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

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®- Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

  • When: March 1 -May 14
  • Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: $14 Adults, $13 Seniors, $7 Children (2 and under are free) | Buy tickets

Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque- Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017's retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join us on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

  • When: March 2 - 13
  • Where: Westfield North County, 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Cost: $22 - $71 | Buy tickets

CRSSD Festival- A two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more.

  • When: March 4 - 5
  • Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $80 - $170 | Buy tickets

PETER PAN- California Ballet soars into the San Diego Civic Theatre with the West Coast Premiere of Septime Webre's Peter Pan. The dazzling, swashbuckling coming of age tale will thrill audiences with a delightful mix of classical dance, slapstick, and aerial ballet.

  • When: March 4 - 5
  • Where: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $25 | Buy tickets

Cherry Blossom Festival- Celebrate spring and the blooming of our Cherry Trees with cultural performances, Japanese street food, unique local vendors, children's corner and hang out in the beer and tea gardens! Guests may partake in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees. We look forward to once again sharing this community tradition with San Diego!

  • When: March 10 - 12
  • Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $12 | Buy tickets

April

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®- Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

  • When: March 1 -May 14
  • Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: $14 Adults, $13 Seniors, $7 Children (2 and under are free) | Buy tickets

San Diego Wine Festival- This event features over 60 wineries, more than 150 wines, a champagne bar, a local favorite wineries section, gourmet food trucks, live music, games and a fun atmosphere to sip and savor with friends.

  • When: April 1
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $60 General Admission, $70 VIP Admission | Buy tickets

Julian Gold Rush Days- Celebrate the discovery of gold in this mountain community and learn more about its history with a weekend of entertainment including gold panning, tomahawk throwing, candle dipping and more.

  • When: April 1 - 2
  • Where: Julian Mining Company, 4444 CA-78, Julian, CA 92036
  • Cost: $3 Adults, Free for kids 12 and under

Padres Baseball Season Opening- Padres baseball returns with a two-day block party in the East Village featuring food, music, games, and a beer garden set up along J Street. Ticket holders will score a free T-shirt at Friday's game, and there's a laser show scheduled for Saturday.

  • When: April 7 - 8
  • Where: East Village, Downtown San Diego
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

Infinity Cube- Birch Aquarium at Scripps is launching Infinity Cube, a new, immersive art installation that explores bioluminescence by combining glowing creatures with world-class science, high-tech projection and an original soundscape. Step into an 8-foot cube and become surrounded by video projections of single-celled marine organisms - called dinoflagellates - reacting to various stimulants such as the human heartbeat, music, water flow, and air pressure.

  • When: April 7 - Ongoing
  • Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
  • Cost: Included with Admission | Buy tickets

Coronado Flower Show- The largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations.

  • When: April 8 - 9
  • Where: Spreckels Park, Orange Ave & 6th St, Coronado, CA 92118
  • Cost: $5 - $50 | Buy tickets

Red Bull Air Race- The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego on the 15-16 April 2017. Set on the Pacific coast of California the location provides the perfect backdrop for a race.

  • When: April 15 - 16
  • Where: San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $20 | Buy tickets

Eggstravaganza- Spring is in the air at Santee Lakes! Come join us for a family friendly event that features continuous egg hunts all day (for ages 8 and younger), craft booths, inflatables, carnival rides, pony rides, face painting, food and more.

  • When: April 15
  • Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
  • Cost: $10 per vehicle

The Flower Fields Field to Vase Dinner- Treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California. Enjoy this rare opportunity to dine on Bistro West's Executive Chef John Miller’s 3-course artisan family-style meal in the middle of a sea of ranunculus. Reserve early as space is limited for this exclusive, one-night event!

  • When: April 20
  • Where: The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: $175 - $250 | Buy tickets

Best of North County Party- San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party is moving to the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to make way for an even bigger celebration of the top restaurants, breweries and businesses in NoCo. We’ll bring together winners from our Best of North County issue for an incredible evening of food, drinks, and live entertainment.

  • When: April 21
  • Where: The Paddock, 2660 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: Starting at $70 | Buy tickets

27th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day- Celebrate diversity and the beauty of nature at the 27th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day at the WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park with a full day of world music, international eats, arts and crafts vendors, nature activities, and more.

  • When: April 23
  • Where: World Beat Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
  • Cost: Free

May

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®- Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

  • When: March 1 -May 14
  • Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: $14 Adults, $13 Seniors, $7 Children (2 and under are free) | Buy tickets

Blue Whale Watching During Migration Summer/Fall- The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds of blue whales each spring/summer to the waters off the Southern California coast. Over 2400 whales have been viewed in 2016. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off Southern California, but over the last 8 years this has changed dramatically with hundreds/thousands of giant blue whales spotted each year.

  • When: May 1 - Ongoing
  • Where: Davey's Locker Whale Watching & Sportsfishing, 400 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Cost: $10 Weekdays, $14 Weekends | Buy tickets

MS Golf Invitational- Join us at this esteemed golf tournament featuring premier tee prizes, silent and live auction, lunch, on-course contests, hosted reception, gourmet dinner, player awards. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to play on one of Southern California’s most exclusive courses while supporting a world free of MS.

  • When: May 1
  • Where: La Jolla Country Club, 7301 High Avenue, San Diego, 92037
  • Cost: $750 | Buy tickets

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo- The 34th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will transform the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This weekend celebration attracts over 100,000 people over the course of three days with its bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders.

  • When: May 5 - 7
  • Where: Old Town State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, 92110
  • Cost: Free

Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival- Join fellow craft beer aficionados in the heart of Vista Village to celebrate what sets San Diego beer apart from the rest - both its breweries and its enthusiasts, of course. You'll have the opportunity to sample over 100 beers from over 50 of our county's award-winning breweries, all while grooving to live musical performances and enjoying delicious eats from local food trucks.

  • When: May 6
  • Where: Vista Village District, S. Citrus Ave. and E. Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
  • Cost: $15 - $50 | Buy tickets

Gator By The Bay- Largest,authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou.Features 4 days of live music - more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

  • When: May 11 - 14
  • Where: Spanish Landing Park, 3900 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $25 - $95 | Buy tickets

Chocolate Festival- Enjoy dozens of chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts.

  • When: May 13
  • Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024
  • Cost: $14 | Buy tickets

Tacotopia- The San Diego Reader invites you to our third annual, Tacotopia! This event will take place in Golden Hill Park to celebrate one of San Diego’s finest qualities...TACOS! We are gathering the 50 finest taco vendors from San Diego, LA and TJ and attendees will ultimately decide who will win the Best Taco at Tacotopia 2017! The music, drinks, San Diego sun and tacos makes this our most popular event every year.

  • When: May 13
  • Where: Golden Hill Park, 2590 Golden Hill Dr., San Diego, CA 92102
  • Cost: $30 - $55 | Buy tickets

Spring Arts & Crafts at the Bernardo Winery- All-artisan fair, where all the works are hand-crafted and sold by the artists and crafters themselves. Over 125 hand-picked vendors from across Southern California with everything from handmade jewelry, soaps, paintings and sculpture, local honey, clothing, pottery, and items for the home and garden.

  • When: May 13 - 14
  • Where: Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, San Diego, 92128
  • Cost: Free

San Diego Taco Fest- Thirty of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouthwatering taco creations. The day will be packed with incredible local and national musical performances from Vanilla Ice, Mix Master Mike, and many more! In between the musical performances, make your way to the south end of the festival to catch live Lucha Libre wrestling matches from Tijuana’s own Baja Stars! San Diego’s fastest Chihuahuas will be strutting their stuff with a Beauty Pageant and a Chihuahua Race.

  • When: May 20
  • Where: Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $25 - $125 | Buy tickets

I Love Poke Festival- Running on its 8th year, this Ono Yum poke competition will feature tastings of poke and other island-inspired food and desserts. Chefs from all throughout San Diego participate and special guests from Hawaii and even outside of the United States are known to make appearances.

  • When: May 23
  • Where: Bali Hai Shelter Island, 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
  • Cost: $75 | Buy tickets

Valley Center Western Days- Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a week-long series of events including the Valley Center Days Parade, Stampede Festival, Stampede Rodeo, an evening musical performance, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” and more.

  • When: May 26 - 28
  • Where: Valley Center Community Hall, 28246 Lilac Road, Valley Center, 92082
  • Cost: Free

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