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Encinitas Activities and Events

Encinitas (Spanish for “Small Oaks”) is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in California and is known for its excellent surfing conditions.  It is a laid-back chilled surfer town that is divided into four distinct areas—old Encinitas (Olivenhain), new Encinitas (downtown 101), Leucadia, and Cardiff (Cardiff-by-the-sea).

a person walking down the street


Encinitas is a classic SoCal town with its dramatic beaches, palm trees, blue skies, surfers, taco shops, and stunning sunsets.

Things to do in Encinitas:

Shopping in the Village

  • Shop 101: Stroll through the downtown area

Encinitas is home to cute sidewalk cafes and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

  • Hit the Beach


Moonlight Beach

a group of palm trees on a beach

Moonlight Beach ranks #1 in our list of the best beach beaches in Encinitas.  It is the happening place for picnics and bonfires in the moonlight of course.

Swami’s Beach.

Encinitas, California

Swami’s Surf Beach is one of the most well-known local surfing spots. Surf’s up come on down.

Surf Lessons in Encinitas are also available for the adventure seekers

a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the ocean

Go Stand Up Paddleboarding

The best way to experience Encinitas coast is to get in the water, whether you are swimming or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) it a fun way to embrace the ocean breezes and feel like a local.

Explore the Tide Pools

Cardiff State Beach has some of the best tide pools in Encinitas.

Beacon’s Beach 


A secluded beach that is great for sunbathing and relaxing.

Visit the famous Surfing Madonna

graffiti on a wall

The Surfing Madonna is a beautiful mosaic of the Virgin de Guadaloup on a surfboard.


Check out the Cardiff Kook

Encinitas Kook

The Cardiff Kook bronze statue of a surfer that rides a wave it is located next to San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff.

Take a Local Guided Electric Bike Tour to Encinitas – highlights include visiting The Del Mar Raceway and the San Elijo Lagoon.

Tour the local Historical Society

The Encinitas Historical Society is in an 1883-era one-room schoolhouse.  Discover Encinitas unique history through photographs and exhibits.

San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Botanic Gardens Encinitas

The Botanic Gardens are home to an incredible diversity of plant life and native flora and fauna

Cal Pacific Orchid Farm

Take a stroll through the Orchid farm.

Visit the Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens

Self Realization Temple

Stroll the Meditation Gardens

It’s a secret local only spot!

Self-Realization Fellowship, a non-profit spiritual organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to share the teachings of Kriya Yoga, an ancient Indian spiritual.

Enjoy the practice of Yoga

Desha Yoga & Ayurveda, take a yoga class or learn all about ancient Indian spiritual science.

Coffee at the Pannikin

The Pannikin is a converted train station that now serves up delicious coffee and pastries. Look for the big yellow house.

Take a Hike in Encinitas:

San Elijo Lagoon is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast. It has some of the best hiking and walking trails in the area. Check out Annie’s Canyon Trail for some beautiful views.

Encinitas Ranch Trail also has some stellar views.

Relax in the Park

Encinitas Community Park includes 44 acres of multi-use open space. The park has a dog park, skate park, children’s playground, picnic tables, restrooms, shaded areas, baseball fields, and soccer fields.

Encinitas Food Scene


Enjoy discovering Encinitas food scene with Encinitas Food

Farmers Market

Support local farmers and try new foods

Visit the Boat Houses

Encinitas Boat House

Local Music

Encinitas street scene comes alive after dark, the bars, pubs, and wineries are the happening places. on the historic 101.

Catch a Show at La Paloma

La Paloma Theater is San Diego’s oldest theater.

Events in Encinitas include:

Encinitas Events

Seaside Bazaar

Every Saturday and Sunday, The Seaside Bazaar opens in the heart of Encinitas on Highway 101. The Bazaar is an offbeat European style open-air flea market

Encinitas Cruise Nights

from May through September the streets of Encinitas turn into Encinitas Cruise Nights! Old-school hot rods, foreign automobiles, classic cars, and woodies take a trip down Hwy 101.

Taste of Encinitas

The annual Taste of Encinitas event comes to the streets of historic downtown in the month of August every year. This is a great way to enjoy some of the best Encinitas eateries.

Summer Series at the Lumberyard

The Lumberyard Shopping centers host a Summer Concert Series, not to be missed.

Annual Holiday Street Fair

Every December, 450 food, arts, and crafts vendors and live entertainment bring joy to the holidays in Encinitas.

  • Celebrations!
  • Anniversary
  • Birthday
From $75

Offered daily 11:30 am. Celebrate your event with a private food tour! This tour is great for celebrating an Anniversary, Birthday, Family Reunion, Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party.  Enjoy some of the favorite restaurants in the village.  Wine tasting, pasta, gelato…

  • A Party without the mess and fuss!
  • 20 guest per tour
  • We plan it, you enjoy – customizable to your group upon request.
  • Corporate Team Building Tour
  • Carlsbad Trivia
From $75

Need help planning your corporate outing, small office party, or incentive reward?

Choose Carlsbad Food Tours and get the bonus of a natural team-building event.

If you’re looking for the EASY button to set up your party, we can do the planning for you!

Visit six tasting locations where you’ll sample delicious food, wine, and beer tastings.

Customizable to your group needs. Choose your time and day, we do the rest!

We can accomodate large groups of 20+ guests per tour

Call (760) 215-9433 or email: to schedule your private group experience.






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