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:

February

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures- Experience marine wildlife up close and personal on the large, fast and stable watching boat in San Diego! Experience live educational narration by expert captains and the trained docents called Whalers from the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNat).

  • When: January 1 - ongoing
  • Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $41 | Buy tickets

San Diego Comic Fest- A convention produced by fans for fans, the San Diego Comic Fest is the friendly comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. It’s the place where you can indulge your love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an outstanding array of professional creators without high-priced tickets, crowding, or long lines.

  • When: February 17 - 20
  • Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Cost: $7.50 - $50 | Buy tickets

San Diego Winter Brew Fest- This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. Sample amazing brews from over 30 breweries and listen to some great live music.

  • When: February 18
  • Where: San Diego Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $40 - $60 | Buy tickets

Insane Inflatable 5K- We like to say the Insane Inflatable 5K was born on the back of bar napkins, because, well, that’s the truth! Those napkins were the sketch-pad from which dreams came to life one night in an Orlando bar. It’s unclear how inflatables even came up in conversation or how many beers had been consumed at the time, but the resulting inflatables are so gigantic we couldn't believe our own eyes!

  • When: February 18
  • Where: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083
  • Cost: $49 - $100 | Buy tickets

The French Quarter House: Carnival of Mardi Gras- Celebrate Mardi Gras at House of Blues San Diego. Join us as we unmask the possibilities at French Quarter House. Experience the Carnival of Mardi Gras with big easy food & drink specials, live music, circus entertainment and more.

  • When: February 18
  • Where: House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $12 - $30 | Buy tickets

Monster Jam- One of the world's largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks. Featuring: Grave Digger driven by Charlie Pauken, Dragon driven by Jon Zimmer, Metal Mulisha driven by Todd LeDuc… and many more!

  • When: February 18
  • Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $15 | Buy tickets

San Diego Pet Expo- A woofing, chirping, and meowing good time for the whole family! Four-legged friends can receive "spa treatments" from local groomers, sample delicious treats, and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. Rounding out the list of activities is an agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows, and an exciting pet/owner look-alike contest!

  • When: February 18 - 19
  • Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: Free

California Open Wildlife Art Festival- Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the "California Open Wildlife Art Festival." The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

  • When: February 18 - 19
  • Where: Corky McMillan Event Center Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
  • Cost: $5

2017 Gaslamp Mardi Gras Party Hop!- San Diego, California is home to the Top 3 Mardi Gras in the world. Don't wait until Fat Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras! The annual Gaslamp Party Gras, presented by San Diegos' top nightclubs and bars is the most visitor-friendly way to experience the famous nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter.

  • When: February 25
  • Where: Kick Off Location- Coyote Ugly, 820 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $25 - $50 | Buy tickets

Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras- Bigger. Better. Bead-er? It’s true! In 2017 we are pulling out all the stops to make the world famous Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras even bigger and better than our past 23 years combined! What can you expect from our biggest parade yet? More confetti, more dancers, and more BEADS than ever before! The streets will erupt with music and cheering crowds calling for as the parade kicks-off featuring awesome floats, stilt walkers, tricked out cars, performers, and sexy samba dancers.

  • When: February 25
  • Where: Downtown Gaslamp Quarter, 5th Ave & Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $25 | Buy tickets

March

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures- Experience marine wildlife up close and personal on the large, fast and stable watching boat in San Diego! Experience live educational narration by expert captains and the trained docents called Whalers from the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNat).

  • When: January 1 - ongoing
  • Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $41 | 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

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

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

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

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