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2024 Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks

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2024 Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks Series


The first day of summer is June 20, and the annual TGIF Concerts in the Parks series starts the next day.


There’s little question that 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.


You can’t 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!



2024 is the 37th 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 9 consecutive Friday nights in 3 of Carlsbad’s largest community parks.


You can read about the new security enhancements here. They include perimeter fencing at the venues and security screening at the entrance gates.


The TGIF Concerts in the Parks are popular with visitors and residents and have been for several decades. So what can you expect? Hundreds of 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 great prizes. Funds raised from the raffles support a variety of Carlsbad arts programs.



Here’s the 2024 schedule:


June 21, June 28, July 5 and July 12

Stagecoach Community Park

3420 Camino de los Coches in 92009



July 19, July 26 and August 2

Calavera Hills Community Park

2997 Glasgow Drive in 92010



August 9 and August 16

Alga Norte Community Park

6565 Alicante Road in 92009


You can read about the bands for each concert here.


The TGIF concerts get crowded so plan to arrive early for the best parking and seats up front. The venues open at 4 pm. You can expect to walk a distance if you arrive near concert time!


There are free shuttles at the Calavera Hills and Alga Norte venues and you’ll find signage about where to park. 2 to 3 shuttles will operate continuously from 4:15 until 9:15 pm. At Stagecoach Park there is parking across the street at La Costa Canyon High School.

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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- free concerts in the park shout Summer Is Here!!!!  I hope everyone enjoys the concerts and appreciates some of the new security precautions being implemented. 

May 25, 2024 01:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Indeed they do Kathy Streib and these are very popular and well-attended, at least when we have been. I haven't heard of issues at the concerts but perhaps they have not made it public. In any event it sounds like the city has some new precautions in place for large public gatherings in Carlsbad.


May 25, 2024 05:15 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

One of the nice parts of the summer months are the outdoor concerts that are so common all over the country.   In our area there are concerts each night of the week and some people do try to do them all.

May 25, 2024 05:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Outdoor concerts really ARE a big part of summer in many places. Hope you get to go to 1 or 2, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

Hard to believe it's almost summer again.


May 26, 2024 10:26 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff our outdoor concerts will also be starting up very soon, and I look forward to them every year.

May 25, 2024 05:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hope you get to enjoy them George Souto .


May 26, 2024 10:24 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS the Carlsbad TGIF concerts in the parks are great fun event to attend. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

May 25, 2024 06:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend John Pusa 

We have always enjoyed the concerts we have been to.


May 26, 2024 10:22 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff I remember going to free concerts in Boston and Cambridge MA and that was about 27+ years ago, have not done one of those since we moved to LA. OK I am making a mistake we did go once to Santa Monica Pier and that was the last time:)Endre

May 25, 2024 09:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Endre Barath, Jr. 

Have you ever been to the Hollywood Bowl? I know those are far from being free but it's a fun venue if you don't mind the crowds. The Santa Monica Pier must have been fun for a concert venue.


May 26, 2024 10:21 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

From the picture you shared, I can tell that these concerts are very well attended!  I have always thought it would be fun to attend such events, yet I have never done so, haha.

May 26, 2024 05:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Brian England  

They ARE pretty popular and there is a wonderful variety of live music. Perhaps there are concerts like this in your area to attend.


May 26, 2024 10:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff. What a great acknowledgment to be named 4th best outdoor concert series! Hope you manage to attend some of these this summer.

May 26, 2024 07:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you, Nina Hollander, Broker It's certainly wonderful recognition of these well-done concerts that have been around for years! WE are hoping to make 1 or 2 this year.


May 26, 2024 10:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jeff,

OMG..I love this! I can see why the free TGIF Concerts in the Parks are a highlight of summertime in Carlsbad. I hope you are able to make some of these concerts.


May 26, 2024 09:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

They are very popular and lots of fun. We're hoping to get to 1 or 2 this summer.


May 26, 2024 10:13 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

We have similar outdoor events during the summer. Thank goodness they are late in the evening to help compensate for the heat! Enjoy the free TGIF concerts!

May 26, 2024 07:42 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty 

I think these are common in many places in the summer - glad to hear you have them as well. We thankfully don't have to worry about the heat!

Thanks for stopping by!


May 26, 2024 09:49 PM