Port Hueneme residents and Ventura County locals can rejoice in the return of the two-day-long Hueneme Beach Festival. Following a City Council decision made on July 19th, the festival will resume with its original name on August 28-29, 2021. This year marks the end of a six-year absence, and the city’s plan is to present the festival like new. Attractions at the festival will include fair-style carnival rides, sand sculpture contest, chalk art exhibition, live music, community booths, arts & crafts, and cannabis cove (more on that later.) The festival will run from 11 am-7 pm both days at Hueneme Beach Park, inviting guests in for free.
As the festival returns to its original name it’s important to remember the legacy of Toni Young. She was the city’s first female mayor and longtime councilwoman. Young was known for her positive impact and effective advocacy on several regional boards. As founder of the Hueneme Beach Festival, her name was added to the event following her passing in 2008. In order to preserve her memory and powerful legacy, they have made the Toni Young Community Stage.
Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas made a few comments to the VC Star regarding the relaunch of the city’s festival. With a completely new site design, many new sponsorships, as well as coordinators, the festival is indeed different. He said, “our plan was not only to rethink how this event was operated but to reset the festival to its original name.”
In addition to the Toni Young Community Stage, there will also be a main stage at the Hueneme Beach Festival brimming with talent. Throughout the afternoon on Saturday on the main stage, there will be performances from LAW, Fausto Cuevas Y La Moderna, and Ozomatli. On Sunday, artists include Diggin Dirt, Arise Roots, and Think:X. The Toni Young Community Stage will feature local non-genre-specific acts throughout the day.
Sand Sculpture Contest
Hueneme Beach Festival’s legendary Sand Sculpture Contest is back in action like never before. There will be a Professional contest on Saturday, followed by an Amateur competition on Sunday. Entry into the professional contest on Saturday is $100 per team, and comes with a $1,000 prize! The amateur contest on Sunday is $10 per team and has up to a $300 prize.
Images via HuenemeBeachFestival.org
Chalk Art Exhibition & Kids Chalk Zone
Along Surfside Drive, adjacent to the Festival, you’ll notice a ton of amazing chalk works of art made by ten of Southern California’s finest chalk artists. The street will light up with color as these artists let their creativity run free. Renowned artist Ruth Villa will be working on her own piece, as well as starting a Mandala that attendees can draw on to make a huge community mural. Kids will also have an area to freely create their own unique chalk art.
Arguably the most interesting feature of the Hueneme Beach Festival is Cannabis Cove. This is a completely self-contained and secure-tented attraction. Adults aged 21+ may enter Cannabis Cove presented by Lowell Farms. They will have the opportunity to meet, greet, and connect with representatives from Port Hueneme’s dispensaries who are sponsoring. Tree Factory is one of the main sponsors for this festival and will be set up in Cannabis Cove with merch, games, and exclusive promos—come hang with us!
Cannabis Cove is in fact the area where attendees 21+ can legally shop and place orders for cannabis products. All sales, transactions, and fulfillments will take place at Oceanview Pavilion, across the street from the festival grounds.
Tree Factory couldn’t be happier to see the return of such a treasured event in our local community. We invite any and all Port Hueneme or Ventura County locals out to this free event. Come enjoy a weekend on the beach and countless attractions and entertainment. Just remember to stop by our booth in Cannabis Cove and say hello!