Arts and Culture

Oceanside’s creative arts and culture scene is a cornerstone of the city’s O’riginal spirit! As one of California’s first designated cultural districts, O’side celebrates diversity and artistry for people of all ages to enjoy. Beyond the city’s coastal stretch of Highway 101, lined with artisan shops and restaurants with global-flavor influences, are iconic landmarks such as the wooden pier, outdoor amphitheater and beautiful historic buildings – all preserved and maintained to tell the true story of our city’s roots. Surrounding these attractions are world-class museums, professional theatres, weekly markets, colorful public art displays and more, making Oceanside a destination of inspiration, education and entertainment for locals and visitors alike!

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As you explore Oceanside, you’ll discover a collection of culturally significant landmarks throughout each neighborhood. Click around the map to see unique points of interest you can visit! A few popular places to experience during your stay include the Oceanside Museum of Art, showcasing new and exciting art exhibitions, the California Surf Museum, exhibiting an impressive collection of surf memorabilia, as well as Star Theatre Company and Sunshine Brooks Theater, staple performing arts venues in Oceanside. You can even experience a blast from California’s past by visiting Mission San Luis Rey, or learn more about the city’s natural landscape at the Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center.

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Cultural Arts District

Designated one of the first 14 Cultural Districts in California, Oceanside features an eclectic and diverse arts and culture scene built around historic theatres, monthly art walks, arts and surfing museums, Mission San Luis Rey, local community programs, and an overall city-wide passion for creativity and cultural expression!       

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