How can I get there?
By far, the preferred way to get to the Festival is by utilizing the free Park ‘n’ Ride Strawberry Shuttle service stops conveniently located off the 101 Freeway, plus it saves you the $10 fee for parking on site. You get there faster by avoiding traffic, save money on gas, and help our environment.
Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue in Oxnard, is just 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara — easily accessible via the Ventura Freeway (101) and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Roadside signs mark appropriate exits.
Amtrak offers a special “Kids Ride Free” weekend discount when when purchasing your tickets online (deadlines apply). Free shuttles greet trains at the Oxnard Transportation Outlet.
What is the ticket price?
Adult admission = $12
Seniors (62+) = $8
Youths (5-12) = $5
Active military and dependents with ID = $8
Children 4 and under are FREE.
Avoid lines at the Festival by purchasing your tickets in advance online.
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Cash and credit cards are accepted for admission. Once inside, cash only for food booths. ATM tellers are conveniently located within the Festival grounds.
Who benefits from money raised by the Festival celebration?
As a non-profit 501c(3) organization run by an all-volunteer board, the Festival has raised more than $4 million for various official charitable organizations since its inception in 1984 – for Southland schools, religious groups, civic, youth and charitable organizations. Affiliated non-profit organizations retain 100 percent of earnings from their food booths, and stipends are awarded to additional service groups that provide much needed on-site assistance. Festival contest awards, scholarships and philanthropic grants extend contributions beyond the weekend event to impact thousands of lives throughout the extended Southland community.
Official Non-Profit Benefactors
20th Century Onyx Club, Black American Political Association of California, Inc. (BAPAC) Boy Scouts of America, Buena High School Music Association, Calvary Nexus Church, Camarillo Roadrunner Youth Football Inc., Channel Islands High School Athletics, Community Bible Mission, El Concilio, JACL, Messiah Fellowship Center, National Latinos Peace Officers Association, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Oxnard Ambassadors, Oxnard Buddhist Temple, Oxnard High School Band Boosters, Oxnard Kiwanis Club, Oxnard Police Activities League, Oxnard Police Explorers Post 9286, Oxnard Police Reserves, Oxnard United Soccer Club, Oxnard Waves Youth Soccer U16, Pacific Camp Family Resource, Inc., Pacifica Triton Athletic Booster Club, Panthers Youth Football, Rio De Valley School Yearbook Club, Rio Mesa High School Athletic Boosters, Rotary Club of Oxnard, Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise, Santa Clara High School Athletics, Santa Clara High School Girls Basketball Team, Soroptimists International of Oxnard, The Salvation Army, TRI-GLAD, Trinity Community Baptist Church, United Way of Ventura County, Ventura County Chapter Blacks in Government (BIG), Ventura High School Wrestling Booster Club.
The Festival also awards scholarships through the Dr. Kato Scholarship Fund and California Strawberry Commission Continuing Education Scholarship Programs.
How do I become involved with the Festival through sponsorship, entertainment, services and/or products?
It’s your Festival, get into it. There are many ways to join in the festivities, from sponsorships to musical entertainment, vendors and volunteers, among others. Deadlines apply.
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What Festival policies should I be aware of before I head out the door?
To help ensure patron safety, the Festival has instituted the following guidelines: No pets permitted other than service dogs. To keep walkways free of obstacles there are no bicycles, tables and chairs or coolers permitted. Ample seating is available. In compliance with the Ventura County Health department, no non-Festival food and drinks are permitted within the Festival grounds. Respectful of the artisans showcasing their original works, no photography of Fine Arts and Crafts please. Strollers are permitted but can present challenges when navigating the park area with grass, wood chips, and dirt pathways. Though the event is handicapped accessible, there is no wheelchair rental available.
Alcoholic beverages are served only to those 21 years of age or older.