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2023 TGIF Concerts in the Parks Series

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TGIF Concerts in the Parks Starts July 7, 2023


The first day of summer is June 21, and the annual TGIF Concerts in the Parks series starts 2 weeks later.


No doubt the free TGIF Concerts in the Parks are a highlight of summertime in Carlsbad.


This free outdoor concert series may be the best entertainment option around North San Diego County! Indeed, the series was voted the 4th best outdoor concert series in the US in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards by USA Today for 2023.


How can you go wrong with a combination of live music, in a beautiful Carlsbad park, on a Friday summer evening? It doesn’t get much better for free summer entertainment!


2023 is the 36th season of Carlsbad’s popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks series, presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office. This year the TGIF concerts take place on 6 consecutive Friday nights in 4 of Carlsbad’s largest community parks (cut back from 9 concerts).


The TGIF Concerts in the Parks are popular with visitors and residents, and have been for years. So what can you expect? A couple thousand people dining al fresco, a sea of blankets and low-back chairs, lots of kids, dancing, and 2 hours of terrific live music.


The TGIF concerts start at 6 and run until approximately 8 pm, with intermission generally around 6:45 or 7 pm when they raffle off a number of really cool prizes. Funds raised from the raffles support a variety of Carlsbad arts programs.


 TGIF Concerts in the Parks in Carlsbad


Here’s the 2023 schedule:


July 7 and 14

Stagecoach Community Park

3420 Camino de los Coches in 92009


July 21

Poinsettia Community Park

6600 Hidden Valley Road in 92011


July 28

Calavera Hills Community Park

2997 Glasgow Drive in 92010


August 4 and 11

Alga Norte Community Park

6565 Alicante Road in 92009


The list of bands will be announced soon.


The TGIF concerts get crowded so it’s wise to arrive early for the best parking and seats up front. Venues open at 5 pm. You can expect to walk a distance if you arrive near concert time!


There are free shuttles at each concert, and you’ll find signage at the parks about where to go. Shuttles run until 9 pm.

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John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS the 2023 TGIF Concert in the park series is great fun event to attend.

May 09, 2023 04:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

No argument from me John Pusa  We have been a bunch of times and it's always a good time.


May 09, 2023 07:46 PM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly Homes in Florida

Sounds wonderful  Jeff Dowler, CRS and it's great that they are free.

May 09, 2023 04:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Janice Zaltman 

It's a very popular event each summer and the music is always good!


May 09, 2023 07:47 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Free community events that are of higher quality are always good.

May 09, 2023 05:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Agreed Leanne Smith  and this is a well-done concert series. We have been attending at least 1 per summer for years!


May 09, 2023 07:54 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I love concerts in the park Jeff Dowler, CRS and I am glad we have them here all Summer as well. Regretfully it's usually the City Band and they are not all that exciting.

May 09, 2023 06:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That's too bad Bob "RealMan" Timm  Our concerts feature a wide range of bands and various types of music and it's very popular. Some bands are better than others, of course.


May 09, 2023 07:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff the last photo reminds me of pre-Covid days aka the good old days.... Endre

May 09, 2023 09:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I suspect this year will look similar to that Endre Barath, Jr. 


May 10, 2023 10:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... I had no idea that outdoor concerts were ranked... congratulations to Carlsbad for being ranked in the top 5.

May 10, 2023 03:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Me neither, Nina Hollander, Broker 

This is the first time I've heard of this poll, but it was fun to see the rankings and know that our little town made the list.


May 10, 2023 10:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've always enjoyed outdoor concerts on a lawn/park somewhere where you can bring food and beverages. A great way to spend an evening!

May 10, 2023 05:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

And there are plenty of people who agree with you Kat Palmiotti including me!


May 10, 2023 10:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, it is that time of year the outdoor concert series line up is released, and how fun!

May 10, 2023 07:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'm looking forward to summer for sure Joan Cox 


May 10, 2023 10:06 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I hope you get to enjoy some of the outdoor concerts this year.  Ours have not started up yet, but I am looking forward to them.

May 10, 2023 08:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I expect we will get to at least the one in our area, but perhaps a couple other George Souto  They are always a good time!

Hope you get to enjoy your concerts!


May 10, 2023 08:42 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have always thought these concerts in the park would be fun events, yet I have never attended one myself.

May 10, 2023 10:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Make it happen Brian England You would enjoy it!


May 10, 2023 08:32 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Jeff, with all the events you point out for Carlsbad area, this must be really something to state a the highlight.  Best in continued success for the event.  Mark

May 12, 2023 05:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

These concerts are very popular in the summer and very well attended Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho 

Hope all is well, and thanks for stopping by!


May 12, 2023 07:54 PM