VENTURA : Crafts, Performers To Take Over Street

More than 600 West Coast artisans will sell handmade jewelry, quilts, clothing, toys and holiday decorations at Ventura’s eight-block Holiday Street Festival on Sunday.

The festival also will include food booths, bake sales and information tables set up by about 50 local nonprofit groups.

Also, many downtown merchants will hold sidewalk sales during the 14th annual event.

Streets will be closed to traffic along Main Street between Ventura Avenue and Fir Street, including one block of California Street and one block of Chestnut Street at Plaza Park.


The Freddie Prez musical singing puppet show, Gabrille the Clown, a Pee-wee Herman impersonator and several jugglers will entertain. Santa Claus will have a booth at California and Main streets.

Ten choral groups, including the Ventura High School Choir and the Gold Coast Community Chorus, will perform throughout the day on the steps of the San Buenaventura Mission and at Palm and Main streets.

The festival also will feature the music of the Dan Pollock Blues Band, Windance, Aloha Country and several other bands at four intersections along Main Street.

The festival, which is free, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.