Sippin' Street Fair: Ventura Wine Walk

Tastings, eats, shopping, and a snowfall give this annual party oomph.

SWEATER WEATHER: While a number of locales around the U.S. begin to talk about the need for heavy sweaters, and even coats, as December draws near, we here in California are simply looking for real opportunities to don a cozy scarf. Those opportunities don't always come along in the days after Thanksgiving, which can still see warmer temperatures around the region, but 2016 is bringing a dose of wintery temperatures, at least wintery in terms of Southern and Central California. It's perfect timing, then, for a festive outdoor happening, one that will coincide with true, Golden State-style "scarf weather" (even "jacket weather," if highs in the 60s make you reach for something a bit toastier). It's the Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair, and it is set to stroll again on Saturday, Dec. 3. Indeed, the name suggests it is very much about...

WINE, and there shall be numerous tastings dotting the downtown map. Latitudes Fine Art Gallery is one such spot, and Goldie's on Main will also have sips to try. But craft booths, areas plum-full of foodstuffs, live-on-the-stage musical performances, and a "snowfall" add to the holly-and-happiness atmosphere. Strolling all of the outdoor booths, and they are plentiful, is totally free, but if you want to jump into the Winter Wine Walk side of the celebrating, securing a ticket ahead of time is as important as digging out a favorite scarf, the one that's sat in the trunk since last March. Eager to know the vinos of the Ventura County area, and get into the scarf-y spirit of the season? Find your ticket here.

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