Aloha Festival Crashes Upon Ventura Beach This Weekend

Event to benefit Thomas Fire local families

By Lori Denman

The sun glistens upon the sea as entertaining bands and dancers perform upon the grassy knoll. Locals and tourists are looking forward to another year of the Aloha Beach Festival, arriving to Ventura this weekend.

The free family oriented festival runs from September 1 and 2 from 10am to 5pm each day at Promenade Park and all proceeds benefit local Thomas Fire families in need.

The event that is founded by Chip “Chipper Bro” Bell has been running strong since 2005. He stated that it was originally designed to create a community event for Ventura.

Chipper Bro

The festival is packed with endless activities including professional frisbee shows, Hawaiian dancing, outrigger canoeing, drumming and fire dancing. There is also a handful of bands that keeps the event grooving and many vendors offering unique items.

There are countless attendees who rave about the festival. Julia Dominguez is a local surfer, wife and mother of two. She is also the founder of a massage business, Body Revive. Her family looks forward to the festival each year, as it sits right along the coast they love to surf, making it convenient to wander over to, partaking in delicious food and drinks. Locals visit longtime friends, while tourists make new ones.

Julia and Omar Dominguez and children

Dominguez explained her love for the festival. “Our family enjoys the Aloha Fest mostly because… well, what’s not to love about a party at our local surf break? We frequent the spot every weekend and many week days to get our surfing fix, so when the Aloha fest comes, we don’t have to pack food, knowing we can saunter over and peruse the festival food options. We are always a fan of supporting local vendors, many of whom are our friends.  So we stock up on presents for others or buy ourselves something useful. If we burned enough calories surfing that morning, we might splurge on a drink at the beer gardens. This festival demarcates the coming of fall but really the beginning of summer weather for Venturans. It’s one of my favorite times of year here in Ventura and we feel the Aloha during this celebration.”

Lori Denman has been a professional journalist since 1996. She has worked as associate editor for the Los Angeles Daily News TODAY Magazines and has freelanced for LA Weekly, and more. She is now the Ventura reporter for Citizens Journal.

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