July 2023 Director’s Message

An American flag is pictured, harbor in the background

The Channel Islands Harbor has long been a cornerstone of our community, providing a picturesque backdrop for recreational activities, boating enthusiasts, and for visitors from near and far. As the Harbor Director, I am committed to preserving its natural beauty while enhancing its recreational potential. To that end, I’m excited to share to some updates…

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June 2023 Director’s Message

Sunset view of Channel Islands Harbor, slight chop on the water

As we transition into the vibrant month of June, I am delighted to share with you an exciting lineup of events and activities that are coming to the harbor this summer. Get ready to soak up the sun, enjoy the breeze, and create unforgettable memories with families and friends.

We kick off the summer with not one, but two Father’s Day car shows on June 18th. Showcasing an impressive array of classic and vintage automobiles, these events will delight car enthusiasts and provide a unique opportunity to bond with your loved ones over a shared passion of automobiles – and the Harbor!

As the summer progresses, we invite you to join us at Harbor View Park for our highly anticipated “Concerts by the Sea” summer series. Every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., beginning July 8th, the park will come alive with the sounds of local talented musicians performing live, while you relax on the grass, enjoy a picnic, and take in the breathtaking waterside views. It’s the perfect way to unwind and savor the beauty of the Harbor.

Looking ahead to July, we have a lineup of events that will truly make your Independence Day celebrations shine. Join us on the 4th of July for a day filled with fun and festivity. The 4th of July Family Parade will march north on Harbor Boulevard, showcasing the creativity and community spirit that makes the Channel Islands Harbor and its beach communities so special. Following the landside parade, an electric boat parade will grace our harbor, filling the waters with patriotic pride. Don’t forget about the all-day, expanded Farmers Market at Harbor View Park, where you can discover a wide variety of fresh produce and handcrafted goods.

To culminate the day, we are bringing back Ventura County’s only seaside fireworks show that will light up the sky and leave you and your guests in awe. Gather your loved ones, find a cozy spot along the waterfront, and prepare to be amazed as the colors burst above the Harbor, creating a breathtaking display and memory for you to enjoy.

The festivities don’t stop there. On July 8th and 9th, we are thrilled to be host to the Channel Islands Fine Arts Festival, located at Harbor Landing. Immerse yourself in the world of art, as local and regional artists showcase their talent through various mediums. Explore the booths, engage with artists, and perhaps find a stunning piece to take home and cherish.

With these exciting events lined up, the Channel Islands Harbor is set to become the ultimate summer destination. Mark your calendar, gather your loved ones, and join us for an unforgettable summer filled with joy, laughter, and celebration.

We look forward to seeing you at the Harbor!

Michael Tripp, Director
Ventura County Harbor Department

Editor’s Note: the message was posted on May 31, 2023.

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Revving Up Father’s Day Fun: Channel Islands Harbor’s Double Delight of Car Shows!

A mint Plymouth Roadrunner with its hood popped at the CIH Father's Day car show

Calling all car enthusiasts and aficionados! Get ready to rev your engines and celebrate Father’s Day (June 18, 2023) in style at the scenic Channel Islands Harbor. This year, the harbor is hosting not one, but two thrilling car shows that will make any gearhead’s heart race. Buckle up and join us as we take a joyride through the stunning Harbor View Park and the fascinating Channel Islands Maritime Museum for an unforgettable Father’s Day weekend!

Harbor View Park – A Car Lover’s Paradise

Imagine a picturesque park with a breathtaking view of the harbor, now picture it filled with an incredible array of cars from every era and make. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Harbor View Park’s car show.

The event features an eclectic mix of custom cars, hot rods, low riders, motorcycles and classics. It is the perfect day to show off your rides and reconnect with friends and family.

All proceeds of the event will benefit FoodShare of Ventura County.

To register for the car show or participate as a vendor, please visit https://www.channelislandsfathersdaycarshow.com/ or contact Stephanie Sipe via phone at 805-941-3300 and/or email at stephanie@myagentstephsipe.com

Classics by the Sea – Vintage Bliss at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Step back in time as you make your way to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum for their “Classics by the Sea” car show. This event caters specifically to classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts, showcasing some of the most remarkable vehicles from the past. Picture yourself surrounded by gleaming chrome, iconic tailfins, and the nostalgic purr of engines long gone but not forgotten. But that’s not all! In addition to classics, you’ll also find an impressive collection of woodies and hand-built watercraft. It’s like stepping into a living automotive museum!

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

These Father’s Day car shows are not just for car enthusiasts. Bring the whole family along for a day of fun-filled activities:

  • Live Entertainment: Groove to the beats of live music that sets the mood and keeps the energy high throughout the day. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a day dedicated to all things automotive.
  • Food Trucks and Refreshments: Indulge your taste buds with a mouthwatering selection of food trucks offering a wide variety of cuisines. From juicy burgers and gourmet hot dogs to tasty tacos and refreshing beverages, there’s something to satisfy every craving.
  • Meet the Owners: Engage with passionate car owners who are more than willing to share their stories and knowledge about their beloved vehicles. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the history and personal connection behind these beautiful machines.

This Father’s Day, Channel Islands Harbor is revving up the excitement with not one, but two incredible car shows. Whether you prefer all types of cars at Harbor View Park or have a soft spot for classic cars and motorcycles at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, you’re in for a treat. Mark your calendars, gather your family and friends, and head to the harbor for a day filled with automotive marvels, entertainment, and memories that will last a lifetime. Let’s celebrate Dad and his love for all things on four wheels!

Editor’s Note: this story was published on May 24, 2023.

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Celebrate Independence Day 2023 in Style at Channel Islands Harbor!

Purple and blue light spills from fireworks over Channel Islands Harbor

As summer warms up and the patriotic spirit fills the air, Channel Islands Harbor is the place to be for a joyous July 4th celebration! Nestled along the stunning Ventura County coastline, this picturesque harbor offers an abundance of activities for all ages. From dazzling fireworks to an enchanting electric boat parade, a lively family parade, and a vibrant farmers market, Channel Islands Harbor has something for everyone. So, gather your loved ones, put on your red, white, and blue, and take advantage of the family-friendly festivities!

Family Parade

The July 4th festivities kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a vibrant family parade that captures the essence of community spirit. Be sure to dress up in your most patriotic attire and bring your little ones along. Walk with you family, friends, local organizations as the community parades north on Harbor Boulevard on the west side of the Harbor. The family parade promises to be an exciting event that will leave you with a heart full of pride and joy. Learn how to register for the parade.

Expanded Farmers Market

Channel Islands Harbor’s Farmers Market is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture and flavors. On July 4th, this bustling market is moved to Harbor View Park and transforms into a festive hub where you can sample delicious treats, browse through local crafts, and discover fresh produce from nearby farms. From juicy strawberries to organic vegetables and homemade goodies, the farmers market offers a delightful experience for food enthusiasts and those looking to support local artisans. Take a leisurely stroll through the market, savor the vibrant atmosphere, and don’t forget to pick up some goodies for your July 4th picnic!

Electric Boat Parade

4th of July celebrants crowd a flag-decorated duffy electric boat in the harbor

One of the most anticipated events at Channel Islands Harbor is the enchanting Electric Boat Parade, hosted by Central Coast Electric Boats and the Channel Islands Yacht Club. The parade starts at 4 p.m. and travels throughout the Harbor.

Witness more than 75 beautifully decorated electric boats parading through the harbor, showcasing creative designs and a festive atmosphere. The Electric Boat Parade is a sight to behold. Join the fun by renting your own electric boat or simply line up landside to enjoy the magical procession.

Fireworks by the Sea

4th of July fireworks pictured over Channel Islands Harbor (prior year's celebration)

When the sun sets on July 4th, Channel Islands Harbor lights up the sky with “Fireworks by the Sea,” a mesmerizing fireworks extravaganza that starts promptly at 9 p.m. Find the perfect spot on the harbor’s scenic waterfront, lay out your blanket, and prepare to be awed by the spectacular display of colors bursting overhead. The reflection of the fireworks on the calm waters creates a magical ambiance that is sure to leave you in awe. Bring your loved ones, gaze at the stars, and revel in the spirit of freedom and independence.

4th of July at the Channel Islands Harbor is a Can’t Miss Event!

Channel Islands Harbor is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable July 4th celebration. With a dazzling firework display, an enchanting electric boat parade, a lively family parade, and a vibrant Farmers Market, there is no shortage of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, the harbor welcomes you with open arms to join in the festivities and experience the joy of celebrating Independence Day in style. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and head over to Channel Islands Harbor for a day filled with laughter, fun, and a sense of patriotic pride!

Editor’s Note: this story was published on May 24, 2023.

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