January Events and Things to Do in Ventura County Coast

Happy New Year! There’s already so many fun and family-friendly things to do in January throughout Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard and Port Hueneme – the gateway to California’s central coast. Ventura County Coast is THE place to visit in winter 2016, offering national park adventures, restaurant weeks, swap meets, stand-up comedy shows, botanical garden events and whale watching. Check out the best things to do in Ventura County Coast this month.


January 22-31

January is officially California Restaurant Month, designated by our friends at Visit California.  Celebrating its 6th year in 2016, California Restaurant Month spans the entire Golden State. Be sure to grab a discounted gourmet meal during Oxnard Restaurant Week: Dine & Discover Oxnard runs January 22–31, 2016.


Whale Watching Season at Channel Islands National Park


December 26 marked the official start of the gray whale migration and it will continue now through mid-April. Island Packers offers fantastic regularly-scheduled winter whale watching excursions, with rates starting at $37 for adults and $27 for kids. Throughout the year, it’s also possible to see Minke Whales, Orca Whales, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Pacific White Sided Dolphins and Dall’s Porpoises. Whale watching trips leave from Oxnard’s Channel Islands and Ventura Harbor Village for breathtaking excursions through some of the richest marine habitats in the world.

Swapmeet at Ventura County Fairgrounds

Wednesdays, 7am-2pm

Come home with second-hand treasures from the famous Ventura County Swapmeet!  Every Wednesday at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

Sow in the New Year at the Ventura Botanical Gardens

January 9, 9am-11am

Sow in the New Year is a family-friendly opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy spectacular ocean views and breathe in the crisp winter air while scattering the hillsides with wildflower seeds. The seeds will grow into a magnificent display of blossoms in the spring. Admission is free and this outdoor nature activity is open to all ages.


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night

January 20, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Stop by the Paseo Camarillo Cinemas the third Wednesday of each month for live standup comedy that’s guaranteed to make you – well, laugh out loud! Each show features two headliners with national TV credits from The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent, etc.  Host Jason Love from Last Comic Standing introduces this month’s comics which include Michael Rayner (Ten-Year TV Warmup Veteran, Letterman) and Dwayne Perkins (Conan, Laugh Factory, Comics Unleashed). Tickets are $15.

Spanish Hills Country Club Bridal Show


January 24, 2 pm to 5 pm

Got a new ring on your finger?   Come meet 30+ exclusive wedding vendors at the Spanish Hills County Club–who will help make your dreams come true. This incredible Country Club has hosted the bridal show for over 6 years, with top staff ready to showcase your wedding!

Sample delightful hors d’oeuvres, Taste signature drinks, or If your still looking for your new ring, brides will have a chance with the special ‘Cake Dive!’  You can be one of the brides to find a DIAMOND RING, from Nerces Fine Jewelry hidden in the 4 tiered Wedding Cake, from Frost It Cakery!

Call to purchase your discounted tickets -only $7.00 or $10.00 at the door

BRIDAL SHOW: Sunday, January 24 from 2pm to 5 pm

Camarillo Ranch Bridal Showcase

January 23, Noon-4pm

The 3rd Annual Camarillo Ranch Bridal Showcase is coming up! Just a $12 admission gets brides-to-be an afternoon of great giveaways, dazzling bridal fashion and reception-ready food from local caterers and bakeries.  Brides, grooms, and their families and friends will enjoy a luxurious, unique, and memorable experience as they mingle with Ventura County’s finest wedding professionals, ranging from DJs and photographers to rental companies and florists.  

*Enter now to win a one night stay at the Camarillo Hampton Inn and a pair of tickets to Camarillo’s Bridal Shows,sponsored by Visit Camarillo!  Click here.


Prueter Library Children’s Events

January 6, 12, 13, 16, 27

January offers a slew of local family events at the Prueter Library!

January 6:  Lego Lab – Use your imagination to design and build complex structures using Legos

January 12:  BrushBot Robots – Design and build a BrushBot robot, enter it into their BrushBot race and then take it home

January 13:  Read to a Dog – Practice reading and make a furry friend

January 16:  Movie Afternoon “Kung Fu Panda”

January 27:  STEAM Studio – Bring an inquisitive mind to explore the science of winter – ice excavations, snowflakes, winter scents, snow painting and more.                                    

Looking for some retail therapy this month?  Click here to check out the best post-holiday January shopping in Ventura, Camarillo and Oxnard.

Stay for the weekend!  Click here for the complete list of hotels and other places to stay in Ventura County Coast.