WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
VENTURA COUNTY FAIR
Grab the family and enjoy “The Bounty of the County” at this year’s fair, which features games, rides, food pavilions, carnival rides, livestock pavilions and concerts by The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon. Through Aug. 14. 10 a.m. (weekends), 11 a.m. (weekdays); entrance until 10 p.m., fair closes at 11 p.m., carnival closes between 11 p.m. and midnight. $12 (general), $9 (seniors and children, 6-12), free (children, 5 and younger); rides extra. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. (805) 648-3376. venturacountyfair.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
If you need a good reason to groove tonight, we’ve got three: Chasidic reggae/hip-hop star Matisyahu headlines with San Francisco-based jam band Tea Leaf Green and the bluesy-jazz sounds of Southland artist John West. Young Leadership of Ventura County and Greater Santa Barbara Jewish Federations are holding a pre-show happy hour – and you can carpool to the concert from the JCC (524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara). 6:15 p.m. (carpool), 7 p.m. (happy hour at Ventura Dargan’s, 593 E. Main St.), 8 p.m. (show). $30-$35. For happy hour and/or carpool, e-mail YAD@sbjf.org or call (805) 957-1115. For show tickets (15 percent off with promo code “federation”), Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. (805) 653-0721. venturatheater.net.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
“MERCHANT OF VENICE”
Head outdoors to see the Bard’s controversial tragicomedy — featuring Shylock, a Jewish moneylender intent on revenge — during the final weekend of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s 15th season. Through Aug. 7. 5:30 p.m. (grounds open for picnicking), 8 p.m. (show). $15 (adults), free (18 and younger). California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. (805) 493-3014. kingsmenshakespeare.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
NEW SHUL AT OAK CANYON
Bring your own picnic dinner to this annual Shabbat service in the great outdoors. Sponsored by The New Shul of the Conejo. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. (818) 851-0030. tnsconejo.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Order a barbecue meal with the synagogue or bring your own dinner to this musical Shabbat service under the stars with Rabbi Erez Sherman. 6 p.m. Free. Shomrei Torah. 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. shomreitorahsynagogue.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
JEWISH COMMUNITY PICNIC
This annual community event features a barbecue, old-fashioned games and more for the whole family. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (kids, 6-12), free (kids, 5 and under). Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara. (805) 565-1158. jewishsantabarbara.org.
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Bring a picnic dinner and play games and sports. Sponsored by Congregation Or Ami. 5-7 p.m. Free. Gates Canyon Park/Brandon’s Village, 25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Spend quality time with family and friends during this synagogue fundraiser. Rock out to Kol Play. Join the Havdalah service. Enjoy carnival games, a watermelon-eating contest and a movie (1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”). Food and snacks available for purchase from Menchie’s, Rocket Fizz and a food truck. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
MOVIES IN THE PARK
Grab a blanket and a picnic dinner and get ready to go on an adventure with “The Goonies.” The family movie follows a group of young friends who set out in search of pirate treasure to keep their families’ homes from being demolished. Also, “Toy Story 3” on Aug. 6, “Tangled” on Aug. 20 and “Pirates of the Caribbean” on Aug. 27. 7 p.m. Free. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 704-1358. valleycultural.org.
ACADEMY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
A trio of symphonic sounds closes out the summer season, conducted by maestro Leonard Slatkin, a Southern California native and incoming music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon. Enjoy Cindy McTee’s “Circuits,” Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini, TH 46, op. 32” and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” 8 p.m. $10-$48. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. (805) 899-2222. granadasb.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
Who says you are too old for camp? Enjoy concerts, Shabbat programs, gourmet food and s’mores as well as activities like Israeli dancing, gaga, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, gardening and tie-dying. Come early for the Grassroots Organizing Summit (Aug. 16-18) and learn how to get your campaign off the ground (separate registration required). Ages 18-36. Through Aug. 21. 3 p.m. $99-$299 (Camp Jewlicious). American Jewish University-Brandeis Bardin Campus, 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Simi Valley. eventbee.com/v/campjewlicious2011.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
Like your comedy slightly neurotic? Actor-comedian Richard Lewis (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) manages to make depression funny, drawing on his therapy sessions and recovery from alcoholism for his stand-up act. 6 p.m. (doors open), 9 p.m. (show begins). $29.50 (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016. canyonclub.net.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
SIMI 4 MAHJ
Breakfast, lunch and a six-round mahjongg tournament for awards and prizes. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $30. Sponsored by the Women of Congregation B’nai Emet. 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. (818) 764-6240. congregationbnaiemet.org.
WELCOME BACK BASH
Celebrate Temple Aliyah’s 50th anniversary during this open house, which features activities for the whole family and a barbecue. 4-6 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org