Posted: Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2022

By Visit Ventura

What Events are Coming to Ventura in 2022?

What events are coming to Ventura in 2022? Here you go. Because while it’s important to live in the moment, it’s also good fun to look ahead too. As many a wise sage — and a ketchup ad — has pointed out, anticipation is half the fun.

And the upcoming months in Ventura offer honeymoon anticipation.

This, of course, isn’t everything. Please check our Visit Ventura Events Page for upcoming events. And if you are putting on a Ventura event, please feel free to post your event on our Events page. Our website Events page reaches thousands of followers every month. And it’s so easy to post your event, your five-year-old could do it. Hmmm. Maybe that’s a bad example.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Photo by Claudia M Eastman

Saturday, March 12th

Ventura celebrates Irish in style, with big time, small-town flair. High school bands, hometown floats, local Irish dancers from the nationally acclaimed Claddagh Dance Company, and a local personage/Grand Marshall waving and overseeing it all. The Ventura Saint Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 10 am. Still running along Main Street, the 2022 parade will begin at Lincoln Drive and run west to Fir Street, ending around noon. Pubs downtown will celebrate too. 

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival 

Sunday, March 27th

Unlimited craft beer tastings, food vendors and trucks, and live music from the likes of NOFX, Pennywise, Face to Face, Lagwagon, and Ill Repute. Event questions? Find your answers here.

Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair

Saturday, April 9th

Ventura’s annual Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair is a pretty straightforward — and hugely popular — affair. First, the free Street Fair (starting at 11am) on Main Street, with vendors and live entertainment. Then (3pm to 6pm) wine and craft beer tasting: champagne, wine, and craft beer samplings at over fifty tasting locations in downtown Ventura, all within easy walking distance of each other. Buy your tasting ticket, receive a Wine Walk wristband, a tasting cup, and a map of the participating tasting sites throughout downtown Ventura — and head off for a memorable afternoon of palate-pleasing fun. 

Surfboard Swap & Raffle
Saturday, April 23rd

Buy, sell or trade pretty much any kind of wave riding craft at Traveler Surf Club & Coastal Outpost’s aptly named “Surfboard Swap & Raffle” (raffle prizes include a one-month membership to Traveler Surf Club, and a $150 gift card to Mint Ding Repair). Talk story and design with other wave riding aficionados and oogle vintage boards from Longboard Collectors Club and boards from local shapers Wardo Surfboards and Jive Surf. From 8 am to 1 pm at 228 East Thompson Boulevard. Surfers Point Cafe will be whipping up some specialty items on their menu for the event.

Ventura Land Trust Gear Garage Sale

Saturday, April 30th

A kind, cool, and very Ventura event. Two community players – the Ventura Land Trust and Topa Topa Brewing Company, team up for the first-ever Gear Garage Sale, a second-hand outdoor gear sale to benefit VLT. The sale begins at noon at Topa Topa’s Colt Street establishment. Ventura being Ventura, there’s going to be some great gear. And you’re supporting a great cause.

Bike MS

Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th

Ventura is always proud to welcome Bike MS. This year’s two-day ride will start in Santa Monica and ride up the coast, overnighting in Ventura before cyclists mount up to pedal through the lovely Ventura County seaside or countryside on rides of either 30 or 50 miles. More beauty – the largest fundraising cycling series in the world, each year Bike MS sees nearly 75,000 cyclists around the country ride to raise money to combat multiple sclerosis. 

2022 Cal Tri Ventura

Sunday, May 15th

All kinds of endurance fun. Take a deep breath – there are seven Olympic distance events (Triathlon, Triathlon Relay, RunBikeRun, SwimBike, SwimRun, 1640 Yard Swim & 10K Run) and seven Sprint distance events (Triathlon, Triathlon Relay, RunBikeRun, SwimBike, SwimRun, 400 yard Swim & 5K Run). Just as good, Cal Tri Ventura is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Events begin at Harbor Cove Beach. 

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday, June 5th

The Mountains 2 Beach Marathon and Half Marathon has been a Ventura community fixture since 2011. It’s also become something of a local hero, raising thousands for local schools, hospitals and land trusts. What can you do? Sign up for the marathon, the half marathon, or the 5K. The marathon starts in Ojai and heads on a slight downhill to finish near the Ventura Pier. Making it fast. And yep, it’s a Boston Marathon qualifier.  

Ventura County BBQ Fest

Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th

Surfer’s Point Live hosts another fun one at the Ventura County Fairgrounds beside the sea – and right on time for Father’s Day. The Ventura County BBQ Fest features a handpicked roster of barbecued meat masters and chefs serving up mouthwatering BBQ, specially paired with craft beer. Also whiskey tastings, live music, and a Classic Car Show. Sounds like all the food groups are covered. 

Tequila & Taco Music Festival

Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th

California’s largest traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds courtesy of Surfer’s Point LIVE. Top shelf tequila sampling, gourmet street tacos, craft beer, award-winning margaritas, arts & crafts vendors, and live music all day (headliners will be announced in May). Pretty hard to think of anything more summertime happy. 

Surf Rodeo

Friday, July 15th, Saturday, July 16th, and Sunday, July 17th

Surfers competing in vests and cowboy hats (and you never know who they’ll be; 11-time world champ Kelly Slater has shown up – just because the Surf Rodeo has an underground rep for plain fun), a huge cornhole tournament, the world’s biggest beach bar on the sand, mechanical bulls, and musical stages scattered across the beach beside the Ventura Pier (over 40 bands this time around). Trust us, there’s nothing like the Surf Rodeo festival. Started by Ventura local John Drury (thank you, JD) as an antidote to all things serious. Perfect.

Shoreline Marathon

Sunday, July 17th

The Shoreline Marathon also offers a half marathon, a 10K, and a 5K; in short, a run for everyone. The marathon and half marathon course start at Emma Wood State Beach Group Campground and head north onto the bike path until the bike path merges with the Highway 1 bike path that runs right along the beach. Runners stay on the ocean side the entire race so the race promises to be cool and fast. Both the half marathon and the marathon turn around at 6.5 miles. Marathoners, you’ll do the loop twice. Yes, it’s a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

Ventura County Fair

Family fun at the ventura fair

Wednesday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 14th 

Carousel kisses, exhibits (art to agriculture), outdoor concerts, professional rodeo, 4-H livestock, rainbow fireworks, the smells of fried dough and cinnamon, hand-holding under the stars, happy shrieks and memories made on the sea breeze. Yep. The Ventura County Fair is back.

Cool Breeze Century Ride

Saturday, August 20th

The aptly named Cool Breeze Century ride is actually five rides, giving everyone an option. There’s the Classic Century (100 miles, with just the right amount of hills, and a whole lot of cool ocean), the Hilly Century (yep, more hills), the Double Century (yes, there are hills and twice the distance, but still cool and reasonable), the Metric Century (fairly flat and a bit short of 100 miles) and the Mini (just a fun 30 mile jaunt, mostly beside the ocean). A delicious Peirano’s after–ride buffet is included in the entry fee.

Spencer Makenzies Throw Down

Friday, August 26th, Saturday, August 27th, and Sunday, August 28th

The Throw Down is the largest cash cornhole tournament in the world, hundreds of teams – and many of the world’s best cornhole players – vying for prestige and a whole lot of cash prizes. Spectators don’t lose out either; food, drink and, yep, great live music. Always a chance of a surprise performer too. Surf guitar legend Dick Dale has played, and Chuck D. of Public Enemy fame dropped by a couple of years back for an impromptu jam of “Bring the Noise.” Held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aloha Beach Festival

Saturday, September 3rd, and Sunday, September 4th

Aloha returns to Ventura. To be precise, the 14th Aloha Beach Festival will spread its booths, music, and good vibes along the promenade at Surfer’s Point and Promenade Park. The Festival will host a fun aloha-style surfing event, a paddle-board race, outrigger canoes, local Hawaiian dancers, local surf reggae, and, just plain and lovely, really cool vibes. The Festival is one of the last free festivals in Southern California. Additional cool, this year’s festival will directly benefit the MERITO Foundation.

The Taste of Local Festival

Sunday, September 11th

One of Ventura’s favorite – and tastiest and kindest (always raising money for good causes) – community events returns. The Taste of Local Festival will bring together over 50 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries, and distilleries – and you win. So does the Ventura community. Proceeds from the Taste of Local Festival will benefit the Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation. This year, Taste of Local is being held at the lawn area of Ventura County Credit Union’s corporate office in Ventura. All food and samples are included in the admission price.

Pier Under the Stars

Saturday, October 1st

The Ventura Pier is, in many ways, Ventura’s centerpiece; living history, front and center. And it is a fine thing to know where we came from. Pier into the Future helps preserve the Ventura Pier, and this annual fundraiser is a great way to contribute to the cause. Your ticket(s) help support pier preservation – and they buy you a lovely evening of food, drink and dancing beside the Ventura Pier. Yes, under the stars (5 pm to 8 pm).

Surf n’ Suds Beer Festival

Saturday, October 8th

Surf ‘N Suds, rated one of the country’s best beer festivals, returns to Ventura’s San Buenaventura State Beach. Live music, food trucks and over 60 craft breweries, ciders, seltzers, kombucha, and wineries on site. Decreed Plato; “He was a wise man who invented beer.” Nice touch, the Festival benefits The Young and Brave Foundation! 

World Waveski Surfing Titles 2022

Monday, November 7th through Sunday, November 13th

Event organizers expect at least 100 competitors from all over the United States, as well as from the waveski hotbeds of Australia, South Africa, France, Spain, Portugal and Peru to descend on Ventura Point. Never seen a world class waveskier work their wave riding magic? Prepare to have your mind blown. The last time the event was held in the U.S. was in 1986 in Hawaii.  

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