Event Calendar

Calendar of Events in Carlsbad and San Diego

When it comes to events in and around Carlsbad and Coastal North San Diego, the options are as diverse as the landscape itself. From music and food and wine showcases to sporting events, flower shows, seasonal festivals and county fairs, there is something for every visitor and every age.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular upcoming events – all just moments from West Inn & Suites hotel. Each highlights the fun loving spirit and culture of the Carlsbad area, while giving visitors a wide range of opportunities to join the locals at play.

Upcoming Events:

December 2014

NEW YEAR'S in SAN DIEGO

Legoland New Year's Party!  - "Midnight” comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort celebrating the new year together without missing their bedtimes. LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air, Grammy-nominated artists and special celebrity guest who will lead the countdown for San Diego’s largest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party!

Join in the festivities with party hats and special glasses for viewing fireworks. The party concludes just in time for our countdown at 6 p.m. with a fireworks display illuminating the sky and providing a great ending to an amazing year.

Spreckels Organ Centennial Concert  - The Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams invite you to the Spreckels Centennial Concert, a glorious commemoration of 100 years of the Spreckels Organ and Balboa Park, on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014. The concert and festivities are free, open to the public and will launch Balboa Park’s Centennial year. Save your seats by 5:30 in the Pavilion. Live music and an historic slide show precede the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. City Council President Todd Gloria will be on hand to accept the gift to the City of three new ranks of organ pipes, new percussion effects, and the newly-coated facade of pipes.
Spreckels will be streaming the concert live on U-Stream, if you can’t be there in person.

The green parking lot tram will run until 6 p.m. that day, and valet parking will be available (in the usual spot, on the east side of the Esplanade). A Grand Processional March will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bea Evenson Fountain (between the Natural History Museum and the RH Fleet Center). If you are in the Procession, gather between 6 and 6:30 p.m. near the Evenson Fountain. Souvenir Programs will be offered for a $5 donation at the Pavilion entrances.
Emcee Sam Bass of KyXy FM 96.5 will launch the official program after the Procession arrives, led by two bands of bagpipes and a recreated Electriquette. 

The Gift Shop will be open! Souvenirs of the great Spreckels Organ include seat cushions and blankets as well as sweatshirts, CDs, and more. Snacks and hot drinks will be available for purchase from the Community Christmas Center at the east side of the Pavilion.

Stone New Year's Eve CelebrationSure, everybody has New Year's Eve parties, but how many of them have rare and vintage Stone beers? Come celebrate with us and enjoy a spectacular night of food, music, craft beers, wines, live entertainment and dancing!

  • Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
  • December 31, 2014
  • Price: No Cover Charge
  • REGION: NORTH COUNTY INLAND

 

January 2015

International Auto Show - The San Diego International Auto Show feature overs 400 2015 model-year vehicles, ride-and-drives, and an expanded exotics salon.

Little Italy Authentic Food & History TourEvery Saturday we host a behind-the-scenes tour of Little Italy's entertaining history from 1871 to today's modern-day renaissance. We include a Sicilian pastry, pizza, pasta entrée, and a drink as part of the experience.

Skating by the Sea - Hotel del Coronado

  • December 19 – January 4
    Daily 10am – 10pm
    Holidays 11am-9pm (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve)

    Skating is $25 per person and ice skate rentals are free. Skate times may be limited to 90 minutes based on capacity. Tickets will be sold online and via phone beginning November 3, and at the rink starting 15 minutes prior to opening. There are group discounts, professional skating instruction, and season passes available ($350 individual and $1000 for a family of four). All skaters must sign a waiver prior to entering the rink. Group skating inquiries and special requests should be directed to the rink manager, Donald Squires at hoteldel@icerinkevents.com. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.

Children's Monster Art: Opening Reception - Stay Strange and the San Diego Public Library presents the second “I Eat People: Children’s Monster Art” exhibit. Join us for the opening reception featuring paintings, drawings, videos, music, and a Titanium Exposure photo booth.

Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market and Food Fair

  • Every Wednesday 3pm-6pm

Carlsbad Marathon & Half

  • Jan. 18th

Del Mar Gem Faire

  • When: Friday, January 16, 2015, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Additional date(s):
    • Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, January 18, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where:
    Del Mar Fairgrounds

    2260 Jimmy Durante BoulevardDel Mar92014
    Get directions

  • Cost: $7

Circus Vargas Presents Arlequin - Circus Vargas presents an array of artists and performers "to captivate and astound you."

  • When: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • Additional date(s):
    • Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Monday, January 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where:
    Circus Vargas Big Top, 460 Hacienda, Vista
  • Cost: $15 - $55 | Buy tickets

Bistro West's Saddleback Cellars Wine Dinner with famed Napa winemaker Nils Venge!

  • Monday, Jan. 26th, 6pm, $85 per person
  • 5 courses including 5 wine pairings 

 

 

February 2015

Circus Vargas Presents Arlequin - Circus Vargas presents an array of artists and performers "to captivate and astound you."

  • When: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m
  • Where: Circus Vargas Big Top, 460 Hacienda, Vista
  • Cost: $15 - $55 | Buy tickets

Lunar New Year Festival - The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce the Lunar New Year Festival.For thousands of years the Lunar New Year has been observed in various countries around the world that are influenced by Chinese civilization, and it remains Vietnam’s most celebrated holiday. 2015 marks the Year of the Goat, an animal that represents artistic, gifted, and creative characteristics. With Asian delicacies, cultural performances, and the return of the Miss Asia San Diego Beauty Pageant.

San Diego Mardis Gras - We will be taking over Fifth Avenue in Downtown San Diego on Fat Tuesday. Celebrate with over 40,000 revelers at one of the biggest music and parade festivals on the West Coast, an epic transformation of over 16 blocks in the Gaslamp Quarter.

With floats, stilt walkers, unbelievable cars, street performers, samba dancers, and five stages with nationally recognized DJs. Info: 619-233-5008.

  • Age limit: 21+
  • When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Where:
    Along Fifth Avenue, downtown San Diego
  • Cost: $35 - $75 | Buy tickets

Winter Brew Fest This event celebrates craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and vendors. Sample 125 brews from over 40 breweries.

A VIP session will be held 6pm-7pm with music from local band Headshine and a beer-and-cheese pairing. General attendance is 7pm-10pm with live music by Euphoria Brass Band on Friday night and Todo Mundo on Saturday.

Benefits Outdoor Outreach, who empowers at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming and San Diego Mountain Biking Association, whose goal is to unite mountain bike riders, retailers, and manufacturers to speak with a coordinated and responsible voice in dealing with other trail users, land managers, and policy makers.

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