The fair season is here, in North San Diego County, and that means it’s about time for the 43rd annual CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE, which takes place on Sunday May 7 in downtown Carlsbad Village.
The Carlsbad Village Faire is supposedly our country’s, and San Diego County’s, largest 1-day outdoor street fair. When you consider the fair takes place in an area of the Village covering about 14 blocks along Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson and spilling over onto side streets including State Street, it’s not surprising. And with about 100,000 people normally attending, it’s easy to understand what this is so.
So why is the Carlsbad Village Faire so popular?
The event is open from 8 am until 5 pm, with something for everyone between the 800+ vendors and our local retailers. What can you buy? Well, everything from clothing, arts and crafts, gift items, collectibles, and accessories, to plants and garden items, antiques, products from around the world, and much more. You’ll also enjoy numerous food booths at the International Food Court, and the annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at the Carlsbad Train Depot from 7 am until noon, a favorite for the last 25 years.
Given the crowds anticipated, and all the vendors, you can expect that parking is very limited, so arrive early – the good news is parking is free in Carlsbad. Consider using the parking lot by the Sears at The Shoppes at Carlsbad (at the 78 and El Camino Real/Jefferson), and the Poinsettia Coaster Station on Avenida Encinas between Palomar Airport Road and Poinsettia. Both facilities will offer free shuttle services throughout the day. Just don;t miss that last shuttle to your car!!
So mark your calendar for this coming Sunday, May 7, for the Carlsbad Village Faire.