Events calendar


Events calendar & outreach programs

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April--Owl Celebration
May--Murals & Roses

July-September--Music under the Stars summer concert series

December--Candlelight Tour

Weekend tours of adobe & grounds each Sat/Sun 11 am-4 pm. Purchase tickets at Gift Shop $5 adult, $3 child/senior

School Outreach brings California history to life for 4th graders. Call 805/677-3961 to schedule school visit M-F

Olivas Adobe Family Sundays Free family friendly activities through the year cover historic aspects of abobe living 

Docent training Contact 658-4728 or for schedule of next training: just 3 Sundays 1-3 pm

Owl Celebration - April 19, 2015, 11 am-3 pm

Just as the famous swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano every spring, a pair of Great Horned Owls comes back each year to breed in one of the large eucalyptus trees at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars to view the owl family - docents will have some for public use on the balcony - the best viewing site. Click the 2014 Owl Celebration link for more info. Other activities, besides owl viewing, include demos and exhibits by the Ojai Raptor Society (1 pm show), and Channel Islands Gourd Society, and various docent activities (crafts by Junior Docents and music).


Murals & Roses - May 31, 11 am-3 pm

Celebrate Marguerite Hardeman's historic murals & the abobe rose garden
California muralist Marguerite Hardeman (1911-1990) - a member of the Realistic Painters Group in Ojai who taught at Ventura College in the 1960s - created fifteen large murals, now in the Olivas Adobe art collection, that depict different moments from the founding of the city of Ventura and its early history, including the Olivas Adobe and Rancho San Miguel. The largest depicts Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo coming ashore to greet the local Native Americans in 1542. In honor of Marguerite Hardeman's birthday, the murals are displayed annually throughout the adobe courtyard and grounds one Sunday in May, 11 am to 3 pm for visitors to view and learn about from docents. Bring your family (and your mother) and enjoy free refreshments as well as the Adobe Rose Garden in full spring display during this free event.   Click here to view murals

Courtyard Fiesta (above left)
Bell Gate (above right)
Native Americans meet Cabrillo on the beach
Chumash village on the beach
Cattle drive
San Miguel Chapel precursor to ...
Mission San Buenaventura
Unpaved Main Street, Ventura (looking east) 1885 - wide enough to turn around a horse and buggy














July-September- Music under the Stars summer concert series at the Olivas Adobe

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy nine Saturday nights of summer magic “dancing with the stars” on a majestic wooden ballroom floor. Listen to top recording artists perform irresistible sets of R&B, Rock, Latin Jazz, Blues, Zydeco and Boogie Woogie. Bring your own homemade feast or reserve a catered hot buffet dinner for fine twilight dining with friends within the warm embrace of adobe-baked courtyard walls. Doors open at 6:30 pm where you can enjoy dining and a full beverage bar on site. The City of Ventura Office of Cultural Affairs proudly presents the 26th year of this popular concert series from 7:30 to 9:30 pm outdoors at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, near Ventura Harbor. The venue is intimate, seating is limited and advanced purchase of tickets, starting in April, is recommended by calling 805/658.4726. Clickfor Music under the Stars web page.

Candlelight Tours - 2016 Date TBA


Click for Candlelight Tour Flyer here



With no plumbing, cleaning chamber pots was an unpleasant but necessary job (upper left photo)
The Olivas family grew its own grapes to make wine (upper right)
Laundry day
Tortilla making
The horno (baking oven) was hot from sunup to sundown baking bread and pastries.
Raymundo Olivas (historic reenactor) known for his hospitality.
Several of the Olivas men served in the US Cavalry during the Civil War (historic reenactors)
The blacksmith was an important person on the ranch keeping ranch tools in repair.
Boys learned how to make adobe bricks, mixing water, clay, sand and chopped straw.










Olivas Adobe Candlelight Tours, Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bring holiday magic to your family as you discover how Old California celebrated the season during free Candlelight Tours of the Olivas Adobe, Ventura’s historic rancho at 4200 Olivas Park Drive. Tours, conducted in groups every twelve minutes, between 5:30 and 7:45 pm, are free but require reservations at 805-658-4726. Be sure to dress warmly.

The rooms of the two-story adobe home of Don Raymondo Olivas are traditionally decorated to set the stage for skits performed by costumed docents to bring the adobe’s story to life. Visitors will also enjoy live musical entertainment, free refreshments and a gift shop full of traditional items for purchase as gifts for the holidays.

The Candlelight Tours are presented by the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters, a volunteer non-profit group dedicated to preserving the only Monterey Style adobe home in Southern California from the Gold Rush era by bringing its story to life with weekend tours, educational school outreach, summer concerts and year round special events celebrating its Chumash, Latino and pioneer heritage. For more information contact Gina Reyes at 658-4728 or