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.
Oceanside Fireworks Show- Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show.
Red, White and BOOM! Rocks LEGOLAND- LEGOLAND® California kicks off summer with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration of awe-inspiring fireworks and throughout the day.
San Diego County Fair Fourth of July- What better place is there to spend Independence Day than at The San Diego County Fair? Highlighting the day will be the traditional fireworks display.
Big Bay Boom!- Join over 500,000 people at the Big Bay Boom as San Diego celebrates the 4th of July with the largest fireworks display in the county.
Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks- SeaWorld San Diego is excited to light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July.
Athenaeum Summer Festival- The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The 17th annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts will feature the works of Franz Schubert.
Point Loma Summer Concerts- Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year's lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes.
11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am- The Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.
Summer Pops - Star Trek Into Darkness- Star Trek's bigger, badder 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness comes to Summer Pops. Captain Kirk and his crew match wits with super-genius and terrorist Khan as the San Diego Symphony performs Michael Giacchino's heart-pounding film score live.
2015 Annual Over The Line Tourney- San Diego's beach softball Over the Line Tournament is played by men and women into their 80's and is one of the last pure Southern California traditions.
Green Flash, Bad Suns and Zella Day- Green Flash concerts pair live music with panoramic ocean views on Birch Aquarium's stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza.
Del Mar Racing Season- San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season
Festival of the Bells- A weekend celebrating the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California's first Missions, with the the blessing and ringing of all five Mission bells.
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea- The family-friendly La Jolla Concerts by the Sea a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon in an idyllic setting overlooking La Jolla Cove.
Comic-Con International- Comic-Con has become a signature summertime event for San Diego; it is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.
Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition- Now in its tenth year, the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition promises to be a sweet time for two- and four-legged dudes and dudettes.
Paranormal Investigation of the Davis House- Be prepared to work with San Diego Ghost Hunters, a professional paranormal research team, in conducting an on-site investigation. Touted by many as, "The Most Haunted House in the Gaslamp!"
Summer Pops Goes Classical - A Night in Spain- An elegant, deeply passionate musical visit to Spain. The evening features music from celebrated Spanish composers, including Enrique Granados, and Manuel de Falla.
Summer C.A.M.P.- C.A.M.P. (Contemporary Art, Media & Process) invites 5–11 year-olds to explore contemporary art through a series of week-long art-making workshops led by local contemporary artists.
Much Ado About Nothing- In the 2012 modern retelling of Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick, an arrogant and confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner, hide their infatuation beneath witty barbs.
Summer Pops - A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration- Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II's music is an indelible part of the American experience. Our veteran Broadway cast performs the beloved "Climb Every Mountain," "Shall We Dance," "Some Enchanted Evening" and so many more.
Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic- The Living Coast Discovery Center has assembled a "Who's Who" of San Diego's top restaurants, breweries, wineries, spirits, farms and more for a celebration of the local flavors and sustainable ingredients that make San Diego so special.
Cooking Class and Dinner: Big Fin Catch- Join Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver for an exciting cooking demonstration followed by an oceanfront three-course dinner with wine pairings.
Summer Pops - Sinatra at 100- Ol' Blue Eyes is back! Frank Sinatra - the most popular male vocalist of the twentieth century never really left us. His music, that unmistakable voice, will play on forever: "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Strangers in the Night" just to name a few.
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.
Stone Anniversary Celebration & Beer Festival- West Inn & Suites Hops Highway Partner, Stone Brewing Co. Presents their annual Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, the biggest craft beer festival in Southern California, and this year promises to be the best one yet!
Green Flash - Back to The Garden and Ryan Corn- Green Flash concerts pair live music with panoramic ocean views on Birch Aquarium's stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza.
Summer Pops - Natalie Cole- Natalie Cole is a nine-time Grammy® Award-winner who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. The daughter of Nat King Cole brings her talent, elegance and style to the stage performing her own R&B hits.
Summer Shakespeare Film Screening: West Side Story- A riff on the Bard's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins in 1961, explodes off the screen in one of the greatest movie musicals ever made.
Summer Pops - A Tribute to Journey- They created the anthems of a generation. Relive the 1980s with Journey's hit songs "Open Arms," "Who's Crying Now," and "Don't Stop Believin'." Hear those classics as performed by Faithfully, a tribute band as big and bold as the original.
Harrah’s Resort's Fashion Week Culinary Couture- San Diego’s top chefs, including West Steak and Seafood’s Chef David Abella, will participate in an ‘Iron Chef’ style competition with famous chefs acting as judges. Sam Zien from Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of CCS providing advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!