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:

September 2015

Fall Giant Blue Whale Watching- Fall is one of the best seasons for viewing the Giant Blue Whales while enjoying some of the mildest weather of the year. Note, this tour leaves from Newport Beach, located between Los Angeles & San Diego.

  • When: September 1 – December 31
  • Where: Newport Landing Whale Watching- 309 Palm St #A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Cost: Weekdays - $16, Weekends & Holidays - $22 | Buy tickets

Labor Day Lunch Cruise on San Diego Bay- Labor Day weekend perfectly set up for dinner or sightseeing cruise on San Diego Bay. Treat the family to a wonderful 2 hour lunch cruise on Hornblower with Buffet, Champagne, desserts and a tour of the patriotic San Diego Bay.

  • When: September 7
  • Where: Hornblower Landing- 970 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $62.95 | Buy tickets

KAABOO Festival- The KAABOO Festival will include more than 100 musical acts on seven stages with internationally known headliners, established favorites and emerging artists. KAABOO is everything a typical music festival is not. That’s because we’re not a “festival.” We’re a new kind of arts and entertainment “mix-perience” designed around comfort, quality and good times. KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, dancing, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences.

  • When: September 18 - 20
  • Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds- 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: $279-2499 | Buy tickets

San Diego Restaurant Week- This year's San Diego Restaurant Week is going to be the best one yet, with more than 180 restaurants participating all over San Diego county.

  • When: September 20 – 27
  • Where: Various Restaurants
  • Cost: $10-50 | Offers

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular- Where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It's all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea!

  • When: September 26 – November 1
  • Where: SeaWorld San Diego- 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Cost: Free with park admission | Buy tickets

October 2015

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights- Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is back and better than ever! It’s a one-of-a-kind party every Saturday Night with several monstrously fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights and the October sky lights up with a display of fireworks.

  • When: October 3 – 30
  • Where: LEGOLAND California Resort- One LEGOLAND Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: $70-90, Evening Only $35-45 | Buy tickets

 

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular- Where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It's all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea!

  • When: September 26 – November 1
  • Where: SeaWorld San Diego- 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Cost: Free with park admission | Buy tickets

Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns- Lighting up the night this October at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido is a unique, family friendly fall event, Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns!

  • When: October 2 – 25
  • Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park- 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
  • Cost: $22-30 | Buy tickets

Gaslamp Ghosts Walking Tour- Take a stroll through the Gaslamp's haunted history. Visit hotels, saloons, brothels and a long-ago funeral parlor, and end your tour inside the Gaslamp's most haunted edifice - the William Heath Davis House.

  • When: On-going throughout 2015
  • Where: Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House- 410 Island Ave San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Adults - $20 Seniors, college students, active military - $15 Students Age 13-17 - $10 Students Age 8-12 - $8 Age 7 and under - Free | Buy tickets

 

San Diego International Orchid Fair- Join us for the colorful San Diego International Orchid Fair where countless varieties of orchids grace the grounds, some in exhibits and some for sale.

  • When: October 3 – 4
  • Where: San Diego Botanic Garden- 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA 92024
  • Cost: Free with paid admission

 

CRSSD Festival- CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers.

  • When: October 10 – 11
  • Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park- 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego CA 92101
  • Cost: $135-145 | Buy tickets

 

Stone Pour It Black- Join us at our fifth annual fall beer extravaganza, and you'll be able to choose from more than 100 of the deepest, darkest brews gathered from all over the planet.

  • When: October 18, 10am-2pm
  • Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden- 1999 Citracado Parkway Escondido, CA 92029
  • Cost: $49-61 | Buy tickets

 

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise on Hornblower- This cruise not only helps helpless animals, it puts smiles on the faces of many dog lovers in San Diego. Portion of proceeds will go to Helen Woodward Animal Center.

  • When: October 19, 11:30am-2pm
  • Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events- Grape St. Pier 1800 N. Harbor Dr.
  • Cost: Starting at - $85 Child (4-12) - $53 Tax, service charge, and landing fee are additional | Buy tickets

 

3rd Annual Whiskey & Wine BBQ- Join us for the 3rd Annual Whiskey & Wine BBQ, including our friends from Jack Daniel's and Trinitas Cellars. the event features a welcome reception, Estancia-style BBQ dinner, live music, and more!

  • When: October 22, 6-9pm
  • Where: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa- 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: Tickets start at $80 per person | Buy tickets

 

Celebrate the Craft- "Celebrate the Craft" will feature the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, demonstrating, discussing, and tasting their way through the vast array of premium food and wine products available.

  • When: October 25, 11:30am-3pm
  • Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines- 11480 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, California 92037
  • Cost: $125 | Buy tickets

 

Hallo-wine and Spirits® Party- Celebrate Halloween at San Diego's famous haunted hotel. Don your best costume and join us for the 6th annual, adults-only, "Hallo-wine and Spirits" Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats and delicious wines!

  • When: October 30, 7pm-11:45pm
  • Where: Hotel Del Coronado- 1500 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118
  • Cost: TBD

November 2015

20th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival- Each year, guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center's museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.

  • When: November 1
  • Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido- 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: Free

 

San Diego Beer Week- San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. San Diego is home to more than 100 breweries and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. The city's breweries brought home more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium combined and won 20 medals at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, San Diego is poised to be the capital of craft beer tourism in the United States.

  • When: November 6 – 15
  • Where: Various locations in San Diego, CA
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

 

Beer Garden, San Diego Beer Week- There is no better setting for the closing event of San Diego Beer Week than on the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Beer Garden brings together the best of San Diego’s breweries and local chefs to celebrate the craft beer movement.

  • When: November 15
  • Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines- 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $85 / Packages starting at $375 | Buy tickets

 

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival- This year’s 12th annual classic is bigger and better than ever. Indulge in new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities.  Join over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast.

  • When: November 15 – 22
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

 

 

69th Annual Mother Goose Parade- The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

  • When: November 21
  • Where: Main & Ballantyne St, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Cost: Free

 

San Diego Jazz Fest- The 36th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

  • When: November 25 – 29
  • Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center-  500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Cost: $20-50 | Buy tickets

 

Thanksgiving Dinner- Give thanks and celebrate with family and friends at Hotel del Coronado’s exquisite Thanksgiving dinner in the oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room.

  • When: November 26
  • Where: Hotel Del Coronado- 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
  • Cost: Cost is $115 for adults in the Crown Room, $105 in the Ballroom / Children ages 6-10 are $42, and children 5 and under eat free | Buy tickets

 

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise- What better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than with friends and family on San Diego Bay? Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet feast with none of the preparation or clean up. Sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful sights San Diego has to offer.

  • When: November 26
  • Where: Grape St. Pier-  970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $91.95 | Buy tickets

December 2015

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights- Come build Holiday memories during the month of December at LEGOLAND California Resort. Play in real snow, build snowmen and throw snowballs at LEGO targets. See the world's largest LEGO Christmas tree and watch the nightly tree lighting ceremony.

  • When: December 1 – 31
  • Where: LEGOLAND California Resort- 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: Free with admission | Buy tickets

 

 

The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays- Join Australia's rockstars of the opera as they enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will delight, and captivate audiences.

  • When: December 3
  • Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido- 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: $35-70 | Buy tickets

 

Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival- Our Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival is an annual community event where we bring the North Pole to the heart of Escondido.

  • When: December 5
  • Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido- 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: Free

 

Garden of Lights- The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling the lighted Garden.

  • When: December 5 – 30
  • Where: San Diego Botanic Garden- 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Cost: Free with admission

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