Over 30 years ago, the Cultural Arts Office began hosting free live music in a few parks in Carlsbad. With only a few floor boards and some lights, a few hundred friends and neighbors joined us for what became Jazz in the Parks for over 25 years. As time went on, more and more music lovers joined us for fun summer nights until and the concerts moved from park to park as our audience grew. In 2014, TGIF found its current home at Stagecoach, Poinsettia, Calavera Hills and Alga Norte community parks – the four largest parks in Carlsbad.
Throughout the years, TGIF has welcomed hundreds of guest musicians and hundreds of thousands of audience members into the parks for a memorable summer night. You’re now part of the largest family in Carlsbad – the TGIF family!
TGIF Concerts in the Parks is presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office and supported by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.
Plan Your Night at TGIF
At TGIF, music is just the beginning. Make sure to check out our on-site options during each TGIF event:
Visit Family Open Studios at all TGIF events for a hands-on art project for the whole family
We bring your picnic to you with our on-site food vendors, offering something for everyone:
Meet different city departments and local nonprofits and learn about what they do for our community at each TGIF event
Win great prizes from the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts through the Opportunity Drawing. The Friends are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts in Carlsbad by promoting and supporting Cultural Arts Office exhibitions, activities and events that create the thriving and creative community that is Carlsbad. Interested in learning more? You can become a member of the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts today!