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:

BREEDERS’ CUP: NOVEMBER 3RD & 4TH

2017 Breeders’ Cup- The Breeders’ Cup makes its debut at another iconic racing venue: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf Southern California style. With San Diego’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and sunny days creating a perfect trifecta.

  • When: November 3 - 4
  • Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

Join us for our Breeders’ Cup Horseman’s Special starting at $169/night! View Specials & Packages for details!

August

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo- Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo's newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. The fun begins before the sun goes down with an amazing trampoline act, Dr. Zoolittle's special performances, and African-themed entertainment for the whole family. Musicians will serenade and engage guests with tunes ranging from classic rock riffs to jaunty brass band sounds to sweet beats from throughout Africa. A procession of larger-than-life animal puppets headlines an end-of-the-evening performance that is sure to wow viewers of all ages.

  • When: June 18 – September 4
  • Where: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Included with Admission | Buy tickets

Summer Concert Series: Hullabaloo- Come and explore the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum and dance to the music of Hullabaloo this summer.

  • When: August 4
  • Where: San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: Free with Museum Admission

SummerFest 2017- La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 80 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts.

  • When: August 4 - 25
  • Where: Various Locations throughout La Jolla, CA
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

Vans Warped Tour- More than 70 artists playing on 9 stages at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium! The nationally-renowned festival has become an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture bringing together a diverse lineup of artists, stemming from every genre, for the summer.

  • When: August 5
  • Where: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Cost: $40 - $50 | Buy tickets

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial- An extraordinary LIVE orchestra performance and screening of Steven Spielberg's family classic. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, this heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams' entire Academy Award®-winning score live while this beloved film is shown in HD on the big screen.

  • When: August 11
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $23 - $88 | Buy tickets

ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station- ArtWalk NTC brings fine art outside under San Diego's sunny skies to create the perfect viewing art under natural light and purchase artwork directly from the finest artists in the region.

  • When: August 12 - 13
  • Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur, San Diego, CA 92106
  • Cost: Free

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer- Set in a beautiful beach community, Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a fair for dogs and dog lovers. Dog Days of Summer is San Diego County's largest dog-centric event! Watch or enter in 4 different dog contests including Cutest Puppy, Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Best Looking Big Dog and Best Looking Small Dog. After the contest, local musical talents will be showcased in conjunction with the Lost Abbey beer garden.

  • When: August 13
  • Where: Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Cost: Free

World Bodysurfing Companionships- The 41st annual competition near the Oceanside Pier will play host to nearly 400 bodysurfers from across the globe as they compete for world titles.

  • When: August 19 – 20
  • Where: The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Cost: Free to Attend

San Diego Spirits Festival- THE major Cocktail Culinary and Cultural extravaganza celebrated annually each summer on San Diego Bay. The goal of the San Diego Spirits Festival is to advance the industry and all that it encompasses via market launches, industry advancement and exposure, product innovation, education, and of course, a good time filled with entertainment camaraderie and just good fun.  

  • When: August 26 – 27
  • Where: Port Pavilion Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA
  • Cost: $50 - $65 | Buy tickets

LeucadiART Walk- Join us for LeucadiART Walk, a revival of the original 80's art event in historic Leucadia with art, entertainment, a children's art pavilion and more.

  • When: August 27
  • Where: N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Cost: Free

September

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo- Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo's newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. The fun begins before the sun goes down with an amazing trampoline act, Dr. Zoolittle's special performances, and African-themed entertainment for the whole family. Musicians will serenade and engage guests with tunes ranging from classic rock riffs to jaunty brass band sounds to sweet beats from throughout Africa. A procession of larger-than-life animal puppets headlines an end-of-the-evening performance that is sure to wow viewers of all ages.

  • When: June 18 – September 4
  • Where: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Included with Admission | Buy tickets

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition- An extravaganza for the whole family with Master Sand Sculptors, entertainment, food and more. Oh, and there's live entertainment (big bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a great view of the bay, tall ships and cannon battles.

  • When: September 1 – 4
  • Where: Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost:  $6 – $35 | Buy tickets

Oceanside Harbor Wine Cruise- Join us for a 90 minute evening cruise aboard the luxurious Oceanside Adventures Catamaran through beautiful Oceanside Harbor. The cruise includes appetizer platter and 3 wine tastes from Beach House Winery.

  • When: September 2
  • Where: 315 Harbor Drive S, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Cost:  $39 Adults *must be 21 and over | Buy tickets

Taste of Del Mar- Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music, all located throughout the Village of Del Mar.

  • When: September 7
  • Where: Del Mar Village, 15th Street and Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost:  $25 Taste Only, $35 Taste and Sip | Buy tickets

KAABOO Del Mar Festival- KAABOO® is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery!

  • When: September 15 - 17
  • Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost:  Starting at $219 | Buy tickets

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights- Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement and extended Park open hours! The entire Park is open every Saturday night in October and filled with: Live entertainment - including new shows! Character Meet and Greets, Costume Contests, Treat stations, and more!

  • When: September 30
  • Where: LEGOLAND California, One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost:  $40 - $70 | Buy tickets

October

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights- Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement and extended Park open hours! The entire Park is open every Saturday night in October and filled with: Live entertainment - including new shows! Character Meet and Greets, Costume Contests, Treat stations, and more!

  • When: October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Where: LEGOLAND California, One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost:  $40 - $70 | Buy tickets

Kids Free in Oct at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park- Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park! Join us, and let your wild ones meet ours. Throughout the month, Saturdays and Sundays at the Zoo will feature special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature.

  • When: October 1 - 31
  • Where: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 | Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
  • Cost: Free for kids 11 years old & younger with accompanying adult

Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade- Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade is soaring back to San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action. Event includes cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft, and much more.

  • When: October 14
  • Where: San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

Shaping Sound- Through his Emmy Award winning work on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

  • When: October 21
  • Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: $35 - $70 | Buy tickets

Dia de los Muertos, Oceanside- Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," is an all-day community event with diverse cultural traditions, remembering and honoring deceased loved ones. The Mission will come alive at this free family-friendly event with entertainment, carnival rides, altar displays and a classic car show! Your children will be entertained all day with a variety of craft activities and exciting carnival rides.

  • When: October 29
  • Where: Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057
  • Cost: Free | Parking $5

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