California Strawberry Festival, May 18+19 in Oxnard
Oxnard, California is about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and is a leading producer of strawberries. It is Ventura County’s largest crop, generating over $654 million in 2016. The annual California Strawberry Festival, held in Oxnard, pays tribute to California’s billion dollar strawberry industry. This two-day celebration attracts almost 60,000 visitors of all ages. Here are some things to look forward to:
How many different variations of food can you create with strawberries? Ever thought about strawberry nachos? Strawberry pizza? You can try these and some classic favorites (strawberry margaritas, strawberry smoothies, strawberry shortcake) and more from over 50 vendors at the California Strawberry Festival. What’s better than strawberry-everything? Knowing that the proceeds from non-profit food booths benefit southland charities.
Live Music + Entertainment
What’s a festival without music? Full lineup of bands and stage entertainment can be found on their website at: https://castrawberryfestival.org/events-attractions/musical-entertainment/
From rock ‘n roll, to Latin, to tribute bands, there are three stage options to suit your musical tastes.
Arts & Crafts Showcase
Want something to show off your love of strawberries? Check out the Arts & Crafts showcase where over 200 artists will have creations available for purchase. Many have strawberry themes! The showcase includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, children’s toys, accessories, photography, textiles, outdoor furniture, jewelry, specialty foods, and more.
Strawberryland for Kids
This area for kids includes rides and attractions to face painting, special appearances, convenient baby assistance services, and more.
Maybe you should bring a change of clothes because it can get a little messy, but mess is part of the fun! Festivalgoers can sign up for the Strawberry Pie Eating Contest, gooey Tart Toss and the timed Strawberry Relay Race (teams attempt to go through a series of obstacles to assemble and eat a strawberry creation in the fastest time). Always festival favorites are: the Berry Best Hat Contest and Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest. Winners all receive prizes.
The California Strawberry Festival
Dates: May 18th, May 19th
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard
Directions: Flanked by Rose Avenue, PCH and Channel Islands Blvd., the site is adjacent to Oxnard College. Oxnard is located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Signs mark the correct exits off the 101 Freeway and PCH. Limited onsite parking is $10.
Free Shuttle: Shuttles have direct access to get you to the Festival fast and save you $10 on parking. Pick up and drop offs run approximately every 15-20 minutes. Handicapped accessible shuttles available. Check out the link for information on the FREE shuttle service https://castrawberryfestival.org/getting-here/free-shuttle-service/
- Adults: $12
- seniors 62+, active military and dependents with ID card: $8
- Youths (5-12): $5
- Free for kids 4 and under
Websites and Social Links
Info line: 888-288-9242
Handle & Hashtag: @castrawfestival #CAStrawberryFestival
Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. WestsideMommy.com is collaborating with the California Strawberry Festival to promote the event and will receive media passes to attend.