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Hearts of Carlsbad Village

The Hearts of Carlsbad Village is a Village-wide scavenger hunt for 400 beautiful, unique, and colorful glass hearts. An event initially created during the pandemic as a way to bring community and families together in a safe and accessible way has grown to be one of the most beloved by locals and visitors alike.

The Carlsbad Village Association strives to create events that increase the awareness of Carlsbad Village as a user-friendly, walkable destination. If they can also promote the unique character and historical significance of the downtown, that is a plus. And all must help stimulate the local economy. Hearts of Carlsbad Village, a two-day event held on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th, does all this and more!

Come explore downtown Carlsbad’s fantastic dining and shopping scene while staying vigilant for sightings of glass hearts when you are out and about enjoying Carlsbad Village. Glass hearts have been created by Barrio Glassworks over the past several months specifically for this special weekend. They will be hidden over a period of two days at some of the most iconic and popular locations in downtown Carlsbad. We want these hearts to be found and loved, so they are hidden in plain sight.

If you find a heart, you are done with the hunt, and it is all yours to keep! But do not forget to register your heart, using the instructions on the heart's label, to be entered into a drawing for some fabulous local prizes. Registering will also help others know how many hearts are out there still waiting to be found!

Hearts of Carlsbad Village Staycation

Hearts of Carlsbad Village hotel package guests will receive a complimentary basket (valued at $160) with products from Barrio Glassworks, Humble Olive Oils, Candle Bar, Hot Mama Jams, Carlsbad Cookie Co., Sweet Spot, and Village Florist Co.

Hearts of Carlsbad Village is supported in part by Visit Carlsbad, the official tourism marketing organization for the City of Carlsbad. We appreciate their support for this weekend event that showcases Carlsbad Village so well. 

The Carlsbad Village Association (CVA) and Visit Carlsbad have partnered with three local hotels to offer a special hotel package for visitors and staycationers alike. When you book a special "Hearts of Carlsbad Village" package at the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, Beach Terrace, or Springhill Suites, you'll receive a complimentary welcome basket filled with your very own glass heart along with amazing products from local businesses. We appreciate these downtown hotels who have teamed up with us to provide this unique offer, and our wonderful businesses who helped make this Hearts of Carlsbad Village package so lovely!

To learn more and book your Carlsbad getaway, visit the Visit Carlsbad website. Treat yourself to a refreshing coastal escape right here in our village by the sea!


  • The hunt starts at 9:00am on the morning of Saturday, February 10th. On both Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th, 200 hearts will be hidden (each day) starting at 9am. The last hearts will be in place by 2pm each day.
  • If you find a heart, please register it right away with instructions on the heart's label. The Carlsbad Village Association website homepage at will contain an up-to-the-minute update on the number of hearts registered to help those still hunting. So, please register!
  • Hearts are hidden throughout the day over the two-day period (200 each day).
  • Hearts are hidden, outdoors, in plain sight in Carlsbad Village; there's no need to look too hard.
  • A link to the boundary map is available below.
  • Iconic locations might include historic sites, near public artwork, a public park, outside a hotel, or common areas where you might sit for a while and relax, or outside businesses where you might go to shop and dine. We want you to discover new businesses and popular locations, so they will not be hidden in hard-to-reach places. Just keep your eyes peeled!
  • Hearts will not be hidden at the NCTD train station, the Santa Fe Depot, or anywhere near the railroad tracks.
  • They will not be hidden on the rail trails. or on the beach or beach entrances.
  • Hearts will not be hidden inside parking lots.
  • Hearts will not be hidden behind buildings, or in alley ways too far from a public sidewalk.
  • Hearts will not be hidden inside or on the Barrio Glassworks property, although please do visit their art gallery and retail store and watch glassblowing in progress. Glass hearts will be for sale all weekend at Barrio Glassworks. Ask for the "locals discount."
  • One heart per person, please. This is very important. We thank you for your cooperation on this for the integrity of this community event.

Hearts of Carlsbad Village Boundary Map