Following an amazingly beautiful and hot Labor Day weekend, Oceanside, CA is preparing for a plethora of events to take place throughout this coming weekend, September 12 and 13. Weather being forecasted to be in the low to mid 80s all weekend, there are plenty of ways to fill your calendar and soak up the Southern California sun!
Surf for the Sea is a surf competition in recognition of the late Harry Bennett and all local surfers and family of Surf for the Sea who have passed away. This event will be held at the North Jetty of Oceanside Harbor during September 12-13, 2015. Hosted by the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental organizations who help protect our earth’s beautiful ocean and coastlines, attending the event not only means you are helping these organizations, but you can also participate in an on-site beach clean-up.
Attendance is free and entry into the event ranges from $50 to $100.
Air Tahiti Nui is making its first stop of the Waterman World Tour at Camp Pendleton’s beautiful Del Mar Beach on September 12, 2015 from 6 am to 3 pm. With a total of three events (you can register for all of them or just one), this is for those who wish to test their abilities against the Marines in paddleboard races, outrigger canoe and surfski races, and an open harbor swim. The competition is for ages 9 and up with options of winning prize money and tickets to Bora Bora!
More information on directions, camping, and events here.
Led by Oceanside native and 101 historian John Daley, Downtown Oceanside Historical Walks feature on the second Saturday of each month at 9 am sharp beginning at the Oceanside Civic Center Fountain. If you wish to hear a unique, inspirational, and educational story built upon information from the Historical Society and Daley’s own personal experiences join Daley this coming Saturday, September 12, and learn more about Oceanside’s rich history. He covers the significance of local homes, churches, bank, and other various hot spots, the famed “Top Gun” house, and more!
See also: Beat the Heat at LEGOLAND Water Park
There are many thoughts about the Mission of San Luis Rey de Francia, founded by Friar Junipero Serra, and its impacts on the local native community of the San Luis Rey River Valley. Author Jim Downs explores questions of fair policies and integration of the Native Americans in Alta California and the impacts of the policies on the people they were intended to affect. Included are the stories and narratives of F. Antonio Peyri, O.F.M., a Luiseno Native American, who oversaw the construction of the mission, the involvement of Pio Pico, Mexico’s last governor of Alta California, and much more.
“This book is especially timely with the expected canonization in September of Father Serra”, Linda McIntosh writes in her blog, Book sheds new light on Mission San Luis Rey. This AP history teacher at Vista High School who spent five years filtering through the archives of Native Americans, archaeologists, and authors alike, will be conducting an author talk and signing on September 12 at 2 pm at the Barnes & Noble in Vista.
Taking you to places around and inside of the Mission San Luis Rey, Brad Byrom, a history professor at MiraCosta College, is revamping the age-old history lessons San Diego natives received about the Mission when they were kids. Jam-packed full of insights on the mission, the local Native Americans who built some unusual objects and features, Byrom volunteers his time each Saturday beginning at 1 pm. His mission is to get people excited about the history in the area, focusing on the historical facts and revealing both the good and bad sides of the Mission’s presence and history, and the impact it has had on local native communities.
Entrance costs $12, or $30 for a family, and all of the proceeds benefit mission operations. For a more details about what to expect, click here.
Art and Lifestyle
This coming Saturday, September 12, from 4 pm to 6 pm, a special VIP art gallery reception will be held at the California Surf Museum showing Kevin A. Short’s “Art of Surf” exhibition. Starting as a painter using heavy brush stroke techniques with acrylic and oil paints, his work is renowned for displaying a sense and feel of a three-dimensional piece with exceptionally pleasing movement. It isn’t hard to believe and see that surfing and its culture has had a huge impact on Short’s work. As such, in addition to being featured in The Surfers Journal — a magazine focusing on surfing and its culture — Short has created illustrations and artwork for PepsiCo, Microsoft, and Disney.
Adding to the art experience, Short will be present at the event willing and able to discuss his inspirations and life story that influences his work.
Located at sunny Oceanside’s Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, FM 94/9 is hosting this year’s Independence Jam on September 12, 2015, featuring seven bands on two stages for $28 (plus fees). This all-ages event includes performances by Silversun Pickups, Metric, Houndmouth, Meg Myers, Civil Twilight, Bully, and The New Regime. Gates to the theater open up at 3 pm with the New Regime opening up at 3:45 pm.
Select winners who text INDIE to 61749 have a chance to win VIP tickets and meet-n-greets! For information regarding set times, restricted items, and video previews, click here!
Upcycling and repurposing materials to free up our landfills is becoming increasingly more popular. To play off of this green idea, Elizabeth Sutton, receiver of the Civic Recognition Award in Oceanside, will be leading a kid-friendly art class at Oceanside Museum of Art. This class will instruct children how to make art and jewelry from recycled object and materials, and could teach you a great way to reuse some of those “random” items laying round the house in a cool, unique way!
The event costs $10 for non OMA members and takes place on September 13, 2015 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
Looking to fill your home with vintage décor that reminds you of a warm, old-fashioned, lovely home? Or maybe you’re just looking to pick up some funky, unique finds? Every Saturday and Sunday, Lucky Street Vintage Marketplace hosts their warehouse to vendors and enthusiasts alike! Stop by from from 10 am to 5 pm and get your hands on some amazing treasures before others do!
Lucky Street Marketplace is located at 1722 S. Coast Highway #3 in Oceanside.
Taking place in Old Town San Diego Historic Park from noon to 4 pm on September 12, enjoy a Mexican Independence celebration at Fiestas Patrias! These festive events will include live music, games, and pinatas, historic and traditional dance, music, and crafts will be showcased throughout the day.
Admission and parking is free at the park, so getting there is all you need to plan for!
The Civic Center Plaza in Oceanside is hosting El Noche Mexicana on September 13 from 1 pm to 7 pm. Visitors can expect to see a blessing performed by Aztec dancers, musical performances by Mariachi Juvenil de Chula Vista, Los Viejitos Corazon Purepecha, and more.
Oceanside City Council Member Esther Sanchez said, “The first time we celebrated the Fiestas Patrias in Oceanside 11 years ago, it was very emotional. Young and old, our residents feel pride in Mexican history and culture, as do I.” Attending this free event will allow visitors to feel and participate in Mexican culture and understand the pride people have for it.
Make sure you join us in Oside this weekend to take part in some — or all! — of the fun, exciting events! And if you attend an event, don’t forget to share your event photos with us on social media by using the hashtags #VisitOceanside and #OceansideMemories!
For more information on current and upcoming events, click here.