The City of Carlsbad will host its annual Wild West Fest on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. The free event will feature a petting corral, western-themed activities and crafts, a salsa contest, pony and mechanical bull rides, root beer tasting, and more. “Wild West Fest is a step back in time since Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park was once an actual working ranch,” said Recreation Supervisor Rachael Shay. “The Wild West is something beach communities like Carlsbad don’t often get to experience. It’s a fun change of pace that also looks back at the city’s heritage.”

Established in the late 1930s, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park was once a working rancho owned by actor, philanthropist, poet, and preservationist Leo Carrillo. It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also a registered California Landmark. For more information about Wild West Fest go to or call 760-602-7519.