Events & Activities

Plein Aire: Artist Meet, Greet, & Paint!

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

View new paintings added to the What Lies Beneath Exhibit by Ventura County Plein Aire artists and participate in an hour-long Q&A with the artists at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to bring painting supplies and paint plein aire or just explore the grounds!

Plien Aire Painter painting in front of a fuchsia plant

Volunteer Open House 

November 12, 2023  •  1 – 2 p.m.

Interested in volunteering at the historic Olivas Adobe? Join us for an informational Open House at 1 pm to learn about our volunteer opportunities including gardening, tours, historical reenactment, and more.

Holiday Candlelight Tours

December 10  •  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Experience the magic of the holidays with theatrical vignettes in every room, entertainment, and refreshments. Tour reservations required, call 805-658-4726.

Exhibits in the Small Adobe

Sundays, September – December
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Romance of the Adobe: A Family of Distinction

The Olivas family has a rich history of entrepreneurs, farmers, tailors, and more. Artist Laura J. Jespersen's paintings portray the personal stories of their residence.

What Lies Beneath: Unearthing Secrets of the Small Adobe

In 1985, an archaeological team was hired to excavate the area, and their findings were astonishing. Discover what lies beneath the small adobe.

Murals & Roses

Murals and Roses is a free art exhibit held annually on Mother’s Day at the Olivas Adobe. The exhibit showcases the historic Olivas Adobe Rose Garden and a series of colorful murals painted by renowned California muralist Marguerite Hardeman. Each year, up to fifteen of the murals are taken out of storage and displayed around the Olivas Adobe grounds in celebration of spring. Visitors can enjoy historic tours of the Olivas Adobe grounds and browse the site's unique gift shop.

Murals and Roses at the Olivas Adobe-two women looking at murals outside

Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars is an outdoor concert series held on Saturdays during the summer. Presented in the open-air courtyard at the historic Olivas Adobe, sold out crowds spend an evening under the stars dancing and listening to live music. It's an experience you won't want to miss!

View the summer 2023 concert lineup.

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