Carlsbad is a fun place to work, play and live! Many come to build a life in one of the sun-kissed Carlsbad homes amidst the breathtaking Carlsbad real estate right along the beach. Many come to shop or catch some waves along miles of Carlsbad shoreline, and others come to work in paradise. Whatever it is that brings you here, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time spent. Check out some of these great Carlsbad events happening this weekend!
Mediterranean Cafe | Friday, June 10 at 7pm
One of the best ways to get out on a Friday night is by going to see some live music, so hop out of your coastal Carlsbad home, and come see some of the best local music around. Adrienne Nims is a talented, versatile artist with great energy and passion. She works solo as well as with bands to create an unforgettable experience for anyone who wants to see for themselves.
New Village Arts Theatre | Ongoing until Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm | Sundays at 2pm
The New Village Arts presents a drama by William Gibson about Golda Meir, the first female Prime Minister of Israel. The stage takes place on the eve of 1973 Yom Kippur War. As Golda draws nearer to the nuclear war, she reflects on her development, politically and spiritually. Rosina Reynolds plays Golda, directed by Todd Salovey. Tickets: $32-35 Buy them here.
Coastal Communities Concert Band and Arizona Wind Symphony
Carlsbad Community Church | Sunday, June 12th from 2pm to 4pm
The Coastal Communities Band will be under the direction of Tom Cole, featuring vocalist Michael Ruhl. They will be joined by the Arizona Wind Symphony who will be under the direction of Bill Richardson. Together, they will perform a concert titled As You Like It. Music will be played from various genres including “El Camino Royale”, “Italian Rhapsody”, “St. Luis Blues”, “Appalachian Spring”, “Swing’s the Thing”, “March from 1941”, and “Sounds of Hollywood”. Tickets: $12-15
Splash Into Summer
Alga Norte Aquatic Center | Saturday, June 11th from 5pm to 9pm
The aquatic center is starting off the summer with a preview of everything the center has to offer. This includes: classes, camps, movies and exciting summer fun events. Participants can swim in the heated pool, play on large inflatables, take a spin in the water balls and lay out on an air mattress in the instructional pool to watch a special presentation of A Bug’s Life, the Disney-Pixar movie. The center will also provide opportunities for all to learn about masters’ swim, water fitness classes, swimming lessons for all ages, individual and family passes, aquatic sports and junior lifeguarding camps. The fun starts at 5pm, and the movie begins at dusk. Tickets: $10/person. Kids ages 3 and under are free. What better way to have fun with the family out of the summer heat?
Carlsbad fun for this weekend is right around the corner, so it’s time to see what’s going on! It’s spring, so the weather has been warming up, the sun is coming out, and the flowers are blooming. The best way to enjoy this is to get out and enjoy the local events. Carlsbad is already known for its beauty, beaches, entertainment, shopping and great atmosphere. Not to mention Carlsbad real estate, it’s beautiful! So step out of your lovely Carlsbad home and explore the activities going on this weekend.
Saturday, April 23rd from 5-9 p.m.
The City of Carlsbad will be celebrating their annual Pirate Plunge event this weekend at Alga Norte Aquatic Center. The celebration will be filled with pirate themed swimming pool games and activities like diving for treasure, cannonball crush, hook it, ship raider race and more. Activities outside of the water will be just as fun with a treasure hunt, pirate ship slide, tropical bounce house and photo opportunities. This event is great for all ages, and with a heated swimming pool, everyone can have a fun time playing the water games. The Dive-In Grill will be open during the event serving grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza shaved ice, ice cream and other yummy treats.
Friday Night Live Music
Friday, April 22nd from 6-8 p.m.
Friday Night Live is a fun night filled with music on the sidewalks of Carlsbad Village. Musicians will be playing music on the corners of Carlsbad Village and State Street every Friday night from April through October. Don’t miss out on one of these incredible nights while they last. For comfortability, don’t leave your Carlsbad home without bringing a folding chair and a lightweight sweater.
April 22nd -24th | Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Big River is a Tony Award-winning musical that premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse. The show is based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It’s a must-see, so buy tickets while you still can and enjoy the show this weekend at the New Village Arts Theatre!
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
Sunday, April 24th at 7 p.m.
Jayme Stone is playing incredible music from his new album, the Lomax Project. The project focuses on songs collected by Alan Lomax, a folklorist and field recording pioneer. It revives, recycles and re-imagines traditional North American music, and includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acapella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from various everyday people. This music is like nothing you’ve seen before, so if you’re not up to anything this weekend, treat yourself to a great family workshop at the Museum of Making Music. Learn about folk instruments and explore different performance practices. Sing, dance and clap together while learning about traditional repertoire.
April 22 at 6 p.m.
Soul Fire is an amazing local Soul Jazz band playing with vintage equipment, warm tones and soulful arrangements. Every night is a good night to enjoy a bit of soul and jazz after a long day. Step out of the comfort of your Carlsbad house, and watch some of the local shows. You may run into your new favorite band or hangout. They will be playing on Friday night at the Coyote Bar and Grill on Carlsbad Village Drive.
Tai Chi Chuan
April 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Looking for a new exercise class to try? Tai Chi Chuan is a slow, non-strenuous exercise that places emphasis on balance, flexibility and ease of movement. It improves health for the rest of your life. All experience levels are welcome to join at the Cole Library on Carlsbad Village Drive.
San Diego Guitar Festival
April 23 at 6:30 p.m. General $20 Student $15
The Museum of Making Music will be hosting the newly formed San Diego Guitar Festival for an enjoyable evening with craft beer and two internationally acclaimed musicians: Kyle Patterson and Vladimir Gorbach.
April 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Bluesman Billy Watson will be playing at the Coyote Bar and Grill on Sunday night. Watson is usually accompanied by the International Silver String Band, which is an all-star rotating cast of musicians from California’s music scene. The show is always mysterious, exciting, spontaneous and incredible.
Karaoke with Dani Cali
April 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Dani Cali plays on Sunday nights at The Alley, so come in, grab a drink and show off your singing talent on the stage with Dani Cali. What better way to spend your Sunday night than letting loose before Monday comes around?
Carlsbad, California is a beautiful seaside resort city many Californians are lucky to call home. It is an excellent combination of family adventure and coastal relaxation. Locals like to refer to it as “The Village by the Sea” and I couldn’t think of a better name for this city.
Carlsbad is located right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, about 87 miles south of the lights, camera, and action of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of laid-back downtown San Diego. The city is now home to over 112,000 people, and it continues to grow. The weather in Carlsbad can be referred to as Semi-Arid-Mediterranean, with 263 sunny days on average and only 10 inches of rain per year. The ocean moderated weather stays mellow with July highs averaging out at 72 and January lows at 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Carlsbad was originally a whistle stop on the California Southern Railroad until a man by the name of John Frazier moved into town during the late 1800s. Frazier dug up a fresh-water well near his property, and generously offered this water to thirsty locomotives passing through. As he continued to dig, he sank another well, producing water that was very similar in mineral content to that of the acclaimed water found in Karlsbad, Bohemia (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic). This led to the city’s name, now known as Carlsbad. The site of Frazier’s original well is still preserved to this day at Alt Karlsbad Hanse House on Carlsbad Boulevard, with an art gallery and memorabilia museum located in the basement.
Today, Carlsbad is divided into four sections: northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast. The northwestern region was the first region settled in. It is now home to Carlsbad Village (downtown Carlsbad), Old “Olde” Carlsbad, Hosp Grove, Buena Vista Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon, and The Barrio.
Carlsbad Village is what I would call an everything destination. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, a bite to eat, a new dress for that special occasion, or just a relaxing spa day, Carlsbad Village is the place to go. Even if you have family or friends visiting and you’re just looking for something to do, you could swing by Cold Stone or Sub Zero for an ice cream and head to the beach. The possibilities are endless.
Olde Carlsbad is located near the beach and is where the oldest homes in the city reside. The first homes built in the early 1900s are located here, and some locals consider this area to be the heart of Carlsbad. Hosp Grove is a hiking trail lined with monumental eucalyptus trees planted long ago for the railroad industry. The wood, however, was not used after discovering that the eucalyptus wood was inferior in comparison to other varieties. The trail remains, for the most part, untouched by development, and is open for recreational use; it’s mostly used for hiking, biking, dog walking, running, and picnicking. The Barrio is a mostly residential area near downtown Carlsbad and Carlsbad Village with an authentic heritage. The majority of the northeastern region is filled with single-family homes and condominiums. The McClellan-Palomar Airport is also located here.
The southwest region lies along the Pacific Ocean, south of the center of Carlsbad. It consists mostly of single-family homes, and is also referred to as Aviara.
La Costa, or the southeast region, has more of a high-end feel to it. It is home to Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, golf courses, million-dollar Carlsbad real estate, and much of the newer master-planned communities. The residents in this region are part of three award-winning school districts: Carlsbad Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, and Encinitas Union School District.
The largest district serving Carlsbad is the Carlsbad Unified School District. CUSD oversees two high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, and two alternative schools, accommodating over 11,000 students total. Carlsbad’s great schools city ranking is nine out of ten, with the top rated schools being Carillo Elementary, La Costa Heights Elementary, Aviara Oaks Elementary, and Mission Estancia Elementary. These four schools have been rated ten out of ten by GreatSchools. The Carlsbad Unified School District dates back to 1872 when the original Carlsbad School was built, and now serves not only Carlsbad residents, but San Marcos and Oceanside residents as well. CUSD has become one of the highest-achieving school districts in San Diego county, with many schools classified as Distinguished Schools at both federal and state levels.
San Marcos Unified School District is another one of San Diego’s largest school districts with three alternative schools, two high schools, three middle schools, and eleven elementary schools, serving over 17,000 students. SMUSD has a great amount of Distinguished Schools with fifteen out of the sixteen eligible schools having received the award.
The Encinitas Union School District was founded in 1883 and serves the Rancho La Costa area of south Carlsbad. This district consists of nine elementary schools, serving about 5,400 students. Also serving the La Costa community in Carlsbad is the San Dieguito Union High School District.
When school lets out, Carlsbad has no shortage of activities to keep you, your family, and your friends entertained! The only hard part is having to choose. Carlsbad is home to some of San Diego’s main attractions including, but not limited to: LEGOLAND California Resort, SEA LIFE Aquarium, K1 Speed, and four incredible beaches.
LEGOLAND is a family amusement park geared towards children ages 2-12, but don’t let that hold you back. There are fun things to do for all ages. With over 60 attractions, delicious must-have park food, shopping, and the aquarium right next door, you’re in for a full day(or two, or three)’s worth of fun!
The SEA LIFE Aquarium is located to the left of the LEGOLAND front entrance, and it’s hard to miss with the building’s beautiful decorations. Bring your kids along for about a one to two hour adventure through the educational, hands-on, interactive exploration that is the aquarium.
K1 Speed is open seven days a week for indoor go-kart racing. The track is open for all ages making it perfect for families and friends to enjoy together. The Carlsbad location has a popular Arrive & Drive package allowing you to come in at anytime, without a reservation, to race.
Carlsbad has about a seven-mile stretch of warm beaches with remarkably beautiful sunsets. Carlsbad State Beach, or Tamarack-State Beach, has a four mile trail for jogging and is a popular spot for barbecues. This beach is within walking distance of Carlsbad Village and is an ideal beach for families.
Unlike Tamarack-State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach is remote with few amenities. There is, however, a camping ground on a cliff-top with a lovely view of the ocean. This beach is ideal for walking and jogging due to the quality of the sand.
South Ponto Beach offers plenty of family fun including swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and beach volley ball (bring your own net), and the occasional surfing event. It is also one of the only beaches in the area with access to public restrooms and showers.
Terramar Beach is a choice beach for surfers. Although, you’ll want to note that there’s no access to public restrooms or showers at this beach or within walking distance.
Carlsbad has a rich history and an abundance of things to do. There is no place like it, and the residents and visitors alike are fortunate to be able to experience all that the city has to offer. In addition to everything mentioned, there is so much more to Carlsbad: green golf courses (home to LGPA Kia Classic), extraordinary food (Tip Top Meats, PAON, Bistro West), sensational spas (Omni La Costa), million dollar beach houses, luxury hotels, Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center, Carlsbad Village Street Faire, the Museum of Making Music, and so much more! This city is alive, this city is thriving, and this city waits for you.