Carlsbad, California is a Cultured Community: Here's Why

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Carlsbad Library and Cannon Art GalleryCarlsbad is known for many things, including its beaches, its reputation as a retirement and a vacation hotspot, and its terrific weather. 

Carlsbad is also a rather cultured community, with offerings to suit many tastes and budgets.

I make that last point somewhat tongue-in check, given that most of Carlsbad's cultural events are Free.

Did you hear? FREE! Who can argue with free? 

Here is a selection of some of the cultural events you can enjoy in Carlsbad 

Photographs at a Cannon Art Gallery exhibit featuring the National Geographic collectionCarlsbad Library and Cannon Art GalleryCANNON ART GALLERY  

Carlsbad's city-owned art gallery is a gem, with multiple exhibits throughout the year, which often including headline-capturing national tours such as National Geographic, and a collection of head rests from Asia. The receptions provide opportunities to mingle with other art lovers, with great food and wine, and they sponsor family-oriented events for art making and other activities with each exhibit. There are other galleries in Carlsbad as well, including the Front Porch Gallery in the Village. 


There are actually two libraries, one at 1775 Dove Lane near La Costa, the other at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive near the village.  The selection of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more is terrific. Their systems are automated (including check-out if you wish). 


A series of film viewings with discussions held at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the library - this year just in January and February you could/can view "Bend it Like Beckham," "Night at the Museum," Tribute to Paul Newman," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Cool Hand Luke," "Absence of Malice," and "Babe." 

TGIF Jazz in the Park Concert Series in Carlsbad - Jeff DowlerCONCERTS

There are both individual concerts offered during the year as well as the ever-popular TGIF Jazz in the Parks Concert Series held on 10 successive Friday evenings in several of Carlsbad's beautiful parks. International Guitar Night was just held at the library featuring several world-renowned acoustic guitarists (OK, so this event was not free - it was $10). Other concerts are planned for this year.


There are poetry readings and writing workshops held regularly at the library. 


Adjacent to the library and city offices on Carlsbad Village Drive. A wonderful outdoor venue to visit and contemplate works done by local artists 

Sidewalk chalk art at Art Splash in Carlsbad - Jeff Dowler MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC

A fantastic museum that chronicles the history of music and instruments, with unique musical and educational events during the year. 


An annual outdoor art event that attracts thousands, especially to enjoy the amazing chalk art. It's free, with lots of other cultural activities during the 2-day event.


There is the Carlsbad Village Theater and the Carlsbad Community Theater (yeah, these cost too, but nothing like going downtown).

So we've got a wee bit of culture here in our lovely coastal town. Check it out.


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Jeff Belonger
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Jeff.... thanks for sharing this,. I love learning about the different cultures in different areas. Just finding the time can be difficult, but you writing about it certainly makes it easy.

Jeff Belonger

Feb 25, 2009 01:02 PM #1
Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD

Jeff, we have a lot of "Free" stuff in our area too.  The good thing is that we have a lot of cultural venues and big quality stuff in our area.  As for the art in your area, I think your weather and landscape is art for everyone. 

Feb 25, 2009 01:46 PM #2
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, Some wonderful things here and as always a superb Localism post and one that is useful as a guide for how to post in localism. Believe me, I do pay attention and I am learning from the best in localism posts, YOU! Someday I may actually post one again, LOL.

Feb 25, 2009 03:50 PM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Jeff!  Now is the time to be sharing all of our FREE secrets--I always say, 'if it's free, it's me!'  This is a GREAT list--hope you enjoy some of them yourself!

Debe in Charlotte

Feb 25, 2009 11:33 PM #4
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