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:

March 2015

LEGOLAND® California Resort- In March, an 8 feet wide LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star Model Display will be added to LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland. Also coming to LEGOLAND is the LEGO Friends Heartlake City with a carousel, LEGO horse stables and Heartlake Fountain.

The Flower Fields®- See more than 50 acres of breathtaking Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom and transform the landscape into a solid expanse of dazzling color. The Flower Fields® is the only working ranunculus farm in the world that allows kids to play and adults to linger among a sea of extraordinary blooms. This sanctuary of natural beauty offers a host of family-friendly activities and events including an open-air wagon ride through the fields via an antique tractor, a walk through the fragrant sweet pea maze, a Bluegrass Day, and Red Hat Ladies' Day and Style Show.

  • When: March 1 - May 10, 2015, Open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Where: 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008- 760.431.0352
  • Cost: Adult - $12, Seniors 60+ - $11, Children 3-10 - $6 | Buy tickets
  • Special Events: March 29, Kid's Day: Have extra fun with face painting and arts & crafts!

Beer Coast Beer Fest- “You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. The whole shebang. There is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this… Every ticket sold supports my favorite charity, Cancer For College, and helps a cancer survivor realize their dream of a college education. Plus, you'll get to taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast's craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands and possibly enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley.” –Will Ferrell, Comedian

  • When: March 7, 2015, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-$125 | Buy tickets

Spring Busker Festival- The celebration brings colorful street performers from across the country to perform their bizarre talents like sword swallowers, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. The extraordinary and bizarre talents will provide outdoor amusement for all unlike any other festival in the region.

  • When: March 7-8, 2015, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Where: Seaport Village, 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

Balboa Park STEAM Family Day- Over two dozen cultural organizations will put the fun into STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math - through hands-on activities, crafts, demonstrations, special exhibitions, and more.

  • When: March 15, 2015, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Where: Balboa Park- 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Children 12 & under Free with Paid Adult Admission | Buy tickets

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival- Come celebrate Ireland with the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. With more than 120 parade entries and thousands in attendance, this has become one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.

  • When: March 14, 2015, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Parade Starts at 10:30AM
  • Where: Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street, San Diego, CA
  • Cost: Free

shamROCK Gaslamp Block Party- Streets will transform into an urban, super chic version of the beautiful rolling hills of Ireland as we color the streets green with over 80,000 square feet of Astroturf! Revelers will discover the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at the largest outdoor party on the West Coast! Join 20,000 festival attendees in the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, as they rock their best "jig" at Bud Light shamROCK 2015.

  • When: March 14, 2015, 4:00 PM
  • Where: Gaslamp Quarter Main Gate- 6th Ave at E Street, San Diego, CA
  • Cost: $35-$95 | Buy tickets

Kia Classic- The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.7 million purse. The field features 2014 Kia Classic Champion Anna Nordqvist and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

  • When: March 24-29, 2015, 4:00 PM
  • Where: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club- 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011- 760.448.1234
  • Cost: $10-$80 | Buy tickets

February 2015

Circus Vargas Presents Arlequin - Circus Vargas presents an array of artists and performers "to captivate and astound you."

  • When: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m
  • Where: Circus Vargas Big Top, 460 Hacienda, Vista
  • Cost: $15 - $55 | Buy tickets

Lunar New Year Festival - The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce the Lunar New Year Festival.For thousands of years the Lunar New Year has been observed in various countries around the world that are influenced by Chinese civilization, and it remains Vietnam’s most celebrated holiday. 2015 marks the Year of the Goat, an animal that represents artistic, gifted, and creative characteristics. With Asian delicacies, cultural performances, and the return of the Miss Asia San Diego Beauty Pageant.

San Diego Mardis Gras - We will be taking over Fifth Avenue in Downtown San Diego on Fat Tuesday. Celebrate with over 40,000 revelers at one of the biggest music and parade festivals on the West Coast, an epic transformation of over 16 blocks in the Gaslamp Quarter.

With floats, stilt walkers, unbelievable cars, street performers, samba dancers, and five stages with nationally recognized DJs. Info: 619-233-5008.

  • Age limit: 21+
  • When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Where:
    Along Fifth Avenue, downtown San Diego
  • Cost: $35 - $75 | Buy tickets

Winter Brew Fest This event celebrates craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and vendors. Sample 125 brews from over 40 breweries.

A VIP session will be held 6pm-7pm with music from local band Headshine and a beer-and-cheese pairing. General attendance is 7pm-10pm with live music by Euphoria Brass Band on Friday night and Todo Mundo on Saturday.

Benefits Outdoor Outreach, who empowers at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming and San Diego Mountain Biking Association, whose goal is to unite mountain bike riders, retailers, and manufacturers to speak with a coordinated and responsible voice in dealing with other trail users, land managers, and policy makers.

January 2015

International Auto Show - The San Diego International Auto Show feature overs 400 2015 model-year vehicles, ride-and-drives, and an expanded exotics salon.

Little Italy Authentic Food & History TourEvery Saturday we host a behind-the-scenes tour of Little Italy's entertaining history from 1871 to today's modern-day renaissance. We include a Sicilian pastry, pizza, pasta entrée, and a drink as part of the experience.

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.

Children's Monster Art: Opening Reception - Stay Strange and the San Diego Public Library presents the second “I Eat People: Children’s Monster Art” exhibit. Join us for the opening reception featuring paintings, drawings, videos, music, and a Titanium Exposure photo booth.

Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market and Food Fair

  • Every Wednesday 3pm-6pm

Carlsbad Marathon & Half

  • Jan. 18th

Del Mar Gem Faire

  • When: Friday, January 16, 2015, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Additional date(s):
    • Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, January 18, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where:
    Del Mar Fairgrounds

    2260 Jimmy Durante BoulevardDel Mar92014
    Get directions

  • Cost: $7

Circus Vargas Presents Arlequin - Circus Vargas presents an array of artists and performers "to captivate and astound you."

  • When: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • Additional date(s):
    • Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Monday, January 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where:
    Circus Vargas Big Top, 460 Hacienda, Vista
  • Cost: $15 - $55 | Buy tickets

Bistro West's Saddleback Cellars Wine Dinner with famed Napa winemaker Nils Venge!

  • Monday, Jan. 26th, 6pm, $85 per person
  • 5 courses including 5 wine pairings 

 

 

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