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Ventura and the Ventura Harbor Village

Ventura and the Ventura Harbor Village is a beautiful community that is a wonderful seaside destination to visit. Through the month of September they are putting on some date-night and family-friendly events that are the perfect backdrop to the waves.

World renowned chalk artists will create sidewalk masterpieces at the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival. The first Ventura art festival featuring chalk murals took place in 2010, with approximately 12 chalk artists. This year, there will be more than 40 talented chalk artists that will transform Ventura Harbor Village sidewalks into spectacular chalk pastel murals. Come enjoy this fun-filled event where you can watch as artists create. Two world-renowned chalk artists will be participating. Ventura resident Tracy Lee Stum, an internationally recognized American street painter and author of “The Art of Chalk”, and Rod Tryon, a Santa Barbara resident who has been street painting for 30 years and has been featured in numerous events in the U.S. and abroad.

The murals will include everything from seaside imagery, 3D art, animals and mermaids to tributes to people and replicas of famous art. Ventura Harbor Village leaves up the chalk art as long as it will stay and they encourage people to come and enjoy the view.

There will be plenty of art for sale, including paintings, sculptures, woodwork and wearable items. Children at the festival can get in on the action in the Children’s Chalk Area. For $10, kids get a box of chalk and their own sidewalk square to create their own personal masterpieces. As well, many of the galleries and stores in the Village will be offering artistic specials during the festival.

The FREE Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival takes place Sept. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura. For more information, check out www.venturaartfestival.com.

Listen to music while enjoying the ocean at Rock on the Dock! Every Saturday this September from 3 - 6 p.m. an electrifying line-up of musicians will perform free on a floating stage in the Ventura Harbor. You can catch the show from the water by renting a kayak, SUP, or electric and paddle boats with Ventura Boat Rentals. Float and relax as the music plays on.

“Rock on the Dock is unique, just being out there on the water with a 360 degree view if you choose of the bands, and then following you can eat at our seaside restaurants,” says Jennifer Talt-Lundin, Marketing Manager at Ventura Harbor. “The bands keep the energy going and the variety of cuisine just steps from the water makes it very different from your regular concert. The bands are literally floating on the stage.”

There are a wide variety of Harbor Village restaurants with menus including Classic Californian, Cuban, of course wonderful, fresh seafood options, Greek, Italian, Mexican, French, gourmet grilled cheese and more! The entertainment makes for a great afternoon and evening out!

Ventura Harbor Village creates a stunning backdrop with its beautiful artwork of the Channel Islands, all new plantings, and a fire pit on the Promenade where you can sit and relax with coffee. There is also a stage area for music that overlooks the Promenade and the waterfront.

The band lineup for Rock on the Dock is: September 2 - Carmen and the Renegades (Country Rock), September 9 - Black Canyon Band (Rock ‘n Roll), September 16 - Freedom of Expression (Reggae), September 23 - Live Wire (Rock Party Favorites), September 30 - Frank Barajas and the Corsican Brothers (old school Rock ‘n Roll!).

And there’s no need for the entertainment to stop after the concert because you can head over to the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, an intimate harbor side venue, for comedy shows by top comics and fresh, up-and-coming talent. www.VenturaHarborComedyClub.com

Finally, remember, that our local beaches need some love too. Bring friends and family to be a part annual California Coastal Cleanup Day! The California Coastal Clean Up is Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pick up junk at Surfer's Knoll Beach and Harbor Cove Beach to help protect the environment. This event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket), so please bring buckets to collect the trash in and gloves too. (Garden gloves work great!) “Ventura Harbor embodies the California lifestyle – it's authentic, laidback and relaxing,” says Jennifer. “To be by the ocean with your family will create memories that will last for years to come.”

For event details and updates visit VenturaHarbor.com or VenturaHarborVillage.com

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