Carlsbad Music Festival (CMF) describes its programming philosophy as “adventurous," delivering an eclectic lineup of indie rock, classical, jazz, and electronic music. The three-day music festival is held every August on the beautiful coastal village of Carlsbad, California. A big bonus is over 60 free performances that complement ticketed events. There is also delicious food, an artisan fair, and a beer garden near the beach. The beer garden features an outdoor lawn stage where visitors can spread their blanket and enjoy a free concert.
Carlsbad Music Festival has a reputation for an innovative and compelling approach, featuring the best national talent and emerging bands. Its past lineups included Johnny Gandelsman plays Bach, Donnacha Dennehy, Julianna Barwick, Stephanie Richards + Andrew Munsey, Sibarg Ensemble, Trouble In The Wind, Peter Sprague + Leonard Patton, Matt Mcbane, Clint Davis, Son De San Diego, Taken By Canadians, and more.
CMF was first held in 2004 by composer Matt McBane, making Carlsbad a cultural center and a gathering place for interested audiences and innovative musicians. The ticketed mainstage performances showcase the most original, cutting-edge music. Besides that, the festival attracts instrument builders, folk musicians from around the world, musicians that work in genres that have yet to be named, and much more. The whole village of Carlsbad becomes a walkable urban creative environment for interaction and socialization.