While our wide-open beaches are the top reason visitors escape to Oceanside , exciting discoveries can be made while exploring our rich cultural heritage. From our outdoor amphitheater to historic museums, Oceanside's cultural resources vary from the classic to contemporary and are enjoyed through hands-on experiences, live theater performances and thought-provoking art.

Arts and Culture Oceanside

Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. The museum is housed in a classic Irving Gill designed building that represents the flavor of Southern California in the 1930s. Providing a variety of programming that complements, OMA presents five provocative exhibits each year. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A modest fee is charged. Call (760) 435-3720 or visit the web site,

Oceanside Museum of Art Website

California Surf Museum

At a time when the historical roots of many beach communities are rapidly changing and/or disappearing, the California Surf Museum is preserving the strong link between the ocean and lifestyles of the beach community. The museum actively collects, documents and preserves surfing related artifacts and memorabilia. Through a series of rotating exhibits, the California Surf Museum presents the many facets of this fervent culture. Visit the Museum at 312 Pier View Way, or call (760) 721-6876, for more information:

Mission San Luis Rey

Known as the “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, is the largest of the California Missions. The title "King of the Missions" was bestowed upon this California state treasure because of its expansiveness and architectural beauty. With such peaceful and inspirational surroundings, it is easy to visualize the everyday life of the Franciscan Friars and Native Americans who inhabited the Mission more than two centuries ago. The mission architecture is extraordinary. Hand carved wooden doors, bright and colorful hand painted walls and murals, the original baptismal font (made by Native Americans) of hand hammered copper, and a mixture of Classical and Baroque reredos are not to be missed. The Mission provides guided and self-guided tours, a museum, a gift shop, retreat center, and year-round special events. For information call (760) 757-3651.

Mission San Luis Rey Website

Sunshine Brooks Theater

Operated by New Vision Theatre, the historic Sunshine Brooks Theatre is home to a series of year-round quality productions. New Vision produces some exceptional community theatre and is responsible for refurbishing the hall into a facility supportive of concerts as well as Oceanside civic events. For more information and a current show schedule, call (760) 529-9140 or visit

Sunshine Brooks Theater Website

Heritage Park Village Museum

Nestled among the rolling hills of historic Oceanside Valley, Heritage Park features the original buildings of downtown Oceanside. These original structures date from the turn of the century and feature the City's first General Store, the Blacksmith Shop & Livery Stable, the Portola , the old city jail, a doctor's office, Libby School and The Blade Newspaper. The charm of yesteryear is beautifully captured in this historic park which serves as a dramatic backdrop for special events, education programs, and social gatherings of all kinds. The park grounds are open to the public daily from 9am-4pm. The buildings are open on Sunday afternoons from 1pm-4pm. Detailed guided tours are offered weekends during the summer months. For information please call (760) 433-8297.

Star Theater

N Coast Highway Oceanside , CA 92058

(760) 721-9983

The Star Theater is a community-based theater that is rented out for a variety of performing arts groups. Performances include music, drama, lectures, concerts and visual arts.

Oceanside Star Theater Website

Mira Costa College

(760) 795-6815

Mira Costa College offers student based performances of Dance, Theater, Film, Music and Special Events.

Mira Costa College Website

Oceanside Historical Museum

305 Nevada, Oceanside , CA 92058


The Oceanside Historical Museum preserves Oceanside history through memorabilia, photography, and research archives. Tours are available .

Oceanside Historical Museum Website

The Kruglak Gallery

(760) 795-6815

The Kruglak Gallery offers a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions of interest to both students and the general public. The gallery is located in the Mira Costa College Student Center on the Oceanside Campus. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 10am – 3pm and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 6 – 7:30pm. Admission is free.

Rosicrucian Fellowship

Brilliantly situated on a dramatic bluff overlooking the historic Oceanside Valley , the Rosicrucian Fellowship offers sanctuary from the demands of the modern world. Operating as the International Headquarters, the Fellowship aims to unite Christianity with science. There are two daily services offered to visitors who visit this National Historical Monument . The Rosicrucian Fellowship is located at Mission Ave. and Mesa Drive . For more information please call (760) 757-6600.

Prince of Peace Abbey Retreat House

The Prince of Peace Abbey is a Benedictine Monastery situated on a mesa overlooking the San Luis Rey River Valley and the Pacific Ocean . It was founded in 1958 by monks of St. Meinrad's Archabbey in Indiana . The facility serves as a retreat house and gardens for those seeking spiritual renewal. For more information please call (760) 430-1305.

Rancho Guajome Adobe

Rancho Guajome hacienda depicts a unique example of Anglo-Hispanic architecture built on an original Mexican land grant. Distinguished as a National Historic Landmark for its contribution to our nation's history, the rambling twenty-room adobe ranch house, built with huge profits from the cattle boom of the 1850's, bustled in its heyday with extravagant fiestas, lively rodeos, and constant visitors. Noted author Helen Hunt Jackson stayed at Guajome while she gathered material for her famous novel Ramona. Guajome County Park also offers a rich riparian area, marshes, spring-fed lakes, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and camping.

Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center

At the absolute southern edge of Oceanside , you'll find the Buena Vista Audubon Society's Nature Center . Sited on the Buena Vista Lagoon, the Center offers a variety of natural history experiences. In the course of an afternoon, you can walk amid native plants to see views of the lagoon and its bird life, discover tracks along the shore that reveal the night's animal visitors, tour the garden of native plants, find the world's tiniest mammals in one of the exhibits of local habitat, learn what endangered species live in the lagoon and challenge your children with nature games. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Take Coast Highway to 2202 South Coast Hwy. Phone: (760) 439-BIRD (2473).

More Attractions

Oceanside Harbor
Unlike most ports, all boats are visible from a two-lane asphalt drive encircling its shoreline. Fine restaurants, picnic tables, and a Harbor Village with shops, eateries, and a lighthouse, along with the nearby Harbor Beach combine to offer the seafarer and motor visitor an enchanting experience of color and atmosphere. Oceanside's Harbor is a mecca for sportfishing, whale watching, boating and other water-oriented activities. The Marina inside the harbor has sloops ranging in length from 25-51 feet. Transient moorings and limited RV beach camping are available. Harbor Days is a scheduled annual event held the 3rd weekend in September.

Oceanside Pier
The historic Oceanside Pier is a prized community resource as well as a monument to its citizens' persistence in seeing that a pier remains a part of its oceanfront recreational facilities. At its current 1,942 feet in length, it remains one of the longest wooden construction recreational piers on the West Coast. From its reach, viewers can peer into the entrance channel of Oceanside Harbor, a 900 + boat recreational marina that sits along the northwest borders of the city. The pier is a recreational common ground for Oceanside, a place where young and old, fisherman and surfer, tourist and residents mingle, stroll, and sit to watch the waves or the sunset while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. While a fishing license is required for surf fishing on the beach, no license is needed for fishing off the pier.

Coastal Oceanside
A cultural vision is being realized in historic Downtown Oceanside that will forever change the image of the city. The award winning Oceanside Civic Center, located at 300 North Coast Highway is a focal point of this new vision. Several museums and galleries can be found in or near downtown Oceanside, such as the museum of Art. This visual arts center brings a variety of art exhibitions to the downtown, and is located in the historic Gill building at 704 Pier View Way (760-721-ARTS). The California Surf Museum is capturing, preserving and chronicling the art, culture and heritage of the surfing lifestyle. You can visit this internationally recognized world class-museum at 223 North Coast Highway (760-721-6876). Visit a coastal wetlands habitat at the Buena Vista Audobon Society's Nature Center located at 2202 South Coast Highway(760-439-2473). Here you will see a variety of plants and birds.

Mission San Luis Rey
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, named in honor of St. Louis, King of France, is located in a secluded valley four miles east of Highway 5 in Oceanside. Founded in June 1798 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, the Mission is one of the most architecturally impressive of all the California missions. Built of adobe and faced with brick, it is a composite of Spanish, Mexican, and Moorish styles. For over thirty years the mission prospered under the direction of Father Antonio Peyri. By 1801, over 300 Indians had been enrolled in the mission, making it one of the most populous in California. After secularization in the 1830's, the mission grounds were used for bullfights and later, as a military post by U.S. troops. In 1893, the mission was rededicated as a Franciscan seminary. Today, the "King of Missions" includes a picnic area, museum and gift shop. The newly developed San Luis Rey Valley Conference Center & Garden's, located at the Mission, is equipped to accommodate conventions, conferences, banquets, as well as weddings, it covers 17,500 square feet of space with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment - a perfect meeting place!

Mission San Luis Rey Website

Heritage Park
Heritage Park Village & Museum centers around an idyllic Main Street lined with many of historic Oceanside's original buildings. The first General Store, the Portola , the Blacksmith Shop & Livery Stable, a doctors office, the Old City jail, Libby School and the Blade newspaper building provide an ambient backdrop for education programs, special events and social gatherings of all kinds.

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base
The world's largest U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Training Base is located in North Oceanside. It is considered a "recreational" paradise with its military community of over 36,000 spread over 125,000 acres. The camp is well recognized for its interest and effort toward ecology and the preservation of natural resources. With its three mountain ranges and varied geographical terrain, Camp Pendleton has earned its title as an "Ecological Oasis of Coastal California." Home of the First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton is situated on what was once a Spanish land grant called Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. The area's natural beauty has been changed as little as possible, making Camp Pendleton a modern military base in the heart of a little piece of history.

Camp Pendleton Website

Farmers Market (Thursdays)
Come enjoy farmers market at Oceanside in the historic downtouwn. Several vendors with all types of items along with foods from around the world. we also have a playhouse for the kids. Come enjoy our barbequed foods and great atmosphere along with local farmers. Live music at every farmers market.

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