The City of Encinitas recognizes that arts and culture are essential elements in the character and quality of life in a vibrant community. The City's commitment is evident by the many opportunities for residents, visitors, artists and arts organizations to share in our City's cultural expression through the arts. Collectively, these efforts result in a broad range of artistic opportunities for the Encinitas community.

A survey by the San Diego Foundation, A Portrait of San Diego Artists, found that Encinitas had the 2nd highest concentration of artists in San Diego County. The creative sector is the engine of urban economic development. Designers, musicians, actors, artists and other creative professionals are a catalyst for growth, creating new businesses, enhancing existing ones and attracting new residents with their performances, designs, murals and other contributions to urban vibrancy. An investment in the city’s creative economy is an investment in its long-term growth and vitality.

Commission for the Arts

The Arts Division works in partnership with the Commission for the Arts to carry out the vision of the City’s Arts Master Plan in 7 strategic areas: 

  • Advocacy 
  • Visual Art 
  • Performing Arts 
  • Public Art 
  • Arts Education 
  • Arts Venues 
  • Marketing and Audience Development 

Arts & Culture Organizations

Encinitas is home to more than 80 arts and culture organizations, along with numerous arts presenters: nonprofit organizations, businesses, community groups, mainstreet associations, and others. 

Click here for the complete list.

Encinitas Arts & Events Calendar

The monthly calendar is a service of the Cultural Arts Division and Cultural Tourism Committee.  To subscribe to "Encinitas This Week," the arts and events e-newsletter sent every Sunday morning to more than 17,000 subscribers, click HERE. To see a sample e-newsletter, click HERE

Encinitas Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12-4pm, Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1141 Oakcrest Park Drive.
Fun for the entire family with live performances of Folklorico dancing and Mariachi music, art-making workshops: face painting, sugar skulls and tissue flowers, plus a low rider car show, artist demonstrations, giveaways, and Catrina’s for selfie photos.  Bring a remembrance or photo of a loved one for the Community Ofrendas, located at the Encinitas Library and the Encinitas Community Center. In partnership with Encinitas Friends of the Arts. Contact Arts Program Administrator Jim Gilliam at 760-633-2746. 

Click here for last year's event flier.