When someone mentions the town of Ventura, island views, surfing beaches, and independent retailers probably come to mind. And rightly so. Yet this laid-back beach town is also home to a dynamic arts community which hosts a plethora of cultural events throughout the year.

Hundreds of artists make their home in Ventura. From painters and sculptors to dancers and musicians, it’s hard to go anywhere in town without finding either an artist at work or a display of creative efforts. Ventura's rich and diverse cultural scene includes a busy arts calendar filled with music, theatre, dance, art exhibits, festivals, and crafts shows every month of the year. After dark, visitors can choose from nightclubs, bookstores and coffee houses with live entertainment, dancing, and much more.

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