Celebrate the autumn months in Oxnard, CA.

Experience an eventful fall season in Oxnard, with one-of-a-kind seasonal offerings.

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As the summer sun mellows into a cozy glow, there's so much to enjoy about this affordable coastal destination where Southern California "cool" meets Central Coast relaxation. Experience comfortably warm days and pleasantly cool evenings perfect for vibrant car shows, festive Halloween events and spirited celebrations of Dia de los Muertos. Hotel rates are lower than peak season, so you can get away without breaking the bank. Our sunsets are fiery - with the sun tucking behind the islands during the late fall to winter months - setting off brilliant hues in the skies. Our calendar is packed with fall events. And so much more...

Autumn Weather

As summer's warmth gently fades, the weather in Oxnard becomes even more inviting, embracing you with delightful temperatures that make it the perfect destination for your autumn escape.

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Weather & average temperatures IN OXNARD

Oxnard's fall weather sets the stage for countless outdoor adventures and moments of pure relaxation, making it an irresistible haven for those seeking the perfect autumnal retreat.

Get ready for Oxnard's 'second summer' as the dissipation of the summer marine layer gives way to clear, bright blue autumn skies. Summer crowds subside as kids return to school, making for more affordable rates in Oxnard hotels, without having to sacrifice the weather. The average high temperatures range from the mid-70s to the low 80s Fahrenheit (24-29 degrees Celsius), allowing you to revel in the sunshine without feeling overwhelmed by scorching heat.

As the sun sets, the evenings bring a refreshing coolness, with temperatures dropping to the mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit (13-17 degrees Celsius), creating a cozy ambiance that calls for strolls along the coastline or fireside gatherings under the stars.

Oxnard Weather

Current OXNARD conditions & Live Cam

Compare fall average temperatures with the current Oxnard forecast below. If you want to see it to believe it, check our 24/7 livestream feed from Marine Emporium Landing located in Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor, and see for yourself our gorgeous town.

Monday, Apr 22
H: 64°   L: 56°

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Tuesday, Apr 23
H: 63°   L: 54°

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Wednesday, Apr 24
H: 62°   L: 51°

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Thursday, Apr 25
H: 63°   L: 51°

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Friday, Apr 26
H: 66°   L: 51°

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Saturday, Apr 27
H: 65°   L: 51°

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Packing List FOR YOUR TRIP TO OXNARD

Fall in Oxnard is a magical time, where the sun still shines brightly, and the weather is just right for exploring the beautiful coastal city. Whether you're planning a beach getaway, an outdoor adventure, or a leisurely stroll through charming neighborhoods, we've got you covered with this handy packing list. Get ready to embrace the crisp air and clear skies as you embark on an unforgettable autumn getaway in Oxnard!

1. Layers for Varying Temps
2. Versatile Bottoms
3. Light Outerwear
4. Beachwear & Cover-Ups
5. Comfortable Shoes
6. Sun Protection
7. Daypack or Beach Bag
8. Camera or Smartphone
9. Reusable Water Bottle
10. Snacks and Picnic Supplies
11. Travel Guide and Maps
12. Light Rain Gear (Just In Case)

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Oxnard Packing List
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Oxnard's Ghost Stories

Infeliz Maria, The Evil Dwarf of Oxnard Shores and the Ghost of Rudolph Valentino are just a few of the spooky specters rumored to have been sighted.

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Oxnard's Fall-Flavored Treats

Jack-O-Lantern Cold Brew w/ Cold Foam

Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters' cold foam is sweetened with their house pumpkin dream syrup that’s made with real pumpkin and poured over a pumpkin cold brew to make a special treat.

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Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

Flipping flapjacks through the end of November, visit BG's Cafe and grab a short stack, stack of three or combo with eggs and bacon or sausage.

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Charcoal Smoothie

The Blend's Charcoal Smoothie is back for Halloween. Made with coconut charcoal, mango, pineapple, and coconut-pineapple juice, it is a treat for this season!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Nothing says 'fall' like a PSL. Pair w/ one of award-winning Chef Alex Montoya's custom confections at Honey Cup's Wagon Wheel or Channel Islands Harbor locations.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Do the "Monster Mash" with a 2-gallon monster mimosa and stack of pumpkin pancakes from Vineyard Cafe.

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Thanksgiving feast & Treats

The raven tavern

Have a taste of thanksgiving in one bite with this Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Pie from The Raven Tavern. This must try pie is filled with turkey stuffing, green beans and topped with garlic mashed potatoes & cranberry sauce. This warm and flakey entree is available starting November all the way up to Thanksgiving Day. Get yours in house or place an order to enjoy for your Thanksgiving Day feast.

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The waterside restaurant

The Waterside Restaurant is serving up a whole new menu this Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy their Honey Pineapple ham with roasted yams or blackened baked salmon with mashed potatoes and house gravy as well as other delicious main entrée options. Don't forget the dessert choices such as the all new pumpkin tiramisu!

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Oxtoberfest Offerings

Go big or GOURD home with unique fall offerings, from seasonal ales to Friendsgiving pop-up picnics and more.

OXNARD BREWERY Fall Ales

Oxnard's breweries have crafted a selection of seasonal beers that will have your mouth watering.

Perfect for a pretzel pairing, Red Tandem Brewery's aptly named "OXtoberfest" is on tap during the autumn months.

A full-bodied yet easy-drinking ale perfect for the darker, colder months, Casa Agria's new release "Broken Jars" is an English-style Brown Ale with a maple syrup flavor by conditioning the beer on Candy Cap mushrooms to bring in some autumnal notes.

Bottle & Pint inside The Collection's Annex Food Hall offers "Huftgold Festbier" from El Segundo Brewing Company.

Oxnard's Tap Rooms

PUMPKIN PATCHES IN OXNARD

Invited to a carving contest? Oxnard has plenty of corner pumpkin patches for you to peruse. Attractions wise, our neighbors are the experts. Get lost in the twists and turns of corn mazes and ride the "Bee Train" at Underwood Family Farms (Moorpark), search through 40 acres of pumpkins or climb the kids hay pyramid at Prancer’s Farm (Santa Paula) or hop on a hayride and check out farm animals at the McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins (Ventura).

Return to Oxnard proper for a stroll amongst the pumpkin décor on the stunning grounds of historic Heritage Square.

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Influencer Coury Combs and kids on the steps of The 1901 at Heritage Square

OXNARD FRIENDSGIVING picnics

Opt for an informal gathering with loved ones in one of Oxnard's waterfront grassy areas. Leave the decor at home - we've got you covered! Work with Oxnard's incredible picnic vendors to host an inspired space that feels welcoming and celebratory:

Best Places to Have a Picnic

Fall Events

From multicultural festivals to fright nights and celebrations surrounding Dia De Los Muertos, Oxnard is jam-packed with fall events.

Events Calendar

We look forward to haunting you. Below are some of Oxnard's signature seasonal events! For a full list of events with dates, times and other pertinent details, please see our full events calendar.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS

Fiestas Patrias | September | Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day all weekend long! Kick off Hispanic Heritage month with Friday’s celebration of “El Grito” and “Fiestas Patrias” through the weekend in Plaza Park. Live music, delicious food and fun for the whole family – don’t miss this free event!

Fiestas Patrias Oxnard

Latinx Experience | Oct - Nov | The Elite Theatre Company

During Hispanic Heritage Month, The Elite Theatre Company puts on a production featuring Latino artists from the Oxnard community, including dancers, poets, storytellers & musicians. Be sure to catch a performance – there’s fun for the whole family! Check out a full list of offerings here.

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CHELITA: Art, Music + Miches Festival | OCTOBER | Heritage Square

Get ready to ignite your senses and immerse yourself in a whirlwind of creativity, culture, and pure excitement at the Chelita – the ultimate celebration of art, music, and mouthwatering Miches! Join us for an unforgettable day filled with electrifying performances, captivating art installations, delectable culinary delights, and an atmosphere that pulses with energy and inspiration. Don’t miss this great event!

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OXNARD HALLOWEEN & Day OF THE dEAD EVENTS

Plus, check out "Let the Ghoul Times Roll - SK8 NITE" at the Downtown Parking Garage; "Monsters Ball" Halloween Party at Strey Cellars; "Beetlejuice Halloween Party" at The Raven Tavern; "Trunk or Treat" events and more! See our Events Calendar for more seasonal events.

Fall Festival | October | Plaza Park in Downtown Oxnard

Enjoy Oxnard's Annual Fall Festival with fall-themed activities including a Halloween carnival area, costume parade, trick-or-treat zone, fun contests, food vendors, and even an area dedicated to November’s Día de Muertos holiday.

Oxnard Fall Festival
Photo by Cali Godley

Halloween/Steampunk Themed Tea | October | Heritage Square

Come enjoy a haunting good time at Heritage Square’s Halloween/Steampunk Tea. Halloween/Steampunk Tea is Held inside the historic theme decorated Heritage Square Hall. Come in Halloween or Steampunk best! Get your tickets HERE.

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Witches Brew Night Market | October | Heritage Square

Come to the Magickal Marketplace Witches Brew style! Have a spooktacular night with spooky shops, tricks and treats, photo opps and more! This is an all-ages Halloween festival. All in the backdrop of some of Oxnard's oldest homes.

Oxnard Halloween Festival

Parade of Frights | October | Channel Islands Harbor

Halloween weekend at the Channel Islands Harbor is sure to be howling with “Parade of Frights.” Don’t miss this non-competitive, Halloween-themed boat parade! Prior to the parade, a variety of organizations and businesses will be offering Halloween-related events and activities. To learn more, visit the partnering website here.

Channel Islands Harbor Halloween

Canceled: Theater of Shadows | October | The Elite Theatre Company

Boo! This event has been canceled for 2023.
Instead, please enjoy a FREE Outdoor Haunted Experience at Fisherman's Wharf on October 28th from 4pm to 7pm, with vendors, food, a DJ, photo opps, roaming scare actors and a special performance by The Monsters of Pop. Don't forget to wear your costume! Trunk or Treat Event Hosted by Viejitos Car Club.

Oxnard Outdoor Halloween

Trick-Or-Treat | October | The Collection At Riverpark

Get ready for a spellbinding adventure as you embark on a whimsical trick-or-treating event like no other! The Collection at Riverpark hosts yet another enchanting and spooky Halloween event with fun for the whole family! Travel through The Collection with passport maps and visit participating merchants for either a trick or a treat– fill out your entire passport and be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a fang-tastic prize. Don your most creative costume, bring your sweet tooth, and prepare to be immersed in a world of Halloween magic.

The Collection at Riverpark

El Panteon | October | Heritage Square

'El Panteon' (the cemetery) will be a vibrant and culturally enriching event celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Experience a celebration like no other as Heritage Square transforms into a colorful and immersive Dia de los Muertos phenomenon. See Aztec Danzantes, a day of the dead theatrical performance, live music, decorated community altars, traditional face painting vendors, food trucks y mucho mas! Join the celebration of life and death and dress up in your best Dia de los Muertos attire. Grab your tickets and let the celebration begin.

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Dia De Los Muertos Altar | November | Carnegie Art Museum

Oxnard's Dia de los Muertos altar returns to the steps of Carnegie Art Museum. Decorated with a 6-foot-tall Catrina, marigolds, candles and momentums, the altar will remain intact for three days and two nights. You are invited to bring a framed picture of your dearly, departed loved ones to place on the altar.

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Dia De Los Muertos Altar | November | Oxnard Performing Arts Center (OPAC)

Join OPAC and celebrate the vibrant spirit of Dia de los Muertos! Immerse yourself in a world of Day of the Dead activities including soulful music, local art exhibitions, inspiring performances by local dancers, poets and singers, guest speakers, artisan vendors, traditional food, children's activities and community altars. Pay homage to your loved ones by bringing their cherished photos and memorabilia to OPAC's community altar. Let's come together to honor and remember those who have touched our lives. Don't miss out on this enchanting event filled with ofrendas and the warmth of community.

Dia de los Muertos Oxnard

MORE Special Events IN OXNARD

Oxnard Multicultural Festival | October | Plaza Park in Downtown Oxnard

In 1995 the Multicultural Festival was introduced to the community by the Oxnard Community Relations Commission (CRC), a citizen advisory group whose mission is to promote understanding and respect among all racial, religious and nationality groups in the City and to discourage and prevent discriminatory practices. This festival is organized by the CRC, City of Oxnard staff and volunteers.

The Multicultural Festival showcases an abundance of exciting activities and offerings for all ages, including raffles, food trucks and local vendors! Spend time with family and friends while also learning about the numerous cultures being celebrated, such as Beliza, Africa, Guatemala and many more! You can even fill out a “Multicultural Passport” by going to each booth and receiving a stamp– get a stamp from each booth and receive a prize and an entry into the raffle!

Oktoberfest Festival | October | Oxnard Historic Farm Park

It's time for Oktoberfest like you've never seen! Indulge your taste buds in the rich flavors of authentic German cuisine and refreshing drinks that will transport you straight to the heart of Bavaria. But that's not all! Get ready to be swept off your feet by the enchanting melodies of live music that will have you dancing the polka in no time. And don't forget to bring your creativity to the forefront for the Fall-tastic Scarecrow Contest - a chance to craft the wackiest scarecrow and win fabulous prizes. Capture memories at a charming photo booth, surrounded by the rustic beauty of the 1867 Oxnard Historic Farm Park. Whether you're a lederhosen enthusiast or simply seeking a fantastic day out, this Oktoberfest promises giggles, grins, and all the autumn magic you can muster!

Oxnard Agriculture
Photo by Cali Godley

Central Coast British Car Club Show | October | Harbor View Park

Get ready to rev up your excitement at the Central Coast British Car Club Show, a celebration that's as classic as a cup of English tea! This charming event invites all British car enthusiasts to gather for a day of sheer automotive delight, and guess what? It's absolutely free for spectators, so bring your enthusiasm along! With a mesmerizing lineup of around 125 exquisite British cars, you'll be swooning over polished elegance and sleek designs that could rival the rolling hills of the countryside. The show isn't just about admiring shiny exteriors; it's an interactive experience where participants get to be the judges. Mark your calendars, as this sensational event promises a day that's more fabulous than spotting Big Ben in a rear-view mirror!

British Club Car Show Oxnard
Photo by Patrick Redd

Ponies by the Sea Car Show | October | Harbor View Park

Mustangs from all eras will be on display at the Ponies by the Sea Car Show, hosted by the Tri-County Mustang Club. There will be food trucks, music, games, and more! This is a free event to attend. Proceeds from registration fees will benefit Guide Dogs of America.

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Ventura County Farm Day | November | County-wide

More than 15 Ventura County farms, ranches and agricultural organizations will open their doors to the public to experience a day of free agricultural activities and tours during Ventura County Farm Day. The Farm Day’s theme is "Meet The Hands That Feed You." The day includes behind-the-scenes tours, tractor-with-trailer rides, tastings, giveaways and kid-friendly activities. Farm Day gives the public the opportunity to meet local farmers who grow the food we eat. Participants in Farm Day include Reiter Affiliated Companies (berries), Driscoll’s (strawberries), Duda Farm Fresh Foods (row crops), Alpacas At Windy Hills (Alpaca fleece), Oxnard Historic Farm Park (antique farm equipment, vegetable crops), Agromin (organic compost, mulch), McGrath Family Farm (organic farming) and SEEAG’s Farm Day Hub at Petty Ranch (orchard tours, exhibits, hands-on farm-related kids’ activities).

Check the Farm Day Trail Map for the latest list of participants.

More OXNARD Fall Events

Get your calendar dialed in for the autumn season. Go to our Events Page and filter dates from September through November.

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Autumn Outdoors

Experience Oxnard's sunset season, enjoy the best time of year for water visibility and witness fall bird migrations

Sunset Season IN OXNARD

Welcome to the sun show. Oxnard's fall colors aren't found in its foliage: they're found in the clouds. DYK? Fall is the best time of year for fiery sunsets, as the sun falls over the Channel Islands, making for brilliantly reflective waters that illuminate the sky with hot pinks and bright oranges that fade to a pastel purple hue. Perhaps this phenomenon is also attributable to the clarity of Oxnard's air during the fall season, since longer wavelength lights - reds and oranges - are more easily perceived by the eye in the absence of excess air molecules. Whatever the reason, the sky sure is pretty!

Oxnard Sunset
Photo by Jose Mejia

Water Visibility Season IN OXNARD

As the summer crowds recede, Oxnard becomes a haven for travelers seeking an even more serene experience at the beach and the harbor. Our ocean temperatures can reach 70°(F) and visibility can reach up to 100 feet, making it the best season to enjoy our beautiful waters. Many consider the fall to be the best time of year for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and swimming. Kayakers can explore the beautiful waters, paddling along the picturesque shoreline, while stand-up paddleboarders glide through the channels, basking in the golden hues of autumn sun.

Kayaking In Oxnard
Ocean visibility can reach up to 100 feet in the fall months; Photo by Vitamin Sea Photography

Fall Wildlife IN OXNARD

In the fall, Oxnard's coastal region comes alive with diverse wildlife. With fall bird migration season underway, visitors may spot a variety of seabirds, such as pelicans, seagulls, and cormorants, gracefully gliding above the Pacific Ocean. Visitors to the Channel Islands may see the island scrub-jay, a jaybird unique to the islands. Inland, in the wetland areas and nature reserves, lucky observers could catch glimpses of majestic great blue herons, snowy egrets, and vibrant ducks wading through the marshes. You may catch the end of the humpback whale’s migration season, and the beginning of northern elephant seals gathering at their rookery sites. Whether exploring the coastal habitats or venturing into the hinterlands, a fall visit to Oxnard promises encounters with a fascinating range of animals and wildlife, making it a nature lover's delight.

Oxnard Wildlife
Island Scrub Jay; Photo by Doug Mangum

Fall Harvest

Experience Oxnard’s cornucopia of farm-fresh delights this season!

OXNARD Autumn Farmers Markets

Explore one of our local Farmers Markets, such as the Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market, which is held every Thursday from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Here, visitors can sample fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season during the fall months, such as celery, cabbage, bell peppers and artichokes – be sure to catch them blooming if you can! You can also visit the Channel Islands Farmers Market open Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, where you can browse vendors, fishermen and farmers and their fresh produce and locally caught fish.

Oxnard Farmer's Market
Oxnard Farmers Market celery; photo by Ruth Ballin

Oxnard's Agricultural Roots

You can’t come to Oxnard without noticing the farmland throughout this coastal town. Oxnard is a hub for agriculture, and there are plenty of activities for tourists who are interested in exploring the region's farming heritage.

Explore the origins of the city built on sugar beets. The Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation is a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of the two oldest structures on the Oxnard Plain and creating a home for Oxnard history.

Oxnard Agriculture
Oxnard Historic Farm Park; Photo by Cali Godley

For Pet Lovers

From pet-friendly hotels, dog parks and outdoor adventures, Oxnard offers the best for your canine companions.

DYK? The Collection at RiverPark is Pet-Friendly!

Fall Break is For Animals Too!

We all know your dogs are part of the family. So you don't need to leave your furry friends at home the next time you plan your autumn trip to Oxnard. Luckily, Oxnard has an abundance of pet-friendly hotels!

Let Fido enjoy some fresh air and off-leash time. These are our favorite off-leash dog parks in Oxnard:

  • College Park Dog Park is an off-leash dog park with two areas for small and big canines.
  • Campus Park, the former site of Oxnard High School, is another off-leash dog park. It's located on the corner of 5th and H streets.
  • Jax's Windrow Dog Park is an off-leash dog park located at 3052 North Ventura Road.
  • Hollywood Beach - Dogs can roam free before 9 am and after 5 pm.

If you are in need of Doggie Day Care or boarding, please find these services available at the following locations: Inglis Pet Hotel and Flying High Pet Resort.

Oxnard Pet Friendly Hotel
Enjoy pet-friendly accommodations at Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach

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