Ventura County Pride

Stand Out Stand Proud

Ventura County Pride Festival is a weekend-long event in August with over 5,000 attendees that celebrates the LGBTQ community, supporters, and allies in Ventura County. All proceeds raised will sustain the Community Resource Center and Diversity Collective programs and services. These services include free anonymous HIV & AIDS testing, peer-support groups, cultural competency training, and Rainbow Umbrella Youth Group, a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies.

Our mission for Pride weekend is to educate, advocate, and celebrate the LGBTQ community while providing a platform for those most marginalized in our community. We promote diversity, education, and mental and physical health to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Latinx population, and the general public.

The work of Diversity Collective is essential 365 days a year, as we offer support and resources for a marginalized community. Pride Weekend is a time for Ventura County's LGBTQ+ Community to celebrate, stand out and stand proud.

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2023 VC Pride: Ventura Dreamin'



Ventura County is opening its arms wide to welcome everyone to be themselves and dream BIG!

Join us at Plaza Park in downtown Ventura on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 11am - 6pm

Free Admission  |   Live Entertainment   |   Fun & Games

Food  |  Vendors  |  Resources

Special performance by Kornbread "The Snack" Jeté

Please note that we will have a clear bag policy

Pride VIP Tickets

General Admission to VC Pride is free this year, however you can make your day of Pride extra special with VIP access.

Each VIP ticket allows access to a covered lounge area where you can grab a seat and enjoy 2 complementary drinks and a variety of small bites from local chefs and bakers.

Catch a performance by Kornbread "The Snack" Jeté and then make sure to visit the lounge for a VIP Meet and Greet with her at 3pm.

Don't forget to pick up a swag bag featuring gifts from this year's VIP donors such as Sespe Collective, Topa Topa Brewery, Ventura Spirits, Mary's Secret Garden, Flying Embers, fiddle & fern, and more! (while supplies last)

Ticket will be available in person at Pride.

Online ticket sales closed


VIP access: $50

VIP tickets include:

    • 2 drink tickets
    • small bites tasting
    • covered lounge area with table and chairs
    • Meet & Greet with Kornbread "The Snack" Jeté!
    • Swag bag (while supplies last)



All proceeds raised go to sustain the Community Resource Center and Diversity Collective programs and services. These services include free HIV & STI screening, youth and adult peer-support groups, and cultural competency training. The work of Diversity Collective is essential 365 days a year, as we offer support and resources for the LGBTQ+ community in Ventura County and surrounding areas. 

The VIP experience is being provided with the help of the following:

Topa Topa Brewing Co., Institution Ale Co., Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Ventura Coast Brewing Co., Ventura Spirits, Flying Embers, Mary's Secret Garden, Desserts to Die For, Sespe Creek Collective, and Fiddle & Fern. Photography by Deidre Book.

Ventura County Pride Week

We're so excited for Ventura County Pride that we couldn't limit the celebration to just one day.

Join us for one or join us for all of these events celebrating our LGBTQ+ community!

Sun, August 12   11am   Local Legends Drag Brunch  Copper Blues, 591 Collection Blvd, Oxnard

Tues, August 15  7pm   Loteria & Raffle for Pride!   Tony's Pizzaria, 186 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura

Wed, August 16   4:30 - 7pm   First Wednesday Presents   Lazy Dog Restaurant, 598 Town Center Drive, Oxnard

Thurs, August 17   6pm   Sunset Pride Hike   Harmon Canyon, 7511 Foothill Rd, Ventura   Wear your Pride hiking gear!!

Fri, August 18   9:30pm   Hometown Glory Drag Show  Paddy's Bar, 2 W. Main Street, Ventura

Sat, August 19   11am - 6pm   ANNUAL PRIDE FEST!   Plaza Park, 651 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura

Sat, August 19   9:30pm   Pride After Dark Drag Show   Paddy's Bar, 2 W Main Street, Ventura

Sun, August 20   4pm   Drag Queen Bingo   Paddy's Bar, 2 W Main Street, Ventura

Would you like to join us in making the 2023 Pride festival a successful event that celebrates diversity and inclusion in our community? Download an application to become a Sponsor and/or a Vendor today.

All applications are due by 5:00pm on July 31, 2023.

We look forward to celebrating with you!


We couldn't make Ventura County Pride a success without our amazing volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for VC Pride, click on the "Volunteer" button below and complete the form.

Already a 2023 VC Pride Volunteer?

Thank you for signing up to be a VC Pride volunteer! We will receive an email from us at DCVC about scheduling a shift. In the meantime, we have some documentation for you to read and sign.

The SAFETY GUIDELINES provide an overview of safety practices implemented at the event.

The RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS form outlines general information and the code of conduct required for this event. This form will need to be signed and submitted to DCVC prior to the event. You can use the SUBMIT VOLUNTEER FORMS button to email us your electronic copy.

Download documents (pdf format) and submit them using the buttons below

Sponsorship and Vendors


Become a Sponsor for Ventura County Pride and show your support for our community.

You can download the application for sponsorship level information and submission form and submit payment using the buttons below.


Vendor submissions are now closed. We will be reaching out to those who applied with the specifics of joining us for VC Pride.

Gay couple watching performance on stage

Diversity Gala

Each year Diversity Collective Ventura County hosts a Diversity Gala Awards Ceremony where we honor and recognize individual community members and organizations who have done exceptional work in Ventura County over the last year within the LGBTQ community and around HIV and AIDS. All proceeds raised at our annual gala go to sustain the Community Resource Center and its programs.


April 8, 2023

6 pm Cocktail Hour

7:30 pm Dinner and Program

Black Tie Optional

Diversity Gala logo

Ventura Beach Marriott

2055 E Harbor Blvd

Ventura, CA 93001

Ticket Sales are Closed

This is a sold out event and tickets are no longer available

2023 Awards Honorees

Youth Hero

Teddy Skye Garcia &

Lola Forbes-Black

Community Ally

Gabe Teran


Sal Fuentes


Oxnard LGBTQ+

Community Spotlight

Cooper the Queen

Carmen Ramirez Achievement

Genevieve Flores-Haro

Gala 2023 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2023 Diversity Gala sponsors

Additional Thanks

Gala awards

Pride Prom

Pride Prom of Ventura is an LGBTIQQA+ oriented prom that aims to promote individuality and acceptance among all orientations and gender identities while celebrating diversity and the strive for equality. All proceeds raised go to sustain the Rainbow Umbrella program and the Community Resource Center.

More information at


Tickets - FREE

include entry, entertainment, food, and drink

Attendance is available to young adults age 15 - 23

Reserve your ticket below. RSVPs must be received by Friday June 2, 2023.

Pride prom logo

Saturday, June 10

Doors open at 6pm

Guthrie Hall - Ventura College

4667 Telegraph Rd

Ventura, CA 93003

AIDS Walk Ventura

The goal of AIDS Walk Ventura is to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and to fund Diversity Collective's HIV-AIDS Education and Prevention Program. We work closely with the County of Ventura to ensure we fill in the gaps of service here in the county and make a positive impact on how HIV-AIDS affects us locally.

AIDS Walk Ventura County is a fun, healthy way for friends, families, and teams of co-workers to raise awareness and help do their part in the fight against HIV & AIDS in Ventura County. The event has a long history in the county. We do this work in partnership with Ventura County Public Health and with the help of numerous volunteers and sponsor organizations. Together we can reduce and eventually stop the spread of HIV & AIDS in Ventura County.

AIDS Walk Ventura County logo

Help us raise awareness about HIV & AIDS and fund Diversity Collective's HIV-AIDS Education & Prevention Program.

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Ready, Set, Walk!

Join us Saturday, October 28th at College Park in Oxnard from 9am - 1pm

5K Walk   |   Free Health Fair   |   Entertainment

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor for AIDS Walk Ventura County and show your support for our community.

There are multiple sponsorship levels to chose from: Marigold, Calavera, Ofrenda, and Heritage. Each comes with perks to help market your business or organization and let everyone know you support making Ventura County a safe and healthy place to live. You can find more information on each level by clicking the "Sponsorship Levels & Application" button below.

Ready to join us as a sponsor? Complete the application form and send it to us either electronically or by mail. Make sure to include both your organization's name and a contact person so we can get in touch with you about the details of your sponsorship. You can also submit payment online or mail us a check along with your application. We can only do this work with the generous support of our sponsors like you.

Sponsor applications and payments due no later than September 29, 2023.

More information on sponsorship levels and payments can also be found on the  AIDS Walk 2023 website.


Become a Vendor for AIDS Walk Ventura County and share your resources with our community.

Complete the application form and send it to us either electronically or by mail. Make sure to include all required information and documentation. Please note that selling is not permitted on Oxnard city property. The AIDS Walk Ventura County Health and Wellness Fair is for informational and resource purposes only. We will contact the person on the vendor application with details about setup for the event approximately one week prior to the event.

Vendor applications and payments due no later than October 6, 2023.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or 805.644.5428


Calendar of Events

Our events promote individuality and acceptance among all orientations and gender identities.

Upcoming Events

We do what we do, because of you.

Diversity Collective of Ventura County is able to help our community because of our incredible network of supporters including sponsors, donors and volunteers. Without you all, we would not exist. If the Diversity Collective has made an impact on your life, or in the life of someone you love, consider supporting our case in whatever way you are able. We sincerely appreciate you.