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Easter in Oceanside

Easter is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than a weekend getaway in Oceanside? Enjoy all that this beautiful community has to offer including famously great weather, a bustling dining scene, and a family-friendly atmosphere with fun events for everyone to enjoy! 

Easter Events

The Oceanside Public Library invites families to its annual Egg Hunt & Storytime. This event will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in English and 11:30 a.m. in Spanish at the Mission Branch Library, as well as Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Center Library.

These special Storytime events will include springtime stories and songs, followed by an egg hunt. Children will hunt for plastic eggs containing fun non-food treats throughout the Library. Be sure to bring your camera for cute photo opportunities. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library and is open to children under seven and their caregivers.

Instead of spending another night sitting on the couch in front of the TV, come join The Bunker House Lounge on their back patio for movie night! This free event is held on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Wine and beer specials along with complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn will be served. Space is limited!

About Easter Parade: In this lavish musical, Broadway star Don Hewes’ (Fred Astaire) dancing partner (Ann Miller) goes solo, and Don declares that he can make a hit performer out of the next dancer he sees. This turns out to be the inexperienced Hannah (Judy Garland), who bristles as Don tries to make her into his old partner. But as he realizes that he is falling in love with Hannah, Don knows that he must let her grow into her own kind of dancer if he wants her to reach her full potential.

The annual City of Oceanside Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Mance Buchanon Park on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and is free for children ages 3-11.  Families are encouraged to come early. The festivities include a magic show, candy, prizes, and a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. All are invited to this free event with free parking.

Easter Dining in Oceanside:

Celebrate Easter with an outstanding meal at any number of the fantastic local restaurants we have here in Oceanside! Listed below is just a sampling of the Easter specials going on in Oceanside this Sunday, always be sure to call ahead for more information and reservations.

333 Pacific

Celebrate Easter with an oceanfront view at 333 Pacific, Sunday, April 21st from 10:30am – 4:30pm. The chef has put together a delicious champaign brunch buffet featuring made to order omelets, a chilled seafood bar, hot buffet and more. Price is $64.95 for adults, and $17.95 for kids.

For more information and to book reservations, please call 760-433-3333

Hello Betty Fish House

Another Easter brunch option is Hello Betty Fish House, from 10am – 2pm Sunday, April 21st. To view their brunch menu visit Hello Betty Oceanside Brunch.

For more information and to book reservations, please call (760) 722-1008.

Mission Ave Bar and Grill

If brunch and mimosas are your style head over to Mission Ave Bar and Grill from 10am – 2pm on Easter Sunday, April 21st and get your fill.

For more information please call 760-637-2222.

Oceanside Broiler

For a full buffet style Easter brunch visit Oceanside Broiler in the Harbor Sunday, April 21st from 10am – 2pm. Price is $42 for adults, $16 for kids.

Tables fill quickly so make your reservation HERE soon!

To see the rest of the events going on in Oceanside visit our Event Calendar. To learn more about all of the fantastic restaurants, breweries, coffee houses, and more in Oceanside visit our Oceanside Dining Page.

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Downtown Oceanside Historical Landmarks

Those who visit Oceanside today are greeted by a bustling downtown that is both walkable and inviting with its mixture of distinct, vintage and modern aesthetics. With visuals ranging from the Star Theatre’s large iconic neon sign towering over the sidewalk, to the more contemporary Oceanplace courtyard, to the fun and eclectic neighborhood atmosphere of South O, there is no shortage of diversity. Oceanside’s unique character goes far beyond its downtown variety however, the best kept secret about our humble beach city is that it has a rich and fascinating history which continues to be unearthed, brought to light and honored in the downtown more and more!

Star Theatre
Oceanside Civic Center Library

Oceanside’s origins date clear back to the 1800’s, with its incorporation on July 3, 1888. Starting off as a meager coastal town in close proximity to Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside developed fairly rapidly opening both the Oceanside Library and Oceanside High School before 1910; with the Oceanside Pier already on its third iteration. In addition to the city projects, locals were establishing their own roots by building their businesses in this new city they called home. Fast forward over a century and Oceanside is doing better than ever, with new developments located alongside buildings dating back to the 1880’s! These historically significant, story-telling buildings are standing proud throughout downtown Oceanside and you’d often be hard pressed to pick them out among the crowd of neighboring structures. Fortunately the City of Oceanside and the Oceanside Historical Society have taken important steps in preserving and honoring these pieces of history. You can even go on a guided Downtown History Walk April through September, or head out on your own self guided tour to see Oceanside’s historical gems using the provided map at the bottom of this page.

Downtown Oceanside circa 1928
DeWitt Hotel circa 1945 (Currently The Fin Hotel)
Historical Gems in Downtown Oceanside

Though there are many more to see than just these, the following downtown landmarks hold special historical value to the City of Oceanside. Both visitors and locals alike should take the time to visit these places, take in their history, and honor these time capsules as well as recognize Oceanside’s unique system of incorporating the history while continuing to look forward towards the city’s future.

The Bunker House

The Bunker House is another building in downtown Oceanside with a past that dates back to the 1800’s. Built a few years prior to the Schuyler Building in 1886, this large two story structure was built by Theodore Bunker and was declared the ornament of the town at the time by the San Diego Union. Despite going through many hands, the building lived on eventually being named the Travelers Hotel in 1947 by its owner Ralph Rogers.

Much like the Schuyler Building, the Bunker House was not taken care of for many years and eventually it fell into disrepair becoming a forgotten building surely destined for demolition. Fortunately, the building was saved from an untimely demise and in 2010 Apotheque Lifestyle Spa took ownership of this important 130+ year old landmark giving it new life and purpose within the downtown community. For the full detailed historical timeline of the Bunker House visit Apotheque Spa Building History.

Bunker House (2017)
Bunker House Location:

The Bunker House serves as the subject of a wonderful juxtaposition between the rows of modern vacation rentals located across the street and Oceanside’s humble beginnings in which such a building was considered the crown jewel of the town. Standing proud closely resembling the original exterior facade, this historical landmark helps keep Oceanside’s initial character at the forefront and helps to ground the city in its roots as it naturally progresses forward as the premier beach destination.

The Fin Hotel
DeWitt Hotel circa 1945 (Currently The Fin Hotel)
The Fin Hotel, Vintage Sign
The Fin Hotel, Lobby with Original Mosaic Tile

The Fin Hotel, formerly the Dolphin Hotel, originally opened its doors in 1927 and was a popular hotel for celebrities of the day during the 1930s and 1940s. Fast forward to May 2018, after undergoing extensive renovations, the property reopened as a luxe boutique hotel blending Oceanside’s history with the modern surf culture. 

With modern and clean decor, this 27-room property also retains much of the building’s original character including multi-colored, mosaic tile flooring in the lobby, a grand wooden-railed staircase, and elegant tiffany windows.  

The Fin Hotel Location:
The Fin Hotel, King Room
The Oceanside Pier
The Oceanside Pier 1904
The Oceanside Pier July 1927

The most visible but often overlooked historical landmark in the downtown neighborhood is the Oceanside Pier. Like the other historical sites mentioned, the first iteration of the pier was built in the late 1880’s. The first version was built by the American Bridge Company entirely out of wood reaching a reported 1,200 feet out from the shore. Not long after its completion, a storm in 1890 destroyed nearly all of the pier requiring a major rebuild. This rebuild eventually took place in 1894 utilizing iron pilings to strengthen the pier with an extension added on in 1896, but eventually that too was destroyed by heavy storms in 1902. It wasn’t until 1926 that the fourth pier was built, which famously drew over 20,000 people from all over Southern California to celebrate the grand opening. For the entirety of the pier’s life storms have taken a toll, but regardless of the damage done the pier has always been rebuilt as a testament to the strength and steadfastness of the City of Oceanside.

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Unique Craft Coffee Shops Found in Oceanside

The Oceanside Caffeine Crawl — for those looking for a serious (caffeine) buzz! Visit one of Oceanside’s many distinctive coffee and tea shops. Delight in discoveries such as comic books, vintage vinyl and local artwork. Love lattes, cold brews or tantalizing teas? You’ll find your perfect pick-me-up at one of the many unique cafes around town.

Banana Dang Owners Thanh-Thanh Dang and Mario Jimenez
Banana Dang Front Counter

Located on South Coast Hwy, Banana Dang is a small coffee bar that is big on character. Delight in the amusing name and cute smiling banana logo, enjoy the colorful pop artwork on the walls, play some chess and checkers, or just relax and watch the world go by while sitting at the window bar. The superb coffee drinks are prepared with organic milk options then decorated with flourish.

Banana Dang Latte
Banana Dang Pop Artwork

The fun décor inside balances with the seriously amazing coffee, food, and upstanding green business practices Banana Dang commit themselves to such as recycling, composting and working with like-minded sustainable suppliers such as San Diego’s Manzanita Roasting Company.

On North Coast Highway, discover the bright spacious Brown Cup Café & Lounge. Owners Roger and Vilai Thavarajah invite you to relax and unwind in their friendly establishment. With plants everywhere, dining tables on one side and plush living room furniture on the other, the ambiance at the Brown Cup feels like home.

Brown Cup Cafe
Brown Cup Snickerdoodle Latte

Some of their inventive bestselling drinks include the Snickerdoodle Latte, Lazy Raspberry Mocha and Caramel Swirl. Consider pairing with their scrumptious house made cheesecake, cookies or cakes. On the savory side, try the build your own breakfast sandwich, Sausage Panini or Turkey Avocado Roll. Since Vilai is from Thailand, she’s introducing authentic Thai menu items including Vegetable Lemongrass Soup, Chicken Coconut Soup and more.

Looking for a genuine localvore experience? Visit Captain’s Grounds Coffee at Captain’s Helm vintage clothing store on Hwy 101. Owners Ted and Jen Stoddard grew up and raised their family in Oceanside. They are true “Pirates” (Oceanside High School alumni). The Stoddards started Captain’s Helm to open a place where people could hang out and shop. Ted explains, “We wanted to create a retail spot that was unique, more of a destination. With vintage, you can’t really buy it online. You have to feel it, look at it.” Now the café attracts a following of loyal local regulars. A second location recently opened inside Seahive Marketplace north on Hwy 101.

Captain’s Grounds Coffee “Broristas” Trent Haaland and Ted Stoddard
Captain’s Grounds Coffee Outdoor Seating
Captain’s Helm Vintage Clothing Store

Expect cheerful service and an exceptional cup of Joe. The San Diego Coffee Company supplies fresh coffee beans that are roasted just a block away. Captain’s Grounds most popular drinks are the Iced Dirty Chai and Iced Americano. For an off-menu coffee special try the Chicano, an Americano with chai. Do you prefer tea? Then you might enjoy the Horchata with Revolution Honeybush Caramel Tea, cinnamon, milk and honey.

Hungry? Choose from a delectable selection of fresh bagels, donuts and pastries that are delivered daily by Baked in the Sun out of Vista.

Captain’s Grounds Coffee Double Espresso
Captain’s Grounds Coffee Menu

Longstanding Jitters Coffee Pub is run with a passion by cheerful owner/baker Vallie Gilley. Her community-based shop focuses on quality coffee and baked goods. Persimmon colored-walls, a library and local artwork help contribute to the café’s warm cozy atmosphere. A private roaster provides the custom, robust house blend, Oceanside’s Living Tea Brewing Company supplies the organic teas and kombucha, and the produce comes from the local Oceanside farmers market.

Jitters Coffee Pub
Jitters Coffee Pub Berry Love Muffin and Cappuccino

Spot surfers in the morning sipping Espresso Macchiatos. Choose from the comprehensive drink menu and baked goods made in house from scratch daily. Examples include their yummy Coconut Macaroons, Cinnamon Rolls and Love Muffins made with whatever is in season, from berries to pineapple-coconut. Breakfast served on weekends includes tasty organic eggs, fresh fruit and quiche specials.

Experience the spirit of aloha at Kona Hut Coffee House on Freeman Street. Congenial staff and a large lei-strewn tiki greet you at the counter. The homey tropical vibe invites you to relax in various comfortable seating areas. Colorful quilts, maps and island-inspired artwork decorate the walls.

Kona Hut Coffee House Barista
Kona Hut Coffee House Artwork

The menu showcases a wide variety of Kona Blend and Hawaiian Blend coffee drinks. Adore chocolate? Opt for the Wipe Out white chocolate mocha or Hang Ten with chocolate, almond and coconut. Refreshing choices for a sunny day range from mango smoothies to tropical iced tea.

Kona Hut Coffee House Seating
Kona Hut Coffee House Tiki

Breakfast/lunch food options include tasty bagels, sandwiches and acai bowls. For sweets consider a sinfully delicious pecan roll or healthy gluten-free blueberry muffin. You can even find vegan options like hot cereal or Snopel’s Bakeshop Bundt cakes.

Interested in a healthy morning beverage to jumpstart your day? Try one of Living Tea Brewing Company’s dozen flavors of fresh kombucha on tap. Enjoy free samples of this fizzy drink rich in probiotics and antioxidants. Options include tangy classic Ginger, herbal tea-based Lavender Peach and tangy Turmeric Sunrise. You can even purchase a do-it-yourself SCOBY kit to brew your own kombucha at home.

Living Tea Brewing Company Kombucha Flavors On Tap
Living Tea Brewing Company Outdoor Sunset Mural

Colorful murals decorate the exterior of the cheerful marketplace and parking lot. The shop carries teas, organic trail mix, vegan blueberry muffins and handmade crafts.

Living Tea Brewing Company Organic Trail Mix
Living Tea Brewing Company Server

Living Tea hosts a community pancake breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. Stop by for live music, buckwheat pancakes, organic coffee, kombucha tea and family fun.

Sport boat fishing Captain John Alvarez established Nautical Bean in 1994. The coffeehouse at Oceanside Harbor Village provides stunning panoramic harbor views. Kick back in the casual outdoor seating area. Listen to crashing ocean waves and take in the picturesque harbor scenery.

Nautical Bean Coffee Company Barista
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10 Awesome Oceanside Events This April

As the weather continues to heat up and the hills become covered in blooming flowers, Oceanside welcomes you with open arms offering a variety of things to do to make your trip a memorable one! This month some of Oceanside’s most famous events are back, offering a fantastic opportunity for all ages to witness something special and participate in the festivities! Events include the iconic IRONMAN traithlon, Harbor Wine Cruise, Egg Hunt’s, the popular First Friday: Art Walk and much more! April really is a special time to visit and experience all that Oceanside has to offer.

To see the rest of the events taking place this month and beyond be sure to visit the Oceanside Event Calendar.

IRONKIDS Oceanside Fun Run

What: IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside is back, promising an exciting day of racing on the intense 70.3 mile course. Prior to the main event on Saturday, the IRONKIDS Oceanside Fun Run will be held for ages 3-13. The race distance options include 1 mile and a 1/2 mile, which can be chosen on race day. The price for each participating racer is $20, and parents, family and friends are all invited to come and cheer on their little racers and enjoy the festivities. To register visit IRONKIDS Oceanside Fun Run.

When: Friday, April 5, 2019, 5pm

Where: Oceanside Pier, 301 The Strand N Oceanside, CA 92054 USA

More Info: To learn more about the big race on Saturday visit IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

First Friday Art Walk

What: Celebrate the thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of downtown Oceanside. Art Walk will also showcase live performances, music, poetry, art education, and culinary and pop-up art galleries showcased in local businesses and public spaces. Admission is free and open to the public, and admission into the Oceanside Museum of Art is half-priced during the Art Walk.

When: Friday, April 5, 2019, 5pm-9pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside

More Info: Oceanside Art Walk

IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

What: Athletes from around the world come to Oceanside for the annual IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon. The course consists of a 1.2 mile swim in the Pacific Ocean, 56 mile bike loop through Camp Pendleton, and 13.1 mile run along Oceanside’s coast. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the athletes as they complete this intense course!

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 6:30am-5pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor and Pier, 1540 N Harbor Drive Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside California

Oceanside Harbor Wine Cruise

What: Join Oceanside Adventures and Beach House Winery on the first Saturday of every month for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran through the beautiful Oceanside Harbor. The cruise features an appetizer platter and three tastes of wines from Beach House Winery. Cost is $39 per person, 21 and over.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 5pm-6:30pm

Where: Oceanside Adventures, 256 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Oceanside Whale Watching

Spring Egg Hunt and Storytime

What: The Mission Branch Library is hosting a fun Spring Egg hunt and storytime for children ages 0-7. Children will get to meet the Springtime Bunny, listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy an egg hunt with non-food treats! Two programs will be offered, one in English from 10:30am – 11:30am, and one in Spanish from 11:30am – 12:30pm. 

When: Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Mission Branch Library, 3861 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058

More Info: Oceanside Public Library Events

13th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival

What: The Oceanside Jazz Festival consists of educational and performance opportunities for school and community jazz bands and choirs, and featured concerts by internationally recognized performing artists. 36+ school choirs will perform at MiraCosta Concert Hall stage on Friday & Saturday! Guest artists – Michelle Nicolle (Australia), Kenny Washington (Bay area) & Sammy K (LA).

When: Friday & Saturday, April 12-13, 2019, 7:30pm

Where: MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA, 92056

More Info: The Oceanside Jazz Festival

Annual City of Oceanside Easter Egg Hunt

What: Come enjoy a FREE family friendly egg hunt featuring various prizes, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and starting at 10:30am a magic show for the whole family to enjoy! This event is free for children ages 3-11.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10am-11am

Where: Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd. Oceanside CA

More Info: Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Earth Day Festival

What: Grab your family and friends for North County’s largest Earth Day celebration in downtown Oceanside! Earth Festival is a free event with fun and exciting attractions for everyone including live music from local bands! This festival will also include environmental education, product vendors, and a Kids-Eco Zone where children will be inspired by our local environment to save water, recycle right, and enjoy the great outdoors.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10am-3pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside, 311 N Tremont St Oceanside, CA 92054 

More Info: Earth Month Oceanside

North County Farm to Fork Culinary Tour

What: What’s better than an organic farm? An organic farm with an ocean view! You’ll start your day at the home of Carlsbad’s artisan bakery, Prager Brothers Artisan Breads. You’ll tour the bakery with one of the Prager brothers! Learn about their sourcing, commitment to quality and old world bread-making from the pros! After your tour you’ll sample some of their fresh baked goods and a cup of locally roasted coffee from Steady State Coffee Roasters. Then you will be taken through the fields of Cyclops Farms here in Oceanside while learning about Farmer Luke’s farming philosophy and tasting some of the seasonal bounty. After the farm tour the group will head to local restaurant Wrench & Rodent, during this time Chef Davin will discuss his no-waste cooking style, his partnership with Cyclops Farms and his seasonal offerings from locally sourced seafood and produce. Finally, end the day learning about the world’s oldest beverage while sipping on a mead flight from the pros at Golden Coast Mead! Golden Coast Mead will also discuss their commitment to our environment, the future of our bees as well as their commitment to our community as a whole.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10am-4pm

Where: Cyclops Farms, 1448 Avocado Rd, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Epicurean San Diego

In Your Neighborhood Block Party

What: The In Your Neighborhood w/ Lou Niles Block Party returns to Oceanside! From noon to 8pm the day will be filled with music and a festival of local businesses in the parking lot. The event is for all ages and is FREE. Music acts include The Paragraphs, Western Setting, Montalban Quintet, Mistress 77, Parker Meridien, Cheyenne Benton and the El Camino High School Jazz Quintet with more music and festival supporters to be announced. 

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 12pm-8pm

Where: Pour House Oceanside, 1903 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-6432

More Info: IYN with Lou Niles

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12 Fun Oceanside Beach Events for Summer

Summer is nearly upon us, and we can’t wait to celebrate the big blue skies and perfect beach weather with some fun activities and events throughout the 2019 Summer calendar. Ranging from surfing championships to Independence Day events, endurance races to cultural celebrations and more, the event calendar is full of hot activities that will have you begging to spend another day in Oceanside!

Below are just a few highlights selected from our Event Calendar for the upcoming summer months. Be sure to check the full calendar often before planning your next trip to Oceanside!

Beach Soccer

What: This annual beach soccer festival is a competitive tournament for regional and worldwide teams that is also a fun family event on Harbor Beach in Oceanside. Additionally, it is the largest Beach Soccer Festival on the West Coast. Over the past decade, Beach Soccer has journeyed from the beaches of Brazil to the hearts of millions of fans all over the globe. The participation of internationally renowned players has helped to expand television coverage to large audiences in over 170 countries worldwide, making Beach Soccer one of the fastest growing professional sports in the world and converting it into a major showcase for international commercial opportunity. 

When: Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, 2019, 8am-8pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor Beach, 1200 N Pacific Street Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Beach Soccer Championships

Moonlight Paddle at the Harbor

What: The City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division is offering an exciting program called “Moonlight Paddle,” where you will get the chance to enjoy the beauty and romance of Oceanside’s Harbor under the moonlight! A short informational skills session will take place at the Oceanside Outdoor Aquatic Recreation Building (across from the Small Fishing Pier at the Oceanside Harbor) prior to launching the Kayaks. Please bring a change of clothes, as your clothing may get wet while paddling. The Recreation Division will be providing all the supplies needed. Pre-registration is required, to register please visit Oceanside Rec, or call (760) 435-5041.

When:

  • Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:15pm-9:15pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:15pm-9:15pm
  • Friday, June 14, 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Friday, August 16, 2019, 7:00pm-9:15pm
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:00pm-9:15pm
  • Friday, September 13, 2019, 6:15pm-9:15pm
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019, 6:15pm-9:15pm

Where: Aquatic Adventure Center, 1400 N Harbor Dr., Oceanside, CA 92054

Harbor Wine Cruises

What: Join Oceanside Adventures and Beach House Winery on the first Saturday of every month for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran through the beautiful Oceanside Harbor. The cruise features an appetizer platter and three tastes of wines from Beach House Winery. Cost is $39 per person, 21 and over. 

When: 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, 5pm-6:30pm
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019, 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019, 5pm – 6:30pm

Where: Oceanside Adventures, 256 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: For reservations call 888-507-1130

Movie at the Park – The Goonies

What: Oceanside Parks and Recreation presents the Movie by the Park series! The movie to be featured is The Goonies. The movie will begin at dark (around 7:30pm). Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and set up their own “movie theater.” This event is free, and family friendly. For more information call (760) 435-5041.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7:30pm

Where: Marshall Street Park, 1400 Marshall St, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA

Filipino Cultural Festival

What: The Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration is back! The celebration will offer attendees a day filled with Philippine dancing and music, colorful costumes, special performances, and delicious Filipino and international cuisine. In addition there will be crafts and activities for children in the courtyard of the Civic Center Library Community Rooms. Event admission is FREE and open to the public.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10am-6pm

Where: Oceanside Civic Center, 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: 18th Annual Filipino Cultural Day

Surfing America USA Surfing Championships and Team Trials

What: The Surfing America USA Championships brings the best surfers and stand-up paddlers from across the country for competition and includes longboard, SUP and adaptive divisions. Sponsored by Surfing America, Inc. Surfing America is the IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA. Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Championships each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally.

When: Tuesday, June 11th through Saturday June 15th, 2019, 8am-5pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor North Jetty, Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoSurfing America USA Surfing Championship

Race Across America (RAAM and RAW)

What: Visit Oceanside welcomes the return of Race Across the West (RAW) and Race Across America (RAAM)! Come show your Oceanside spirit by cheering on the start of these endurance racers! RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world, where racers must traverse 3,000 miles across 12 states. RAW is one of the world’s top RAAM qualifying events, taking place from Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO – 860 miles across the rugged American West. Both the RAAM and RAW racers are on the course at the same time making it a perfect way to see how you might do racing RAAM. June 11: Race begins for RAAM solo riders and all RAW participants. June 15: Race begins for RAAM team riders.

When: Tuesday, June 11 and Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12pm

Where: Junior Seau Beach Community Center, 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Race Across America (RAAM)

Oceanside Independence Parade

What: Come enjoy Oceanside’s annual Independence Parade as it makes it way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall). Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more as we pay tribute to our nation, Hometown Heroes, our city and our local businesses. Viewing of the parade is available from the sidewalks along the entire route. Spectators are encouraged to bring folding chairs. The highest concentration of viewers will be on the north end of the route past Seagaze Avenue. Running time from beginning to end is about two hours.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10am-12pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside, CA 92054

  • The parade starts in front of the 101 Cafe (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Avenue) at 10:00 am and works its way north with the first unit of the parade reaching City Hall around 10:15 am. 

More InfoIndependence Parade Information

Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration

What: The Samoan Cultural Festival returns to Oceanside with a week of activities and events. The final and main event will be held on June 30th starting at 12pm with the cultural celebration beginning at 4pm at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater. This event is open to the public, will include traditional dancing, live music and performances, cultural competitions, food and local vendors, and more so don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday, June 30, 2019, 12pm-9pm

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

The Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade

What: The 17th annual Dinghy Parade is a fun celebration of Independence Day, with participants decorating their dinghies in a patriotic theme and parading them around the inner harbor where they are judged. All are welcome to enjoy this event, and anyone may decorate a patriotic dinghy 12 feet and under and participate in the parade. There is no entry fee, and trophies will be awarded. Those who are interested in participating may register at the Oceanside Yacht Club office before July 4th.

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 1-3pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro

What: The largest and only televised women’s surf contest in the world takes place right here in Oceanside, California! Supergirl Pro includes three days of surfing heats that lead to head-to-head competition between the world’s best female surfers. In addition there will be a festival village complete with live entertainment, vendors, activities, contests, concerts, seminars, and more all weekend long.

When: Friday-Sunday, July 26-28, 2019, All Day

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

More: Supergirl Surf Pro

World Bodysurfing Championships

What: All are invited to attend the annual World Bodysurfing Championships held at the Oceanside Pier and cheer on 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world. The contest is projected to start at 6:30am each morning, and will feature the quarter finals, semi finals and finals for all age brackets...

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Visiting Oceanside With Fido

Oceanside is a wonderful beach city with a beautiful coastline, fantastic downtown, world class weather, and plenty of activities and events to keep you entertained. With so much to offer it’s no wonder Oceanside is such a popular tourist destination in Southern California, but what about when it comes to your furry friend? Is he or she welcome to enjoy the activities and scenery by your side? In short, YES your pets are welcome to enjoy one of SoCal’s premier beach cities right there with you!

Here’s some information that will help you make the most of your Oceanside trip with Fido:

Beaches:

Unfortunately pets are not allowed to be with you on Oceanside beaches or the pier, however you may walk your dog with a leash along “The Strand,” a boardwalk-type pathway that travels over a mile parallel to the ocean touching the beach sand! If your dog likes to get wet in the water or play in the sand a trip to neighboring beaches such as Ocean Beach, Cardiff State Beach, Del Mar’s Dog Beach or South Beach, or Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island will give you the opportunity to let them take part in some beach fun.

The Strand in Oceanside
Thursday Markets:

Every Thursday Oceanside hosts a Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm and a Sunset Market 5pm to 9pm in downtown Oceanside. There you’ll find a bustling hub of locals and guests enjoying the incredible local vendors, live entertainment, and overall family friendly atmosphere. Best of all your fury companion is welcome to enjoy the festivities with you!

Well Behaved Dogs are Welcome!
Trails:

Oceanside has plenty of trail and hiking opportunities, and fido is welcome to join you on a leash at several of those locations. The San Luis Rey River Trail is a great place to walk your furry friend, with a trail totaling 9 miles with mostly flat and smooth ground this is a local favorite. Guajome Park is another place that invites you to walk your leashed dog, with 4.5 miles of low traffic trails at your disposal.

MORE: Quick Hiking Trails In and Around Oceanside

Guajome Park
Golf Course:

Another fun place in Oceanside you can take your dog to is the Emerald Isle Golf Course located off El Camino Real. Here you can enjoy the 2,452 yard 18-hole course, the practice putting and chipping green, the all-grass driving range, and the Emerald Isle Grill made-to-order restaurant.

Dog Friendly Restaurants:

When it comes time to get a bite to eat, there is no need to leave your furry friends behind. Below are a list of a few of the pet-friendly restaurants in Oceanside.

Pet-Friendly Places to Stay the Night:

If you’re planning on staying in Oceanside for any period of time check out the following pet-friendly locations!

Hotels:

In Oceanside there are numerous pet friendly hotel properties for you to stay the night at. For example both the La Quinta Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott allow pets, with La Quinta Inn requiring no additional fees for your pet. In addition, Ramada Oceanside, Harbor Inn & Suites Oceanside, and Extended Stay America also all offer Pet friendly rooms for you to stay at with your furry companion(s).

Vacation Rentals:

When it comes to vacation rentals a large percentage of condo’s, beach houses, and home rentals in Oceanside will allow pets to stay the night. A few examples include BeachFront Only, McLain Properties, and Lands End all offer vacation rentals that are pet friendly.

RV Parks:

Finally, if you’re traveling in a recreational vehicle consider the Oceanside RV Park which allows pets, up to three per space, for a $1 per pet, per day fee. They also offer a dog run and are nearby several pet-friendly establishments within Oceanside.

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Spring Birding in San Diego County

In Mediterranean climates such as Southern California’s, “spring” comes in winter as far as native plants are concerned. The cool, wet winter—especially this extraordinarily wet winter—prompts many native plants to green up and bloom. But from a bird’s perspective, spring and breeding season begin more traditionally in March. Males sing loudly, often from exposed perches, to defend territories and attract mates. By April courtship and breeding activities abound with males vying for attention, females working on nests and parents feeding noisy, begging youngsters. Spring in the coastal lowlands wraps up in June with the passage of the last straggling migrants moving through to the boreal forests. In the mountains, though, spring—blooming wildflowers, new growth, nesting birds—can continue to August.

Summer Tanager Leucadia
Blue Grosbeak

Spring brings migration as well. Wintering ducks and shorebirds begin leaving for northern climes. Migrating thrushes and sparrows check out the sage scrub, chaparral and grasslands. Movement picks up steam by late March with warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, and orioles stopping by riparian and oak woodlands to rest and refuel—and some, to set up housekeeping. April and May often bring large flocks of swallows and swifts swirling overhead, especially on cloudy days. By late May, passerine migration slows down and most birds have settled into the serious business of raising this year’s families.

Since spring is a season of movement, one can never know what might show up. You can join San Diego Region Birding (operated by the San Diego Field Ornithologists) to stay abreast of the latest sightings. For instance, in late February, this group reported a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Mountain Chickadee at Oceanside’s Guajome Regional Park. San Dieguito Park in Solana Beach hosted a Black-and-White Warbler about that time, as well. A surprise from a usually pelagic bird—a Red Phalarope—made an inland appearance on a pond on the Dust Devil Trail in Del Mar in February. Good birding!

Greater White-fronted Goose
Bullucks Oriole
Townsend`s Warbler Leucadia

About the Author

After birding for a quarter-century in Colorado, Tina and her family recently moved to Oceanside, where she’ll probably spend the next quarter-century trying to remember that the mountains now lie to the east. Tina is a guest blog contributor that will be sharing her insights and discoveries as she explores Southern California with her binoculars, scope, and field guide.

To learn more about regional birding opportunities, contact the Buena Vista Audubon Society and Nature Center

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Don’t Miss the Grunion Run on Oceanside Beaches!

During the spring and summer season, Oceanside’s beaches offer a truly unique chance to witness one of nature’s most fascinating phenomenons! Known as the Grunion Run, every year hundreds to sometimes thousands of small 5-6″ silvery fish ride the waves onto the shore, purposefully beaching themselves as part of their remarkable spawning behavior. This momentous event occurs March through August for three to four days at a time, following a full or new moon, immediately after the tide has reached its highest point.

The proceedings usually begin with a few brave males stranding themselves onto the beach first, followed by more and more fish. Females then ride the larger waves onto shore and swim as far up on the beach as they can, building a small “nest” and burying themselves in the process. There in the sand the females release their eggs a few inches below the sand surface and the surrounding males fertilize the eggs. After the process is complete, the beached fish shake and heave themselves towards the waves to get swept back into the ocean.

Grunion Run Facts
  • Grunion can begin spawning once they reach maturity at 1 year old.
  • The normal grunion lifespan is 2 or 3 years long.
  • Female grunions can lay anywhere from around 2,000 to close to 4,000 eggs!
  • Grunion eggs take about a week-and-a-half to hatch.
  • Baby grunion will hatch 2 or 3 minutes after the eggs are washed out to sea during the return of high tide.
  • Grunions travel in big schools, effectively covering the beach with fish during peak times of the Grunion Run.
Grunion Runs 2019 Schedule

The schedule for the Grunion Runs is an estimation for the nights and hours when the grunions will most likely arrive. The Grunion Run times for Oceanside beaches do vary March – August so be sure to check the Visit Oceanside Event Calendar and the California Fish & Wildlife Expected Grunion Runs often for specific days and times you are most likely to witness the spectacle.

Mar 21, 2019 Grunion Run

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Mar 22, 2019 Grunion Run

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Mar 23, 2019 Grunion Run

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Mar 24, 2019 Grunion Run

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Jun 03, 2019 Grunion Run

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Jun 04, 2019 Grunion Run

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Jun 05, 2019 Grunion Run

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Jun 06, 2019 Grunion Run

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An Experience Worth Seeing

The grunion’s mating ritual is incredibly unique compared to other fish (literally fish out of water!), and is a natural spectacle specific to our Southern California beaches! Plus, during the months of March, June, July and August you can also participate in grunion hunting. To catch grunion a California Sport Fishing License is required for those that are 16 and older. Leave the poles at home though, these fish have to be caught with your hands (hole traps are prohibited). To learn more about grunion hunting as well as open season dates visit Grunion Hunting FAQ’s.

So take a nap, bring your flashlight, grab a jacket and get ready to witness something special in Oceanside!

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Fishing with the Family: A Perfect Oceanside Adventure

It isn’t hard to find something to do in Oceanside, but it can be tricky to find something that appeals to the whole family. One activity you can suggest is fishing; most kids love the idea of fishing even if they’ve never tried it before!

The best way to make your fishing experience a memorable one is to of course make sure you catch fish. While you can never guarantee any fishing trip will be a successful one, you can implement the following strategies to help increase your kids’ odds of reeling in some fish. So before you go check out these great spots and strategies for fishing in Oceanside!

Select a Suitable Location

Finding the fish is often one of the most challenging parts of any angler outing, but that’s not much of an issue in Oceanside. Assuming you don’t plan to hire a guide or climb aboard a charter, you basically have three options: You can fish from the beach, or you can fish from either of the two local piers — the Oceanside Municipal Fishing Pier or the Oceanside Harbor Fishing Pier. You may need to walk up and down the pier a little, or drift down the beach until you find a productive location, but you won’t spend all day searching for fish!

You can catch plenty of fish from either location (more on that below), but each offers a different and unique type of experience. Fishing from the beach will give you a little more elbow room, and your kids can run on the beach or build a sandcastle if they need a break. On the other hand, pier fishing tends to be a bit more crowded but this also means that your kids are likely to see people catch some pretty cool fish!

Angler removing the fishing hook from a Bonito caught off the Oceanside Pier
Target Abundant Species

One of the most important things to do is recognize the locally abundant species, and target them specifically. When fishing from the beach you’ll want to target croakers and surfperch which are plentiful off the shore. You may also catch the odd stingray or smooth hound shark as well, which will certainly impress the kids!

While there are plenty of fish to be caught within casting distance of the shore, the pier provides ample access to fairly deep water. You’ll still be able to catch various croakers from the pier, but you’ll also have the chance to catch sand bass, butterfish and halibut. If you make your way out to the very end of the pier you might also have the chance to catch mackerel, bonito, kelp bass and rockfish. If you are really lucky you might even reel in a barracuda!

Use Equipment Suited for Your Kids

Set your kids up for success by providing them with a rod and reel they can handle competently. This means avoiding bait casting reels in favor of spinning reels, and using rods that are a little shorter than average. You can find appropriate rods and other tackle in a variety of area stores, or you can just rent the necessary equipment from the pier’s tackle shop (the staff can also help answer any questions you may have and point you in the right direction).

Don’t worry about using fancy artificial lures when teaching your kids to fish. Most of the inshore fish in Oceanside can be caught with a basic sinker rig, baited with mussels, bloodworms or pieces of cut mackerel. The Pier Bait Shop stocks several different baits that you can purchase as well, and because they keep track of what the fish are biting most you are sure to have the right bait for the job!

Licenses and More

If you plan on fishing in Oceanside be sure to stay on the right side of the law – you don’t want to set a bad example for your youngsters. You and your spouse and any kids over 16 will need a fishing license to fish legally from any location besides the public Oceanside Pier’s. Children under the age of 16 are free to fish without any license regardless of location. Check with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to find more information including current prices and how to purchase your licenses.

If you want to learn more about the best ways to catch fish with your kids, check out Outdoor Empire’s review of the subject. There you can learn about the best equipment and baits for your kids, as well as tips on selecting good locations and targeting the species that are the easiest to catch.

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10 Events to Not Miss this March

Spring time is already here, can you believe it? With the month of March comes the blossoming of flowers (including the famous Flower Fields!) and the return of some of Oceanside’s iconic monthly events including the ever popular First Friday: Art Walk! March truly is one of the most beautiful times to be in Oceanside, and the countless fun events and activities taking place throughout the month make it an ideal time to come and visit. So no matter what you’re looking to do or see, Oceanside has you covered this spring!

To see the rest of the events taking place this month and beyond be sure to visit the Oceanside Event Calendar.

“Dancing Lessons” at the Brooks Theatre

What: Ever, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer to learn enough dancing to survive an awards dinner. The dancer Senga, however, is recovering from an injury that may stop her dancing career permanently. As their relationship unfolds, they’re both caught off-guard by the discoveries—both hilarious and heartwarming—that they make about each other and about themselves.

When:

  • Friday & Saturday, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, March 3, 10, 17, 2019, 2pm

Where: The Brooks Theatre 217 N Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info“Dancing Lessons” at the Brooks Theatre

The Flower Fields

What: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are back! From March 1st – May 12th, come to Carlsbad Ranch and take in the beautiful sights and smells that come from over 50 acres of vibrant blooming flowers! Parking is free, and admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 60+, and $9 for children 3-10. Additional group tours, season passes, and wagon rides are also available to purchase. Special events such as concerts and workshops will be taking place throughout the time the fields are open

When: March 1 – May 12, 2019, 9am-6pm

Where: Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

More Info: The Flower Fields Calendar of Events

First Friday: Art Walk at SpringHill Suites

What: Celebrate the thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of downtown Oceanside. This special First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk will showcase live performances, music, poetry, art education, and pop-up galleries and more, all displayed in and around the SpringHill Suites hotel. Admission is free and open to the public.

When: Friday, March 1, 2019, 5-9pm

Where: SpringHill Suites Oceanside, 110 N Myers St, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoFirst Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Oceanside Harbor Wine Cruise

What: Join Oceanside Adventures and Beach House Winery on the first Saturday of every month* for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran through the beautiful Oceanside Harbor. The cruise features an appetizer platter and three tastes of wines from Beach House Winery. Cost is $39 per person, 21 and over only.

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 5pm-6:30pm

Where: Oceanside Adventures, 256 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Oceanside Adventures Harbor Wine Cruises

*weather permitting

Glassless Minds Open Mic feat. Rudy Francisco

What: Come witness the one and only Rudy Francisco performing at Linksoul! Come out, hit the mic, be inspired, inspire others. Eat more poems.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7pm

Where: Linksoul 530 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, California 92054

More Info: Glassless Minds Open Mic feat. Rudy Francisco

A Tale of Two Chefs on A Farm

What: Come to Cyclops Farms for a special night featuring two culinary sensations, Chef Davin Waite – Chef Owner of Wrench and Rodent, The Whet Noodle and soon The PLOT Restaurant, and special UK guest the award winning Chef Peter Harrison. The evening will include a farm tour with seed planting, tasty bread from Prager Brothers Artisan Breads, music for the Organic Soul, 5 course meal with beverages (non-beer & wine, and vegetarian options available), and wine pairings by Native Wines with three of the courses. Don’t forget about the amazing ocean views and sunset! 

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 5-8:30pm

Where: Cyclops Farms, 1448 Avocado Rd, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Cyclops Farms Water Bill Dinner

Legacy Brewing Off-Road Enthusiast Meet

What: Come to Legacy Brewing Co. every third Wednesday of the month for an off-road enthusiast meet up complete with live music! Bring your own off-road rig and check out others while striking up conversations with fellow dirt enthusiasts!

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 5-8pm

Where: Legacy Brewing Co 363 Airport Road Oceanside, CA 92058

More Info: Legacy Brewing Off-Road Enthusiast Meet

333’s Music At The Museum

What: Enjoy a fantastic night out at the Oceanside Museum of Art, where Whitney Shay will fill the building with bluesy rock while 333 Pacific Restaurant serves gourmet appetizers, desserts, and specialty wines.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6-8pm

Where: Oceanside Museum of Art 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: 333’s Music At The Museum

Six String Society’s 27 Club

What: The Six String Society’s ’27 Club’ illuminates the lives and music of this infamous musicians’ club in which all members tragically died at the age of 27. Set in a mythical Greenwich Village living room (circa 1969), the candles burn late into the evening as the stars of this club begin to appear. The all-star cast includes the great Gregory Page, Whitney Shay (Amy Winehouse), Casey Hensley (Janis Joplin), Anthony Cullins (Jimi Hendrix), Robin Henkel (Robert Johnson), Jody Bagley and others. Come see this fantastic show–it’s to die for! 

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 2pm & 7pm

Where: Brooks Theatre 219 North Coast Highway, Oceanside CA 92054

More Info: Six String Society’s 27 Club

Hands On Mead Making Workshop

What: In this hands on introduction you will be guided step by step through the mead making process as you create your own batch that you can take home and replicate right in your kitchen! Topics covered will include required equipment, ingredients, nutrients and experiments you can do at home. Class includes flight of mead (Four 2oz tasters), lunch, and your very own gallon of mead for you to take and enjoy!

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10am-1pm

Where: Golden Coast Mead 4089 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056, USA

More Info: Golden Coast Mead Workshop

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