During the first few weeks of May, the four regions of California’s Central Coast offer so many wonderful events to enjoy. Here are just a few:
The Steinbeck Festival in Salinaslooks at the life of the native-son novelist with tours of sites that played parts in his works and literary lectures (5/3 – 5/6). Ventura Music Festival features national and international performers in concert at historic and architecturally significant venues (5/3 – 5/12). Marina hosts the annual Festival of the Winds—the one time each year when hang gliders and giant kites might just outnumber raptors and songbirds along the coast (5/12). Carnival rides, two concert stages, a beer garden, music, activities and a celebration of small-town life are among the highlights of the Fillmore May Festival (5/17 – 5/20). The 30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival celebrates the finest in food and wine, embracing all that defines Paso Robles Wine Country (5/18 – 5/20). Renowned as “California’s Strawberry Coast,” Oxnard’s nationally recognized California Strawberry Festival draws 60,000 visitors, who come to sample strawberry foods and browse for fine arts and crafts (5/19 – 5/20).
Right now is a great time to get outside, get in shape, and have some fun.
Bicycle enthusiasts in Ventura will enjoy the 12-mile-long Omer Rains Trail, a coastal biking and walking route where you can exercise while enjoying breathtaking views. The trail connects to the Ventura River Bike Trail, which climbs gently inland for six miles to Foster Park. From there, you can bicycle nearly 10 miles to Ojai via the Ojai Valley Trail. Both of these trails follow the route of a converted railroad line.
For more information and to see a list of things to do outdoors in Ventura click here.
Did you know the number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species? This fascinating fact and more information about orchids can be found here. But if you want to lay your eyes on the true beauty and unique characteristics of orchids rather than read about them, you’ll definitely want to check out the 17th Annual Central Coast Orchid Show & Sale in Arroyo Grande between March 31 and April 1.
Enjoy the numerous variations of orchids through demonstrations and plant tours then grab a bite to eat and sign up for door prizes and raffles. You can even purchase your favorite blooms and share their splendor with friends. For more event information click here.
There’s a moment at the start of “the original road trip” along the Central Coast when you leave Los Angeles behind and arrive at a separate place. U.S. Highway 101 twists down the Conejo Grade to the farms on the valley floor. The view opens to inland mountains while the Channel Islands appear to float in the offshore mists. Continue reading →
Check out the new Great White Shark now on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
“The young shark, a four-foot, seven-inch male weighing 43 pounds, was collected by their husbandry staff on August 18 near Marina del Rey, California. Since then, the shark has been in an ocean holding pen while they confirmed that he was feeding consistently and swimming comfortably in the enclosure. On August 31 they brought him to the Aquarium and placed him in the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit. They hope he’ll remain on exhibit for several months helping to change public attitudes and promote protection for this magnificent and much-maligned ocean predator.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is in their 10th season of white shark field research and are learning things that will help protect these remarkable animals for future generations.”
While most of the country gears up for chilly weather in the fall, Californians can enjoy the outdoors for months after Labor Day. From beachside festivals to wine galas under the stars, Ventura coaxes visitors and residents into taking an extended summer vacation. Here are some fantastic upcoming events to enjoy the Central Coast of California:
Paint Ventura invites people of all artistic abilities to tap into their creativity and support the arts. Highlights include exhibits by local artists and workshops focusing on a variety of media, open to adults and youth for free or for a small fee. The event itself is free and takes place on September 9-11; times and venues vary daily. More information is available at http://www.paintventura.com.