The quaint beach town of Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts a variety of unique events for Fall, which is also known to locals as its “secret season.” As the crowds die down with summer's end, the 75 degree temperatures remain and the fog lifts allowing visitors to truly enjoy the Village of Carmel’s fall offerings.

1. 58th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Saturday, Sept. 8

The Sandcastle Contest takes place on the famous white sands of Carmel Beach. This lively event is praised by locals for bringing the community together to ogle over innovative and unique sand creations.

Sand Castle

2. 30th Annual Taste of Carmel

Thursday, Oct. 4

Experience local food and wine, live music and dancing as the sun sets over Carmel. This year’s “Wild Wild Fest” theme combines with Carmel-by-the-Sea’s existing culture and traditions for a one night only memorable event.

Taste of Carmel

3. Carmel-by-the-Sea Fitness & Nutrition Retreat

Thursday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct.7

Held by former Olympian Jeff Galloway. Join Jeff as he teaches attendees how to “run until they’re 100” through a weekend of healthy living and lifestyle coaching.

Fitness Retreat

4. Poodle Day

Saturday, Oct. 6

Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts this annual event for all dog lovers. The day consists of a parade, welcoming all poodle or poodle mixes to participate, followed by afternoon beach play, and ending with an evening cocktail party at Cypress Inn. Stay at one of the village’s pet friendly inns for the best experience for furry pals.

Carmel Poodle

5. Meet the Makers

Saturday, Oct. 13

A brand new event this year, visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of artist-owned galleries sprinkled throughout the village, rub elbows with 16 local artists and simultaneously enjoy wine from five of the finest local winemakers.

Carmel Art Gallery

In addition to its fall events, Carmel-by-the-Sea’s sandy white beach and quaint secret passageways entice visitors to relax and rejuvenate in a seaside setting unlike any other. 

It’s never been easier to book a lodging reservation at one of the village’s quaint inns. The “Book Direct” feature on the Visit Carmel website allows travelers to quickly and conveniently book a reservation at a special rate directly with the village’s innkeepers. For additional information about visiting Carmel-by-the-Sea or to book a lodging reservation direct with a Carmel innkeeper visit