Be a Music Week Venue

Ventura Music Week is not until June 6-15 this year, but the steering committee would like to get you registered now as an official Music Week destination. The cost to register is $100. These funds pay for permit fees, advertising and promotions, printing, website, etc. The steering committee is made up entirely of volunteers. Click here to register online. Credit … Continued

6,000 BMX Lovers Coming to Ventura

Ventura BMX at Kimball Park will be hosing the USA-BMX Seaside Nationals from Friday May 2- Sunday, May 4. This world class racing event will attract over 6,000 attendees most from outside Ventura County. For many this will be their first time in Ventura and they will be searching for activities during their stay. Lots of … Continued

ArtWalk Ventura 2014

Artwalk Ventura is a free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios and pop-up venues in Ventura’s Westside Cultural District and Downtown. A signature event for Ventura for many years which brought in cultural tourists from all over, it is now being run by an all-volunteer group (including DVP) which has added new life to … Continued

Craftcation is coming to town April 3-6

Craftcation is a conference for DIY and creative makers hosted in Downtown at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All Downtown business owners and employees can get a 15% off discount for Craftcation registration. When you register, use promotion code venbiz2014. The conference will be April 3-6 and will bring hundreds of people to our Downtown. … Continued

Downtown Discounts for visiting groups

Ventura is quickly becoming a hub for groups and conferences, and you all have been incredibly gracious in your discount offerings. We are hoping to streamline this process to make it more efficient. We’d like to create a one-sheet with a set discount for groups that we can print out and give to attendees. What … Continued

Paint Ventura – April 5

Paint Ventura is Downtown’s annual art festival put on by Red Brick Gallery. The festival will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 5 on Main Street between Oak and Palm streets, and in the Main Street Mini Park. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Oak and Palm from from 7am-7pm. All cars … Continued

Events to put on the calendar:

Earth Day Eco Fest April 26th, 10am-5pm at Promenade Park. Ventura Music Festival May 2-10, Various locations. NAMI Walk May 3, Promenade and Downtown. Ventura Music Week June 6-15, Various locations. Roadshow Revival June 14, Ventura Fairgrounds. July 4th Street Fair and Parade July 4, Downtown. ArtWalk July 19-20, various locations Downtown and West Side.

Google 360 Photo Tour offer for interested store owners

Downtown business owners have an opportunity to showcase the inside of their establishments on Google with Google Business View. From March 10-14, a Google photographer who works with the Google Maps Team will be in town to shoot virtual tours of businesses. These tours appear on Google Searches, Google Maps and on Google + Local … Continued

St. Patrick’s Weekend in Downtown – March 15-16

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Saturday, March 15th. The parade starts at 10am in front of the Mission and flows down Main Street, ending at Ann Street. Parade entries will begin to assemble at 8am by the Museum on Main Street and on Santa Clara Street near the Clocktower Inn. The side streets … Continued

Vote for the Downtown Juni Awards

The DVO is proud to introduce the 2nd annual “Junipero Serra Awards,” soon to be known and beloved as the “Juni’s.” The purpose of these awards is to honor and celebrate our diverse and passionate Downtown merchants and businesses, with the awards voted on and chosen by you, the Downtown community. Click here to begin … Continued

Thank you Merchants! All Hands Meeting on 2/18

Downtown had a wonderful 2013 and it’s directly tied to the amazing outreach and care all of you have for your businesses. We are proud to work for and represent all of you! Our first quarter All Hands Merchant Meeting will be Tues., Feb. 8. We look forward to sharing all of the great updates, … Continued

Team VFD needs you!

Team VFD is a group of Ventura firefighters who are fundraising for a local Anacapa student, Emma Bowles, who has leukemia. They have a few fundraisers planned in Downtown and in addition would like to sell shirts, cards and wristbands. Click here to see their site, and click here to meet Emma. Please let Meredith … Continued

Children’s Celebration of the Arts looking for food donations

Children’s Celebration of the Arts (CCA), is hosting their celebration party for around 400 people on June 5th in Downtown. They would like to showcase the family friendly restaurants in Downtown by having an array on tasting stations for the guests. In return, your contribution will be noticed on mailers that go to thousands of Ventura families. … Continued

What are you doing New Years Eve?

Please let Meredith know if you are planning something special for New Years Eve or New Years Day. We will send an e-blast specifically for New Years next week. Please submit all events or promotions no later than Friday, December 27 at 10am.

Holiday Window Decoration Winners!

Downtown showed its holiday cheer with incredibly creative windows displays. We’ve heard from many patrons how they feel Downtown has really added to their holiday spirit. Great going! With over 40 businesses decorated, it was really hard to choose the winners. We have a 1st, 2nd, and two tied for 3rd place. 3rd Place: The … Continued

Juni Awards Voting now OPEN!

The DVO is proud to introduce the 2nd annual “Junipero Serra Awards,” soon to be known and beloved as the “Juni’s.” The purpose of these awards is to honor and celebrate our diverse and passionate Downtown merchants and businesses, with the awards voted on and chosen by you, the Downtown community. Click here to begin … Continued

Winter Wine Walk Meeting October 16

If you would like to be a Wine Walk stop we encourage you to attend the Wine Walk meeting on Wednesday, October 16 at 9am at the Community Meeting room in City Hall. Kevin will go over all pertinent information including how to fill out the TFF health permit application, ABC permit, and more! Please … Continued

Holiday Window Decorating

  Decorate your windows  for the chance to win bragging rights and the $250 Holiday Window Grand Prize! Second place is $100 and Third is $50. All windows need to be decorated no later than Nov. 30th to be considered. Winners will be chosen by Dec. 20. Furthermore, if you want more than decoration, you … Continued

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown locations needed!

  Trick-or-Treating in Downtown businesses will be Saturday October 26 from 4-7pm. If you would like to be a location: •Tell Meredith if you would like to be a Spooky Stop and hand out candy to Trick-or-Treaters. •You must stay open until 7pm and have plenty of candy. •We recommend having more than 1,000 pieces … Continued

Something Spooktacular Scarecrow Project

We have 15 scarecrows created by local elementary schools that need Downtown business homes! Families are encouraged to check out their scarecrows and vote for their favorites. It’s a great way to involve your customers as well. Scarecrows are delivered on October 18th and will be picked up November 3rd. Please let Meredith know if … Continued

VFD Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts

Let Meredith know as soon as possible if you would like to join the Ventura Fire Department and their efforts to support Breast Cancer Awareness month by selling special VFD t-shirts. meredith@downtownventura.org