What’s New for Spring/Summer 2019

Getting ready to plan your next trip? There is a lot of new and exciting things coming to Ventura County Coast that you won’t want to miss!

Restaurants…

Now Open: Slate Bistro + Craft Bar (Restaurant) The menu includes a variety of delicious options. The newly renovated space features sofas, banquettes and booths upholstered in white pleather and teal velvet. Lucite chandeliers hang over the main dining room, where a newly erected wall covered in white geometric shapes serves as a divider between it.  more intimate space can be accessed by a ramp. Address: 4850 Santa Rosa Rd (Camarillo) 

Now Open: The Cheesecake Factory – Located at The Collection at Riverpark, The Cheesecake Factory chain restaurant will feature all the favorites, including crispy crab wontons, Shepherds pie, Jamaican black-pepper shrimp, and ultimate red velvet cake cheesecake. (Oxnard)

Coming Soon: Texas de Brazil Steakhouse will replace the site of Famous Dave’s at The Collection. This family-owned chain has 60 locations in nearly two dozen states and seven countries. Menu choices will include lamb chops, filet mignon, leg of lamb, Parmesan-crusted pork loin, and bacon-wrapped chicken breasts. Each is carved at the table by servers who pass through the dining room while holding skewers of meat. Diners use a disc to communicate to servers and flip the disc to green to signal when they are ready for more meat, then flip to red when they want to take a break. (Oxnard)

Coming Soon: Top This Chocolate Shana Elson Chief Executive Chocolatier of Top This Chocolate will be opening this new shop at Ventura Harbor Village. It is now set to open in July of 2019. (Ventura Harbor)

Coming Soon: Cracker Barrel Camarillo –  Cracker Barrel, an American chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme, plans to open a Camarillo Premium Outlets location in early 2020. (Camarillo)

Activities…

Now Open: Camarillo Premium Outlets “PlaygroundA small kids playground area has been added in 2019 to The Promenade section near Wetzel’s Pretzels/Lids/Sunglass Hut. 740 E. Ventura Blvd (Camarillo

Now Open: Redesigned Tourism Information Kiosk  A Visit Camarillo information kiosk is now open at the Camarillo Premium Outlets (located in the Main Court next to Starbucks and Banana Republic). Helpful attendants are ready to answer any questions. 740 E. Ventura Blvd, Suite K101-2. Located in Main Court next to Starbucks. (Camarillo)

Three-Quarter Day Wildlife Viewing Trip: Starting in June 2019, Island Packers, transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park, is initiating a Three-Quarter Day Wildlife Viewing Tour. Based on your popular Half-Day Wildlife Viewing trip, the Three-Quarter Day Trip will travel  farther, and stays at sea longer searching for marine life. (Oxnard)

Birding Trip  – This pelagic trip is July 14 from 7am-7pm, with a  fare of $195 per person. You will be able to look for a variety of seasonal pelagic species, including the newly named species Townsend’s Storm-Petrel. Heading south of the Channel Islands you can search the deep waters and warm currents for this range restricted Storm-Petrel. You might even see  the tube-noses: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Leach’s Storm-Petrel; Pink-footed, Flesh-footed (rare), Sooty, and Buller’s Shearwaters. (Oxnard)

Coming Soon: Ventura Jet Ski Rentals – Will be a new visitor amenity allowing guests to get further out into the ocean to take in the views. Jet Ski the Pacific ocean for an exhilarating ride! 

Events…

Pirates Festival June 1 Ahoy, all ye landlubbers and buccaneers! Ventura Harbor Village is ready to hoist the flag for the 14th annual Pirates Day on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 11:00am – 4:00pm. This fun event will be around the theme of Ahoy Me Hearties! Yo Ho! Pirates Day 2019 offers guests an unforgettable voyage around the Village, featuring pirate characters, entertainment, activities, and photo opportunities at every corner. (Ventura Harbor)

Casa Pacifica Food & Wine Festival Join us on June 2nd, 2019 at the all-inclusive Festival. Taste sweet and savory treats from the finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley while sipping on high-end wines and craft brews. You won’t want to miss it! 

City Impact’s Beachfront Run A 1/2 Marathon,10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run will be held June 8 in Ventura, California with a scenic course along the beautiful coastline. The race will begin on the North side of the Ventura Pier. The half marathon and 10K runs along the oceanfront promenade and extends along the Pacific Coast Highway, creating a flat and scenic course.  The 5K runs out and back along the oceanfront promenade. This is a fun, family-friendly event – a run you can’t resist! Proceeds raised will benefit City Impact’s at-risk children, youth and families we serve daily.

Ventura County Greek Festival The 41st Annual Ventura County Greek Festival will take place June 21-23, 2019. The event is presented by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and features live Greek music, folk dancing, food, delicious pastries and baklava. There will be vendors and a kids’ play area as well. 

Concerts by the Sea Join us for our free concert series in Oxnard on Saturdays in July and August from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Musical genres to include Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues and Swing. Bring lawn chairs and blankets! 

Surf Rodeo Join us Sat, Jul 13 – Sun, Jul 14 for this 2-day Surf and Music Festival! Featuring over 30 bands, a surf rodeo competition, bikini cowgirl contest, the world’s largest beach cornhole tournament, beer gardens on the sand, and tons of fantastic vendors. 

Camarillo Fiesta July 19-22 This years Fiesta & Street fair will feature a variety of musical entertainment acts, a classic car show, kids fun zone, petting zoo, carnival, local food vendors and a beer & wine garden. For the schedule of daily activities visit: 

Tequila & Taco July 20 & 21 The Tequila And Taco Music Festival is coming back to the beautiful beachside town of Ventura. Please join us for a two-day celebration of tequila, tacos, award-winning margaritas and great live music! 

Oxnard Salsa Festival The annual Oxnard Salsa Festival on July 27th & 28th is a two-day celebration of all things salsa – the food, the music and the dance! Event highlights include main stage entertainment with salsa and Latin bands, salsa tastings, more than 100 vendors in an eclectic vendor marketplace, international foods in two food courts, kids korner attractions with tortilla art; and a popular salsa recipe contest. It’s Southern California’s HOTTEST Summer festival. 

The Dallas Cowboys will return to Oxnard for Training Camp at the end of July. Many practices will be open to the public, giving fans the opportunity to interact with players and coaches as they train for the upcoming football season. Please join us for a family-friendly experience with the Dallas Cowboys this summer.

A Taste of Camarillo – Wine, Brew & Food Festival on July 27-July 28 is the longest running wine and food festival in Ventura County. Guests spend an afternoon sampling fine wines, craft beers and gourmet foods on the grounds of the historic Camarillo Ranch. Dust off your boots and enjoy country western music and dancing with live performances by the popular band, Caught Red Handed. 

The Ventura County Fair returns to town July 31st, with the annual 12 days of fun, excitement, education and entertainment has come to a close. Make lasting memories with your friends and your family. The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair has been enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today- with the exception of a few years during World War II. The 2018 Fair brought a mix of the traditional Fair elements and some of the latest offerings, all for you and your family to enjoy. 

Wings over Camarillo Air Show The Camarillo Wings Association will host this year’s “Wings Over Camarillo” Air Show with support from volunteers from the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, EAA Chapter 723 and the Ventura County 99s. Presented by California Aeronautical University. This year’s event is planned for August 17th and 18th at the Camarillo Airport. Gates open at 9am and close at 5pm. 

The Throw Down Cornhole Tournament Cornhole players of all skill levels are invited to enter the World’s biggest Cornhole Tournament, “The Throw Down”, on Friday August 23rd, thru Sunday August 25th.This 3-day cornhole tournament is the largest cash cornhole tournament in the world, and is held in the beautiful beach town of Ventura, California. Come enjoy the tournament as a cornhole player or spectator. There will be plenty of food, drinks, cold beer and wonderful beach weather. All players who play will be competing for over $62,000 in guaranteed cash payouts.