Arts and Culture

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.
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:

California Surf Museum Website

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 Inn, 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.



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. N Coast Highway Oceanside , CA 92054. (760) 721-9983

Oceanside Star Theater Website



Mira Costa College offers student based performances of Dance, Theater, Film, Music and Special Events. (760) 795-6815

Mira Costa College Website



The Oceanside Historical Museum preserves Oceanside history through memorabilia, photography, and research archives. Tours are available. 305 Nevada, Oceanside, CA 92054. 305 Nevada, Oceanside , CA 92054. 760-722-4786

Oceanside Historical Museum Website



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. (760) 795-6815

The Kruglak Gallery Website

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).

Farmer's Market The Farmers Market is a delightful way to mingle with the locals and experience our fresh, homegrown, organic produce, botanicals and scrumptious baked goods. Located in historic downtown on Pier View Way , the Farmers Market is held every Thursday morning. For more information, call Main Street , Oceanside (760) 754-4512.

North County Model Railroad Society Come and see the Museum Quality HO Gauge Model Trains displayed in Boney's Marketplace, at 1820 Oceanside Boulevard. Hwy 5, one block East on Oceanside Blvd. Thursday 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Hwy 5, one block inland on Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-7366 or

North County Model Railroad Website

Camp Pendleton The largest United States Marine Corps amphibious training base, this former Rancho provides unique insight into the native chaparral (coastal desert) landscape in which urban Southern California was built. Camp Pendleton 's motto is "Preserving California's Precious Resources" as it is home to endangered species and contains many historical landmarks. Originally named by the Portola Expedition (the famous Portuguese explorer) "Santa Margarita y Las Flores," the base was dedicated in 1942 in the name of Major General Joseph H. Pendleton, famous for his vision of Southern California coastal lands as ideal Marine Corps training grounds. The 125,000+ acre site's ownership history reflects dramatically the history of California and the nation. In order to visit the base, guests must show identification, proof of insurance and proof of registration at the gate. Two museums are available for one-and-a-half hour tours on the base. For tour information call (760)725-5569.

The Museum of Making Music - A Division of the NAMM Foundation Founded in 1998 under NAMM's organizational umbrella and with its sponsorship, the Museum of Making Music explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry from its beginnings in the 1890s to today. Housed at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, California (north San Diego county), the Museum tells stories of hard work, challenge, inspiration and pioneering innovation, and reveals the profound relationship between the industry, popular music, and global culture.

The Museum serves as a resource for the community of NAMM members through the preservation, interpretation and sharing of the industry's collective history in a public museum context. In addition, it reveals the unique and often unknown story of the music products industry to the general public. And, through intimate concerts, films, discussions, hands-on workshops, volunteer opportunities and programs for underserved youth, the Museum opens doors to enable people of all ages and walks of life to find their way into the richly kaleidoscopic world of music making.

The Museum of Making Music


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