Thousand Oaks, Calif. The 62nd Annual Conejo Valley Days (CVD), May 10 through May13 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks celebrates the area’s western roots and community spirit. The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family including carnival rides, a bungee jump, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts.
Thursday, May 10 Opening night at CVD is $25 wristband night—ride all the carnival rides you’d like for a flat fee of $25. Also on Thursday night is a battle of the bands—local bands will be vying for first, second and third place cash prizes and the opportunity to play again on Sunday night.
Friday, May 11 Make plans to put on your boots and fanciest cowboy hat and head over to Conejo Valley Days’ Golden Horseshoe stage. The evening will feature country music and line dancing. Whether a pro or beginner, you’ll have a fun time line dancing under the guidance of line dance instructor Kristal Lynn Konzen. Lessons are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The CVD dance floor is now 30’ x 40’, twice the size as last year so there will be plenty of room for everyone.
Rebel Heart will take to the Friday night stage at 6:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. This southern rock band with a big local following is always a festival favorite and will perform current country hits, classic rock and original music. The DJ for the night is Josh Kelly.
Saturday, May 12 Saturday entertainment is classic rock. Performing at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. is one of the top Tom Petty tribute bands, Petty and the Heartshakers.
Also on Saturday will be Rock Godz performing at 5:15 p.m. Rock Godz band members include rock ‘n roll legends Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Tony Franklin (The Firm), Rory Kaplan (Michael Jackson), Buster Akrey (Buster), Rob Math (Player) and Freddie Salem (The Outlaws).
For a list of bands and performance times, go to www.conejovalleydays.us, click on “Entertainment” then “Band Schedule 2018.”
Sunday, May 13 Sunday entertainment starts off with two hours of mariachi music beginning at noon. Three Rivers Band performs at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. while Kristal Lynn will once again offer line dancing lessons at 3:00 p.m.
Drone and RC Truck Races: Practices and heats are on May 10 and 11. On Saturday, May 12, 110 mm drones will race through an air course. On Sunday, May 13, RC, 1/10 scale trucks will navigate a timed racetrack challenge. The races are produced by Inside Line Production with the help of Marty’s Hobbies.
Over 40 food, craft and commercial vendors with be at CVD this year. In keeping with CVD’s western theme, all booth vendors will be dressed in western gear. New this year: many of the vendor booths will line a western-style street as visitors enter CVD.
Conejo Valley Days hours are Thursday, May 10, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ($25 carnival ride wristband night), Friday, May 11, 5:00 p.m. to midnight., Saturday, May 12, noon to midnight p.m. and Sunday, May 13, noon to 8:00 p.m.
Live entertainment and hands-on exhibits are included with general admission. Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Elementary and middle school students can participate in CVD’s Read & Ride program and receive a pass good for three free carnival rides.