The city of Ojai is a world all its own. Set in a quiet valley surrounded by the dramatic Topatopa Mountains, but located just north of Ventura and the 101 freeway, it has long been known as a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life and long ago became a sanctuary for a wide variety of artists, musicians, and health enthusiasts. The Chumash Indians were the first known residents of the valley and it is from their word “A’hwai”, meaning, “moon”, that the name Ojai derived. Because of the alignment of the mountain peaks (east-west) Ojai is one of the few towns in the world that experiences what is known as “the pink moment” at sunset. The beauty of the valley is legendary.
The celebration of Ojai Day has a very long tradition. The first festival was held in 1917- the day after the United States entered World War I. Ojai Day is held every 3rd weekend in October in Downtown Ojai at the famous Libbey Park. The day consists of featured artists, a wide variety of food booths, arts & crafts, and multiple stages with live music. In past years there have been classic car shows, Aztec dancers, rock climbing, table tennis tournaments, “mad science” demonstrations, cheerleading contests, pumpkin carving, bed races and dunk tanks. Although the specific events have not been finalized, you can expect more of the same this year.
Ojai Day 2017 is on October 21. Activities begin at 10:00 am and go until 5:00 pm. Admission, parking and entertainment are free. For more information, www.ojaiday.com.