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

West Village Holiday Open House 2014 has been canceled. We will, however, start collecting unwrapped toys for the "Toys For Tots" program beginning November 28th. We appreciate your support for our outreach. Happy Holidays!

 

Skating by the Sea - Hotel Del Coronado

  • November 27 – December 18
    Weekdays, 3:30pm – 10pm (except during school holidays, Nov. 28 and starting Dec. 19)
    Saturdays and Nov. 28, 10am – 10pm
    Sundays 11am – 8pm
    *Closed for the Make-A-Wish family skate night on December 9 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

    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.

The Nutcracker

  • November 29-December 31
  • A fresh take on this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas with the help of a magical nutcracker. This modern production weaves together magic, original song and spellbinding spectacle – fit for the whole family! West Coast Premiere. 

    Created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phil Klapperich and Kevin O’Donnell for The House Theatre in Chicago, IL.

William D. Cannon Art Gallery: Artist Reception

  • Dec. 13, 5-8
  • Join the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts as they host the William D. Cannon Art Gallery 2015 juried biennial artist reception. Enjoy the exhibit, live music, and refreshments.

    More than 500 artists have been featured in the Cannon Art Gallery's Juried Exhibitions over the past 16 years. The Juried Biennial has become recognized as one of San Diego County's most significant showcases for both emerging and career-established artists. The resulting shows are lively, featuring a wide range of media and a freewheeling array of artistic ideas and attitudes.

Garden of Lights, Encinitas

  • Dec. 6-23, 26-30
  • More than 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate the garden; plus a poinsettia garden, horse-drawn wagon rides, holday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, hot mulled wine, and refreshments. San Diego Botanic Garden. (760) 436-3036

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

  • Dec. 14, 21
  • Boats decorated for the holiday season sail from the east end of Shelter Island into the downtown waterfront and Coronado areas. Parade route starts at Shelter Island. 

Port of San Diego Big Balloon Parade

  • Dec. 26
  • "America's Largest Balloon Parade" includes giant character balloons, university and high school marching bands, drill teams, floats, the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals finals (wiener dog races), and a 5K run-walk. Downtown. (619) 283-5808. 

Poinsettia Bowl

  • Dec. 23rd, 6:30
  • Navy vs. SDSU

Holiday Bowl

  • Dec. 27th, 5pm
  • Nebraska  vs. USC 

 

January 2015

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.

Carlsbad Marathon & Half

  • January 18th

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