December 27, 2018
Spring into action with The Collection at RiverPark’s concert series, or fall in love near the water in the Channel Islands Harbor; chill out with Downtown Oxnard’s winter festivities, or sunbathe on seven miles of summery golden-duned beaches. With Oxnard’s perfect weather year-round and a jam-packed calendar of events, there are memories to be made no matter the season.
Revel in the diverse cultures, delicious foods and one-of-a-kind experiences found only at Oxnard’s local festivals and events; there’s always something to do in this classically California coastal paradise.
Here are some of our top picks for festivals and events in Oxnard…
January – Mid April
Set sail 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. Be sure to bring your camera for this unbelievable event!
Sample prime selections and indulge in delectable cuisine from California inspired prix fixe menus. During Oxnard’s Restaurant Week, the city’s top chefs showcase their finest tacos, treats and tastings – all at specially reduced prices.
January 30 – February 12
Climb aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain, a gaff-rigged topsail ketch built in Lahaina, Maui. Board for Vessel Tours at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum dock, or take to the sea as a ticketed guest on a Natural History Sail/Adventure Sail. Come check out the ship, meet her crew, join in a sea shanty, and enjoy beautiful sailing as it’s been done for hundreds of years!
April 19 & 20
Players, are you ready?! The ultimate gaming experience kicks off Friday at Oxnard PACC, followed Saturday by the fiercest gaming tournament in the 805. Immerse yourself in a gamer’s paradise complete with floor-to-ceiling screens, ambient light and thunderous sound systems where players compete with today’s most in-demand games.
May 18 & 19
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 shortcake, and grab a cool glass of strawberry beer while the kids play, enjoy magic shows, carnival rides, puppet shows and more.
May – September
Join the Gypsies in the Trunk Troupe for free performances of your favorite fairytales! Introduce your children to live theater, and watch characters from history’s most beloved fables come alive! Pack a picnic and throw out a blanket at Harbor View Park in the Channel Islands Harbor in the spring and summer months of 2019!
Grab Dad and head out to “sea” stunning wooden vessels of yesteryear docked at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Participate in fun toy boat races, games, and engaging maritime activities! Next door, don’t miss a selection of classic cars that will be on display the very same day.
Get ready to rock this summer at The Collection at RiverPark’s free concert series. Over 21? Visit the Groupie Garden, and enjoy a selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
Fridays June 21 – September 20
Explore eclectic music genres on Fridays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm during Heritage Square’s 27th annual summer concert series! Music lovers of all ages will love the assortment of live entertainment ranging from old school to classic rock to Latin jazz to rhythm and blues and more. Concert dates are: Saturdays – June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19; August 2, 9, 16, 23.
Grab your sparklers! Grab your flags! Celebrate our country’s independence, and experience our dazzling display of sensational seaside fireworks! The firework display blasts off from the Naval Base in Port Hueneme at 9pm on the Fourth of July. Choose from three perfect viewing locations with unobstructed views after a day full of patriotically festive events.
Saturdays July 6 – August 31
Spend your afternoons set to live music while breathing in the fresh sea air at Peninsula Park in the Channel Islands Harbor all summer long! 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: Saturdays – July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Chow(der) down as a bevy of restaurants compete for the best seafood chowder in the area! Presented by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, the 5th annual Chowder Fest also hosts local wineries and breweries for guests to enjoy tastings paired with delicious locally made desserts.
July 27 & 28
Spice up your day by celebrating everything “salsa” including music, food and dance! With mainstage performances, attractions and special events, this weekend is going to be spicy. Start the celebration early by hitting the dance floor for the Friday Night Kick Off Concert on July 26th.
Dallas Cowboys Training Camp
Join the Cowboys during their yearly training visit to Oxnard! Get a chance to meet your favorite players, and watch them prepare for their upcoming season. Enjoy activities and entertainment including Dallas Cowboys merchandise trucks, Dallas Cowboys Youth Academy minicamp, VIP Experience Opportunities for Dallas Cowboys United members, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Autograph sessions, and more. Admission is free and first come first serve!
Oxnard Jazz Festival
Feel the groove flow through you at Oxnard’s 4th annual Jazz Festival! OJF is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B. This premier experience includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting complemented by scenic beaches, vendor booth shopping, cultural foods, and many other inviting attractions which make the festival a top event and destination to close out the summer festival season.
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.
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.
Oxnard Tree Lighting Ceremonies
The Collection at RiverPark Nov TBD & Downtown Dec 6
Get into the holiday spirit with one of Oxnard’s beautiful tree lighting ceremonies. Held in both Downtown Oxnard and at The Collection at RiverPark, these displays are merry-making events that are perfect for the whole family.
In addition, check out these incredible year-round events:
First Thursday of Every Month February – December
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 from 5:30pm-9:30pm, this event features food trucks that serve street-style fare from Japanese fusion to New York delicatessen to authentic Mexican.
Every Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine, select from fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, plants, specialty items and more at Plaza Park in Downtown Oxnard.
Open every Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm, year-round at Channel Islands Harbor, the Farmers Market features farmers, fishermen and vendors selling seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, freshly caught fish, baked goods, hand-made crafts and freshly prepared foods. The market also celebrates the holidays by hosting seasonal events.