Events & Attractions


Events and Attractions

Fielding the best in entertainment and hand’s-on fun for you, there’s something everyone can enjoy at our celebration.

Contest Area

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Presented by Coca-Cola

Strawberry Tart Toss

11:00am and 2:30pm daily Ready set goooooooo!!! In your face fun at the Contest Area. Sign up 30 minutes prior to each event, entry fee $1.


Strawberry Pie Eating

1:00pm and 4:00pm daily
A timed challenge you can really sink your teeth into. Contestants are challenged to devour every last bite of a yummy strawberry pie — no fork or spoon allowed.


Strawberry Relay Race

5:00pm daily
A team timed challenge where participants go through a set of obstacles to gather fixings for a strawberry dish the teammate must devour in record time.


Berry Best Hat Contest,

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Getaway vacation for two courtesy of Welk Resorts. A three-day, two night stay at a beautiful Welk Resorts villa in San Diego or Palm Springs. Trip recipients are not responsible for any fees or taxes and are not required to attend any sponsor or sales presentation.


Put the Kentucky Derby to shame with your own berry-creation bonnet. Attend the Festival with sensational strawberry “bling” on your crown, and you could win. The contest gets underway at 3:00pm with a stunning parade on the Festival Stage with the crowd cheering you on. Must be 18 or older and check in by 2:00pm at the Community Connections booth — limited to the first 50 sign ups.  Click here for official rules.

Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest


Kids Win (TBD) Parents win: Courtesy of VenturaCountyWest, an overnight stay at the luxurious Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, Oxnard’s only oceanfront resort. Two-room suite features complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails. Additionally, from Herzog Wine Cellars, a $100 gift certificate to dine at their award-winning Tierra Sur restaurant.


For kids up to 4 years of age. Attend dressed in your most fetching berry attire. The contest parade gets underway at 3:30pm at the “Jest In Time Family Fun Stage.” Must check in by 2:30pm at the Community Connections booth — limited to the first 50 sign ups.  Click here for official rules.

Strawberry Shortcake Build Off Contest


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Now there’s a contest where contestants who build the tallest strawberry shortcake are rewarded for their mastery. The contest is open to patrons 15 years or older. Four contestants will be given three minutes to assemble the tallest shortcake creation that must remain standing. Contest times are 12:45pm, 2:45pm and 4:45pm. The crowd determines the winner. Prizes include a coupon for a free strawberry shortcake. Yum!

 Keep an eye out for our super contests via  and you could be a winner!

Musical Entertainment

Serving up a medley of tunes to suit any musical taste, two stages will be jammin’ throughout the weekend with a variety of stunning concert performances.

Festival Stage


Presented by Southern California Ford Dealers

Click here for Festival Stage schedule.

Dr. Kato Stage

Presented by Budweiser

 Click here for Dr. Kato Stage schedule.


Award-Winning Arts and Crafts

CA Strawberry Commission


 Presented by the California Strawberry Commission


More than 250 artists and crafters from across the nation showcase their original works with a festive array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, children’s toys, accessories, photography, textiles, outdoor furniture, jewelry, and more. The fun is in the discovery and the chance to visit with the artists and also get items personalized for that special someone. Nestled amidst the booths, youngsters will enjoy the hand’s on “Kids Interactive Berry Craft Patch” where they can make & take crafts and enter to win prizes.


Click here to view our 2015 Arts & Craft exhibitors.

Strawberryland for


Kids rule in this magical oasis where youngsters have a multitude of enhanced rides and attractions to choose from (cost $1 each). Favorites include the bungee bounce, climbing wall, berry go whirl, mini train, and more. The new Polar Bear slide will add to the thrills. Everyone’s berry best friend, Strawberry Shortcake is the official reigning princess of Strawberryland For Kids, greeting her pals and giving hugs to friends.


The Jest In Time Family Fun Stage


Presented NRG Energy



Limitless laughter abounds with non-stop live performances on stage throughout the day under the tented bigtop. From jugglers and clowns to puppet and magic shows, and more. It’s also the location for the hugely popular “Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest” happening at Saturday/Sunday 3:30pm where infants ages up to 4 years of age who attend dressed in festive strawberry attire can win prizes for both kids and parents. Sign-up at least one hour prior at the Community Connections booth.

Strawberry Shortcake



Meet up with Strawberry Shortcake, the reigning princess of Strawberryland For Kids who will be sharing hugs and spreading happiness with Festival patrons as she celebrates her amazing 35th birthday. Inspiring kids by letting them know that anything is possible, Strawberry Shortcake lives in a wholesome and sweet world where little girls have the power to solve big problems.

Strawberry Promenade


Jam-packed with all things berry, this tented oasis brings strawberries straight from the field to you with exhibits, celebrity cooking demonstrations and engaging presentations. Saturday, the strawberry smack down gets underway when finalists from the popular “Berry Blast Off” recipe contest prepare their dishes in a quest for the a grand prize holiday getaway. Ongoing festivities throughout the day add to the Festival experience.


Green Scene


Presented by NRG Energy


Offering some fun eco-wise ways to be kinder on the environment this haven for all things green boasts interactive displays that help our planet. Check out the centrally located area housing displays for FOOD Share, and other green-minded organizations.

In 2004 the California Strawberry Festival received the “Waste Watch” award for its sustainable “green” event practices with recycling and operational priorities.

2013 “Green” results:

• 35,000 people took advantage of the free park ‘n’ ride shuttle to get to the Festival.
200 pounds of food was donated to FOOD Share. 10 tons of materials were recycled and diverted from landfills.



Kids Care Zone

Located within Strawberryland For Kids and designed with parents in mind, this helpful area features a nursing station, a baby changing area and also serves as “Lost and Found” for kids and items. Kids Are 1st offers free fingerprinting IDs for youngsters.

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