North of Los Angeles is the vibrant Ventura Harbor Village boasting 35 shops, galleries, restaurants and waterfront activities. Take a ride on a boat for a harbor tour. There are also boat, kayak and peddle boat rentals. Boat excursions take travelers to the five Channel Islands right off the Ventura coast to snorkel, hike, kayak or go sea cave exploring. Pacific Gray Whale watching trips sail until mid April.
Ventura Harbor Village Infuses sunshine, family fun, music and entertainment starting in April through the summer. Take a free riding by jumping aboard the new Ventura Downtown-Harbor Trolley that runs every Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Ask for the “Summer Waterfront Escape” rates at the Four Points by Sheraton Resort right on the Ventura Harbor. Midweek rates from Sunday-Thursday, starting June 1 through August 28 are priced at $119 per night. Call (805) 658-1212 x1290. Be sure to mention (Package Code 4239) www.fourpoints.com/ventura.
The Ventura Harbor Comedy Club now has a Sunday Jazz Brunch. It starts at noon and is $35 per person. Listen to Grammy Winner Tom Scott play the saxophone, pianist virtuoso Roger Kellaway, with Clayton Cameron.
For Bluegrass music fans, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening on the patio of the Comedy Club is Bluegrass Jams from 6 to 10 p.m. www.venturaharborcomedyclub.com.
Fly a Kite along the Ventura Harbor beaches and Surfer’s Knoll Beach. April is National Kite Month. Purchase a colorful kite from Ventura’s Harbor Wind and Kite. During April, purchases over $20.00 will receive a 10% discount. www.HarborWindKite.com.
Music During the Day – Every weekend in April the Ventura Harbor Village’s Carousel Stage offers a celebration of spring (Bluegrass/Jazz/Beach Tunes/Reggae) from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and parking complimentary.
Cottontail Day Festival is on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting at the Ventura Harbor Village with $2 Easter egg hunts (ages 1-7), followed by visits with the Cottontail Bunny. Families will enjoy crafts with local artists, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, and kid vendors. Admission is free and parking is complimentary at Ventura Harbor Village.
On April 20 from Noon to 3 p.m. Ventura Harbor Village kicks off live jazz entertainment and a meet and greet with the Cottontail Bunny at Ventura Harbor Village Stage. Local restaurants will host holiday lunch and brunch options.
Milano’s Italian Restaurant attracts bluegrass musicians from Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara along with Milano’s new Sun Deck Happy Hour (daily 3- 7 p.m.) http://www. MilanosItalianRestaurant.com.
In the mood for Mediterranean food? The Greek at The Harbor features live Greek and belly dancing on weekends www.GreekattheHarbor.com
Coffee Dock and Post unveils a new Café-style lunch menu featuring sandwiches and salads prepared with California grown products. Handcrafted chicken salad sandwich, turkey cranberry or turkey bacon pesto are served on freshly baked 6” inch ciabatta rolls from the a Bay Area bakery (olive rolls option) On the menu are fun themed salads, such as Captain Salads (turkey and cranberry, mushrooms, tomatoes), First Mate Salad with a scoop of handcrafted chicken salad and veggie Crew Salads with tomato, onions, mushrooms and sprouts. Kid friendly drinks include flavored shaved ice and smoothies. www.coffeedockpost.com.
or visitor information, contact the Ventura Harbor Village at 805-477-0470, online atwww.VenturaHarborVillage.com, via fax at 805-644-1684, or stop by the Ventura Harbor Village office at 1583 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura.