Outdoor Music in Carlsbad

Friends, residents, and visitors of Carlsbad, lend me your ears! With the start of summer comes a new way to enjoy your favorite music: listening live in the great outdoors. After a warm day in the Carlsbad summer sun, you’ll love cooling down in the evenings with music from local, national, and international performers – all while you feel that famous ocean breeze. Here’s where I’ll be shaking my tail feathers all summer long!

TGIF Concerts in the Parks
How could Fridays get any better? Starting on June 27th, a variety of bands will perform at one of Carlsbad’s gorgeous parks every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks, chairs, and blankets – but lively music ranging from swing to salsa will have you up and grooving before you know it.

A local favorite in its 29th season, TGIF Concerts in the Parks is a great way to get to know Carlsbad and its friendly residents. Each concert is free to all who wish to attend. Just don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! Check out this year’s lineup.

Red, White and Boom! at LEGOLAND California
Visit LEGOLAND California for an Independence Day celebration you’ll never forget. “Red, White and Boom!” commemorates the 4th of July with stunning fireworks accompanied by patriotic music heard throughout the park starting at 8:30 pm. During the day, you can participate in holiday activities including a LEGO building competition, lawn games, a dance party, and more!

Friday Night Live
Like to be surrounded by music while you’re on the move? I have just the thing. Friday Night Live features weekly street performances in the heart of Carlsbad Village every Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Genre-spanning bands and musicians are positioned throughout the area, ready to entertain passers-by. So while you stroll through Carlsbad’s quaint boutiques, coffee houses, restaurants, and gift shops, you can enjoy eclectic tunes every step of the way.

Coyote Bar & Grill
Featuring gorgeous outdoor fire pits surrounded by comfy seating perfect for large groups, Coyote Bar & Grill is one of Carlsbad’s liveliest eateries. The restaurant hosts entertainment Wednesday through Sunday of every week, including karaoke, DJs and bands from a wide array of genres. And don’t forget about their rockin’ happy hour Tuesday – Friday 4:00-6:00 pm, and Mondays 4:00pm – close.

Café Panini
For a relaxing evening outdoors with some of Carlsbad’s best local bands, stop by Café Panini. Bob your head to great music while you sip on craft beer, stellar wines or some of the best coffee in town. Or show off what you’ve got during Open Mic Night on Wednesdays from 4:00-7:00pm. And the restaurant’s delicious breakfast and lunch dishes – made with organic, fair trade, and local ingredients – are served all day. New customers will even receive a free coffee if you register your name and email address on the website!

For more ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Carlsbad this summer, check out some of these activities or join us on Facebook.

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