A popular Carlsbad downtown festival returns this weekend.
Carlsbad MainStreet placed CavernFest on a two-year hiatus in 2021 and 2020 after public health orders were issued during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Live music, vendors, food trucks and activities for the family are part of CavernFest’s return Friday and Saturday.
The festival will be contained to Canyon Street and the Eddy County Courthouse grounds, per the CavernFest map.
CavernFest starts Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. with musical performances starting at noon Saturday.
Performers include Curtis Grimes, Jordan Nix, Holly Tucker, Melissa Jones Auld, JD and the Badlands Band, Cody Zane Wells, Last Child and the Randy Rogers Band.
Carlsbad MainStreet Executive Director Kathleen Davis said festival goers can park anywhere in the downtown area, including the parking lot behind Eddy County Beauty College at 107 Mermod Street, and along Canyon Street near the Cavern Theater.
She said parking was allowed near Carlsbad City Hall, Carlsbad’s Public Library and the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.
“We are also working with the Carlsbad Municipal Transit this year to do a shuttle service to and from the event as parking downtown is always difficult during them,” she said.
“Our side parking will be at the Cascades at Carlsbad parking lot. Shuttle runs continuously from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and drop off at the event will be on Stevens Street by Carlsbad National Park,” Davis said.
Carlsbad MainStreet Board member and Keep Carlsbad Beautiful Executive Director Mary Garwood urged participants to be mindful of litter during the festival.
“Nobody wants a littered event scene,” she said. “Be respectful. A lot of work has gone into planning and executing CavernFest, so we ask that people help keep things clean.”
More information may be obtained at https://www.cavernfest.com.
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