The California Bluegrass Association presents…


Our Hotel

For those wondering about the event site, we selected the Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel because of the generous amount of open outdoor space it provides. The hotel is mainly situated outside, meaning there are no “interior only” hallways. Attendees, attendee guests, and the public are all welcome to attend and pick in hotel rooms and in the lush outdoor courtyard that has been set aside for 24/7 jamming. Like the Great 48, some rooms are reserved for 24/7 jamming, while other rooms are reserved for quiet hours after 10pm. We don’t have the entire hotel reserved, so please be courteous toward other hotel guests who likely will not have experienced a bluegrass shindig before.

Windmill Food Hall

The Windmill Food Hall is conveniently located within a few steps from the hotel. There are three businesses that make up the site property, the hotel, the food hall, and a wedding venue. The Windmill Food Hall features 12 different restaurants and a full bar that is accessible from the interior of the building and from outside on the patio. Please make sure to support the businesses inside the Food Hall. These kind folks are allowing us to host bands and jam in the Food Hall. Please be respectful of the other businesses while you are jamming. The Food Hall will be open for coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Weddings Taking Place

As mentioned before, there is a wedding venue on site and weddings are planned for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Please be respectful of the wedding parties, you may see them occasionally while they are preparing for their big day. The hotel has requested that we keep the music level low near the wedding venue during the ceremony portion of the wedding. The ceremonies are taking place on Thursday 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Friday 4:00pm – 5:30pm and Saturday 4:00pm – 5:30pm.

Need a Room?

Rooms for South State 48 at the Carlsbad by the Sea hotel have sold out but don’t fret, a few CBA members who made reservations are unable to attend and they are looking for people to take over their reservation. If you’d like to use one of these rooms, contact Danny Clark ASAP. Danny will answer messages in the order they were sent. Act quick as this event initially sold out within a few days of rooms going on sale.

If you’d like to stay off-site there are other hotels and RV parks nearby.

If you need a place to stay we recommend trying the Fairfield Inn & Suites located less than two miles away. There are also other hotels in the vicinity, but sorry, the only discounted CBA room block was at the host hotel.

COVID Policy

This event takes place in San Diego County in the city of Carlsbad, CA. We will adhere to local mandates. For up to date information about Covid-19 in San Diego please see this link. To view the hotel’s Covid-19 policy please click here.