Carlsbad Village (Carlsbad, CA)
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Blown Glass Heart Treasure Hunt in Carlsbad The 3rd Annual Hearts of Carlsbad Village blown glass treasure hunt in Carlsbad Village is in February. What a great opportunity to spend time in Carlsbad Village outdoors exploring! The Carlsbad Village Association and Barrio Glassworks are sponsoring this fun event on February 11th and 12th. The treasure hunt opens at 10 am on Saturday and ends at 4 pm on Sunday.  February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is 2 days after the event. What’s could be more appropriate than a heart-themed treasure hunt? Here’s how the treasure hunt works. 200 colorful hand-blown glass hearts created at Barrio Glassworks will be “hidden” in popular locations in the Village over the 2-day period. Last year there were 50 hearts in the hunt. Each engraved...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Barrio Glassworks in Carlsbad Barrio Glassworks, established in 2021, is a public glassblowing studio, gallery and gift shop in the heart of Carlsbad Village. And it’s a pretty hot attraction – pun intended! Glassblowing is fascinating to watch. You no doubt know this if you’ve ever had the opportunity to see it. If you haven’t had the chance, it’s lots of fun, and pretty amazing to see what glassblowers can do with molten glass. I remember the first time I saw live glassblowing in Murano, Italy a number of years ago. That was quite the place to see it for the first time! We also visited the Glass Ranch in Escondido several times and watched glass blowing there. Barrio Glassworks offers residents and visitors alike to simply come watch live glassblowing in action. The public viewing are...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Give Blood in Carlsbad Village February 11, 2023 Once again here’s an opportunity for Carlsbad residents to help our community, and specifically the San Diego Blood Bank, with their need for blood donations. The 6th Annual Heart of the Village Blood Drive will be held in Carlsbad Village on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am until 3 pm. Thank you again to Barrio Glassworks at 3060 Roosevelt Street for hosting the blood drive. Blood donations are at the San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile in their parking lot. And you can also check out their glass blowing operations and gifts while you're there.  Over 238 pints have been donated through the previous Heart of the Village Blood Drive events! Once again the Carlsbad Village Association is the sponsor. All donations are by Appointment Only, pr...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Art Wall November 2022 The 4th mural of 2022 for the Carlsbad art wall, now in its 8th year, was painted on November 6th and 7th by artist CJ Troxell. And it may be one of the more thoughtful murals we’ve had, with something to ponder. What do you think?  Well-known Carlsbad artist, Bryan Snyder, founded the #CarlsbadArtWall in 2015, in cooperation with the owner of Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad Village. Bryan also founded the Carlsbad Alley Art Wall, among other art projects in Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Art Wall provides residents and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy a variety of temporary public art by local, regional, and sometimes even international, artists. The public also can watch the artists at work on their creations, which are typically painted ove...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Carlsbad VillageNovember 26, 2022 The holiday shopping season seems to arrive earlier every year. Halloween is just days away, with Thanksgiving soon to follow. That means the 13th annual Small Business Saturday in Carlsbad Village is a little over 1 month away. The first Saturday after Thanksgiving is the traditional day for supporting small businesses throughout the US. So you’ll find abundant opportunities at our Carlsbad Village merchants to #shopsmall. Many residents, and visitors, support small businesses in Carlsbad already but this is special opportunity! And with the holiday shopping season upon is, that’s good news. The Carlsbad Village Association website notes that approximately 67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business remains i...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2022 Carlsbad Music Festival~ Carlsbad Village ~ The 18th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival, which offers “adventurous music at the beach” (according to their website) with multiple bands, takes place in Carlsbad Village November 5th from 1 to 9 pm. This is a scaled-down version from last year where the festival was over 3 days. Check out the Carlsbad Music Festival Facebook page. The Carlsbad Music Festival, has been a crowd pleaser for almost 2 decades and 2022 should be no different. In addition to great music you can enjoy a beer garden and food trucks. The festival take place at St. Michael’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, at 2775 Carlsbad Boulevard. Here is the current full schedule with 6 different bands. There are several ticket options including a VIP Lounge, and you can buy your ti...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
5th Annual Taste of Carlsbad Village~ October 13, 2022 ~ The popular Taste of Carlsbad Village returns in 2022 for the 5th time, taking place in the Village on October 13th. So why announce this so early? First, the Taste of Carlsbad Village is historically very popular, and usually sells out. And second, tickets go on sale September 5 so you may want to put that on your calendar. Carlsbad food lovers will spend 3 hours on Thursday October 13th on a self-guided tour with map and Passport (the ticket), tasting their way around our charming Carlsbad Village. The appeal? Why, enjoying bite-sized samples from dozens of local popular restaurants - meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan. This is a terrific opportunity to check out eateries you don’t know or haven’t tried, and enjoy your favorites, ...
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