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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights- The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.
Breakfast with Santa- Santa Claus is coming - to the Safari Park! He'll be here for breakfast, and would love to see you and your family. Gather at the Safari Park's scenic Kilima Point for a delicious and bountiful breakfast with the jolly ol' elf himself.
Parade of Lights Viewing at the Maritime Museum- The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition. Join us this December for our annual Parade of Lights Dinner and Parade viewing.
San Diego Chargers VS. Miami Dolphins- Catch the San Diego Chargers take on the Miami Dolphins during the last regular season home game at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Magic of Christmas- Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the Westgate hotel. Enjoy a refined four-course dinner in the Westgate Room or experience a lavish Christmas Day Buffet in the elegant Le Fontainebleau Room.
Kids' New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND- Like the famous Times Square party, Kids' New Year’s Eve features a kid's concert and countdown to the new year followed by a huge LEGO brick dropping 22 feet into the new year and a dazzling fireworks display.
Albert's "Mildly Wild" New Year's Eve Dinner- Join us to celebrate another fantastic year at the San Diego Zoo, and enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Chris Mirguet and Albert's Chef Charles Boukas.
New Year's Eve VIP Celebration Dinner Cruise- Toast to the New Year under the stars aboard a Hornblower yacht. The champagne will be flowing, delicious food will be served, and music will be provided to keep you dancing the night away!
New Year's Day Brunch Cruise- Toast to the New Year with a delicious Champagne brunch, free-flowing champagne, and amazing San Diego Bay views.
Jerry Seinfeld- Jerry Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.
Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND California- Though created for kids ages 12 and under, everyone is welcome to participate. Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this noncompetitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND® California.