Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8am – 5pm
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8am – 4pm
Where: Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd and Jefferson St, and adjacent streets.
Carlsbad, CA (map)
Phone: (760) 945-9288
More info: Event website
County’s Largest Street Faire
Located in the heart of Carlsbad, near the beach, Carlsbad Village Faire features over 900 unique vendors, making it the largest street festival of its kind in the county. The art fair offers a little of everything, including arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more.
In fact, many vendors who attend this festivity, especially those from out of town, don’t make it to the smaller ones in the county.
The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s beer and wine garden will entertain fairgoers with a large screen TV and live bands. The Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad will continue its more than 25-year tradition of hosting a pancake breakfast at the Carlsbad railroad depot. The meal, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice, will be served between 7 a.m. and noon.
Carlsbad Village Drive is Main Faire Road
The street festival extends along Carlsbad Village Drive from I-5 to Carlsbad Blvd, overflowing onto tributary side streets. Vendor booths line both sides of the thoroughfare, with crowds streaming downt the street’s center and sides.
Special North County Times Faire Edition
To help you make the most of your visit, the North County Times will publish a special section on the day of the Carlsbad Village Faire, featuring coverage of the exhibitors and a map of the festivities.
Carlsbad Village Shops, Dining, Beach
Carlsbad Village specialty shops, restaurants, cafes, and bar and grills line the faire route and worth exploring as well.
At the west end of the street faire is Carlsbad Blvd, the city’s coastal road, and just steps from the beach and palisades.
Parking and Shuttles
Parking for the popular festival is limited, so visitors are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttles that run to and from the faire every 15 minutes. The shuttle pick-up locations are at the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Camino Real (Highway 78 and Jefferson) as well as at the Poinsettia Coaster Station (Poinsettia exit off of
Parking is available on streets next to and several blocks from the street faire. First come, first serve. The walk is not unreasonable, considering the number of attendees.