panoramic aerial event view during the afternoon

Arts & Culture

Ojai nurtures its artists, and has long been a haven for health enthusiasts and spiritual seekers.  Inspiration is everywhere - in the scenery, in the music, in the art, and in the friendly locals.

Cultural Scene - Art, Museums And More!

Ojai is an art-centric enclave of writers, photographers, artists, musicians, composers, and spiritual seekers. The city embodies the essence of a thriving arts community with world-renowned artists, downtown Ojai art galleries, an inspiring public arts program, a dynamic art center, and a calendar packed full of cultural events.

The best place to start your cultural journey is downtown.  With a village like setting, everything to inspire the artist in you is centrally located – the Ojai Art Center, the Ojai Valley Museum, and an impressive array of galleries and art classes. 

Libbey Park, the town's gathering place, is home to the Ojai Storytelling Festival and Art in the Park (May), and the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival.  The heart of the park is Libbey Bowl, where the acclaimed Ojai Music Festival is held every June. The Music Festival has presented the world's great conductors, composers, and performers and is one of Ojai's most anticipated events of the year. Many concerts are held throughout the year at Libbey Bowl. Grand oaks and a beautiful Ojai night sky set the mood for an enchanting evening.

Ojai's other top cultural events include the Ojai Playwrights Conference Summer New Works Festival where new works for the theater are presented for the first time, and the Ojai Studio Artists Tour when local painters, sculptors, potters and other creative types open their studios to visitors!

See the Events Calendar for upcoming cultural events, art shows, theatre productions and many more things to do in Ojai, California.