Oakdale hosts a professional rodeo the second weekend in April, and the Oakdale Chocolate Festival the third weekend in May each year.
Oakdale is one of the gateways to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada foothills from Highway 120. The Stanislaus River winds through town offering opportunities for water sports and fishing. Nearby lakes are popular destinations for boating and water skiing. Camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and skiing are available within an hour's drive in the nearby Sierras.