers, umbrellas, chairs, etc. allowed due to space constraints. Gates open at 7PM. Free of charge. Space will be limited because the football field will not be available. MORE DETAILS AT THIS LINK

Another option is to watch the fireworks from Pleasant Valley Fields on the other side of the 101.

Free swimming at the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center from 1-4 pm on July 4th.

Oxnard/Channel Islands Harbor

Start your holiday with the 16th Annual Channel Islands 4th of July 5K & 10K races. Flat, fast and fun!

Independence Day activities all day long on July 4th at the Channel Islands HarborAfter the 5K/10K, family fun at the Marine Emporium Landing from 11am to 9pm will include a crafters' market, inflatable fun zone, rock climbing wall and food booths. 4th of July Children's Parade starts at 10:30am at Albacore Way, travels north up Harbor Blvd. and ends near Marine Emporium Landing.

At 6 p.m., more than 50 patriotic themed electric boats will cruise around the Harbor in the 3rd Annual 4th of July Electric Boat Parade. The Annual Fireworks by the Sea starts at 9 p.m.

Ventura

The City of Ventura 4th of July Street Festival and 44th Annual Pushem-Pullem Parade are free, with the parade starting at 10am, street fest on Main Street and side streets with over 200 artisans, food booths, vendor displays and live music.

The Rotary Club of Ventura hosts its 24th Annual Fireworks Show and Family Picnic again this year on July 4th at the Ventura College Athletic Field starting at 5pm, featuring a family picnic, live music, kids' fun zone, followed by fireworks show at 9pm! Tickets at the gate $8 adults, $6 ages 4-12.

Ojai

The annual Ojai Independence Day parade will take place at 10am on July 4th. Live music and fireworks show will take place at Nordhoff High School Stadium, starting at 5 pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 am. Presale tickets for the nighttime event are available. Details at www.4thofjulyinojai.com.

Fillmore

The 33rd Annual Sespe Creek Car Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4th and the City of Fillmore fireworks show starts around 9:15 p.m. at Fillmore Middle School.

The Fillmore & Western "Firecracker Train" departs at 6:30PM for a BBQ dinner and ride, topped off with a viewing of the City of Fillmore fireworks display.

Fillmore & Western July 4th Festival Train Rides at 10am, noon and 2pm. One hour rides on vintage diesel trains!

Santa Paula

Fireworks show planned at Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Boulevard at 9pm.

Agoura Hills

On Sunday, July 7th, the City of Agoura Hills presents a free concert at Chumash Park followed by a laser show. Concert starts at 6pm.

Woodland Hills

The Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills hosts its July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza featuring free concert at 6pm, followed by fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.

Carpinteria

The 22nd Annual Rods and Roses Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 29th, from 10 am to 3 pm, followed by an Independence Day Parade at 5 pm.

Santa Barbara

The 55th Annual 4th of July Parade starts down State Street at 1pm.  Lots of activities all day near the beachfront hosted by the City of Santa Barbara and SPARKLE and of course fireworks at West Beach at 9 p.m.

Malibu

The City of Malibu does not host a public fireworks display but the LA County Fire Dept approves permits for private fireworks displays off of barges in the ocean. Locations in 2019 include Paradise Cove and Malibu Colony.

Displays are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00 PM and conclude by 10:00 PM in compliance with Malibu Municipal Code Section 9.36.010.

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Christmas and Other Holiday Season Events Around Ventura County

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Hop onto the holiday bandwagon and check out some of these dozens of events in and around Ventura County, most of which are FREE! Christmas parades, Santa visits, carnivals, train rides, holiday runs, holiday home tours, boutiques, nativity displays and lots of holiday music and entertainment!

This list will be updated regularly as we move our way through the Thankgiving and Christmas holiday season! Submit additions here.

Do contact event coordinators as things sometimes change! Also, some events require RSVP.

ONGOING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES:

Residential and Other Light Displays:

Keep in mind that residential displays usually don’t have set hours and are often impacted by the elements (e.g. rain and wind).

Past Events

Sat 11/17: Annual Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival at Simi Valley Town Center

Sat 11/17: Tree Lighting at The Collection at RiverPark

Sat 11/18: Santa Paws Event at Humane Society in Ojai

Thu 11/22: Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash at Santa Barbara Zoo

Thu 11/22: 14th Annual Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks

Thu 11/22: 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K in Simi Valley

Thu 11/22: 11th Annual Ventura Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' 1K

Sat 11/23: Jingle Bell Jump - Santa Parachutes Into Janss Marketplace

11/23-11/25: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

Sat 11/24: 69th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade

Sun 11/25: Light the Night Event at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills (6-8PM)

11/28-12/1: Simi Valley Festival of Trees

Fri 11/30: Holiday Tree Lighting at The Promenade at Westlake (rescheduled from 11/16 in consideration of Borderline and wildfire tragedies)

Fri 11/30: Tree Lighting Event at Camarillo Premium Outlets (The Promenade) (6-8PM)

Fri 11/30: 68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oxnard

Fri 11/30: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (8PM)

Sat 12/1: 57th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade

Sat 12/1: Run for Holiday Fun 5K/10K at Camarillo Family YMCA

Sat 12/1: 11th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Sat 12/1: Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair

Sat 12/1: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (4PM)

Sat 12/1: Breakfast with Santa at Camarillo Community Center

Sat 12/1: Los Robles Master Chorale Performs The Messiah in Oak Park

11/30-12/2: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

11/30-12/2: No Room at the Inn Nativity Display in Camarillo

12/1-12/2: Snow Days Event at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

Sun 12/2: Cancer Support Community Holiday Boutique in Westlake Village

Sun 12/2: Chanukah Celebration at Simi Valley Town Center (2:30-4:30PM)

Sun 12/2: Glow in the Dark Chanukah Celebration in Dos Vientos (Newbury Park)

12/1-12/2: Ventura County Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” in Oxnard

12/1-12/2: Studio Channel Islands Annual Holiday Market in Camarillo

Sun 12/2: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Agoura Hills (new venue being sought)

Sun 12/2: Holiday Roundup at Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas

Sun 12/2: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (4PM)

Sun 12/2: Santa Paws Annual Holiday Photo Shoot in Ojai

Sun 12/2: Las Posadas Event at Cal Lutheran (6-9PM)

Sun 12/2 Tuba Christmas at Pacific View Mall Ventura (Noon-1PM)

Sun 12/2: Holiday Open House at Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park (1-4PM)

Sun 12/2: Snow Leopard Festival / Sledding at Santa Barbara Zoo

Sun 12/2: Chanukah Celebration at Simi Valley Town Center (2:30-4:30PM)

Sun 12/2: Silent Santa (for special sensitivity needs) at The Collection Oxnard (RSVP)

Sun 12/2: 7th Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K/10K in Camarillo

Mon 12/3: Chanukah Celebration at The Shoppes at Westlake Village (5:30-7PM)

Tue 12/4: 1st Night of Hanukkah Celebration at Janss Marketplace (5-7PM)

Wed 12/5: Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Janss Marketplace (6:30-8PM)

Wed 12/5: Christmas at the Ranch with Santa at Camarillo Ranch House (4:30-7:30PM)

Wed 12/5: Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration in Calabasas (6:30-8PM)

Thr 12/6: Chanukah Festival at Pacific View Mall Ventura (7-8PM)

Fri 12/7: 66th Annual Santa Barbara Downtown Christmas Parade

Fri 12/7: City of Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique

Fri 12/7: Camarillo Old Town Winter Walk & Tree Lighting (5-9PM)

Sat 12/8: 56th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade

Sat 12/8: Santa at the Adobe in Agoura Hills

Sat 12/8: Jingle Bell Hike in Thousand Oaks (register in advance)

Sat 12/8: Los Robles Master Chorale Holiday Concert in Calabasas

Sat 12/8: 53rd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor

12/7-12/9: Simi Community Christmas International Creche Exhibit and Music Performances

12/7-12/9: Ventura County Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” in Ventura

Sun 12/9: Heritage Holiday in the Park at Strathearn Park Simi Valley

Sun 12/9: Christmas Concert in the Park: The Nativity - Camarillo (7PM)

Sun 12/9: Community Chanukah Festival in Moorpark (4:30-6PM)

12/7-12/9: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

12/8-12/9: Footworks Youth Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" in Oxnard

12/8-12/9: Free Photos with Santa at Hollywood Storage Newbury Park

12/7-12/22: Holidays at the Plaza Downtown Ventura Events

Sun 12/9: Santa to the Sea Half Marathon and 5K in Oxnard

Sun 12/9: Holiday Sing-Along Family Event at The Shoppes at Westlake (3-6PM)

Sun 12/9: 40th Annual "Homes for the Holidays" Home Tour and Boutique in Camarillo

Sun 12/9: Olivas Adobe Holiday Candlelight Tours in Ventura

Tue 12/11: Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in Calabasas (5:30-8:30PM)

12/12: Christmas at the Ranch with Santa at Camarillo Ranch House (4:30-7:30)

Fri 12/14: Holiday Soiree & Open House at Westlake Plaza (6-9PM)

12/14-12/15: The Bethlehem Experience in Westlake Village (5-9PM)

12/14-12/15: Winter Wonderland Party at Gymboree Thousand Oaks (3-6PM)

12/14-15: 42nd Annual Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights

Sat 12/15: Winter Wonderland and Holiday Marketplace at Ventura Harbor Village

Sat 12/15: Holiday Fun at Malibu Country Mart (Noon to 4pm)

Sat 12/15: 7th Annual Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Vintage Market in Ojai

Sat 12/15: Santa Claus’s Party at Simi Valley Town Center

12/13-12/16: Holiday Jazz Concerts and Paintscape Light Show at Janss Marketplace (6-8PM)

12/14-16: Moorpark College Performing Arts “Holiday Spectacular”

12/15-12/16: Free Photos with Santa at Hollywood Storage Newbury Park

12/15-16: Pacific Festival Ballet Performs The Nutcracker in Thousand Oaks

L.A. Zoo Lights Holiday Light Display Runs From 11/16/18 to 1/6/19

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For the 5th year, the Los Angeles Zoo hosts LA Zoo Lights, a nightly holiday light display throughout a large section of the zoo. This jaw dropping display is sure to bring a smile to your face. There are lighted animals of all types, snowflake lane, twinkle tunnel, reindeer village, brightly lit monkeys all over the place and much more.

LA Zoo Lights will be held nightly, from November 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.lazoolights.org. LA Zoo Lights is a rain-or-shine event.

But WAIT...discounted tickets available at bit.ly/LAZooLights2018 (affiliate link).

Scene from LA Zoo Lights 2014

Scene from LA Zoo Lights 2014

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LA Zoo Lights will be held nightly, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from November 18, 2016 through January 8, 2017. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.lazoolights.org. LA Zoo Lights is a rain-or-shine event.

 

Some Great Residential Holiday Light Displays Around Ventura County

One of our favorite winter holiday activities is driving around and looking at the light displays around town. There are colorful lights all over the place but these four really stand out! If you are aware of other neat residential Christmas light displays around Ventura County, please let us know!

The holiday light display by the Higgins family at 1566 El Dorado Drive in Thousand Oaks is a 20 minute display synchronized with music and over 150,000 lights. We're talking Disneyland in the Conejo Valley here. Spectacular!

The Fuchs residence on Via Patricia (near Via Ricardo intersection) in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park is back again this year wiith another 50,000+ light display synchronized with music. Outstanding!

A great destination each year is the neighborhood in the vicinity of Gemini Street and Waverly Avenue south of Dunnigan Street in Camarillo each year. Numerous homes are lit up and decorated with cartoon characters, trains, Santas, snowmen, and plenty of lights and othe

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Los Robles Master Chorale Performs Six Concerts of Serious Works a Year

By Nancy Needham

Singers from areas that include Ventura County, Santa Clarita and Pasadena come together in Oak Park once a week for three hours to rehearse serious choral works.

The Los Robles Master Chorale, a 100-voice community choral ensemble, has performed in Ventura County for over 34 years. Membership has more than doubled since it began on the campus of Moorpark College in 1978.

"Those who come to listen will hear excellence in music. They will always come again," Master Chorale Executive Director Lenard Geres said.

The singers are all talented volunteers. Many are trained professionals. Their artistic director Lesley Leighton is on a mission to preserve Southern California's rich choral music tradition. She's a long-standing Los Angeles Master Chorale member and principal artist who has traveled the world performing.

The Master Chorale performs at local churches four times a year with two performances at Christmas time. The Consort Singers, a 26 member group taken from the Master Chorale, perform twice a year--in the fall and spring. The Master Chorale has yearly auditions in June.

For more information, visit www.losroblesmasterchorale.org.