People having fun at TGIF Jazz in the Parks 
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Concert Do's and Don'ts

Guidelines and helpful hints

Please take a moment to read these guidelines and helpful hints. Being courteous and respectful of other concertgoers will make the event that much more enjoyable – for everyone.

Arrive Early But Not Too Early.  Each two-hour concert begins at 6 p.m. and a few thousand people will be attending each event. So expect some delays, coming and going, and plan accordingly. For safety during set-up, the concert sites on our ball fields open to the public at 4 p.m. No picnic cloths, chairs etc. will be allowed on the fields prior to that time!

Park Smart.  Parking is extremely limited, so please park legally and courteously. Bring comfortable shoes and enjoy your walk to and from the park. “Loading Zone” lanes are available at all sites. The best option is to use the free shuttle service available at three parks this year. See the “Map and Shuttle Info” page for more details.

Keep a LOW Profile.  Remember that everyone wants to see the performers, so please bring LOW chairs only. If you have a health requirement that dictates otherwise, be courteous and choose your seat location accordingly – at the outer edge of the audience. Shade structures are not allowed except along the back fences of the parks.

Come Prepared Against Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.  Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts to cover your skin, and apply repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Eucalyptus, or IR3535 to clothes and skin.

No Pets. No Bikes. No Smoking/Vaping.  Pets are not allowed within the concert venue. It’s in the Municipal Code and will be enforced. The same prohibition holds for bicycles, skates, skateboards and rollerblades. And if you want to smoke or vape, you will have to leave the park premises. PLEASE, the laws apply to everyone – not just to “the other guy.”

Watch Your Kids.  Children are very welcome, but please keep a watchful eye on them at all times. Also, please make sure they do not disturb neighboring groups. And don’t forget, Family Open Studios, our great hands-on art-making activity for children, takes place during one concert at each park site.

Eat.  This year’s expanded on-site edible options are tasty, convenient, affordable, and offer something for every palate! Our food vendors also support TGIF with donations and a share of their earnings. So a “Bring Less, Buy More” policy keeps your picnic simple and helps TGIF too!

Drink.  City of Carlsbad law prohibits glass containers in all Carlsbad city parks. Realizing that TGIF picnickers traditionally bring glass beverage containers to the concerts, the city has issued a waiver of this regulation for TGIF concert events only. If you come across any broken glass, please alert the concert crew so we can take care of it right away.

Dance.  Keep in mind that our groups play music that people can dance to, and they certainly do! So if you want to avoid being jitterbugged on, set up your picnic away from the infield area.

And Be Merry.  Please join us in thanking all the terrific staff – such as the crew, the Explorers, the Parks & Recreation staff, the Carlsbad police officers directing traffic – who help make these concerts safe and enjoyable for everyone.

We’re proud of the city’s strong commitment to recycling and reducing landfill waste. As you enjoy your picnics, remember to separate your empty bottles and cans from the rest of your trash.  Then when you clean up your area, just look for the groupings of trash cans – and use the appropriate ones:

    • Blue rectangular ones for glass bottles, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans
    • Round ones for all your other trash.

And please, carefully throw away your glass bottles, do it carefully, so the glass does not b-r-e-a-k. We appreciate it!

When the Music Stops.  Our concerts end by 8:15; everyone must exit the park by 9 p.m. at the latest. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter. Please don’t linger in the park; our crew needs to work in a safe environment to dismantle the stage and collect all the trash - safe for them and safe for you.

8 for $5, 40 for $20.  You can win some great prizes in the Opportunity Drawings organized and conducted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. Funds raised through the Opportunity Drawings not only help support these TGIF concerts but other programs organized by the city’s Cultural Arts Office as well. The Friends also have some terrific souvenirs for sale at their table at each concert. And we encourage you to support arts and culture in Carlsbad by becoming a member of the Friends this summer too.

Prohibited activities

Carlsbad MunicipaI Code 11.32 defines unlawful acts in Carlsbad parks and beaches, including disturbances, sales, solicitation, pets and fires. During TGIF Jazz concerts, violations of the Municipal Code will be enforced. Important highlights include:

    • Sales of any items (both for profit and non-profit) are not allowed without a valid permit issued by the City Council.
    • Distribution or posting of any handbills, circulars or advertising devises is prohibited. Conduct or solicitation of any business is prohibited.
    • Cooking with fire is limited to designated barbeque pits provided in the park. That means no personal barbeques. 
    • Individual groups are not allowed to arrange for privately catered on-site food or beverage service within concert boundaries.  
    • Dogs are not allowed in City parks except licensed assistance dogs.
    • Smoking/vaping is not allowed.

Consent to be photographed

The City of Carlsbad will be taking pictures of people, including minors, at the TGIF Concerts in the Parks concerts to be published in various documents that promote the City and community of Carlsbad. By your presence at the event, you thereby consent to and assign all rights to your portrait, picture, videotape and sound recording (collectively “Photograph”) of you or in which you may be included intact or in part, composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction to the City of Carlsbad, a municipal corporation, and you hereby authorize the reproduction, copyright, exhibition, broadcast, cablecast, Internet posting, and/or distribution through any and all media now or hereafter known of said Photographs without limitation for purpose of this use. You waive the right to any fees, royalties, or control, now or in the future, and you grant full permission for the use of your Photograph, including without limitations, your likeness, performance, voice, name and biography for the purpose of publicizing, advertising, or promoting any City of Carlsbad matter or program. You relinquish any right that you may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in conjunction therewith or the use to which it may be applied.


Contact Information

Cultural Arts Office
760-434-2904 arts info line
760-730-0329 fax

2955 Elmwood St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Mailing address
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

General Information

Business hours
Monday Friday
9 a.m. 5 p.m.