Posted: Friday, Apr 16th, 2021
Five Fun Things to Do in Ventura This Weekend
By Visit Ventura
Why just five fun things in Ventura, a town that swims in fun? It’s called a teaser. And really, it’s more fun to keep coming back for more. And we’ll offer you more.
On a serious note, when you opt to do any — or all — of these things, you are kindly Supporting Local, and, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for continuing to help our Ventura businesses — our friends and neighbors — survive this pandemic and see their way to the coming light.
So here’s a taste of Ventura fun.
Have at it.
For life is short, and there can never be enough fun…
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Enjoy Great Indian Food.
Ventura Avenue is already a go-to for delicious Indian food, courtesy of long-time Ventura favorite Himalaya. Lesser known (for now), Indian Rasoi (421 Ventura Avenue) also offers a fine range of mouthwatering fare. Try the Smoky Tandoori Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked in their clay tandoori oven, or samosas with mint and tamarind sauce, or maybe just a quick, thirst quenching pickup, via a cold, sweet Mango Lassi. And there’s plenty more.
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See Ziggy Marley play a tribute to his father.
Concerts in Your Car continues its long-running run of fun. On Saturday, April 17th, Ziggy Marley, a multi-Grammy winner himself, performs two live sets (5pm and 8:30 pm) paying tribute to his father’s substantial reggae legacy — plus a dash of Ziggy’s hits spicing the mix. A safe, in-your-car, outdoor concert by the sea.
Enjoy an Open Air Seaside Market.
Held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 18th (and Sunday, April 25th), the free Seaside Market, from 11 am to 5 pm, features craft vendors of all kinds, live music and sea breezes. There’s onsite parking ($10).
Buy fresh fish.
On Saturdays, from 7:30 am to 11 am (weather dependent), Ventura Harbor Village hosts a Fisherman’s Market. You won’t find fresher seafood because it comes right off the boat to the small pier behind Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market (1449 Spinnaker Drive). The official word is the Market runs from 7:30 am to 11 am, but the unofficial word is to get there early — because they often sell out. Inside tip; you can also order the catch online ahead of time. Learn about online ordering — and Ventura’s hardworking fisherfolk — here.
Take an electric mural tour.
It seems like beautiful murals are being added to Ventura’s landscape on an almost monthly basis. So rent an electric bike from Ventura Bike Depot or Ventura Beach E Bike Rentals and head out on your adventure. In Ventura, inspirational street art is everywhere (click here to plan out your tour). It’s a gloriously kaleidoscopic adventure; from a stylish version of the Shinto solar goddess Amaterasu, to a 100 ceramic tile collage depicting 150 years of Ventura history, to, along Ventura Avenue, a string of lovely explosions of color often covering entire walls.