Summer Events Are Here
June is the beginning of the summer season. Ojai has a lot going on for a small Southern California town. We start off fast with two long-time events. First, on Sunday June 8 is the 28th Annual Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas. This event is one of the great things do in Ojai, and has grown over time as well. Not content to offer just wines and great food from Ojai Valley restaurants, there is a limited number of VIP tickets that grant you special wine and Belgian beer tastings along with special hors d’oeuvres. Your price of admission gets you all of this and a lake-side seat for one of the best view sheds in the valley, and the cool lake breeze is included. Besides having a lot of fun, food and wine, every ticket sold helps the Rotary Club of Ojai-West fund its many local projects. For more information go to www.ojaiwinefestival.com .
THe following week is the 68th Ojai Music Festival , one of the signature events in Ojai, running from Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June15. What was once an experience of four night-time classical music concerts only at Libbey Bowl has ballooned to four days and nights of a variety of music based opportunities from concerts to symposia to films and even a midnight cabaret and two sunrise concerts. And it’s not just in Libbey Bowl anymore, but has spread across the Ojai Valley and into local restaurants in Ojai. Music Director Jeremy Denk, returns after a five year hiatus, and he plans to take us on a march through musical history spanning 600 years. For more information go to www.ojaifestival.org .
On Wednesday, June 11, the Chamber will have its 2014 State of Education/State of the City presentation. Each year Ojai Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Hank Bangser, gives an update on the state of public school education in Ojai, and Ojai City Manager, Rob Clark, gives an update on the City of Ojai. Both men will speak initially to budget matters, and then address other ancillary issues and have a short Q/A at the end of their respective presentations. This year the event will be at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s Maravilla Vista room. Doors open at 7:00 a.m., breakfast buffet at 7:15 and Dr. Bangser will begin his presentation at 7:30 a.m. Tickets purchased before noon on Tuesday, June 10, will be $20 for Chamber members; non-member admission and tickets purchased after noon on Tuesday, June 10 are $25. Call the Chamber office for a reservation, 646-8126 or order online at www.ojaichamber.org .
June 28 is the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival in Libbey Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From speakers, to games, vendors and entertainment to bringing lavender into your life, this festival has something for everyone. It’s only one day, but this event in Ojai draws over a thousand people every year. They must be doing something right! Admission is free and there is free off-site parking with complimentary shuttle to and from the venue. For more information or to be a vendor, please click here .