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.
Blue Whale Watching During Migration Summer/Fall 2016- View the largest living creature on Earth. Giant blue whales reach lengths of 90 feet or more. Over 2400 whales viewed in 2015.
Oceanside Independence Day Parade- Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more during the annual Oceanside Independence Parade in San Diego's North County.
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.
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.
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration- Independence Day is one of the best days to come to the San Diego County Fair, because they pull out all the stops with food, fireworks, entertainment and more.
Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show- Brit Floyd, The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America to continue its amazing journey through fifty years of Pink Floyd, and the vast and incredible catalogue of music they have given us.
2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week- 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week in San Diego will feature a FanFest, All-Star Sunday with celebrity softball game, Soul Pose Yoga, Color Run and more!
OMMS Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival- Offering handmade arts and craft items (many with Christmas themes) by over 150 artisans, the event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, food court raffle, kid's activity area and live entertainment.
Fiesta del Sol San Diego- Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego.
63rd 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.
Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack- Hundreds of fashion-minded guests participate in Del Mar's illustrious Opening Day Hats Contest. A parade of eye-popping creations, this celebration is an annual tradition that gets the nod from spectators and fashionistas alike.
Diana Ross- Named Billboard magazine's Entertainer of the Century and called the most successful female music artist in history by the Guinness Book of World Records, Diana Ross is a shining pop diva for all time.
Comic-Con International: San Diego- Comic-Con 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.
Insect Festival- This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous "Madagascar hissing cockroaches."
Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition- At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards and hang 20! This event must be seen to be believed.
Julian StarFest 2016- Explore the world of astronomy during the three-day Julian StarFest. See telescopes and view objects in the night sky, vendors, guest speakers, and camping.
Vans Warped Tour- More than 70 artists playing on 9 stages at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium!
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.
San Diego Botanic Garden Summer Jazz Concert- Spend the evening listening to the sounds of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra perform the music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton, and many more.
Oceanside International Film Festival- The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties.
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer- Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man's best friend! Set in a beautiful beach community, Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a fair for dogs and dog lovers.
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.
Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair- CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest under the Hillcrest Sign and is a huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.
Del Mar Pizza & Beer Fest- At the Del Mar Pizza & Beer Fest, mobile pizzeria's will serve a variety of pizza styles and options for fans to pair with more than 100 craft brews.
40th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside- During the World Bodysurfing Championships, 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.
Heiva San Diego- Heiva San Diego, a Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community.
San Diego International Kids' Film Festival- The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival will screen over 70+ films from 20+ countries including USA, China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and many more.
Best of San Diego Party- The Best of San Diego Party brings together the top restaurants, wineries and breweries for an unforgettable evening of food and entertainment.
San Diego Spirits Festival- The San Diego Spirits Festival promises to open your eyes to new cocktails, introduce you to the great liquor purveyors, talented mixologist, and great chefs!
13th Annual 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.
DreamWorks Animation in Concert- Come experience the thrilling music from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and more, as DreamWorks Animation's great stories and beloved characters inspire and delight audiences of all ages.
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.
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition- an extravaganza for the whole family with Master Sand Sculptors, entertainment, food and more.
Festival of Sail - Tall Ship Parade- Everybody loves a parade, but in this parade you join in the fun and lead the visiting ships into San Diego bay!
Julian Grape Stomp Festa- Julian Grape Stomp Festa's atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball, stomping, wine tasting, kids entertainment and more.
San Diego Bacon Fest- an all-inclusive event at Liberty Station, granting you unlimited samples from all our beverage and food vendors.
3rd Annual Carlsbad Brewfest- Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 30 San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.
Cardiff Greek Festival- Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children's activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.
KAABOO Festival- The KAABOO Festival will include more than 100 musical acts on seven stages with internationally known headliners, established favorites and emerging artists.
22nd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer- a fun-filled evening with beer lovers like yourself enjoying the sounds of live music while sampling from nearly 60 breweries.
San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Celebration- This fundraiser for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research features gourmet food, wines and beverages from San Diego's finest eateries; plus live entertainment, a silent auction and up-close animal encounters.