Are you a new resident looking for fun things to do in Carlsbad? If so you’ve come to the right place! Fun things to do in Carlsbad are listed below in chronological order of dates.

Fun things to do in Carlsbad, CA

Fun things to do in Carlsbad, CA

Move Healthy Living Workshop– Free!

Dates: Throughout the month of March and April 2016

Times: Enjoy a variety of classes that accommodate guests throughout the day. Morning classes as well as early afternoon, or evening class are available. Click HERE for the full class schedule!

Location: Carlsbad City Library Learning Center

What: First fun thing to do in Carlsbad is the move healthy living workshop. The library will host five different workshops in April. Learn from experts while they share about the latest brain and stress management. Additionally, they will discuss nutrition and mindfulness research in Carlsbad.

Bike to Work Day!

Fun things to do in Carlsbad, CA

Date: May 20th, 2016

Times: 6:00-9:00am

Location: Pine Ave & Carlsbad Blvd. (More meet up locations HERE)

What: Next, join the city in Carlsbad by celebrating bike to work day! Bicyclists who stop at the official pit stop in Carlsbad Boulevard at Pine Avenue will be rewarded. Likewise enjoy free snacks, drinks and other goodies.

Wild West Fest

Date: May 21th, 2016

Times: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

What: Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad is the perfect location for this festivity. The Wild West in Carlsbad event has cowboys and western music. Additionally children can enjoy cowboy crafts, pony rides and more. As well as a salsa contest where you can either compete or taste.

This is Jazz! – Free!

Dates: Throughout the month of April 2016

Times: Click HERE for the full class schedule

Location: Carlsbad Senior Center

What:  The Cultural Arts Office’s popular four-part lecture/performance series highlights jazz. Likewise enjoy live demonstrations by musical guests and lively discussions between artists and audience. Guests include the Jazz 88.3 All-stars on April 16th and saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez on May 7th. This class is perfect for Jazz lovers and people who are intrigued to learn more about the art of Jazz.

Foreign Film Fridays – Free!

Dates: April 1, 2016 & April 15, 2016

Times: 5:00pm and 7:00pm

Location: Carlsbad Senior Center

What: Next fun thing in Carlsbad is the foreign films. The Cultural Arts Office’s popular program moves to the Carlsbad Senior Center during Dove Library’s renovation. On April 1st enjoy the Brazilian film Behind the Sun and, on April 15th, the award winning Whale Rider

The 4th Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

Date: April 1st, 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: The Liberty Station Courtyard Marriott

What: Grand Tasting Event, is a true wine connoisseurs delight. This extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas is about people coming together to celebrate a shared passion; a passion for great wine and mouth-watering gourmet food. Experience VinDiego, San Diego’s premiere wine event, brought to you by San Diego Magazine. Also come sip, swirl and savor a selection of over 300 handcrafted wines from top tier wineries. Additionally, passionate winemakers and winery representatives welcome guests, offering practical knowledge and sharing their delicious wine. VinDiego is a Foodie’s delight! Moreover VinDiego offers a fantastic variety of wonderful local restaurants sampling their delicious culinary delights. Moreover, come vote for your favorite “Chef of the Festival” To add fun and excitement to the event we will offer a steady stream of live musical entertainment. View the complete list of attending wineries and restaurants.

The 4th Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Event

Date: Saturday April 2nd, 2016

Time:  3:00-7:00PM

Location: Liberty Station NTC (San Diego)

What: The Fourth Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival is a Wine and Food Lover’s dream come true! Over 70 Top Tier Wineries and 25 of San Diego’s very best Chefs come together to create San Diego’s Premier Wine and Food Experience!  Come sip, sniff, swirl and taste over 300 amazing wines.  Award winning Wineries will be pouring their world-class wines from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, Oregon, Santa Lucia Highlands, Italy, France, Temecula and San Diego.  Top chefs will be serving delicious food samples for you to enjoy.  Moreover the ever-popular VinDiego large format wine bottle Silent Auction takes place during the event.  All proceeds will benefit our partner Charity: The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Click HERE for more information!

Document Shredding Event

Date: April 2, 2016

Times: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: 5815 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008

What: Next thing to do in Carlsbad is document shredding. The City of Carlsbad is working with local partners on several FREE events to celebrate Earth Month. These events will provide more information on how the community can be better stewards of the earth by recycling, reducing waste, composting, using water efficiently and preventing water pollution and litter. Must register in advance and show proof of Carlsbad residency. Visit for more information.

Composting Shredding Event

Date: April 9th, 2016

Times: 9:00am – 11:00am

Location: The Carlsbad Flower Fields

What: The Carlsbad Flower Fields will host a FREE composting workshop for Carlsbad residents. Advance registration and proof of residency required. Must register in advance and show proof of Carlsbad residency. Visit for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event

Date: April 16th, 2016

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Waste Management Recycling Facility or Register HERE for Door to Door Service!

What: Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Additionally recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil). As well as it is good for the environment too! Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, rivers and the ocean. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it.

That’s a winning combination! The City of Carlsbad hosts a one day household hazardous waste drop off event each year for residents. The next drop-off event is planned for April 16, 2016. Additionally, registration is required and it opens on March 21, 2016. Although there are limits per drop-off or pick-up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds. Additionally proof of residency is required. Note: Household Hazardous Waste sites and pick-up services do not accept explosives, radioactive, biomedical or business wastes. 

Pirate Plunge!

Date: April 23rd 2016

Times: 5:00-9:00pm

Location: Alga Norte Aquatic Center

What:  Another event on the Fun things to do in Carlsbad list is Pirate Plunge! Enjoy pirate themed pool activities and games during the City of Carlsbad’s pirate plunge at Alga Norte Aquatic Center. As the sun goes down, finish the night off with a special presentation of Pan on the giant outdoor movie screen. Cost is $10 per person. Children ages 3 and under are free.

Library Concert

Dates: April 30, 2016

Times: 2:00pm

Location: The original location of the event at Georgia Cole Library is closed. Keep updated HERE for the new location.

What:  Finally enjoy a concert featuring San Diego Music Award nominees Sister Speak. Their music has an “Americana” sound with hints of pop and fold music.

Get Involved!

The City of Carlsbad continues to make progress on its Habitat Management Plan. Likewise it is a comprehensive, scientific approach to protecting local plan and animal species. Moreover, the plan was approved in 2004 and calls for the city to set aside 6,478 acres of natural open space. So far the city has set aside 5,969 acres, putting it ahead of the schedule outlined in the plan. Carlsbad is the only North County city with an approved Habitat Management Plan. The latest annual report is available on the city website.

About the author:

Information regarding the events above were provided by the City of Carlsbad. Fun things to do in Carlsbad, CA was constructed by James Jam. The #1 Individual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Agent in San Diego County. As well as the Top Carlsbad Real Estate Agent.

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