OCEANSIDE — Hundreds of people set up their lawn chairs, unpacked their picnic baskets and sat back in the warm afternoon sun to listened to the Boys of Summer play Eagles cover tunes at Rancho Del Oro Park on July 17. The concert was the second of three free summer concerts put on by the Oceanside Arts Commission, City Council and Parks and Recreation.
The event drew a large local crowd, as more people are looking for ways to have low-cost fun this summer.
In addition to enjoying the free summer concert series, some folks are attending no-cost or low-cost summer classes.
“MiraCosta has free tai chi and yoga classes,” Richard Jeter of Oceanside said. “We’re doing all of that and having a great time.”
Katie Barnhart of Oceanside said she attends Parks and Recreation swimming and karate lessons she found listed in Oceanside Magazine.
Others appreciate being outdoors and taking in the great summer weather.
Margie Schmidt of Oceanside said she enjoys local parks and backyard barbecues.
“Going to the beach,” Margaret Dolit of Oceanside said of her summer plans.
Bikers, joggers and walkers can hit the seven-mile long San Luis Rey bike path that runs from College Avenue down to the beach, said Eileen Turk, division manager of Parks and Recreation.
There is also plenty of free entertainment.
Jeter said he goes to the downtown Sunset Market on Thursday nights to hear live music. “There’s performers on every corner,” Jeter said.
Locals can also look forward to one more free summer concert. The final free concert will be held at Mance Buchanon Park on Aug. 14, and feature calypso and Caribbean music by the Upstream band. For more information on the concert, call (760) 435-5529.