Encinitas Downtown
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Location: Encinitas, California (map)

A wide, family-friendly beach, a historic downtown district, an old movie theatre, a seaside bazaar, specialty shopping center, and farmers market. Several events throughout the year.

 

BEACHES
Moonlight State Beach
A popular spot for families and kids, Moonlight State Beach is flat and sandy, a great place for sunbathing, walking or jogging, in Encinitas, CA. Moonlight State Beach comes packed with amenities, including volleyball courts, a playground park, snack bar, picnic area, fire pits and a permanent life guard station.

 

La Paloma Theatre
Single screen movie house, dating back to the late 1920s, with off-beat movies and music venues.

 

Downtown Encinitas

 

SHOPPING AREAS
The Lumberyard Shopping Center
The Lumberyard Shopping Center is built on the former site of a lumberyard, in historic downtown Encinitas. The central courtyard has been recently renovated, with a central fountain and colorful landscaping. Lumberyard Shopping Center has a variety of shops, including food, art galleries, books, boutiques, and coffee.

 

Historic 101 Encinitas Downtown District
Encinitas historic downtown district runs along South Coast Hwy 101 from K Street to Encinitas Blvd. Much of the southern section of town has been redeveloped over the last few decades, while the northern section retains its historical buildings, dating back to the early 20th century.

 

FARMERS' MARKETS
Encinitas-Leucadia Farmers Market
Fresh foods and flowers. Look for a local specialty - poinsettias - in December.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Encinitas Seaside Bazaar
An off-beat, open-air, European-style markeplace with over 50 sellers carrying a unique selection.

 

HOTELS
Encinitas Hotels, Encinitas Boutique Hotels
Small and mid-size hotels. Quaint downtown boutique hotels. Hotels minutes from beach.

 

EVENTS
Encinitas Street Fair
April
Held on Coast Hwy 101 in old Encinitas, this large street fair has over 400 vendors featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food, live music.

 

Encinitas Sports Festival
Mid-May
Triathlon, bike tour, 5k run, Encinitas Sports Expo, and Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim.

 

Encinitas Arts Alive Banner Auction
May
Hand-painted banners by local artists displayed from February through May. Auction held at Cardiff Town Center.

 

Encinitas Sunday Concerts by the Sea
July - August
Live music on bandstand held at Moonlight Beach on Sunday afternoons.

 

Taste of MainStreet International Food Festival
Late August
Over 30 different food samples from local restaurants.

 

Woodcrest Woodies Meet
September
World's largest woodies gathering, held in parking lot and sand at Moonlight Beach. Includes live music and souvenirs.

 

Encinitas Fall Festival
Late November
Over 450 arts and crafts vendors strung along Coast Hwy 101 in old Encinitas. Live music, food and kids play area.