Celebrating 60 Years!
A tribute to our valley’s western roots and community spirit, the 60th Annual Conejo Valley Days takes center stage May 11-15 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks.
The five-day event features entertainment for all ages. This year will again showcase top-rated RCS carnival rides, midway games and world-class headliners performing live music. Also scheduled are motocross freestyle exhibitions, free arts and crafts, the Fourth Annual Outhouse Races, a Home Décor and Gardening Show and dozens of craft vendors and displays by the Chumash Indian Museum and other historical venues.
On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, emerging young musicians will show off their talent. Friday night is western music night (complete with line-dancing lessons). Chevy Metal returns on Saturday (with Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins and friends). The Oaks Mile-5K Run will be held Saturday morning. Sunday will feature Latin dance music all day.
Coming back after a hiatus is the CVD Children’s Parade on Saturday, May 7 (Conejo Creek Park North) for kids in pre-K through third grade. This event, sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club, also features bounce house fun and entertainment. All who attend get $1 off CVD admission. Parade entry forms are on the CVD website.
Another highlight for the 60th anniversary is the first CVD Instahunt, open to all residents. Participants search for selected points of interest around the Conejo Valley that reflect the valley’s heritage and history. Top winners receive a free one-day CVD entry and an unlimited carnival ride wristband.
Pet Central Education & Welfare Foundation is CVD’s major sponsor. It will again host pet adoptions with Shelter Hope Pet Shop Saturday and Sunday.
Also on Saturday and Sunday will be a STEM Science Pavilion featuring student projects and interactive projects designed to educate and entertain.
“While great carnival rides, live entertainment and plenty of fun things to do are what attract thousands to CVD each year, just as importantly, CVD is a major fundraiser for more than 25 local nonprofits,” says Mary-Catherine McBride, CVD executive director. “Some groups help collect tickets, keep CVD clean, serve food and help in a host of other vital ways while earning money to help their group.”
Nonprofits that have participated at CVD throughout the years include Rotary Club of Newbury Park, Soroptimists, Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge, Ventura County Firefighters Foundation and Zonta Club. New this year is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, offering a VIP Wine Tasting Garden fundraiser.
“It’s these kinds of relationships that make CVD so special,” says McBride. “While the community has grown since CVD first began 60 years ago, the connection between the festival and area nonprofits still gives the event that small-town feel.”
Live entertainment, carnival rides and free hands-on activities are included with general admission. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Special discounts and packages are also available. Carnival rides are extra. For more information, tickets, forms and nonprofit fundraising opportunities, go to ConejoValleyDays.us