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 Cultural 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 85 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 and is available online here. Print copies are available at the Encinitas Library, City Hall and Encinitas Community and Senior Center.  To subscribe to Arts and Culture Events in Encinitas, click here

Encinitas Friends of the Arts

The mission of Encinitas Friends of the Arts is to partner with the City of Encinitas by fundraising and advocating for the arts and City-owned arts venues. Established in 2014 by the Commission for the Arts, EFA is helping Encinitas to blossom as a cultural arts hub for the greater north county San Diego area. EFA works to increase cultural programming, provide arts education for youth, particularly for the underserved, and funds new public art. info  


Encinitas Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Saturday, October 29, 2022, 12:00-4:00 pm. 

Fun for the entire family with performances of folklorico dancing and mariachi music, art-making workshops: face painting, tissue flowers, plus a low rider car show, and opportunity drawings.  Presented in partnership with Encinitas Friends of the Arts. info