Special Events

and Workshops

All seats are first-come, first-served except for Naughty Tales

Thursday, October 28

Meet the Tellers

4:00 – 5:30pm

Ojai Vineyard


Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and delicious Ojai Vineyard wine (for purchase) while getting to know all of this year's tellers. Each of our storytellers will divulge what brought them to dedicate their lives to this incredible and ancient art form.

Adults (18+) $26, seniors (65+) $25

Included with Festival Pass




Thursday, October 28

A Tribute to Joni Michell

Kimberly Ford Band and The Reverend B. Jones

7:30 – 9:00pm

Matilija Auditorium​

The Reverend B. Jones will open the evening with a story, followed by Kimberly Ford's "A Celebration of Joni Mitchell. Two years ago, Kimberly Ford and her band brought down the house with a rousingly beautiful tribute full of songs and stories of Joni Mitchell. Don't miss this fantastic night!

Adults: $32, Seniors: $30, 


Friday, October 29

Bill Harley

Workshop: Stories at Work

1:00 to 2:30pm, Ojai Art Center

Even the smartest presenters sometimes forget that the best way to communicate is not with lists, bullet points, or lectures, but with story. In this workshop, Bill Harley, acclaimed writer and performer, will offer insights into why and how story works, then focus on how to structure oral presentation, manage nerves, engage an audience, and transmit passion to help you become a powerful and impactful speaker. 

All Tickets $20
Included in the Festival Pass


Saturday, October 30

Donald Davis

Workshop: The Art of Storytelling

9:00 — 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Patio

Master storyteller, Donald Davis will lead participants through a series of exercises to retrieve memories and to clarify details and feelings.  Donald will then demonstrate how to mold these memories into personal stories.  This  workshop will be practical and inspiring.

All Tickets $20
Not included in Festival Pass.


Saturday, October 30

Bil Lepp

Workshop: Do You Just Make That Up as You Go Along?

9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai House

This is a question Bil is often asked, and the answer is a resounding “NO”. His process for creating stories involves an often long progression from thinking to writing to saying. While he doesn’t spend a lot of time consciously memorizing his stories, by the time he takes the stage to tell a story for the first time he has a pretty clear idea of almost exactly what is going to happen. The process BiI will discuss in this workshop helps tellers create and tell stories as though they are extemporaneous or made up on the spot.

All Tickets $20

Not included in Festival Pass.


Saturday, October 30

Naughty Tales Under the Stars on the Patio
8:45 – 10:30 pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

Get a babysitter and invite a little wildness into your life… This year's performers include our Emcee-Regi Carpenter, Clare Murphy, and  Mara Menzies. 

Includes dessert and coffee.
Wine can also be purchased at the event.
Must be 21 or older to attend.

Seating for this event is reserved and can be chosen when purchasing online with Vendini ticketing - early purchase will ensure the best seats. NOTE: Each table seats 4 and if you'd like to sit with friends, purchase your seats at the same time. When purchasing tickets online, select the table and seats you desire. Simply click on the seats you would like to select them.

Adults (21+) $40
Not included in Festival Pass.



Sunday, October 31

Clair Murphy

Workshop: Unlocking Your Passion for Storytelling with Clare Murphy

9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery

Whether you are a new or established storyteller, this hands-on workshop will give you some simple techniques, ideas and questions that can help innovate your current approach to the craft.  Clare uses games, play, theatre techniques, and discussion to unlock fears and nerves around public speaking, and introduce you to a skillset that you already possess.

All Tickets $20

Not included in Festival Pass.



Sunday, October 31

Reverend B. Jones

Workshop: Creating Connections Through Stories and Song

9:00 - 10:30am, Ojai House

One of the greatest tools for communication is song, and through song we tell our stories. Rev. Jones will help you find the human connection across culture, gender and time in your own stories in this interactive workshop.

All Tickets $20

Not included in Festival Pass.


Sunday, October 31

Continental Breakfast and Farewell Tales with all the Tellers

11:00am – 1:00pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

Join all the tellers for one last story.


Adults $30, Seniors $28, Child: $15

20th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival

More than a festival... It's an experience.


The 20th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival


October 28-31, 2021


Libbey Bowl, 
Ojai Art Center,

Ojai House,

Ojai Vineyard,

Matilija Auditorium

Byron Katie Center for the Work

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