The heart of Carlsbad lies in the downtown MainStreet District.

Carlsbad MainStreet Project, Inc. works to bring stronger economic vitality to our city by providing resources to make downtown look more attractive and encourage more businesses to become part of our growing district. Our mission is to provide the city of Carlsbad with fun activities that engage families, community members, and tourists to come together in downtown Carlsbad, the heart of our community. 

The Carlsbad Department of Development and MainStreet work together to actively recruit and direct appropriate new businesses to open stores in the downtown area. 11 new businesses have opened their doors in the MainStreet District since June of 2018, demonstrating the progression of the economic vitality in our downtown! The city of Carlsbad and Eddy County are essential partners of Carlsbad MainStreet and with their support, we continue to be recognized as an Accredited Main Street America™ Program.  The support provided during the preparation and execution of events, the assistance during projects, and the maintenance of our downtown area is priceless.

Cultivating a welcoming environment where families come to shop, eat, and play is the MainStreet mission. We have several new projects happening, so let us catch you up!

We are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to step back in time at the Historic Cavern Theatre, currently being renovated to its 1950’s charm. Also, the new gazebo that is being built on the Eddy County Courthouse lawn will provide shaded seating and a diverse venue for concerts, artists’ displays, demonstrations, and performances.

Carlsbad Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Carlsbad MainStreet District has many unique dining and shopping experiences available at our locally owned establishments. Look for the upcoming kiosk on the street corner of Mermod and Canyon; this digital sign will be equipped with a touch screen directory that provides a plethora of information about places to eat, shop, and be entertained in the downtown MainStreet District.

Carlsbad MainStreet hosts downtown events that have become family traditions for many years, including the Electric Light Parade, Fall Festival, the Carlsbad Downtown Farmers’ Market, and CavernFest. Support from sponsors and additional partners is vital to Carlsbad MainStreet for the continuation of our projects and programs. 

Our 5th Annual MAINSTREET CAVERNFEST will be held on Friday evening, June 5 and all-day Saturday June 6, 2020. CavernFest is the biggest event in southern New Mexico.

The downtown area is packed with activities to entertain a variety of interests. It is a family-friendly event with activities such as volleyball, cornhole, basketball, trackless train rides, sidewalk chalk art, sidewalk sales, bounces houses, a dunking booth, and so much more.  Music will be heard on Friday evening and all-day Saturday, featured on one large stage next to the Eddy County Courthouse Lawn. There will be vendor booths and downtown stores with all kinds of merchandise to sell. A variety of food can be enjoyed on Food Truck Avenue and there will be a Beer Garden.  This will be a fun time for all that attend!

Article originally published in Focus on Carlsbad 2020 Spring edition.