Skull n Roses Festival California 2024

Event Date:

April 19, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

Event Location:

Ventura california

The Skull and Roses Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Ventura, California, in the United States. It celebrates the music and legacy of the Grateful Dead, a band that was known for its eclectic blend of rock, folk, and psychedelia.

The festival was first held in 2017 and has since become a popular event for fans of the Grateful Dead and its music. The festival is named after the band’s iconic skull and roses logo, which was designed by artist Alton Kelley in 1966.

The Skull and Roses Festival features performances by a variety of musicians and bands who play music inspired by the Grateful Dead. In addition to live music, the festival also features a variety of vendors selling food, drinks, and merchandise, as well as a number of activities for festival-goers to enjoy.

One of the unique aspects of the Skull and Roses Festival is its emphasis on community and connection. The festival encourages attendees to come together and celebrate the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead, and many people who attend the festival feel a strong sense of camaraderie and connection with others who share their love for the band’s music.

The Skull and Roses Festival is also notable for its commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. The festival strives to reduce its environmental impact by using compostable and recyclable materials, providing water refill stations, and encouraging attendees to bring their own reusable cups and bottles.

Overall, the Skull and Roses Festival is a celebration of music, community, and environmentalism. It offers a unique and memorable experience for fans of the Grateful Dead and its music, and is a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the most influential bands in rock history.



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The GRATEFUL DEAD performed 11 famous shows at the VCF between 1982 and 1987. Especially noteworthy was that on the eve of the ‘86 shows that JERRY GARCIA lapsed into a diabetic coma and the world stood on edge. The band returned in 1987 to triumph yet again in Ventura for a final time.

NOTE: Undersea alien bases have been widely documented between the fairgrounds and the Channel Islands just offshore since the early 1900’s. Many have speculated that these strong energies played a significant role in the supernatural qualities of the eleven, now legendary, Ventura shows (…and the three that got away).


The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed once at the VCF on June 21, 1970. The Experience played to a crowd of nearly 4,000. Conflict erupted between a group of over 400 rebel gate crashers and approximately 80 local law enforcement officers. The youth threw rocks and bottles. Fifteen were arrested. HENDRIX was dead but two months later.

Babe Ruth: What is now the main parking lot once functioned as “Babe Ruth Field” home of the Ventura Yankees, minor league affiliate of the N.Y. Yankees between 1947 and 1949. Though late in his life “The Babe” hit batting practice with the team the day the field was “dedicated” in his name. Though unable to be officially confirmed, local legend states that he hit a seagull and sunk a sailboat with two of the six home runs he hit that day. Like Garcia and Hendrix, Ruth also passed away a very short time after his performance at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

PHISH also performed two famous shows in the arena. The band tripped twice to Ventura on July 30, 1997 and July 30, 1998. These shows were so highly inspired that they were immortalized in a six CD box set containing complete concerts and soundchecks from the two shows.


See vintage photos from Grateful Dead Ventura shows between ’82 and ’87.

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  • Ventura california
  • California
  • USA

Event Schedule Details

  • April 19, 2024 10:00 am   -   April 21, 2024 12:00 am
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