Ventura Pier


Since 1872, the Ventura Pier has stood as a symbol of the region's rich history and natural resources. Once the cornerstone of Ventura County's agricultural, construction and oil trade, today the Ventura Pier is a favorite attraction for fishing, picnics, sunset strolls and beautiful views of Ventura County's coastline and the Channel Islands.
                                     Click here to view the Ventura Pier Interpretive Panels

Pier into the Future

In 1993 a dedicated group of community leaders created Pier into the Future, a non-profit 501 (c ) 3 organization, to establish a $1 million endowment fund to preserve, maintain and enhance the historic Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy. This committed group achieved its fundraising goal but continues its mission through year-round community outreach efforts that culminate in the ever-popular food and wine tasting event called Pier Under the Stars. View "Celebrating 20 years flyer."

The organization has contributed more than $460,000 to the City of Ventura over the last 20 years to enhance the Pier. Donors can Adopt-a-Bench for $1500 or inscribe a donor name on the pier’s granite “honor roll” at various levels beginning at $175 (click on brochure link below for details). For more information about the organization visit

Pier under the Stars

Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best food and spirits provided by over 50 area businesses. Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries showcase their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths on the seaside Promenade while guests enjoy live music and dancing and bid on silent auction items—all to benefit the city’s historic pier.

  • Beachfront Promenade near the Ventura Pier
  • Alcohol is served only to adults ages 21 and up (I.D. required).
  • BY PHONE: 1.800.838.3006
  • Click here to view the Pier into the Future brochure

2013 Ventura Pier Photo Contest

2013 VENTURA PIER PHOTO CONTEST: Amateur and professional adult and youth photographers were invited to enter their best images celebrating the Ventura Pier in Pier into the Future’s Digital Photography Contest between April 15 through May 17, 2013.

Entering was easy, free and by e-mail. For more information contact Jenise Wagar at or via telephone at (805) 804-7735.

Contest Information & Entry Agreement (pdf)