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.
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.
Carlsbad Snores & S’mores- Set-up your tent on the field and enjoy a night that includes dinner and movie-themed games where you will transport memories to long term holding in giant Zorb balls, challenge yourself in hockey, take a ride on a rainbow slide, and visit the Carnival of Emotions with games themed after Goofball, Hockey, Friendship, and Family Islands. The evening continues with s’mores, popcorn and the outdoor movie under the stars. Wake up to a continental breakfast complete with coffee, hot chocolate and juices. Campers check-in and set-up tents starting at 4p.m.
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.
Carlsbad's 18th Annual Art in the Village- Celebrating the dynamic art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas, the event attracts thousands of residents and a diverse selection of fine artists in mediums such as oil painting, watercolors, photography, mixed media, new media, classical and contemporary sculpture, as well as artisans who work in the mediums of jewelry making, woodworking, furniture, pottery, and hand-painted clothing and accessories.
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.
Carlsbad’s Aloha Plunge- Enjoy island themed pool games and activities. As the sun goes down, finish the night off with a special presentation of the Disney movie, Tarzan (rated G) on the giant outdoor movie screen. The event begins at 5p.m. and movie begins at dusk.
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. Save $15 on admission to when you reserve your room at West Inn and Suites for the weekend of September 10th. *Enter promo-code "BREW" when you Reserve Direct!
Carlsbad Family Movie Night- Bring family and friends, a blanket and low-back chairs to Stagecoach Community Park for a night of fun activities and an outdoor movie presentation, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. There will be a movie themed Fun Zone between 5 - 7 p.m. with bounce houses, slides, crafts, games and activities. Food and beverage sales available between 5 and 7 p.m. The movie will start at dusk.
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.
2016 MCAS Miramar Air Show- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year’s theme is Celebrating 100 Years of the Marine Corps Reserves.
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.
San Diego International Film Festival- San Diego International Film Festival features national and international films, thought-provoking documentaries, short films, amazing after-parties and more.
FWSD16 Runway Shows- We are bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway. This year we are featuring 26 very talented and dynamic labels/brands on the catwalk in La Jolla.
Brick-or-Treat party Nights at LEGOLAND California Resort- Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is back and better than ever at LEGOLAND California Resort! It's the home of Halloween fun and it's filled with music, costume contests, the Brick-or-Treat Trail and more!
Kids Free in Oct at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park- Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park! Join us, and let your wild ones meet ours.
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!
Back To The '80s- Jump in your DeLorean and gun it to 88! We're going Back to the '80s with the World's Greatest '80s Tribute Band - The Molly Ringwalds at House of Blues San Diego.
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.
Del Mar International Horse Show- The Del Mar International Horse Show attracts Olympic veterans and world class athletes, competing head to head for a spot in the World Cup Finals!