Ventura County hosting free summer concerts – VC Star

Join the party seaside or in a park as the summer outdoor concert season brings live performances to Ventura County. Here’s where you can grab a blanket and listen for free:
Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District and the city of Camarillo offer free outdoor concerts in Constitution Park, 601 Carmen Drive. The Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. 
What to know: Low-folding chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner are welcome. Seating is on the lawn on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents are allowed to save their spot in advance by placing their chairs on the grass no earlier than 5 p.m. Friday.
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A series of summer concerts are held at 5 p.m. at Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road. 
What to know: Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the grass. Gates open an hour before the show. 
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The Ojai Band puts on free concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 3 at the Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St.
What to know: Bring a blanket, lawn chairs or a picnic. 
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“Concerts by the Sea” will have live music from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Harbor View Park, off Harbor Boulevard just south of the Marine Emporium Landing. 
What to know: Bring picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs.
The Summer Concert Season in downtown Oxnard will feature live performances at 6 p.m. Friday nights at Heritage Square, 715 S. A St.
What to know: Bring a blanket or (low back) lawn chair starting at 4 p.m. Fridays. For individual seats, tickets cost $10 each and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 p.m. 
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The Collection at Riverpark will have live music at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 2751 Park View Court.
What to know: Bring picnic chairs and blankets to listen to the tribute bands.
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Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District’s Music in the Park is held on the third Saturday in August. The free concert start at 6:30 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave.
What to know: Bring a blanket or chairs. Parking is free on site and overflow parking is available on the softball fields. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the perimeters but not in the main event area. 
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Conejo Recreation and Park District’s summer concerts run from 5 to 7 p.m. in Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave.
What to know: Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics but arrive early to find lawn seating. On-site parking is limited and reserved for cars displaying disabled placards until the lot is full. 
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A steel drummer will perform at Ventura Harbor Village from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 4. The drummer will be at the outdoor seaside promenade stage near the Sugar Lab Bake Shop.
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Cheri Carlson covers the environment for the Ventura County Star. Reach her at or 805-437-0260.


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