Oceanside Harbor Days features pirates, tall ships and local bands

OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will hold its Oceanside Harbor Days on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Oceanside Harbor with A Pirate’s Playground theme.
Pirate Village will be returning and the historic tall ship, Californian, will be in the harbor, providing scenic tours with spectacular photo opportunities. Visitors can enjoy popular events including roaming pirates, live entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Popular performers will include Upstream, Irieside, The Buzzbombs, Full Energy Band, The Pirates Charles, Vista School of Rock, North County Academy of Music Performance, CCF Poly Dance Team and Aloha Nui Hula.
Capt. Jack will make his fourth annual appearance along with all his crew to stir up all kinds of swashbuckling fun in the Harbor. Area Pirate Guilds will also be available for pictures, pirate stories and games.
On Oct. 2, guests will have the opportunity to dine with Pirates at the Ye ol’ Pirate Buffet presented by the Jolly Roger Restaurant. The dinner event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and reservations are required. The price of the event is $29 for Pirates and $15 for Lil’ Pirates (10 and under). For more information and reservations, visit www.oceansideharbordays.com or call (760) 722-1534.
The Tall Ship Californian will be located at the Dolphin Dock on Oct. 2 for dockside tours as well as offering a sailing tour at noon Oct. 3. For more information and reservations for the sailing tour, visit www.sdmaritime.org/shop/events/adventure-sail/adventure-sail-oceanside-10-02-10.html.
Harbor Days would not be complete without its traditional signature events that include:
— Fishing Derby: Guests swarm around the fishing pier in order to witness youngsters cast their lines for the biggest fish.
— Nail and Sail: Spectators are entertained as sailors sink or swim in this contest which pits brain against brawn as teams build and navigate a seaworthy craft around a short, but treacherous course.
— United States Marine Corps and Navy Static Displays: Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, everyone has a great time crawling around these massive military machines that are on display at the Oceanside Harbor Beach. It’s a great opportunity to connect with our local military and learn more about their diverse responsibilities in the military.
The Opening Ceremonies for Harbor Days will take place at noon Oct. 2 at the Harbor Stage. Capt. Jack, a look-a-like from the popular movie series, will be emceeing the event. Briana Roecks, Miss Oceanside, will be singing the National Anthem and the Oceanside Fire Department will present the colors.
Access to Harbor Days will be easier than ever with rail transportation from the Sprinter and Coaster along with a free shuttle service that will be available from the Oceanside Transit Center to the Harbor. Whether you drive or ride, it is recommended that visitors utilize the shuttle service from the transit center.
For more information, call the Oceanside Chamber Commerce at (760) 722-1534 or visit www.OceansideHarborDays.com.

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