Street Fair celebrates its 40th anniversary


Victoria Smith

This year’s Carlsbad Street Fair celebrated its 40th anniversary. Close to 900 vendors filled the streets for people to browse and enjoy.

On Nov. 3, the Carlsbad Street Fair dominated the streets from Grand Avenue to Jefferson Street, celebrating its 40th anniversary for one day. The fair hosted close to 900 vendors in various age-related areas, with an attendance of over 100,000 San Diegans. The streets overflowed with booths that sold clothes, furniture, house decor, accessories, plants, art and antiques, with 50 vendors dedicated solely to food.

As for activities, the Carlsbad Rotary Club hosted a beer and wine garden with large screen TVs and live music for adults. For kids, the fair provided an area with games, super slides, bouncy houses, a rock climbing wall and face painters.

“The fair was so fun because there is something interesting to look at and buy at every corner,” junior Linda Crowell said. “The fair was super cool, but really overwhelming. I had a really hard time focusing on one thing at a time.”

For fair attendees who lived further away, a free shuttle picked up and dropped off people from two locations in Carlsbad. The shuttle made it possible for everyone to arrive safely and without the hassle of searching for a parking spot.

“The parking downtown was completely insane, so it was nice to not have to worry about having to park miles away,” sophomore  Victoria Smith said. “I know this sounds weird, but the shuttle was actually super fun and comfortable. I had a great time on the shuttle because there were people from all over that I got to talk to”.

If you missed out on the November street fair, no need to cry because this biannual event will return on Sunday, May 4 from 8 am to 5 pm. Attending is a simple way to support Carlsbad’s small business owners and their high-quality goods.

“I think that every Carlsbad High School student should make an effort to attend the street fair,” sophomore Brooke Miscall said. ” It is really fun and easy way to support Carlsbad.”