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First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

August 4, Downtown Oceanside

Celebrate the thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of Downtown Oceanside from 4-8 p.m. this Friday in Artist Alley, outside the Oceanside Public Library, and in surrounding areas. Enjoy arts, jewelry, pottery, crafts, live music, and more from local artists. Pop-up art galleries will also be displayed in local businesses and public spaces. FIND OUT MORE

Artist Open House: Animal World

August 4, Brooks Theater Gallery

Explore the wild and the domestic – from man’s best friend to the winged beauties of the forest to the serenity of the sea dwellers – in this exhibit of 68 pieces by 35 local artists. From 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, enjoy live music by professional multi-instrumental performer Alex Kish, light refreshments, behind-the-scenes tours of the historic theater, and of course, amazing art! Be mesmerized while watching guest Abstract Expressionist artist Janet Perkin work on a painting. FIND OUT MORE

Heiva San Diego 2023

August 5-6, Junior Seau Amphitheatre

Experience the magic and beauty of Tahitian culture at this unforgettable two-day captivating celebration. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing rhythms, vibrant colors, and electrifying energy of traditional Tahitian dance. Indulge in a variety of food vendors, some hosting exotic flavors. Browse the vibrant marketplace, brimming with unique crafts, jewelry, and keepsakes. Feel the pulse of the drums and be swept away by the contagious spirit of the festival. BUY TICKETS

First Free Sunday: Art For All at OMA

August 6, Oceanside Museum of Art

Join this monthly themed hands-on art-making experience available for all art levels and led by artists and cultural partners from our community. Guests are encouraged to spark inspiration by visiting exhibits currently featured at OMA. Whether you’re new to art or have your own creative flow, Art For All is the time to let your imagination soar. This event is from 12-2 p.m. and is free for all. FIND OUT MORE

Oceanside Longboard Club Contest & Beach Festival

August 11-13, Oceanside Pier & Junior Seau Amphitheatre

This annual three-day family-friendly free event promises to provide the public with a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Professional and amateur surfers from Hawaii, as far north as Santa Cruz to our southern border will compete for bragging rights in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs. This year’s event will include a Pro/Am Invitational titled The King and Queen of the Pier, vendors offering unique products or services, and live music to entertain spectators and beachgoers. FIND OUT MORE

15th Annual North County Health & Wellness Fair

August 10, Civic Center Plaza

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Oceanside Chamber will hold its 15th annual fair concurrently with the Morning Farmer’s Market. This event provides an opportunity for local health and wellness-related businesses to promote products and services and provide demonstrations for community members. The fair is free to the public and a great way to receive information, meet a new health specialist, or learn more about healthy living. FIND OUT MORE

Downtown History Walk

August 12, Downtown Oceanside

Take a 2-hour history walk on the second Saturday with the Oceanside Historical Society where you will learn the historical significance of local homes, churches, banks, three Irving J. Gill buildings, the Oceanside Pier and bandshell, and a variety of other sites. Walks are free (donations accepted), open to everyone, and pleasantly paced so folks of all ages can participate. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the Oceanside Public Library at 300 North Coast Highway. FIND OUT MORE


National Night Out With Oceanside Police Department

August 1, 3855 Mission Avenue

The Oceanside Police Department invites members of the Oceanside community to an informal get-together Tuesday evening between 4 and 8 p.m. All ages are welcome to join in for an evening filled with fun for the whole family. You won’t want to miss this event aimed to bring together our local police officers and community. FIND OUT MORE

Concerts in the Park: Savor

August 4, 425 College Boulevard

The Friends of El Corazon is bringing family-friendly free concerts to Mance Buchanon Park. This Friday, enjoy salsa lessons from 5-6 p.m., and Savor: A Santana Tribute will play from 6-8 p.m. There will be free activities for kids including giant bubbles, giant chess, corn hole, and giant Jenga. If you walk or bike, stop by their booth for a free gift complements of Green Oceanside. FIND OUT MORE

Outdoor Summer Concert at the Mission

August 4, 4050 Mission Avenue

Come celebrate the 225th Anniversary of Mission San Luis Rey! This Friday at 7 p.m., bring a lawn chair and enjoy a free outdoor evening of beautiful music by these inspiring composers and recording artists: Jesse Manibusan, Laura Gibson, Tom Booth, Miriam Camarena, Pedro Rubalcava, Br. Rufino Zaragoza, OFM. FIND OUT MORE

Dive-in Movie: Lilo & Stitch

August 12, William A. Wagner Aquatic Center

Enjoy a night of swimming and a movie under the stars! Recreation swim begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance and lesson from the Ka Lama ʻO Kauʻi Kūikanani hula hālau (school). The movie will begin around 7:40 p.m. Save time and purchase tickets ($7 per person) online. Kids ages 3 and under are free. Note: Only Coast Guard-approved “Personal Flotation Devices” will be allowed. However, tubes will be permitted but will not be provided. All devices are subject to staff approval. FIND OUT MORE


California Surf Museum in Running for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award

Calling all friends and supporters! Oceanside’s California Surf Museum has been chosen as one of 20 nominees for “Best Attraction for Sports Fans”! Voting is open to the public through Monday, August 21 at 8:59 a.m. PDT. Voters can select one nominee per category, per day. All voting will be done digitally. VOTE


Right-Sizing 101

The Zero Waste Technical Assistance Team can assist with right-sizing your services for potential cost savings, as well as provide free recycling starter kits while supplies last. They include interior containers to collect recyclables, food scraps, and landfill items, as well as service information materials, signage, pails (multi-family), technical assistance, and optional in-person training for all businesses and multi-family properties. FIND OUT MORE


August 6-12

National Farmers Market Week celebrates the contribution of local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets not only make a nation healthier but also give back to the community by providing jobs. Shop for fresh, local fruits and vegetables, plants and fresh-cut flowers, artisan crafts and unique finds at the Oceanside Morning Farmers Market, held weekly on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pier View Way and Coast Highway. FIND OUT MORE


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