Spend a sizzling summer building memories in Camarillo

The sun is shining, the palm trees are swaying, and it’s a perfect 78 degrees outside. Welcome to summer in Camarillo, where the season looks and feels just like it did when you were a kid. From classic cars and hot dogs to ice-cold beer and hot shopping deals, Camarillo is your destination for a vintage summer vacation.

Things to do

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Roll down Ventura Boulevard with family and friends and check out the classic cars at Old Town Camarillo’s Friday Night Cruises. Held the fourth Friday of the month through September, the cruises are like family-friendly block parties on wheels. Keep your eyes and ears open for live entertainment, then park and stop at a local restaurant for a delish dinner. 

Shop the hottest summer styles at a fraction of the cost at the Camarillo Premium Outlets. This must-stop shopping destination is home to more than 150 luxury brands, such as Coach, Prada, and Marc Jacobs, as well as surfer and skater faves like O’Neil and Volcom. Experience a shopper’s paradise with discounted prices of up to 65 percent off in a welcoming, open-air setting.

It’s time for some live music! Grab a blanket and some chairs and head to Constitution Park for the summer concert series hosted by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District. Unleash your inner Stevie Nicks on Aug. 7 when Twisted Gypsy does a Fleetwood Mac tribute. Add a little twang to your life with SMITHH Country Band on Aug. 21, and see “hunk of burning love” Raymond Michael do his Elvis tribute on Sept. 4.

Where to eat and drink

For a multi-course meal to remember, check out The Mark just off Highway 101 on Ventura Boulevard. This luxury food hall serves pizza straight from the oven, cold beer, and velvety ice cream from local favorites like Freda’s Kitchen, Topa Topa Brewing Co., and Rori’s Creamery. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of seating inside and on the big outdoor patio.

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When you’re at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, make sure to shop (but not till you drop)! Eat lunch at Pink’s Hot Dogs, the world-famous hot dog chain, without having to battle the crowds of LA. Not a fan of hot dogs? No worries! They also serve burgers and tons of tasty sides.

Give your tastebuds a nostalgic treat! Order a cone of creamy delight at Mister Softee storefronts or trucks in Camarillo! You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a 1950s ice cream parlor where everyone can hang out and have a good time.

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Staying in Old Town? Stop by Institution Ale Co. for an afternoon pint or for a drink after Friday Night Cruises. Started by two brothers, this brewery is a popular neighborhood hangout that specializes in American ales, both modern and traditional. Make sure to try their flagship beer, Institution IPA, a West Coast-style IPA that’s crisp and bursting with hop flavor.

Ready for your vintage summer vacation in Camarillo? Start planning your trip!