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What’s Up Downtown Oceanside

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O’side Mardi Gras  Through Feb. 21, Oceanside

We’ve brought a new, lively spirit of Mardi Gras to our city leading up to Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21. Oceanside businesses have created a Mardi Gras/Carnival experience within their decorated establishments with events, specials and live music, concluding with Fat Tuesday celebrations on Feb. 21. O’side Mardi Gras also includes a monthlong food drive. View the O’side Mardi Gras event calendar below.

Photo by Visit Oceanside and Cococabana FIND OUT MORE

Fill Your Soul, Fill Our Boxes Food Drive Through Feb. 21, Oceanside

Until Fat Tuesday, O’side Mardi Gras is holding a monthlong Fill Your Soul, Fill Our Boxes Food Drive benefiting North County Food Bank. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at participating O’side Mardi Gras businesses and supporting organizations, including MainStreet Oceanside. View a list of drop-off locations and most needed items below. FIND OUT MORE

Mother’s Day Is Sweet Applications Through April 7, Downtown Oceanside

MainStreet Oceanside is now accepting applications to participate in our third annual spring family tasting and shopping event on Sunday, May 6, 2023, from 2-5 p.m. Created in 2019 to encourage residents and visitors to eat and shop local for Mother’s Day, this year’s event will include dessert, craft beverage and savory tastings at Downtown businesses and our returning mobile scavenger hunt, the Mother’s Day Is Sweet Challenge. FIND OUT MORE

Lock & Key Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, The Rooftop Bar

Spend Valentine’s Day at The Rooftop Bar! Enjoy a romantic movie night on the big screen as you watch the cult classic “Sleepless in Seattle” under the stars. Mix and mingle with locals and visitors alike and maybe even find your match. With a little cocktail mixed with oceanfront views and starlit ambiance, you’re sure to connect and enjoy an ice breaking happy hour. FIND OUT MORE

Valentine’s Day at Blade 1936 Feb. 14, Blade 1936

Make your reservations for Valentine’s Day at Blade 1936. It will be a night to remember with a three-course menu curated by Chef Angelo Traversa. Choose from five starters, six entrees and three desserts, including chocolate cake, for $69. For more Downtown Oceanside Valentine’s Day offerings, follow us on Instagram. FIND OUT MORE

Nerd Comedy Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, Oceanside Theatre Company

Experience the perfect Valentine’s Day date with the Nerd Comedy’s Valentine’s Day show! This alcohol-free event features a lineup of comedians who specialize in relatable and romantic humor, covering topics such as love, relationships and dating. Comedians Tim X Lee and Monty Franklin will have you and your date laughing and relating to their comedic take on the ups and downs of love. Come see why laughing is the second best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! FIND OUT MORE

Beers in the Bayou Feb. 17, The Miller’s Table

Don’t miss the Mardi Gras-themed Beers in the Bayou event during Presidents’ Day Weekend at Stone Tap Room. This three-day, all-ages event will feature a special live performance by Euphoria Jazz Band next Sunday 3-5 p.m., as well as additional Live in the Garden performances by the Johnny Deadly Trio next Friday at 7 p.m. and the Small Batch Ramblers next Saturday 6-8 p.m. Enjoy Stone Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris and a special event beer list. No cover. RESERVE

Mardi Gras Around the Table Feb. 17, The Miller’s Table

Dress up in your finest Mardi Gras garb for a night at The Miller’s Table. Next Friday at 7 p.m., grab a Hurricane and raise a glass around their festive table experience. This Creole Feast in 4 Courses, $81.60 per person plus tax, includes a Mardi Gras libation. FIND OUT MORE

“Rumors” Feb. 17-19, 24-26, The Star Theatre

Tickets are available now for Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” opening at The Star Theatre next Friday. An enjoyable romp that has been staged all over the world, this is one of Simon’s most celebrated comedies. Purchase tickets for one of six weekend performances at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 26. FIND OUT MORE

Mardi Gras Block Party Feb. 18, Hill Street Country Club

Join the first O’side Mardi Gras Block Party at Beer Town, Jitters Coffee Pub, Flourish + Live Well and Kindred Journeys. Next Saturday these businesses will have a Mardi Gras Market, giveaways, a shrimp boil, live music and more from noon-8 p.m. FIND OUT MORE

“Agridulce” Opening Reception Feb. 18, Hill Street Country Club

Don’t miss the first Hill Street Country Club’s first exhibition of 2023, a solo exhibition by Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez. Register to attend the opening reception from 5-8 p.m. next Saturday and a workshop on March 5 at 11:30 a.m. FIND OUT MORE

Six String Society’s “The 27 Club” Feb. 18, Oceanside Theatre Company

Get tickets for a recently added matinee of “The 27 Club” by Six String Society next Saturday at 4 p.m. “The 27 Club” illuminates the lives and music of an infamous group of musicians, in which all the members died tragically at the age of 27. Set in a mythical Greenwich Village apartment circa 1969, the candles burn late into the evening as the stars of this dubious club begin to arrive in the “Living Room.” FIND OUT MORE

Mardi Gras Live Music at Frankie’s Feb. 19, Oceanside Theatre Company

As part of Oceanside’s inaugural Mardi Gras celebration, head to Frankie’s for live music from Chunky Hustle Brass Band. The band began in 2018 as a group of musical citizens who gathered on Mission Bay late afternoons through sunsets and under full moons, creating a palette of New Orleans street funk and classic and contemporary R&B. FIND OUT MORE

Issa Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party Feb. 21, Q&A Restaurant & Oyster Bar

This Fat Tuesday, party like you’re in NOLA with Q&A Restaurant and Oyster Bar! From noon to 10 p.m., enjoy live music, DJs, boils, oysters, gumbo, beignets, and Hand Grenades and Hurricanes. All through O’side Mardi Gras, enjoy $1.50 raw oysters every Wednesday starting at 4 p.m., half off select NOLA cocktails Wednesday through Friday from 4-5 p.m. and Thursday Night Boils, plus Black History Month specials and I Got Roux Babe Valentine’s Day Four-course Fixe Prixe. FIND OUT MORE

Rooftop Fat Tuesday Celebration Feb. 21, The Rooftop Bar

Celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras at one of Oceanside’s hottest spots: The Rooftop Bar on the upper deck of Mission Pacific Hotel. From 2-11 p.m., enjoy sweeping ocean views with a nightlife ambiance as you vibe to live music and sip cocktails that evoke the French Quarter of New Orleans. Take a bite of southern hospitality with fresh Beignets and Shrimp Creole as you mix and mingle with the liveliest of Oceanside’s beloved community. FIND OUT MORE

California Main Street Conference 2023 Feb. 21-23, SpringHill Suites Marriott

Don’t miss the California Main Street Conference 2023 hosted by MainStreet Oceanside. It’s an opportunity for California commercial district revitalization professionals and community stakeholders to connect on best practices, key trends and economic development strategies to help transform their Main Street, historic downtown and commercial districts. Held at SpringHill Suites Oceanside, this will be California Main Street’s first in-person conference since 2018. Attendees will also have opportunities to explore their surroundings via a historic walking tour curated by Oceanside Historical Society and a Sunset Happy Hour hosted by MainStreet Oceanside at Oceanside Museum of Art. FIND OUT MORE

Building Stronger Financial Communities Workshop Feb. 27, MainStreet Oceanside

Downtown brick-and-mortar businesses: Join MainStreet Oceanside to learn about the opportunity to participate in a new pilot program intended to increase cost savings for your business through the Spare Virtual ATM Network. Spare is a startup that has developed technology to transform cash registers into ATMs. This one-hour workshop will be led by Spare founder D’ontra Hughes, an Oceanside resident committed to helping communities become more financially resilient. Hughes suggested a pilot program, in partnership with the City of Oceanside’s Economic Development Division, to see if Spare’s technology rolled out on a hyperlocal scale could prove valuable in helping small businesses’ bottom lines. REGISTER

Oceanside International Film Festival Feb. 21-25, Brooks Theater

Get your tickets now for the 12th Annual Oceanside International Film Festival Feb. 21-25. Held annually at the Brooks Theater in the Oceanside Cultural District, the Oceanside International Film Festival is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened along the county’s North Coast region. Discounts for students, seniors and military are available. BUY TICKETS


Connecting with Contracts: Celebrating Black History Month

Feb. 23, MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus

The San Diego & Imperial Valley SBDC Network is bringing government agencies, prime contractors and resource partners to small businesses in one place from 8:30 a.m. to noon to help them get contracts at this free event. REGISTER


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