City of Carlsbad, Jazz in the Parks :: FREE

TGIF Jazz in Carlsbad, Things to do in Carlsbad, Carlsbad JazzThe 28th season of the City of Carlsbad’s “TGIF Jazz in the Parks” free outdoor concerts features a lively mix of beloved local bands, last year’s favorite debut groups and great new ensembles. The music covers a wide range of jazz-oriented, danceable music from big band swing to rhythm & blues to Latin salsa, with Afro-pop, zydeco and soul in the mix as well.



The 2013 TGIF concerts begin on June 28 and continue through Aug. 23, presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. More information on TGIF Jazz in the Parks concerts can be found at or on the Arts Info Line: 760-434-2904.

The annual concert season begins in late June and continues every Friday evening through mid-August. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. and are free. Our 2013 concert season offers great music, great dancing and great fun for everyone! Get the schedule, check out the terrific bands and learn more about our locations, activities, rules and regulations and how you can get involved by visiting…

2013 TGIF Jazz in the Parks Concert Schedule

Stagecoach Community Park – 3420 Camino de los Coches.

Free parking is at La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way at Camino de los Coches.

Aug. 16: The Styletones – Soul

This band hasn’t been around long but it’s built quite a reputation for performing the strong music and truthful, emotional vocalizing that is the essence of soul. And then there are those horns!

Aug. 23: Big Time Operator – Big Band Swing

The summer ends on a high note: the clear voice of band leader Warren Lovell and the sustained wail of the region’s hottest brass section. Without a doubt, this group is the TGIF audience’s favorite band.

What to bring, and what not to bring to the concerts

Patrons should bring low-back beach chairs and ground cover to TGIF concerts. Long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and insect repellent with “deet” are recommended as a precaution against mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. Many patrons bring picnics; light refreshments are also available for sale. Opportunity drawings are conducted during the intermission by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts to support the concert series and other cultural programs.

The use of bikes, skateboards, skates and roller blades is not allowed in the parks during concerts. Pets, smoking and personal barbeque grills are not allowed in city parks by municipal ordinance