Forget the fall foliage and instead pursue an endless summer of fun in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego's North Shore has an exciting line-up of fall events that provide enriching getaway experiences with tremendous value. Visitors can watch championship football, cruise in a classic car, bike the scenic coast and more.
Oceanside Honor Bowl Football Invitational and Military Expo on September 6 & 7, 2013: Oceanside High School will play host to the 2013 Honor Bowl, a high school football showcase to benefit military veterans. The bowl will feature eight elite varsity high school football programs from the Southern California region, as well as the Marine Camp Pendleton football teams. The event will also include halftime shows, parachute drops, a military memorial wall and food court. The Oceanside event will take place on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Teams participating include Oceanside High, Corona Centennial, Serra Gardena, Notre Dame, Del Oro, Upland, Oaks Christian and Saint Bonaventure. www.thehonorgroup.org
A week later, there’s the OAA Summer Fly-In Car Show on September 14, 2013. Oceanside Airport Association presents a fun-filled afternoon featuring vintage planes, classic cars, skydiving exhibitions, remote controlled jets, the go-fast jet pack man and great food! The event is free and will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at Maxwell Field at Oceanside Airport, 480 Airport Road. www.socalcarculture.com
Bike the Coast-Taste The Coast on November 2, 2013: Oceanside's 4th annual Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast is a popular family event that promotes Oceanside's bike-friendly nature, followed by a festival at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater with food, drink, music and fun. Beginners, experienced cyclists, kids and families are welcome to participate in the event, which offers five out-and-back routes ranging from 7 miles to 100 miles. The relatively flat, 7 and 15 mile route along the San Luis Rey Bike Trail is the most family-friendly ride and can accommodate visitors with beach cruisers as well as riders with mountain bikes, road bikes and BMX bikes. All routes finish back at the Oceanside Pier, where the "Taste the Coast" portion of the event takes place and features food booths, a beer garden and fun activities for the family. http://bikethecoast.eventmediainc.com
Oceanside Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013: Move your feet before you eat! Oceanside's popular O'side Turkey Trot has grown into a north county Thanksgiving tradition. Last year, a record field of more than 9,000 ran and walked the 5 mile, 5K and kids courses on one of the most scenic, oceanfront courses in America. In the spirit of giving, five dollars from each entry fee may be designated Oceanside schools or a non-profit of the participant's choice, or to the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation. The entire family can participate in the event, which also includes a costume contest, largest team competition, live entertainment and finisher medals for all participants. http://www.osideturkeytrot.com
125 Years of Oceanside: Founded on July 3, 1888, Oceanside is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California's casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California's longest wooden pier, vintage 101 Café, 1920's era Robert's Cottages, Top Gun House, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. The city has served as a film location for dozens of Hollywood productions and was once the preferred getaway of many of Hollywood's elite. Bordering Camp Pendleton, Oceanside has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the U.S. military and a deep commitment to the men and women serving the nation. Today, with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is a highly sought after location for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding, skydiving and more.
About Visit Oceanside: To assist with every aspect of visitor travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state's official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center- Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway. For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.visitoceanside.org.