20th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival

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


The 19th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival


October 24-27, 2019


Libbey Bowl, 
Ojai Art Center,

Ojai House

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Special Events

and Workshops

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

Thursday, October 24


Meet the Tellers and Raw and Unfiltered Tales with 2 Moth Winners:
Brian Finklestein, Ruby Cooper + Blind Boy Paxton, 
Anne Rutherford and Debra Ehrhardt

6:30 – 9:30pm, Ojai Art Center Patio


Our evening begins with each of the tellers sharing how they became a storyteller.  After these amazing stories Raw Tales begins. You no doubt have heard The Moth on NPR. Contemporary, hip and totally engaging, The Moth has garnered praise for its biting stories. The Ojai Storytelling Festival is pleased to present 2 winners of The Moth GrandSLAM in Los Angeles, along with storytellers Blind Boy Paxton, Anne Rutherford and Debra Ehrhardt, in a performance of personal stories for an adult audience.

Adults (18+) $35, seniors (65+) $32



Friday, October 25

Celebrating Joni Mitchell with Kimberly Ford and Friends
7:00 – 8:00pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

"Kimberly Ford captures the vocals and inflections of the
Joni Mitchell Songbook better than anyone in recent memory. ...
A flawless Musical Tribute to Joni, featuring Kimberly Ford,
and an all-star Band..."


Adults: $20, seniors: $18, child: $10



Friday, October 25

Supernatural Tales with Tim Lowry, Jennifer Munro and Anne Rutherford.

Original and classic tales of terror that deliver authentic shivers. 

8:45 – 10:15pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

Adults: $20, seniors: $18


Saturday, October 26

WORKSHOP: Essential Stories  For Effective Communication with Tim Lowry

9:00 — 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Patio

Stories can communicate vision, goals, values, direction and purpose when strategically placed into personal presentations, advertising campaigns, socail media and one-on-one communication.  Learn to replace the sound bite with meaningful stories that show who your are and what you are doing.

All Tickets $20
Not included in Festival Pass.


Saturday, October 26

WORKSHOP: Preserving Family Stories with Jennifer Munro

9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai House


Anyone who has a family will never lack for stories, and collecting them can be both rewarding and fun.  In this workshop, Jennifer will help participants craft family stories and share tips for how to make them come alive.

All Tickets $20

Not included in Festival Pass.



Saturday, October 26

Naughty Tales Under the Stars on the Patio
8:30 – 10:00 pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

Get a babysitter and invite a little wildness into your life… This year's performers include Anne Rutherford, Debra Ehrhardt and Blind Boy Paxton. Includes dessert and coffee.
Wine can also be purchased at the event.
Must be 21 or older.

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 ticketing online, select the table and seats you desire. Each table seats 4 people. Simply click on the seats you would like and  select them.

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



Sunday, October 27

WORKSHOP: Jump-Start Your Stories with Anne Rutherford
9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery

Join Anne Rutherford for an exciting hands-on workshop. Experiment with quick ways to cut to the chase and deliver new stories with fresh impact. 

All Tickets $20

Not included in Festival Pass.




Sunday, October 27

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 $27, child: $15