Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
Back to Blog

Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

 Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Carlsbad, California is an upscale coastal resort city with old-world charm in northern San Diego County. Carlsbad also has 7 miles of white sandy beaches that stretch down the Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, California.  Carlsbad is a beach town because it touches the ocean, inlets and bays.  Beach towns are often seen as tourist destinations, beautiful scenery and waterfront activities attract visitors and locals.  The following is a list of fun things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017.
Carlsbad has a lot of reserved open space to protect its natural setting and beauty.  This has resulted in miles of walking trails in its rolling hills and along its three lagoons.

Carlsbad Beach
The city has mild Mediterranean weather throughout the year and calls itself the golf capital of the world with four award winning courses within the area, plus many of the Golf Companies are stationed here: Taylor Made, Calloway and Adias. Lagoons, golf, so many fun things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017.

Golf Carlsbad

Golf Carlsbad

The city is 35 miles (56 km) north of downtown San Diego. Easily accessible by train.
In 1880’s spring water was discovered (with qualities similar to the Bohemian city of Karlsbad) and put Carlsbad on the map as a resort destination. Named after the famous spa in Karlovy Vary or better known as Karlsbad,  due to the qualities of its fresh water, Carlsbad’s growth as a resort was quick in the 1880’s.

Carlsbad Mineral Water & Spa

Carlsbad Mineral Water & Spa

Agricultural development followed with citrus, avocados and olives becoming the economic backbone of the areaCarlsbad now has a population of 112,930 and is the fastest growing area in San Diego. It also boasts the headquarters of medical technology and manufacturing firms as well as the first Legoland outside of Europe.

carlsbad-beach-legoland-top

carlsbad-beach-legoland-

Carlsbad is also proud of Flower Fields, an amazing early March through May display of colorful giant tecolote ranunculus In May and November, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the Carlsbad Village Street Faires, the largest one-day fairs in the nation with 900 vendors and 100,000 attendees each.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Beautiful panoramas await from the beaches’ bluffs, reefs and sand. Surfing, swimming, walking along the shore and fishing are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Carlsbad is a winning combination of resort and working city, refreshing open space and historic structures, beauty and calm.

Carlsbad Beach

Carlsbad Beach

With an extensive 38-mile-long city trail system and outstretched sandy beaches–most of which are part of the California State Parks system–there are ample opportunities to enjoy hiking and the Southern California beautiful weather.

carlsbad san elijo lagoon 645

Carlsbad lagoon

Carlsbad is centrally located between downtown San Diego and Orange County which is a great location to see all of Southern California’s great Amusement Parks. If you are planning a trip to So Cal and you would like to go to the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Disneyland and or Knott’s Berry Farm, then Carlsbad is the place for Beautiful beaches, lagoons, Legoland and many more fun things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017.

Disneyland

Disneyland

Southern California Map

Southern California Map

Carlsbad is a great location for visiting Southern California’s Amusement Parks – Right in the middle!

We also have many world class attractions located in Carlsbad: Legoland, SeaLife Park and the famous Flower Fields. Come and see for yourself what Carlsbad has to offer –  things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017.


Carlsbad California – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

  • Things to do in Carlsbad – Events, Activities & Attractions
  • Carlsbad Restaurants, Eateries and Specialty Shops
  • Carlsbad Hiking Trails
  • Carlsbad Hotels & Resorts
  • Carlsbad History

Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

Carlsbad Village Fair – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Fair

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Carlsbad Village Fair, the largest single day street fair in the nation, held in May & November.
100,000 people will take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment when the largest one-day street fair in the nation.
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the fair in May and November. Now in its 40th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California.
Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between, will be closed for the event.


Carlsbad Village Theatre – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
This historic Theatre is located in the popular Carlsbad Village commercial area directly across the street from the Coaster Train Station. The Theatre was built in 1927.
Carlsbad Theatre


La Costa Film Festival– Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
La Cost Film Festival
The La Costa Film Festival aspires to deliver a new cultural experience to our community, through a greater appreciation of the art of film making.


New Village Arts Theatre – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Carlsbad’s award-winning New Village Arts Theatre has become the most critically acclaimed theatre in North County San Diego.

New Village Arts Carlsbad

New Village Arts Carlsbad


The Art Foundry at New Village Arts – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
New Village Arts, already known as the artistic heart of the Carlsbad Village for its risk taking, award-winning professional theatre, has expanded its cultural influence by opening The Foundry as a space for working artists Founded in 1999, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s mission is to promote, interpret and present to the community the art of emerging, mid-career and established artists from culturally diverse Southern California and to showcase the cultural creativity and art from other parts of the world. The curatorial focus of the gallery includes painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, mixed-media, folk art, design and installation works.


TGIF Concerts in the Parks – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Summer in the city means TGIF Jazz in the Parks, a tradition that has truly become an integral part of the community’s life.  For over 30 years, the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office has presented live music events throughout the city. When summer rolls around in Carlsbad, everyone gears up for TGIF Concerts in the Parks! The 2016 season runs Friday nights from June 24 through Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. (all fields open at 4 p.m.) and features great music, food and a chance to dance the night away with friends and neighbors in a beautiful outdoor setting.

concerts-in-park

concerts-in-park

The Gemological Institute of America – – Things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017
Known for more than 70 years as the world’s leading educator to the gen and jewelry industry, the GIA offers tours through the irresistible world of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry.
Strand of 43 treated “pistachio” pearls


Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

Leo Carrillo

Leo Carrillo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leo Carrillo
Once part of the original 2,538 acre working rancho and vacation retreat of Leo Carrillo (who acted in almost 100 films from 1927n to 1950 and co-starred in the TV series The Cisco Kid,) this historic ranch is an extraordinary educational and recreational resource.


Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

The Flower Fields will be open March thru May

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of north San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in southern California.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Carlsbad Flower Fields

The Flower Fields History

Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920’s. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.
Carlsbad Flower Fields are noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, the ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.

carlsbad flower fields

carlsbad flower fields


The Army and Navy Academy – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Established in 1910, this college-preparatory, military, residential and day school for young men grades 7 through 12, celebrated its centennial in 2010.
Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa is housed in a beautiful European-style building constructed on the site of the original historic mineral water well that brought thousands to Carlsbad in the 1880s for the touted “special healing powers” of the water. The spa is designed to duplicate the unique ambiance of early Egypt, Rome and the Orient.
Slide 1


The Spa at La Costa – – Things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017
At the Spa at La Costa, you’re invited to immerse yourself into a world that redefines and transcends the typical “day spa” experience. Here, at our tranquil and secluded retreat, we provide you with the means to while away the afternoon, long before or after your treatment is complete
12108098_10156063942800394_3613558188601571769_n


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a saltwater wetland and watershed and offers year-round recreational and commercial use. The lagoon includes mud flats, salt and freshwater marsh, and deep water and is actually comprised of three lagoons: a 66-acre outer lagoon, a 27-acre middle lagoon


Batiquitos Lagoon – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Batiquitos Lagoon is a 526-acre coastal salt marsh with tidal mud.
BLF


Buena Vista Lagoon –  Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
This Lagoon is the only freshwater lagoon in CA. & its 350 acres is home to dozens of varieties of migrant & resident waterfowl.

bueno vista lagoon

bueno vista lagoon


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carlsbad Events
Carlsbad 5000
The Carlsbad 5000 features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both rookie runners and serious speedsters alike enjoy running or walking in one of seven people’s races.

Carlsbad Grand Prix – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
The Carlsbad Grand Prix is a cycling criterium circuit along a 0.9 mile closed course that loops through Armada Drive and Fleet Street in Carlsbad. The finish boasts a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. This full day of races will feature more than 600 junior, amateur, professional, and Paralympics hand cyclists racing in timed races for prizes and/or cash in front of 2,000 spectators.
Date: July 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM
Price: $22-$50

carlsbad grand prix cycling 645x340

carlsbad grand prix cycling


Carlsbad Marathon – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half marathon unlike any other. From our ideal weather conditions to our spectacular coastal course, our award winning event will wow you.

Carlsbad Marathon

Carlsbad Marathon


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carlsbad Triathlon – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Carlsbad Triathlon ranks in the world’s top 5 longest running triathlons. It is a sprint distance race, consisting of a 1K open-water ocean swim, 25K bike and 5K runs.

Carlsbad Triathlon

Carlsbad Triathlon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Price:$105 – $135
Date: July 10, 2016Venue:Carlsbad Village


Whitlock Surf Experience – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Surfing lessons from beginners to advanced.

surfing-carlsbad

Surfing Carlsbad

Surfing in Carlsbad

Surfing in Carlsbad


Stand up Paddling in Carlsbad

Stand up Paddle boarding

Stand up Paddle boarding


Carlsbad Skateboard Park – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
This 15,000 square foot boarder’s paradise featuring bowls, concrete, a street course and a beginners’ area. Helmet, elbow pads and kneepads required.

Skateboarders

Skateboarders


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Barrio Museum – Lola’s Mexican Deli – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Also know asBarrio Carlos, has moved from its original center located at Roosevelt and Walnut. The museum is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of early agricultural workers to the life and growth of Carlsbad. The museum is not open daily, visitors should call ahead.

Carlsbad History

Carlsbad History


Museum of Making Music – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
The music products industry has a multifaceted history (1890s to today) that is showcased in the fascinating Museum of Making Music-a division of the NAMM Foundation
 


The Village Faire – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Welcome to the Village Faire Shopping Center, located in the heart of the historic village of Carlsbad, California near the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive.

Village Faire Carlsbad, CA

Village Fair Carlsbad, CA


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wine Tasting/Witch Creek Winery – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017
Founded in 1993, award-winning Witch Creek Winery is located on historic Highway 101 in the heart of the coastal village of Carlsbad, CA. Our boutique winery focuses on quality over quantity, by producing small-lot, handcrafted wines using traditional wine making techniques. The result is full-bodied well balanced wines rich in flavor that have earned twenty medals in the last three years at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The Carlsbad tasting room is located on site at the winery (just one block from the beach!). With gourmet  restaurants, a wide variety of shopping and several wine bars, Carlsbad Village is the ideal way to enjoy all the charm that laid back Southern California has to offer.

Carlsbad Food Tours

Carlsbad Food Tours


CHARLES KENNETH SPEAKEASY – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

SpeakEasy Carlsbad

SpeakEasy Carlsbad

“CARLSBAD’S HOTTEST NEW SPEAKEASY”

 

Speak Easy Carlsbad

Speak Easy Carlsbad

 

More fun things to do in Carlsbad

The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

The Crossing Golf Course

The Crossing Golf Course

The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course captures the warm friendly spirit of its own unique seaside community. The Crossings at Carlsbad is a “must-play” golf course for those seeking a challenging, risk-reward golf adventure.5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad

Carlsbad Premium Outlets – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

Carlsbad Premium Outlets is an outdoor outlet mall featuring upscale retail and dining options including Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, and Theory among many more. Love Carlsbad shopping? Our Shopping Package gives you discounts on premium outlets and treatments at our in-house spa!

Carlsbad Premium Outlets is an outdoor outlet mall featuring upscale retail and dining options including Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, and Theory among many more.

5620 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

 

Carlsbad State Beach – Things to do in Carlsbad Spring 2017

Carlsbad Beach

Carlsbad Beach

Enjoy a day at the beach. Carlsbad State Beach features four miles of white sandy beach and two jogging trails. Fire pits are available for BBQs and bonfires. Located close to Carlsbad Village, the beach is at the foot of Tamarack Avenue.7201 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad


Carlsbad Farmers Market – Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

The Carlsbad Farmers Market at Carlsbad Village happens every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm during summer months and 3pm-6pm during winter months. Shop from local organic produce, locally prepared foods, homemade crafts and live entertainment. Located on State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue.2930 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad


Callaway Golf Corporate Headquarters –Things to do in Carlsbad, CA Summer 2017

Take a stroke off your game with a custom club fitting at the Callaway Performance Center at the Callaway Golf Corporate Headquarters. Their cutting edge technology was originally designed for research and development and is the same technology they use for Tour players.

2180 Rutherford Road, Carlsbad


Taylormade Golf Headquarters

Check out the newest irons and drivers at the Taylor-made Golf Headquarters.

5545 Fermi Court, Carlsbad

Golf is a popular and growing industry in Carlsbad.  Many of the top Golf Companies are located in our Southern California Osasis.  Come and see for yourself why Carlsbad is home to Taylor Made and Calloway Golf.

In Carlsbad, something wonderful is around every corner. Perfectly situated between the laid-back vibe of downtown San Diego and the glamour of Orange County, the world is at your fingertips, while your toes are in the sand.  Whether you enjoy golfing or beaching, Carlsbad has it all.  With picture perfect weather you can chose to do both in one day if you would like.  Play a round in the morning and then go down to the beach for a relaxing afternoon in the waves. For more things to do in Carlsbad check out Trips Advisor for their top 20 picks.

Skip to toolbar