11 Can’t Miss September Events
September is here, can you believe it? As school gets back in session and summer begins to come to a close don’t get the blues, there is still plenty going on in Oceanside! With exciting events ranging from the Mamma Mia Star Theatre Performance, to the family-friendly Oceanside Harbor Days, to the Annual TikiSwim, and many more in-between, Oceanside is the perfect place to send off the summer with a bang! To see the rest of the September events we couldn’t fit on this list, as well as everything else planned for the rest of the year, visit our Oceanside Event Calendar.
What: The Oceanside Pier Swim is an annual one mile swim that begins and ends on the beach, traversing around the Oceanside Pier. The Pier Swim opens with swimmers diving into the surf, circles one mile around the pier and ultimately ends with swimmers riding waves onto the beach and dashing towards a finish line on the sand.
When: Monday, September 2, 2019, 7-11:30am
Where: Oceanside Pier, 301 The Strand N Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Labor Day Pier Swim
What: Celebrate the thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of downtown Oceanside. The First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk will showcase live performances, music, poetry, art education, and culinary and pop-up art galleries showcased in local businesses and public spaces. This event is open to the public, and admission to the Oceanside Museum of Art and Music at the Museum is free during the Art Walk!
When: Friday, September 6, 2019, 5-9pm
Where: Artist Alley, Downtown Oceanside, 311 N Tremont St Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk
What: Join the North County LGBTQ+ Resource Center for the annual Pride by the Beach Variety Show. Enjoy outstanding local entertainment, fashion, drinks and concessions , paparazzi and drag at the Brooks Theare while supporting and kicking off Oceanside’s Pride by the Beach event. Pride by the beach event is October 12, 2019, the largest family friendly Coastal Pride Festival in the state.
When: Friday, September 6, 2019, 5-10pm
Where: Brooks Theatre, 219 North Coast Highway, Oceanside CA 92054
What: Come to South Oceanside Elementary School to enjoy a FREE family friendly summertime concert. On September 14th, Brent Payne will be performing country tunes from 6-8pm. In addition to the live music there will be food trucks, and fun entertainment for the whole family.
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 6-8pm
Where: South Oceanside Elementary School, 1806 S Horne St, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: For more information visit Brent Payne in Concert
What: As one of California’s original surf towns and an epicenter for the surf industry, Oceanside is celebrating its place as California’s “Capital of Surf” with a Stop, Drop and Surf O’side event at the Oceanside Pier on Friday, Sept. 20. Spearheaded by the Oceanside Surf Industry, Oceanside’s surf community will show its pride for California’s official state sport with a history-making group beach photo followed by a fun surf session. Bring your board and your friends and join us for a morning of surf camaraderie and a history making beach photo. Surfers young and old will hit the beach at 6:15am, pause for a quick group photo, then head out and enjoy the morning glass. The first 200 surfers to arrive and participate in the photo will receive a commemorative t-shirt*. Later on, enjoy a Talk Story at the California Surf Museum. From 3pm-6pm, meet local surf legends, listening to their epic stories, and enjoy light refreshments.
When: September 20, 2019, All Day
Where: Oceanside Pier, 300 The Strand N Oceanside, CA 92054
What: End your summer enjoying this upbeat musical with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the Swedish pop group ABBA. A young woman wants to invite the father she’s never known to her wedding — only to discover that there are three possible choices! With ABBA classics such as “Dancing Queen”, “Take A Chance On Me”, “Mamma Mia” and MANY more, you’ll end your summer singing along with the songs you grew up with!
When: September 20-29, 2019, Various Times
Where: Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Star Theatre Box Office
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, September 21, 2019, 10am-4pm
Where: Cyclops Farms, 1448 Avocado Rd, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: North County Culinary Tour
What: All are invited to Oceanside Harbor for the annual Oceanside Harbor Days celebration. This event will feature two days filled with sun, sand, surf, arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family including a costume party for kids 12 and under at Pirate Village, the annual Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, Military and Public Safety displays, a beer garden and more. Harbor Days is free to the public.
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019, 9am-5pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: Oceanside Harbor Days
What: Tiki swimmers begin their adventure with a mass start that takes them out and around the City of Oceanside’s iconic fishing pier. Once past the pier, swimmers turn north for a fast and straight swim towards the Oceanside Harbor where half way into the 2.4 mile course the 1.2 mile course swimmers will merge following their own mass start from the Harbor Beach. Once inside the Oceanside Small Craft Harbor, the Tiki swimmers will enjoy the calm protected waters where they will turn on the afterburners for a true “finishing kick” to the boat launch ramps. All finishers will receive a custom TikiSwim8 beach towel, TikiSwim8 visor, handwoven finisher lei, awesome finisher medal, and a hot and fresh breakfast burrito. Register here!
When: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 7-11:30am
Where: Oceanside Pier, 300 The Strand N Oceanside, CA 92054
More Info: TikiSwim
What: San Diego Restaurant Week is being held September 22-29 2019. Enjoy 8 days and over 180 restaurants in San Diego County will be offering special lunch and dinner menus. This is a great opportunity to explore the buzzing dining scene in San Diego. Participating Oceanside restaurants include: 333 Pacific and Hunters Steakhouse.
When: September 22-29, 2019
Where: San Diego County
More Info: San Diego Restaurant Week
What: Established in 2017 right here in Oceanside, this contest showcases the best adaptive surfers in the country. The event was founded by the Stoked for Life Foundation bringing awareness to the rehabilitative benefits of adapted water sports through clinics and education in addition to raising awareness for access to our beach communities for those with disabilities.
When: Thursday-Sunday, September 26-29, 2019, All Day
Where: Oceanside Pier, 301 The Strand N Oceanside, CA 92054 USA
More Info: U.S. Adaptive Surfing Championships