Oceanside CA is a great place to live, visit, vacation, or stop by any time of year but we love the summer months because there are always fun things to do with the whole family. If you’re looking to stretch your dollars a little further this summer, here are some fun and free activities and events to participate in throughout O’side!
Oceanside Museum of Art
The Oceanside Museum of Art is an iconic building strategically located to offer a great view of the Pacific Ocean and the historical monument that is the Oceanside Pier. Oceanside Museum of Art — or OMA — is a fantastic place to visit because they always have something happening. Whether you want to attend their new exhibition opening, Free Family Art Days, their unique Art After Dark events, or you would just like to see the handmade pieces being sold in their Gift Shop, OMA is a must in the summer! Learn more about the Oceanside Museum of Art here.
First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk
Oceanside is proud to have a vibrant and exciting art district that is only growing and thriving! On the First Friday of each month, you can attend the amazing free Oceanside Art Walk event, where you will walk through Downtown Oceanside to view local artists’ pieces on display in venues throughout our great city. The next Oceanside Art Walk will be held on August 7th. Learn more about Oceanside Art Walk here.
Free Summer Concert Series
Heritage Park in Oceanside hosts a series of concerts throughout July and August. All concerts are held on Sundays and are free to the public. If you want to get outdoors and get grooving, these Summer Concerts are for you! Learn more about the Free Summer Concert Series here.
MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers Market and Sunset Market
The Oceanside Farmers Market is held every Thursday year-round from 9 am to 1 pm. Located at the corner of Pier View Way and Coast Highway, you will find a variety of local produce, flowers, delicious foods, handmade goods, jewelry, art, and so much more! Learn more about the MainStreet Oceanside Farmers Market here.
If you can’t make it during the day, head out to the Sunset Market, Oceanside’s weekly gathering from 5 pm to 9 pm. Much more than a farmers market, thousands of locals and visitors come out for the tasty hot food, eclectic merchandise, kids’ activities, and live music. This is definitely a great addition to your summer break. Learn more about the MainStreet Oceanside Sunset Market here.
California Surf Museum
Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum is an Oceanside historical staple. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the museum focuses on preserving, capturing, and chronicling the art, culture, and heritage of the sport of surfing. If you have not had the opportunity to visit, you should add the California Surf Museum to your list of stops. Learn more about the California Surf Museum here.
Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center
The Buena Vista Nature Center is owned and operated by the Buena Vista Audubon Society chapter, and located off of Coast Highway 101. The BVAS Nature Center is open 6 days a week and local groups and classrooms are welcome and encouraged to come and learn more about the lagoon. Learn more about the Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center here.
Whether you are experiencing art, exploring nature, hanging ten, or tasting delicious dishes, summertime in Oceanside is fantastic! Let us know what you love doing in summer!