Every year, there are certain events that stick out on the calendar. For football fans, Super Bowl weekend is practically a national holiday. Snacks and decor are scheduled months in advance. When Black Friday rolls around, Christmas enthusiasts already know where the best deals are and how they’re going to get them. The excitement leading up to things that only happen once a year can keep you in anticipation for months on end. If Carlsbad is your home, you have the luxury of living where others like to vacation. With endless miles of beaches, mountaintops, and sun, there is something new to look forward to every day. Even so, there are a few things in Carlsbad that stand out, and they’re only available for a limited time each year. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch and the LPGA Kia Classic are definitely on this list, and now is the time to enjoy them. Read more for a quick list of things that can’t be missed this flower season, as well as some basic information around one of golf’s biggest events.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is one of the city’s most sought after tourist locations. The sheer amount of giant Tecolote ranunculus flower blooms is astounding. Over the years, the Flower Fields have evolved into one of the most unique gatherings of beauty and color in the world. 85 years of floral cultivation has resulted in 50 acres of the multicolored ranunculus bulb crop and five additional acres of other specialty flowers. The flowers are only in bloom for six to eight weeks each year. This year, the Grand Opening was on March 1st.
Here are some of the 2020 events at the Flower Fields that you won’t want to miss:
Girl Scout Days
On March 16, 23, and April 27 Girl Scouts can earn a badge while composting and planting.
Sunset Wine Tasting and Music
March 29, April 5, 12, & 19, will be serving up wine and bites with live music. These sunset events are a unique culinary experience against the backdrop of the blooms.
Flower Flow Yoga
On March 30 and April 13, mornings will be devoted to physical and mental health. Each of these one-hour yoga sessions will be a perfect way to start the day.
Basket Weaving Workshops
Come learn coiling techniques from award-winning fiber artist, Nadine Spier. On April 6, 27 & 28 she will be teaching participants how to create baskets and other sculptural forms.
Arts & Crafts
On Mondays and Tuesdays during the months of March and April, this celebration will feature art from local artisans.
March 23 will be a day full of fun for kids. Bubbles, a bounce house, face painting and balloons are all on the schedule.
Festival of Color
On March 24, the Fields will be celebrating the Hindi spring festival of Holi.
Check back here throughout the season to keep up on all of the workshops, performances, and food trucks that the Flower Fields will be offering this season. This year’s bloom is going to be one of the best yet!
The Kia Classic is another one of Carlsbad’s yearly events that put the city on the map. On the heels of International Women’s day, the Kia Classic is a gathering of some of the most talented women in golf. It debuted in 2010 and is marked as one of the most notable events in women’s golf each year.
This year’s tournament will take place on March 23rd – 29th. The inaugural winner of the Kia Classic was Hee Kyung Seo. At the time, she was the 19th non-LPGA member to ever have won an LPGA tournament. Her win made her automatically eligible for LPGA membership. Last year, Japanese golfer Nasa Hataoka took home the $1.8 million-dollar purse. The 20-year old is a role model for young girls all over the globe. Her 5-under 67 scorecards are an impressive addition to her 16 LPGA Tour starts.
See here for information on the course, where to find tickets and more.