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:

August 2015

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.

  • When: August 1
  • Where: Imperial Beach Pier- 10 Evergreen Ave. Imperial Beach, CA
  • Cost: Free

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!"

  • When: August 1
  • Where: Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House- 410 Island Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $50 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 2
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-79 | Buy tickets

 

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.

  • When: August 3 - 28
  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla- 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 3
  • Where: The Old Globe- 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

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.

  • When: August 7 - 8
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-82 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 8
  • Where: Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge- 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr. Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Cost: $80 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 12
  • Where: Marine Room, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club- 2000 Spindrift Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $75 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 14 -15
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-92 | 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 15 -16
  • Where: NTC Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza- 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA‎
  • Cost: Free

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!

  • When: August 15
  • Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens- 1999 Citracado Parkway Escondido, CA 92029
  • Cost: $15-85 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 19
  • Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps- 2300 Expedition Way La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $29.95-38.95 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 23
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-79 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 24
  • Where: The Old Globe- 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

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.

  • When: August 27
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-79 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 29
  • Where: Harrah’s Rincon Resort- 777 Valley Center Rd. Valley Center, CA
  • Cost: Exclusive Pricing | Buy tickets

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

 

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

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