Check out our California Strawberry Festival Review from a previous visit when the festival was still being held in Oxnard. This 2023, it is now in Ventura and is on May 20 to 21.
We finally got to experience the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard for the first time. It was huge but well-organized. There were lots of things to do and best of all, a variety of yummy strawberry dishes to dig into. Plus, rides, games, and arts & crafts. We had a berry blast.
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We got to Oxnard early to make sure we can find parking at the California Strawberry Festival. Everyone had the same thought though coz’ there were already people lining up at the gate entrance when we got there. Getting in was pretty smooth, there were signs everywhere pointing to the festival and ushers helping you get to the parking. It’s nice to see that the festival was really big yet well organized.
Once parked, there were different gates to get inside depending on where you ended up parking at. We entered at the red entrance and there are ticket booths in case you didn’t get your tickets online and a row of port-o-potty. The red entrance is closer to the food booths. While the blue entrance is closer to the carnival rides.
Once inside, we were greeted by a really sweet strawberry sample from one of the booths selling fresh strawberries. The food booths were everywhere! And I mean everywhere.. where should I start?
There were strawberry pizza, strawberry nacho, strawberry popcorn, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, as well as non-strawberry food items like BBQs, Thai food, tacos, and pupusas. One that really caught my eye and my hunger pangs was the garlic crab fries. Drool!!
There were also alcoholic drinks including strawberry margarita.
We proceeded to Strawberryland where all the kids’ rides were at. The Strawberry Festival ride tickets were $1 each and all rides required 1 ticket each. Since we got there early, there was hardly any line at the rides and at the same time, the rides were really long, not your typical 2 spins and you’re done. Win-win situation.
There were about 10 carnival rides perfect for young kids and a really high bungee jump for the thrill seeker. Our daughter went on 5 rides and didn’t wanna leave. I personally like the heart ride that spins and you can also manually spin the heart yourself.
There were also other games like stacking a strawberry shortcake for $5 and the strawberry tart toss, a huge arts & crafts section, there was a puppet show and so much more.
The California Strawberry Festival is worth visiting, it is big and there are tons of activities and food available. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay very long coz’ we had to go to 2 more events that day but I look forward to going again and staying longer next time. I recommend planning for a full day.
We left by noon and the parking lot was full already while shuttles were still coming in.