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About TGIF and Helpful Hints

About TGIF

Over 30 years ago, the Cultural Arts Office decided to host 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 generously supported by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts

Plan your night

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 learn about what they do for our community at each TGIF Concerts.
  • The 2018 TGIF program cover features artwork from local artist Skye Walker, whose mural work has graced the walls of businesses and organizations all over San Diego County and nationally. 
  • 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! 

Interested in Performing at TGIF?

The City of Carlsbad partners with a third party talent buyer for all TGIF concerts. If you are interested in providing information about your group, fill out this form.

Helpful Hints

  • Event Schedule
  • Concert sites will open to the public at 4 p.m.
  • The concert begins at 6 p.m. Some events may feature preshow events staring at 5 p.m.
  • The Carlsbad Friends of the Arts’ Opportunity Drawing at 7 p.m.
  • Concerts end at 8 p.m.
  • All audience members must exit the park by 9 p.m. All shuttles end routes at 9 p.m., and parking lots close at 9:30 p.m.
  • Make sure to read the Event Policies before heading to the parks.

  • View our 2018 TGIF Concerts in the Parks program here.

  • View our 2017 TGIF Concerts in the Parks program here.

Share Your Thoughts

Your feedback is always welcome!

Please share what you think with our TGIF Concerts in the Parks survey, available here.

For more information, contact us at arts@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-2090.