Ventura County: Home to Fun Festivals and Activities Year-Round

Just south of Santa Barbara, Ventura County is the perfect destination for all types of travelers. Young and old, active and passive, tourists are guaranteed to be surprised with the number of activities available to fill their itinerary to its capacity!

The included cities celebrate their people and resources with annual festivals and events all year long. People here love the outdoors and the ability to take advantage of pleasant weather during almost every season. The Strawberry Festival and Ojai Music Festival highlight some of the area's favorite attributes.

Ventura County prides itself on the beach town feel with big opportunities. The venues are smaller but make for the most intimate and memorable live music shows and stage performances.

Local events cater to the county's ability to make everyone feel welcome--no matter their interests! Those looking for a day to relax and enjoy a new book can head to the State beach, nearby Lake Casitas or the Channel Islands for romantic outdoor settings. Adventure-seekers flock to Island Packers for extended trips off the coast, and history lovers take special notice of Mullin Automotive Museum's public hours.

Attractions and activities are for any type of visitor, including families eager to explore the harbor or couples ready to taste Central Coast wines on the Ventura County Wine Trail

Mullin Automotive Museum
Photo courtesy of Tori Bodin


Peter Mullin is an avid classic car collector, gracious enough to share history with the public. His display of beautiful 1920 and 30's French cars include Bugattis, Delages, Delahayes, Hispano Suizas, Talbot-Lagos and Voisins. Many of them have...  Read More



More performance venue than club, this one-time movie house (opened in 1928) boasts elaborate details to complement its mission-style architecture. These days, the restored place is one of the area's most desirable concert halls, showcasing such...  Read More



When it was built in the mid-19th century, this two-story home, its grounds and its surrounding structures were the centerpiece of a grand ranch. Restored and furnished to its original state, the home is a window into life during California's...  Read More



The Central Coast is known for great wine and gorgeous wineries. Why not take the time to sample the local favorites on the Ventura County Wine Trail? Spanning from Ojai to Thousand Oaks, Ventura County has created a map of tasting rooms sure to...  Read More

Island Packers
Photo courtesy of Tori Bodin


The Channel Islands are enjoyed frequently by school groups, adventurers and people looking for a relaxing day off shore. Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands are close enough for hiking, snorkeling or kayaking trips while the outer islands of Santa...  Read More



Now over 60 years old, this venerable music festival is renowned for virtuoso performers, thought-provoking symposia and film screenings. Most of the breathtaking performances take place in the outdoor setting of the Libbey Bowl, making concerts...  Read More



The ninth mission built along the Camino Real highway linking Sonoma and San Diego, this adobe structure was established in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra. In its heyday, the mission was the community's center for worship, agriculture and...  Read More



Paying tribute to one of the county's most bounteous crops, this much-loved festival draws thousands of visitors each year. The fresh, plump and ruby red strawberries are delicious in one of a kind dishes like award-winning shortcake and...  Read More

Channel Islands Harbor


This harbor is a gathering place for folks who love the sea: sailing on it, playing in it, basking along its shores. Along the harbor, you'll find a host of restaurants and shops, along with lodging opportunities, yacht clubs and the like. If...  Read More



Can't get enough of good, old-fashioned entertainment? Then the Ventura County Fair is definitely for you! This annual extravaganza takes place right next to the beach and delivers everything from a parade to farm animals, including pig races!...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva