Concerts by the Sea, traditionally held at Peninsula Park in the Channel Islands Harbor, will be changing locations this summer, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced today.
The summer concert series, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday from July 9th to September 4th in 2022, will be moved from Peninsula Park to Harbor View Park, located off Harbor Boulevard on the west side of the Harbor.
Harbor Department Director Michael Tripp said that with the demolition of the vacant Casa Sirena Hotel on Peninsula Road underway, the concerts will be moved due to traffic and parking concerns.
“Peninsula Park has provided a premium setting for the summer concert series, but parking for attendees has always been tight when the concerts are well attended,” Tripp said. “The parking lot for the park quickly fills and spaces get taken on Peninsula Road, which caused attendees to park in the vacant Casa Sirena property and into the boater parking at the end of the peninsula.”
Tripp said traffic and parking would be even more impacted this summer because the Casa Sirena property is fenced off, which eliminates the overflow parking.
Harbor View Park was selected because there’s adequate parking, public restrooms are available for attendees, electricity is nearby for the performers, and there’s plenty of green space for attendees.
“There’s no better place in Ventura County to watch live music than the Channel Islands Harbor,” Tripp said. “When the series kicks off, visitors are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this family-friendly event.”
Concerts by the Sea is partially funded through the gracious sponsorship of Vintage Marina Partners.
The lineup for the concerts will be announced in May.
Editor’s Note: this story was published on February 15, 2022.