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2018 Oxnard Events and Festivals

February 8, 2018

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With the consistent perfect weather and breath-taking beaches, it is easy to fall in love with Oxnard. But when you immerse yourself in diverse culture, delicious food and one of a kind experiences that our local festivals and events have to offer, you will never want to leave.

Live like a local and dive into annual favorites like the Oxnard Salsa Festival, Dallas Cowboy’s Training Camp and monthly Food Truck Events.

With such a jam-packed calendar there is always something new and exciting to do. Here are some of our top picks for festivals and events in Oxnard…

Whale Watching

December-September

Set sails for an adventure that is truly unique to the coasts of Southern California. Get a chance to view several whale species as well as dolphins and other marine life during their annual migration through the Santa Barbara Channel. You’re going to want to be sure to bring your camera for this unbelievable event!

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Dine Wine and Beer Week

January 19-28

Discover the exciting flavors that Oxnard has to offer at the annual Dine, Wine & Beer Week! Enjoy deals and discounts from local breweries, wineries and restaurants during Oxnard’s unique spin on the California’s “Restaurant Month”, a salute to culinary travel that is sure to expand your palate and delight your taste buds.

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One Act festival

Jan 12-Feb 4

Join Elite Theater for their 8th annual One Act Festival! Celebrate theater and experience five different one-act plays put on by local actors.

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Tall Ships

 

February 6 – February 13

Climb aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, authentic replica trade vessels. Join the crew for free vessel tours or simulated Battle Sails for a glimpse of what life was like on the high seas many years ago. Perfect for history buffs and those with a thirst for adventure!

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Strawberry Festival

May 19 & 20

Ranked among one of the top 50 festivals in the nation, the California Strawberry Festival is packed with food, rides, contests and family fun! Make your own strawberry short cake and grab a cool glass of strawberry beer while the kids play, enjoy magic shows, carnival rides, puppet shows and more.

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Fairytales in the Park

May-September

Join the Gypsies in the Trunk Troupe for free performances of your favorite fairytales! These events are a great way to introduce children to live theater or for the young at heart to watch their favorite characters come alive! Bring some blankets and a picnic to the Oxnard Harbor and enjoy the show and the sunshine!

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Rock the Collection

Thursday’s During Summer Months

Get ready to rock this summer at the Collection at Riverpark’s free concert series starting at 6 PM every Thursday. Over 21? Visit the Groupie Garden and enjoy a selection of beer, wine and cocktails.

Downtown Summer Concerts at Heritage Square

Every Friday June-September

Explore different music genres every Friday during Heritage Square’s 26th annual summer concert series! Music lovers of all ages will love the assortment of live entertainment as well as the unique and historic venue.

Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

9:00PM

Celebrate our country’s independence with a firework display by the sea! Shot off at the Port Hueneme Naval Base, the Channel Islands Harbor is the perfect viewing point to catch this wonderful and exciting half hour show.

Concerts by the sea

July- September

Immerse yourself in live music and fresh sea air at the Channel Islands Harbor this summer! With an eclectic line-up and one of a kind views, this festival is a fun family event for all ages. And the best part? It’s free!  Concert dates are: July 7, 14, 21, 29 August 4, 11, 18, 25 and September 1.

Chowderfest

July 22

Presented by the Maritime Museum, the 4th annual Chowder Fest features a host of restaurants that compete for the best seafood chowder in the area! Guests can also enjoy wine and beer tastings provided by local wineries and breweries as well as some delicious locally made desserts. Proceeds from the event go towards supporting the Maritime Museum’s operations.

Oxnard Salsa Festival

July 28 & 29

Spice up your day by celebrating everything Salsa-music, food and dance! With mainstage performances of salsa and Latin bands, salsa tasting tent and performances by local cultural and dance groups this weekend is going to be hot. Start the celebration early by hitting the dance floor for the Friday night kick off concert on July 27.

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Dallas Cowboys Training Camp

Dates TBA

Join the Cowboys during their yearly training visit to Oxnard! Get a chance to meet your favorite players while watching them prepare for their upcoming season and enjoy looking through the Cowboy’s tour trucks, merchandise and Hall of Fame trailers. Admission is free and first come first serve!

Oxnard Jazz Festival

September 8

Feel the groove flow through you at Oxnard’s third annual Jazz Festival! This event is a cultural music celebration that highlights the smooth soulful sound of Jazz, Latin, Blues, Soul and R&B music. So put on your dancing shoes and prepare to rock out with some of the areas most talented musicians in seaside paradise.

Steampunk Festival

October

Grab your top hats and jet packs and celebrate all that is whimsical at the Oxnard Steampunk Festival! Enjoy a merchant bazaar full of unique items, costume contests, live music, parasol duels and much more at this fun and funky fest.

Tamale Festival

December 1

Celebrate the world’s most delicious seasonal treat during Oxnard’s Tamale festival! Held in conjunction with Oxnard’s annual Christmas Parade, this event is a great way to kick off your holiday season.

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Oxnard Tree Lighting Ceremonies

The Collection Nov 17th & Downtown Nov 30th

Get into the holiday spirit with one of Oxnard’s beautiful tree lighting ceremonies. Held in both Downtown Oxnard and the Collection at Riverpark, these displays are fun filled events that are perfect for the whole family.

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Food Truck Events

First Thursday of Every Month

Take a bite out of food truck culture with this monthly event that foodies everywhere are sure to enjoy! Located in Plaza Park in Downtown Oxnard, this event features food trucks that serve Japanese fusion, New York Deli sandwiches and tasty street tacos.

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