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Make summer endless in Carlsbad Village

CARLSBAD — Summer time is the busy season in any coastal community — August 2012 saw nearly 24,000 visitors to Carlsbad Village on one Saturday. But the downtown hopes to increase that number with a battery of fun events and the completion of several revitalization projects.“The Endless Carlsbad Summer” includes beach events, athletic races, theater performances, music festivals, art fairs and a new free outdoor movie series, in addition to a proposed new farmers’ market in the heart of the Village.

— June 21, Village Music Walk by the Carlsbad Music Festival and the New Village Arts Mural Walk

— July 12 through July 19, Pay-What-You-Can rocking ’60s musical soap opera, ”Suds” preview, a 60’s Jukebox Musical at New Village Arts, 2787 State St.

— July 14, Carlsbad Triathlon

— Aug. 4, New Village Arts Sock Hop

— Aug. 11, Art in the Village

— Sept. 8, Carlsbad Family Fun Ride

— Sept. 20 through Sept. 22, Carlsbad Music Festival

— Friday Night Live Sidewalk Music, 7 to 9 p.m.

— State Street Farmers’ Market, every Wednesday 3 to 7 p.m.

The free outdoor movie series, “Flicks at the Fountain,” will take place over eight Thursday evenings from July 11 through Aug. 29, and includes “Goonies” and “The Princess Bride.” Visit the Web site, for more information.

More than 150 new custom bike racks and bike corrals, funded through a SANDAG grant, will be installed by the end of July, making the Village even more bike-friendly, and the city’s Transportation Department recently widened stretches of bike lane on Coast Highway to nine feet.

The “Curb Cafe Policy,” enacted by Council earlier this year, will see its first project in the form of an outdoor deck in front of Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant on State Street, allowing customers to enjoy the weather while dining.