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5 Ways to Celebrate Summer at Ventura Harbor Village!

Ahhh…. summer by the seashore…Refreshing, handcrafted cocktails shared with friends and family; warm sunsets overlooking the boats and the sea; colorful scoops of ice cream on a warm day; seasoned fish dishes on the waterfront; the sounds of summer on the Village promenade…Here are five ways to stretch that summer goodness just as far as you can at Ventura Harbor:

1.SOUNDS OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Every weekend through August, Ventura Harbor’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series brings you live bands playing surf-tastic summer tunes! From reggae to rock to blues, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Grab an ice cream from Coastal Cone or a fruit smoothie from Coffee Dock & Post and kick back to relax at our seaside stage! Saturdays soak up the vibes with the sounds of the steel drum from 1-4 pm.  Sunday concert from 1-4 pm feature surf, rock and reggae and are free.

2.VENTURA’S NEW (& ONLY) WATERFRONT COFFEE HOUSE, newly renovated and open for summer – COFFEE DOCK & POST at the Ventura Harbor Village features coffee drinks, fresh fruit smoothies, plus a full café menu of delicious sandwiches and salads – open daily with stunning views of the Harbor at the patio tables or indoors.  Complimentary Wi-Fi and coastal gifts make this new coffee house and café a must visit this summer. Fall in love with Ventura’s newest coffee house!

3.  SUMMER FASHION & COASTAL ART MUST-HAVES! Barefoot Boutique and its new sister store, BlueWater Boutique, offer fresh new summer finds every week along with a large selection of coastal accessories and California wear. Beach Break Surf Shop and Casa de Regalos have summer and surf T’s, flip flops, and Ventura wear for the whole family. Need a swimsuit? Head to Ventura Swimwear, Ventura’s most popular swimsuit store, with loads of the summer’s hottest styles and sizes for the entire family!  Hats Unlimited has you covered from the sun rays in fashion with amazing selection of hats, lids and sunglasses.  Coastal finds continue at Harbor Village art galleries and artisan studios – Come see fine art photographer and digital artist, Bruce David McFarland’s featured show at Harbor Village Gallery in August entitled, “East Coast West Coast,” with images from California, New York, and Massachusetts. His stunning artwork includes traditional and altered photography; digital paintings and digital watercolors, as well as unique and intriguing multiple exposure compositions.

4.GET ON & IN THE WATER THIS SUMMER! Relax and get on the water this summer with your choice of water time activities from sport fishing to kayak rentals, to whale watching in the channel, to harbor wine and beer tasting cruises, Ventura Harbor offers a plethora of choices to spend time catching some rays.  World-class diving at the Channel Islands or pick up dive gear at Ventura Dive & Sport, hike and explore the magnificent Channel Islands National Park with excursions out of Ventura Harbor. Plus, visit Ventura’s Harbor Cove Beach for fun in the sun offering free parking. Rent peddle boats with the kids or jump on a paddle board or stand up kayak to explore the harbor and see the seals. NEW jet ski rentals at Ventura Boat Rentals this summer.

5. DINE & SIP WATERFRONT! Delight in the summer bliss of sipping refreshing cocktails seaside, savoring seafood dishes, and discovering your new favorite waterfront cuisine in Ventura Harbor.  From Happy Hours to live entertainment, from breakfast to start the summer day and to outdoor patio sunset dining for dinner,  Ventura Harbor offers fifteen harbor restaurants to tantalize your culinary needs.  Come check out new menus, new restaurants & new cocktails this summer seaside at Ventura Harbor.  

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