First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk started in 2013 as the first major effort of the newly formed Oceanside Cultural Consortium, spearheaded by Daniel Foster (fmr Oceanside Museum of Art) and designed & developed by Dinah Poellnitz (The Hill Street Country Club), with assistance from the formation team of Brigid Parsons (LocalArtWalk.com), Cynthia Melfi (El Camino Country Club), Mitzi Summers (Oceanside Museum of Art) and Gumaro Escarcega (MainStreet Oceanside). 

The first event was held on August 1, 2014 with 18 venues, about 40 artists and thousands of local residents enjoying the night. As of the end of 2016, over 300 different artists have appeared in the monthly event, in over 40 different venues in the downtown Oceanside area. 


The first few events in 2014 were curated by Dinah Poellnitz (The Hill Street Country Club), December 2014 by Brigid Parsons (LocalArtWalk.com), February 2015 by Penny Hill (San Diego Watercolor Society), and the rest of 2015 by Gailee Walker Wells (Theatre Arts West). Cynthia Melfi (El Camino Country Club) was the curator for 2016, with the July 2016 literary event by Brigid Parsons.


In October 2015, First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk became a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation. In 2017, the Oceanside Friends of the Arts took over management.