Oxnard is blessed with a gentle Mediterranean-like climate, which means almost any time of the year is a good time to tour around and enjoy this south-coast gem. Summertime ushers in free Oxnard concerts in the park while the Channel Islands, just an hour off the coast, are a great place to take whale-watching tours.
The City of Oxnard Parks and Recreation manages its Summer Concerts in the Park series every year. The event showcases at Heritage Park in downtown Oxnard and features rock, salsa, R&B, big band, and reggae shows. The concert series usually runs from mid-June until the end of August and is a highlight every year for those who love outdoor activities and a sense of community. Best of all, it’s free for lawn seating. But for $60, families can pay for a table that sits up to six people. This is a good option for people who find it hard to stand or sit low to the ground.
The Channel Islands is a stellar spot and a great place to take a whale-watching tour when the blue, humpback, and grey whales make their yearly migrations north and south through the channel. The Island Packers run regular tours in Oxnard and are experts having led tours since 1968. Mid June to mid September sees the blue and humpback whales running while grey whales make their appearance from December 26th to mid-April. They also do island landings on Anacapa islands where one can explore the unique beauty of these protected state parks. And for the more adventurous, Island Packers does sea kayaking and camping tours on the island as well.
Oxnard is a place to get outdoors and soak up the clean air of this coastal town. From checking out a swing band in the park to checking out the whales on the water, there’s plenty for the family to do.