Carlsbad Village Faire

County’s Largest Street Faire

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 8am – 5pm
Sunday, November 2015 (TBA), 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

 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.

More than 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 faire in the nation returns next month.

The Carlsbad Village Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, 2015. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the faire 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, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.

Just like at past faires, over 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. 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.


Street Closures and Parking

Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between, will be closed for the event. To make parking more convenient, complimentary shuttles will run to and from the faire. Shuttles will pick up and drop off passengers at the Poinsettia Coaster Station and the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.

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.

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.