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Music in the Park: What to Pack

Carlsbad CA TGIF jazz in the park summer music
TGIF Jazz In The Park photo via City Of Carlsbad Facebook Page

Summer time is a perfect time to enjoy the Southern California lifestyle.  During the summer months here in Southern California we have a lot of “in the park” events.  The Carlsbad Jazz in the park series is quite the must do with families and young professionals in the area.  Vista has the Moonlight Theatre plays that are outdoors, and there are countless other events that take advantage of our wonderful weather.   But what to bring?

In Carlsbad, during the Jazz in the Park events, you are allowed to bring wine along with outside food, and your own chairs.  The wine part is what has most of my friends excited.  When we all get together at one of these outdoor summer events we all pack a couple of blankets, one to lie on and another to wrap up in, just in case it gets a little chilly.  There will also be plenty of food.  Either sandwiches, or as I like to do, lots of snacks.  Don’t forget the napkins, some silverware and plastic bags for trash.

Food for music in the park summer series in southern california

I tend to like bringing either my cooler or backpack full of my on the go pantry staples.  Bela Sardines has a variety of flavors that I pair with either crackers or a baguette.  Then there will be a bag or two of the either the beef or turkey Perky Jerky, I am partial to the Hot And Bothered flavor.  You can also throw in some nice cheddar cheeses if you have a cooler with ice, and a fruit salad.  I will usually add in some hot wasabi peas for snacking too.  And if I can find them a can of the Wild Planet anchovies.

Don’t forget the WINE!  If you aren’t into carrying big heavy glass bottles that can break, I HIGHLY suggest you grab yourself some of the Friends Fun Wine.  This is great tasting wine or sangria in portable aluminum cans!  NO HEAVY GLASS BOTTLES! They’re convenient especially if you and your friends like different types of wines, no having to decide!  This whole set up is a great go to pack up for most of our get-togethers.

Do you have any outdoor events in your area?  I remember there being some out in Columbia, Missouri when I was staying there.  Let me know what you and your friends get up to during the Summer in the comments below!

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  1. I love music festivals, I haven’t gone to enough of them this summer.

  2. Great advice, and festivals are more popular than ever.

  3. The last festival I went to was Virgin Mobile’s Free Fest — so much fun!

  4. Going to a festival this weekend, using some of your advice!

  5. Le sigh. South Cal looks so fabulous. IU bet it rocks in summer!