Meet Mark Sandoval, Channel Islands Harbor Director

Beautiful sunset over boats docked at a marina

As you may have heard, I am the new Harbor Director for the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor.  In my inaugural message I will tell you a little about myself and how I view my responsibility. The primary reason I am your new Harbor Director is that I spent nearly twenty years doing a very similar…

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You Don’t Want to Miss Concerts by the Sea

Musicians play to a crowd at Concerts by the Sea

You don’t want to miss Concerts by the Sea

If you love live music, there’s no better venue in Ventura County to catch a free concert than at the Channel Islands Harbor.

Set against a summer sky with sparkling water as a backdrop, visitors can enjoy a variety of musical selections at the Concerts by the Sea Summer Concert Series. The series is held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday from June 30 to August 25 at Peninsula Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this fun family event.

The concert series is being sponsored by Vintage Marina Partners, the proud operator of Channel Islands Marina and Vintage Marina at the Channel Islands Harbor.

From party music and Reggae to Blues and Country music, there’s something for everyone.

Check out the lineup:



June 30 Acadiana Cajun & Zydeco
July 7 Masters of the Past Rock n Roll from the 60s, 70s, and 80s
July 14 Colette Lovejoy Band Pop, Rock, Funk
July 21 The UnUsual Suspects Party Music
July 28 Unkle Monkey Band Rock, Pop, Reggae
August 4 Ray Jaurique & The Uptown Brothers R&B, Soul, Blues
August 11 The Casey Jones Reggae Train Reggae
August 18 Dezmo’s Blues Blues, Jazzy Blues
August 25 Matt Sayles & the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress Alternative Country Roots

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VW Car Show Returns to Channel Islands Harbor

Classic VW cars at the annual CIH VW Car Show

Ventura County’s premier vintage Volkswagen car show is back at the Channel Islands Harbor. A variety of Beetles, Bugs, Vanagons, Vans, Karmann Ghias and more will be on display on Saturday July 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harborview Park. The event, called the Airhead Parts Treffen Vintage Volkswagen Cruise and Car…

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Chowderfest 2018 to Cook Up Good Food and Fun

View of the crowd in front of the Maritime Museum during Chowderfest

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s Annual Chowderfest is one of the Harbor’s most highly anticipated events of the summer. Why? It’s family-friendly, fun and absolutely delicious.

Chowderfest is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Maritime Museum (3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035). The event features local restaurants competing for the honor of “Best Seafood Chowder.” Attendees will enjoy chowder tastings as well side dishes for restaurants, wine tastings, and Firestone Walker Brewery will provide fine craft beer. Kelly’s Lot & Friends will be performing non-stop blues.

Chowderfest is an annual collaborative fundraiser hosted by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, IOBG (International Order of the Blue Gavel), and local Yacht Clubs. Local restaurants donate exceptional flavors to the Chowder Cook-off (clam, corn, manhattan, potato, veggie, and more!) and support the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

The $25 ticket price ($30 at the event, 11 years and under are free) includes chowder and wine tastings, a variety of side dishes, four hours of live blues music, and free Museum admission. The museum welcomes the public and community to attend.

Proceeds from the event support the Maritime Museum’s programming, which includes a world-class collection of maritime art, dynamic temporary exhibits, and educational programs for area students.


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Mark Sandoval named as Channel Islands Harbor Director

An aerial view of the harbor entrance

Mark Sandoval has been named as the new Channel Islands Harbor Director. The appointment was made July 3, 2018 by County Executive Officer Mike Powers and follows a nationwide recruitment that attracted applicants from across the country and internal candidates. Sandoval was recommended by an experienced and diverse panel that included the County RMA Director…

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