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Upcoming events and activities in Oceanside

The beautiful city of Oceanside is the third-largest city in San Diego County and features one of the most vibrant beachside community’s in California’s South Coast. The city features a wide range of fantastic annual events for residents and visitors to enjoy – as well as year-round gatherings like the weekly weekly Sunset Market on Main Street and monthly art walks in the city’s thriving Art District.

Here’s a list of our upcoming favorites.

  • Armed Forces Day Military Operation Appreciation
    May 20, 2017

    Just 10 minutes south of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the city of Oceanside and its residents have a special bond with the brave men and women serving in the military.

    Operation Appreciation honors them each year with good food, great drinks, carnival rides, military displays, and a host of fun and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.

    Military vehicles, both land based and amphibious, are on display at the beach and Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel demonstrate their latest equipment and answer questions.

    Live entertainment from award-winning show and dance bands are featured all day. Active duty military personnel get to enjoy unlimited activities, rides, and a free lunch.

  • Christmas in July Artisan Fair and Carnival
    July 11, 2017

    Can’t wait for December? Oceanside’s Christmas in July brings an early taste of the holidays to the city each summer. The shopping extravaganza features arts, crafts, and other one-of-a-kind, handmade, Christmas-themed items from the city’s finest artisans.

    Admission is free. Enjoy carnival rides, food booths, and all-day live entertainment. Other activities include an auction, a bake sale, a food court raffle, a farmer’s market, and a rummage sale.

    Located within the grounds of the historic Mission San Luis Rey Parish, the fair allows visitors to wander around and enjoy the flower-filled garden, the church, the old cemetery, and the museum.

  • Oceanside International Film Festival
    August 6 -13, 2017

    This amazing annual event showcases the talented works of local, out-of-state, and international filmmakers and artists.

    As San Diego’s biggest most popular independent film festival, the event features the red-carpet arrival of Hollywood stars, special guest appearances, incredible live performances, filmmaking workshops from noted industry pros, and more.

    Visit the OIFF official website for schedules, tickets, or to submit your own film.

  • World Bodysurfing Championships
    August 19 – 20, 2017

    Now on its 41st year, the annual World Bodysurfing Championships is one of the biggest bodysurfing competitions in the world and one of Oceanside’s most exciting summer events.

    Watch as up to 400 local and international bodysurfers between ages of 12 and 65 battle it out in a spectacular two-day event featuring their skills and artistry on the water.

    Winners will be announced and awarded on the afternoon of the last day. Visit the official website to register and view the complete event schedule.

  • Oceanside Harbor Days
    September 16 and 17, 2017

    One of the most anticipated events in the city, Oceanside Harbor Days is a two-day public annual event that brings out the best of Oceanside’s vibrant community. It features hundreds booths for shops and restaurants, loads of family-friendly activities, as well as live music and entertainment.

    Thousands of visitors get to enjoy daily contests for kayaking, surfing, swimming, sand castle making, along with beauty pageants, and a host of other fun activities.

    One of the most unique competitions is called Nail N’ Sail. Contestants build a boat on the spot and try to sail it afterwards.