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Carlsbad Village Faire 2024 is May 5

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2024 Carlsbad Village Street Faire is May 5


One of our more popular arts and craft fairs returns to Carlsbad Village on Sunday May 5, 2024.


The Carlsbad Village Street Faire is reportedly the largest outdoor 1-day fair in the US, other than its counter-part, the Carlsbad Village Faire in November. This is the 50th year for this fair!


The Carlsbad Village Street Faire takes place from 8 am until 5 pm, so there is ample time to enjoy over 900 vendors and shop all you want.


The Carlsbad Village Faire takes place in the heart of the Village, along Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson. The Faire spills over onto side streets, too. (photo is from another art fair in the Village in the same area).


Art Fair in Carlsbad Village


Given the number of vendor booths much of the public parking will not be available so plan accordingly.


The Carlsbad Village Faire is impressive. I’ve attended several times, and it’s not a cliché to say there is something for everyone, given the variety and number of vendors.


As well there are abundant local retailers in the downtown area to explore if you get tired of the Faire.


Projections are for 100,000 or so attendees, so it will be crowded.


So what can you hope to find? Expect unique clothing, arts and crafts, gift items, home furnishings and accessories, collectibles, plants and garden items, antiques, products from around the world, and so much more.


There will be a traditional pancake breakfast, an international food court, and a children’s area with rides and games.


It could be a fun time to explore the Village, despite the crowds. And the Carlsbad beaches are just a couple of blocks away for a walk before or after shopping.


You can plan on parking being very limited due to the crowds, and spaces taken up by vendors, so arrive early if you can. The good news is parking is free in Carlsbad, however you may need to walk a distance.


Consider taking advantage of the free shuttles offered throughout the day at roughly 15-minute intervals. Shuttles are located at the northwest corner of Sears at The Shoppes at Carlsbad (at the 78 and El Camino Real/Marron Road), and the Poinsettia Coaster Station on Avenida Encinas.


A FREE Bike Valet Service will be provided by the City of Carlsbad. Monitored bike parking will be at the Engels and Volkers parking lot at 2965 Roosevelt Street.


Another travel option is to take the Coaster train (Commuter Rail) – check the Coaster Schedule. The train station is just a short walk to the Faire.


Carlsbad Village Street Faire 2024

May 5 ~ 8 am to 5 pm

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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff that is A LOT of vendors.  I don't know of any fair that large around here.

Apr 15, 2024 01:35 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

George Souto 

It's pretty impressive to see how many vendors there are and the diversity of arts and crafts offered. And the crowd of people!


Apr 15, 2024 02:16 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jeff,

Wow...900 venders is a lot of booths to see! I'd love this event, are you planning on going?

Apr 15, 2024 03:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX  It IS a lot and it seems to get bigger each year!

We hope to go but have tentative plans to be in LA that day so we'll see.


Apr 16, 2024 09:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

wow, Jeff- I'm trying to picture trying to hit all 900 vendors in one day!!! This is the type of event I'd love to go to!!! 

Apr 15, 2024 07:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Kathy Streib 

I wonder if you can truly see all of them. I suppose so if you are there for the day.


Apr 16, 2024 09:25 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow that is incredible how many vendors there will be there, I guess the Covid-19 fears are gone now:)Endre

Apr 15, 2024 11:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Certainly things are different from a couple of years ago Endre Barath, Jr. 


Apr 16, 2024 09:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... one of my favorite annual Carlsbad events! And I've never even attended it. But your annual posts always make me wish I could.

Apr 16, 2024 04:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'm glad you enjoy it each year Nina Hollander, Broker . I know you would love attending the Faire in person!


Apr 16, 2024 09:37 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is quite a large Faire!  To be honest, though, I am more excited about our lunch today than I would be about a Faire, haha.

Apr 16, 2024 05:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Brian England 

I'm looking forward to the lunch! I suspect there are plenty of people who do not care about events like the Faire.


Apr 16, 2024 10:43 AM