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10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

on January 2, 2019 | By Cherimarie Poulos

Carlsbad is known to locals as the “Village by the Sea,” is an iconic, affluent beach town famous for warm weather, white sand beaches and a variety of event and activities. Believe me, there is more to Carlsbad then meets the eye.  Here is a list of 10 best things to do in Carlsbad, winter 2019:


1)  New Village Arts Festival, Final Draft – 10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

New Play Festival, FINAL DRAFT by New Village Arts, scheduled for January 3-6, 2019. This year’s festival will feature plays by local playwrights & music. All of the final draft selections were picked from a pool of over 80 new plays and musicals and a five-person readership panel.

Four days of festival activities that celebrates new work in San Diego. In addition to staged reading performances of five new plays, New Village Arts will also be providing a character and dialogue writing workshop sponsored by Disney screenwriter Kelly Younger.

Final Draft


Grants access to all four play readings, both workshops on Saturday January 5, the Opening Night party and the Craft Beer Social. Also includes 2 craft beer vouchers.

Click here to purchase your All-Access pass!

Each reading is $5 for a standalone ticket. Individual Reading tickets also grant access to Saturday workshops, the Opening Night party, and the Craft Beer social.

More information on schedule and ticket pricing will be forthcoming at

2) Family Photos at the Beach – 10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

Our Family Photo shoot this year was done at Carlsbad Beach across the street from the Carlsbad Power plant also known as Warm Waters by local surfers.



3) Leo Carrillo Bird Walk – Buena Vista Audubon – 10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

January 3, 2019 @ 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM. |Recurring Event: Leo Carrillo Bird Walk: The first Thursday of the month, at 8:00 AM, we will be walking the trails and exploring inside Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Don’t miss this fun walk!

4) The JourneyBirds at Witch Creek Winerythings-to-do-in-carlsbad


05 Jan & 19 Jan

Witch Creek Winery

 Carlsbad, CA
JourneyBirds is an acoustic duo comprised by Keila Collins Jenson and David Jenson. Layering harmonies over acoustic guitar and ukulele, with live looping/sampling and effects pedals, JourneyBirds bring new life to classic acoustic songs across myriad genres. From the Woodstock generation to 70s rock and current hits, the JourneyBirds mixes alternative, folk, country and psychedellia to create an engaging and uplifting musical experience. They create positive and upbeat music with an expansive and adaptable playlist to connect and elevate the mood in whatever venue we fine ourselves in. They tour throughout the Southern California region, with regular shows in San Diego, Idyllwild, Carlsbad & Encinitas, Julian and Los Angeles. They also play private events, from engagement and wedding parties to corporate events, wine tastings… even children’s birthdays.  For more information check out their website:

5) Corporate and Individual Wellness Retreats – 10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

Carlsbad California Resorts


  • Chopra Center at Omni La Costa – Renew your mind & body at the Chopra Center for Wellness.
  • Park Hyatt Aviara also offers an exclusive Wellness Retreats in a relaxed setting of casual elegance.

6) Carlsbad Food Tours – 10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

Carlsbad Food Tours offers a local’s perspective to our unique “Village by the Sea”, in North County San Diego. Carlsbad’s coastal splendor, laid-back SoCal vibe, old world charms & culinary jewels makes Carlsbad Food Tours a great foodie experience. Schedule your tour today @ Carlsbad Food Tours

Carlsbad Food Tours

Our food tours visit 8 food tasting locations within the quaint village of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands and satisfy your appetite for a satisfying lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from locally-owned and operated specialty food stores and ethnic or locavore-style eateries.

Carlsbad Food Tours

7) Aviara Trails

Batiquitos Lagoon trail is the most popular trail in Aviara and provides a wonderful nature experience being so close to the water and the Aviara golf course.

Migrating Birds are often seen on the Lagoon Trail: Egrets, herons, and many other water fowl.  The Lagoon Trail is a little over 2 miles in distance but has beautiful views for years worth of memories.

Aviara Trails

8) Agua Hedionda Lagoon – 10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a saltwater wetland and watershed and offers year-round recreational and commercial use.

Plus, it has facilities for boating, skiing, wake-boarding, sailing, stand-up paddle-boarding and fishing.

9) Carlsbad Marathon And Half Marathon –

10 Best Things to do in Carlsbad, Winter 2019

calrlsbad marathon

And the BEST and most scenic winter marathon & half marathon with the BEST swag. Miles and miles of breathtaking ocean views and outstanding course support stations and entertainment at every mile. Turn your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend into a run-cation!

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 6:15am

The Shoppes at Carlsbad
2525 El Camino Real #100
Carlsbad, CA 92008

6:15 AM – Full Marathon
7:45 AM – Half Marathon


10.  Walk the CityWalk the City Carlsbad Historical Tour

Historical Walking Tour in Carlsbad, CA has long been a place to gather, relax, and heal. The kick-back beach culture, along with a rich and varied history, makes the city the enchanting spot it is today.



Walk the City Tickets

  • The Carlsbad tour will meet at Carlsbad Coffee House at 2744 Carlsbad Blvd., Carsbad, CA 92008 (corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Beech St.)
  • Street parking is available.
  • Please plan to arrive a minimum of 10 minutes prior to your tour’s scheduled start time.
  • Our journey will last 90 minutes.
  • We will do a lot of walking (about a mile and a half),  so wear comfortable shoes!


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Cherimarie Poulos

Cheri was born & raised in California. She has lived in San Diego over 20 years, her children were born in the area. She has a strong connection to Carlsbad, in fact one of her daughers was Miss Carlsbad 2005. So she voted herself to be Mrs. Carlsbad. Now the Chief Foodie and Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours! She loves Carlsbad and is happy to share her knowledge about the local history and great eateries in the Carlsbad Village.

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