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The Questions You’ve Been Asking at the California Welcome Center

Oceanside’s California Welcome Center is a powerful resource for visitors and locals alike. Leading the way on TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in the city, the Welcome Center sees more than 60,000 visitors every year and the knowledgeable volunteers and staff hear every traveler question under the sun. For the times you can’t make the drive over to the California Welcome Center in Oceanside, check out these answers to some of the most common questions being asked right now, including discount ticket information, where to get a cup of great coffee and where you can eat while enjoying a great view!

Live Music

Live Music in Oceanside

Oceanside is home to tremendous musical talent and an abundance of venues hosting live events. With a variety of genres and performance styles being performed across the city on any given night of the week, Oceanside’s live music scene has something for everyone. So check out our list of a few of the many great venues in Oceanside that offer free live entertainment on a regular basis!

Oceanside Harbor

Best Things to Do in Oceanside in the Spring

Looking for some ideas on what to do and where to go this spring? We’ve got the inside scoop on not only great activities to do, but also the best spots for a picnic and great indoor/outdoor restaurants to try! So look no further than our Volunteer Corner series highlighting California Welcome Center volunteer expertise on ideas and suggestions from those that know and love Oceanside! For any other questions you might have the best place to get them answered is always the California Welcome Center here in Oceanside. With 60+ volunteers that operate the center daily there is always a wealth of great information there to take advantage of.

Plan for Vacation Day

Start Planning Your Next Vacation!

There’s so much that keeps us from taking our days off—some imagined, some unavoidable—but don’t let failure to plan be the reason you don’t take time off. January 30th is National Plan for Vacation Day, and now is the time to make your 2018 vacation a priority! Need a little help? We are here every step of the way to make your vacation planning process a little easier with handy tips and expert advice about all things O’side.

Oceanside Harbor Fishing

January Oceanside Events

Now that the holiday season has come to an end, January is the perfect time to not only refocus your energy, but also take advantage of our extremely mild winter weather by enjoying these events and activities that would otherwise be impossible anywhere else in the country. From Tango dance lessons by the beach, to the South O Walkabout, San Diego’s Restaurant Week, American Crown Circus, and more, Oceanside is the place to be to start 2018 off right!

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Sounds, Savors and Shops

Want to learn of some great local shopping hot-spots, local favorite holiday foods and some great song suggestions for this holiday season? Look no further than our Volunteer Corner series which highlights California Welcome Center volunteer expertise, bringing you ideas and suggestions from those that know and love Oceanside! For any other questions you might have the best place to get them answered is always the California Welcome Center here in Oceanside. With 60+ volunteers that operate the center daily there is always a wealth of great information there to take advantage of.

Oceanside Pumpkins Halloween

What to do in Oceanside in the Fall

Nine travel tips on the places to eat and what to do in Oceanside in the fall. All of the suggestions are provided by the wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers at the California Welcome Center in Oceanside. The visitor center is located in downtown Oceanside and is an information resource for all things North San Diego County. To highlight their expertise, we have created a blog series entitled Volunteer Corner to bring you ideas and suggestions on things to do while visiting Oceanside.

Sunset Market Downtown Oceanside

What to Eat at the Oceanside Sunset Market

The decade-old Sunset Market in Oceanside is the center point where thousands of locals and tourists alike to come to downtown and experience four blocks worth of vendors, live music, arts & crafts, gourmet goods, kid’s activities and unbelievably good international cuisine. With so much going on some gems can be easy to miss, so be sure to check out these 6 delicious finds next time you visit the Sunset Market!

Scarred for Life Exhibit and Workshop OMA Ted Meyer

Military Exhibits and Celebrations

With Oceanside’s close proximity to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, our community has a unique connection to the United States Military as well as a profound respect for the service-members and their families. This summer, the California Surf Museum and Oceanside Museum of Art are housing new exhibits that highlight distinct perspectives of military personnel and the different processes of healing they go through to overcome their physical and emotional wounds from combat.

Oceanside Art Events

With talented local artists putting out fantastic work, Oceanside businesses happy to show the art off, passionate locals pushing art as a priority, and a strong foundation of established art institutes and museums, Oceanside has developed a diverse and welcoming art community that is here to stay! So grab a friend, your significant other, or even your kids and check out these amazing Oceanside art events!