Fun In the Sun: Top Oceanside Happenings This Summer

Planning a move soon? Quench your thirst for adventure in Oceanside, California, an urban beach setting full of burgeoning cultural must-sees and fun attractions.

From the historic mission to the military association with Camp Pendleton on the outskirts, Oceanside is a gorgeous place to enjoy the beach and other outdoor adventures.

Even in the middle of a pandemic, there are still plenty of fun things to do! Check out these Oceanside happenings to help make your visit or move a fantastic experience.

Visit the Farmer's Market

One of the sweetest things to do in Oceanside -- literally -- is to shop for fresh local produce at the Farmer's Market. Delicious fruits and veggies are available as the season allows. Local honey, bakery treats, and handmade items are just the start of the treasure you can find when you wander the market.

Read up ahead of time so you know what's in season and what you can expect to find. Go early for a more sparsely populated shopping experience, or go late for the best deals.

It's always a good idea to meal plan before you go, so you have a list to guide you. Otherwise, it's easy to get lost in all the produce possibilities.

They've made accommodations for following social distancing guidelines. No-touch shopping is the new norm, with face coverings required. Shop in safety on Thursday mornings from 9 to 1.

Enjoy the Beach

While many Oceanside, CA events have been postponed, checking out the beach is not one of them. The beach is open to the public, for lounging in the sun or doing other fun water activities. You can surf or paddleboard, fish, or just walk along the shore.

Maintain the proper distance from those not in your household, and bring a face covering in case you get within six feet of others. Parking is open, so gather the family and enjoy a day in the sun! For tips on how to enjoy outdoor activities safely, check out this site.

El Corazón

"El corazón" means "the heart" in Spanish. Located in the heart of Oceanside is El Corazón Park, a 465-acre expanse that serves the city. You'll find bird watching opportunities, gorgeous wildflowers, and more natural beauty to enjoy.

Even if other events in Oceanside aren't available, the El Corazón Nature Trail is a 2-mile loop that's perfect for your morning run or for walking the dog. Getting outside is good for your mental health, and it's encouraged by doctors, even while stay-at-home orders are in place.

Delicious Oceanside Happenings

Visit a local restaurant to experience some of the best food in California. Most are open for take-out or outdoor seating, and they're proud to provide the delicious treats you missed during quarantine.

Check out Bagby Beer Company, a local brewery and restaurant, for tacos, burgers, salads, and fantastic cocktails. Order online ahead of time, and check out their website's tips for serving your cocktail at home the same way they do in the restaurant.

For seafood cravings, try Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub, now open for regular dining service. You can taste the creativity whether you're ordering take out or sitting down inside.

Stratford At the Harbor is a great place to get breakfast or lunch. You'll enjoy a view of the water as you dine and enjoy locally-sourced ingredients.

Art Walk

One of the best parts of Oceanside is the artistic atmosphere. O'siders love to tell you how much the arts are part of the community. One of the easiest ways you can tell is by checking out the murals all over the city.

Each artist's unique style comes out in their work, from the life-like birds and beach scenes to more edgy haunted looks and horse skeletons. Many restaurants and markets are home to these murals, so if you're eating at any of those suggested above you may get a glimpse on your way.

The murals are one of the Oceanside events that's open all year long. Wander the city and see all the beautiful art. New ones pop up all the time, so you can find a helpful map and pictures here to plan your own personal art walk.

Wine Tasting

If you're moving to Oceanside, you'll love that one of the famous Oceanside things to do is go wine tasting. Many California tasting rooms are open, while some have moved outside to keep you safe while you sample their offerings.

SoCal is known for its wine, and Oceanside is getting in on the action. Escondido's spectacular Orfila Vineyards & Winery has a tasting room in downtown Oceanside. You can experience their six regular tastings, or expand your palate even more with an 8-taste deluxe experience (with this option, take home a wine glass as a souvenir).

Go Golfing

The golf course in Oceanside is open! That means you can enjoy spectacular views of the neighboring hills while you practice your swing. They're open every day from 6 am to sunset, so whether you're an early golfer or love to enjoy the evening sky, you're in luck.

Precautions are in place to keep you safe, including social distancing and face coverings. While golf carts are available, you're encouraged to walk and follow their other guidelines. Make sure to read about the current protocol before your visit so you know what to expect.

A Bright, Sunshiney Day

This list of Oceanside happenings will only grow as more places open up. Known for its surfing events, outdoor music, and fun museums, Oceanside is a great place to live and play.

For more about the Oceanside area and how we can help you get settled, contact us today!

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