Ventura Autumn Bucket List

by Debbie Cvijanovich


Fill up your Ventura Autumn “Bucket List”…before the season kicks the bucket!image5

Make the most of these next 90 days (Sept 23-Dec 21) by picking and choosing from this fun list of local activities right in our own backyard!

You know you want to! Not only is it the coolest thing you could ever do, it’s also a great workout! Molly Brown Hill has been teaching the dance for years to both men and women of all ages. Drop in at classes any time that fits your schedule. Look on the link for the YouTube video that breaks the dance moves down.


4756-3 Telephone Rd
Ventura (between Winco and Burlington)
Ages 6 and up
Classes-1 hr


Sat. Sept. 26th 10am
Sun Oct. 4th 10:45am
Tues. Oct. 6th 6:30pm
Sun. Oct. 11th 10:45am
Sat. Oct. 17th 10am
Tues. Oct. 20th 6:30pm
Thurs. Oct. 22nd 6pm
After you get those zombie dance moves down, dress like a zombie and do the Thriller dance with a big group on “Thrill the World” day…OR come out and just watch!


Saturday, Oct. 24th
Ventura Harbor

Nothing says Autumn like visiting a field and plucking a pumpkin right off the vine! It’s way more fun to pick from a patch especially from those who grow their own!
Popular local patches:
McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch
5156 McGrath St
Open everyday in October
Great Pacific Pumpkins
McGrath Brothers
5100 Olivas Dr
Open everyday in October

We are fortunate to have 3 wonderful Farmers Markets in Ventura. Grab some seasonal bounty and whip up a hearty meal! (Article on Ventura’s Farmers Markets coming next!)
Pacific View Mall
Main St (near Red Robin)
3 -7pm 
Ventura Community Park 901 South Kimball Road
Santa Clara Ave. and Palm St.
Can’t get to the Farmers Market?
Check out…
A & F Country Market
4550 Olivas Park Dr
It’s the big red barn storefront where Telephone Rd meets Olivas. They stock local produce daily! Super friendly service too!

Seeking collectibles and secondhand treasures? You’re in luck! We have thrift stores galore and two awesome flea markets at the Ventura Fairgrounds!
EVERY Wednesday. Come hunt for treasures, antiques and wares. Bonus: it just costs a buck!
RG Canning Flea Market is every other month (next one is THIS Sunday, Sept 27). RG Canning brings this  little gem (a smaller and intimate version of the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena. A MUST for treasure hunters.) to our seaside town on the
2nd Sunday of every month.
Sept 27
9am-2pm $5
(Early bird entry 6am-9am

Sept 27-28
Always FREE
Werewolves unite! Be sure to look up and enjoy the fullness!

Negative Low Tides
Sept 28 4:27pm
Sept 29 5:17pm
Sept 30 6:10pm

We are spoiled with the most amazing sunsets during Autumn. Best spots to watch: from the beach or The Cross at Grant Park.
Sunsets: 6:45ish (October to 6ish (November).

Artisans and crafters from all over sell their handcrafted wares at this popular annual event.
Ventura Fairgrounds
Oct 2-4
(Closes at 5pm on the 4th)
Adult $9.00
Senior 62+ $7.00
Youth 13-17 $4.00
12 & under free when accompanied by an adult
(FREE ADMISSION goes to the first 100 attendees each day. One ticket is good for all three days!)

In its 26th year, the
best of Ventura County restaurants, wineries and breweries come out for this fab event under the starry sky benefitting our historic Pier (maintenance and beautification). Music, dancing and this year adds…a tiki bar!
Pier Under the Stars
Ventura Pier
Oct 3 
$75 (get your presale tickets before it sells out!)

***Volunteers Needed***
Ventura Harbor Beach (at end of Spinnaker)
Oct 3 & 4
A wonderful day at the ocean (surfing, beach obstacle course, tandem surfing, body-boarding, kayaking, SUP and outrigger canoeing) for our Special Needs kids/adults. Give back by donating your time and put a smile on someone’s face!

The one and only iconic RHPS!
Ventura Theater
Oct 9
9pm (Burlesque) 
Midnight (RHPS)
18 & over

Three days of Scottish Heritage fun! Game competitions on the Oct 10 & 11.
Ventura Fairgrounds
Oct 9 5-10pm
Oct 10 & 11 9am-5pm

Oct 17
Gather your buddies and participate in this fun and colorful run! Sign up ASAP!

Oct 27

Fall back
Nov 1

Support our local School teams. Go to a Ventura College or a High School (Buena, St Bonaventure, Ventura) game. Wear school colors! Don’t forget to tailgate!
Put this one on the calendar:
Buena HS vs Ventura HS
at Ventura High Stadium
Nov 6 
(The whole town shows up for this cross town rival matchup!)

Our charming seaside town is blessed with mountains that meet the sea! Hit the dirt trail and take in some nature with stunning views! We have 3 popular trails that are easy to moderate.
1) Ventura Botanical Trail:
Our newest gem that is still growing! Trailhead is behind City Hall (Poli and California St.). This easy trail is switchbacks with benches, local flora and stunning views of Downtown, The Pier, The Channel Islands. A few options: A) Cross the road at the top and continue to the 91 stairs that leads to the top for the granddaddy of views. 2) Follow the road to the left to Grant Park. Take the dirt path above “The Cross” and go up! 3) Cross the road and go right to the big parking lot for a nice plateau offering a more panoramic and unobstructed view.
2) Arroyo Verde Trail:
at Arroyo Verde Park (Foothill and Day Rd) which is a system of trails upon trails in the hills surrounding the park. There are so many options! Go easy and stay on the lower trail or take the higher trails for more of a challenge. The views of the Channel Islands on a clear day are spectacular.
3) “V” Hike:
Trailhead starts at top of the hill. Take Chrisman to top and go left on Sunset until you see a clearing and water towers on the right. Park along the street. Go up! It’s private property, but they welcome considerate hikers! Pass through the locked gate and visit our “V” landmark. Continue on the dirt path straight up or to the left for the most stunning views of our hills behind and Two Trees to the South. Longer and more challenging hikes go to the Towers above on the hill to the North.
Check out our fledging suds and grapes scene! Visit their tasting rooms during harvest season:
Our breweries whip up awesome craft beer using our local seasonal ingredients!image

Ready, Set, Let’s ROAM…in the 805!