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Carlsbad Music Festival 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021 - Sunday, August 29, 2021

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

St. Michael's Campus

2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

St. Michael's Stage and Festival Hub: St. Michael's by the Sea, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd.

Magee Park Stage: Magee Park Gazebo, 258 Beech Ave.


Friday, August 27:

Mattson 2 • Calder Quartet • Amadou Fall • Charlie Arbeláez Afro-Cuban Sextet • Parque de Cometas • Vákoum • Jason Diaz • Dean Davidson's Cool Jazz

Saturday, August 28:

Systems Officer • Trouble in the Wind • Gyan Riley • Art of Elan • Viento Callejero • Matt McBane + Build • Sangam • Nathan Hubbard Trio with Anastasya Korol • Chunky Hustle Brass Band • CHS Orchestra

Sunday, August 29:

Arooj Aftab • Sunny War • Shahzad Ismaily • Steph Richards Power Vibe • Shane Hall • The Get Down Boys • Son de San Diego • Nathan & Jessie

Complete schedule on our website.


  • All venues are entirely outdoors.
  • Attendees will need to present proof of a Covid-19 vaccination (via vaccine card, photo of card, health portal, etc.) or a negative Covid-19 test (taken within 72-hours prior to each day of the Festival). Please have this upon entry to speed up the checking process. 
  • Guests who are not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask.
  • Wearing masks throughout the Festival is highly encouraged.
  • Kids:
  • Age 4-12: no testing or vaccine required. Masks required throughout.
  • Age 3 and under: no testing or vaccine required.
  • Please help us keep our community safe and healthy!
  • Updated August 25, 2021


General Admission:

GA Fest 3-Day Pass: $59 advance • $69 day-of

GA 1-Day Pass: $21 advance • $25 day-of

GA Kids Passes: ½ price for all levels (except VIP) for kids 5-12. Kids 4 & under Free

VIP Packages:

For those who want (a lot!) more out of their Carlsbad Music Festival experience, there is a very limited quantity of 3-Day VIP passes are available, seating will also be limited to encourage physical distancing:

VIP 3-day passes with parking: $259 SOLD OUT

VIP 3-day passes no parking: $229

VIP 1-day passes with parking $99 SOLD OUT

VIP 1-day passes no parking $89

VIP Perks include:

  • Exclusive access to our VIP area
  • Balcony viewing for lawn stage
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Complimentary craft beer and wine
  • Indoor bathrooms (instead of porta-potties!)
  • VIP seating at our 2 concert venues 
  • Opportunities to meet musicians 
  • Invitation to a special pre-Festival reception with musicians
  • Reserved, on-site parking (for VIP tickets purchased w/ parking)


"Phenomenal . . . You'll think that Carlsbad is the coolest place on earth."

San Diego Union-Tribune

“A starry array of new music specialists.”

Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise

Carlsbad Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to engage and inspire local, national, and international communities of composers, performers, creators, and concert-goers through world-class performances of adventurous music. CMF is committed to premiering new works, programming fresh and compelling music, and providing professional opportunities for established and emerging performers. Founded in 2004 by composer Matt McBane, CMF strives to enhance Carlsbad, California, as a cultural center, engaging diverse audiences and providing wide accessibility by integrating events within community spaces.

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