Special Events

and Workshops

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

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Thursday, October 28

Meet the Tellers

4:00 – 5:30pm

Majestic Oak Winery

321 E Ojai Ave, Ojai

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and delicious  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 (21+) $32, seniors (65+) $30 (add $5 after Sept 1)

Included with Festival Pass




Thursday, October 28

Reverend Robert B. Jones and Kimberly Ford and the Dreamland Band

7:30 – 9:00pm

Ojai Art Center Patio​

The Reverend Robert B. Jones will open the evening with a musical 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, (add $5 after Sept 1)


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 (add $5 after Sept 1)
Included in the Festival Pass


Saturday, October 30

Donald Davis

Workshop: The Art of Storytelling

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

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 (add $5 after Sept 1)
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, Sane Living Center

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 (add $5 after Sept 1)

Not included in Festival Pass.


Saturday, October 30

Naughty Tales: Ladies of the Night
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, Kim Weitkamp, and  Debra Ehrhardt. 

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 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 (add $5 after Sept 1) 

($5 per ticket discount if you purchase a full table)
Not included in Festival Pass.


Sunday, October 31

Kim Weitkamp

Workshop: Tongue & Pen

9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center

The Tongue and Pen workshop is for storytellers and story-writers of all levels of expertise!  Whether you are a writer/spoken word artist/speaker, Kim will inspire you as well as give you insight into the power and effect of storytelling as a viable craft. Whether you share storytelling through tongue or pen, learning to tell the story with purpose will help keep you focused and grounded as you create the work through the layers of your piece.

This workshop is for adults and youth 15-years old or older.

All Tickets $20 (add $5 after Sept 1)

Not included in Festival Pass.





Sunday, October 31

Reverend Robert B. Jones

Workshop: Creating Connections Through Stories and Song

9:00 - 10:30am, Sane Living Center

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 (add $5 after Sept 1)

Not included in Festival Pass.


Sunday, October 31

Continental Breakfast and Farewell Tales with all the Tellers

Ojai Madrigali Singers Preshow @ 10:30

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

Join all the tellers for one last story.


Adults $30, Seniors $28, Child: $15 (add $5 after Sept 1)