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:

July 2015

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.

  • When: July 3
  • Where: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road, Oceanside
  • Cost: Free

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.

  • When: July 4
  • Where: One LEGOLAND Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Cost: Included with Admission | Buy tickets

San Diego County Fair Fourth of July- What better place is there to spend Independence Day than at The San Diego County Fair? Highlighting the day will be the traditional fireworks display.

  • When: July 4
  • Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: Included with Admission | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: July 4
  • Where: Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, Hillcrest, Coronado, Mission Bay and Beaches, Mission Valley and Old Town, South Bay | View Locations
  • Cost: Free

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.

  • When: July 4
  • Where: 500 Sea World Dr. San Diego, CA 92109
  • Cost: Included with Admission | Buy tickets

Athenaeum Summer Festival- The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The 17th annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts will feature the works of Franz Schubert.

  • When: July 5 – 26
  • Where: The Scripps Research Institute, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive San Diego 92121
  • Cost: Individual Tickets - $45-$165 Series Tickets - $132-$192 | Buy tickets

Point Loma Summer Concerts- Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year's lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes.

  • When: July 10 – August 7
  • Where: Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd San Diego, CA 92107
  • Cost: Free

11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am- The Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.

  • When: July 11
  • Where: Moonlight Beach, Encinitas CA
  • Cost: Free

Summer Pops - Star Trek Into Darkness- Star Trek's bigger, badder 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness comes to Summer Pops. Captain Kirk and his crew match wits with super-genius and terrorist Khan as the San Diego Symphony performs Michael Giacchino's heart-pounding film score live.

  • When: July 11
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20 - $85 | Buy tickets

2015 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.

  • When: July 11 – 19
  • Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park- San Diego
  • Cost: Free

Green Flash, Bad Suns and Zella Day- Green Flash concerts pair live music with panoramic ocean views on Birch Aquarium's stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza.

  • When: July 15
  • Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps- 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $29.95 - $38.95| Buy tickets

Del Mar Racing Season- San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season

  • When: July 16 – September 7
  • Where: Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: Stretch Run: $6 (Opening Day $10) Clubhouse: $10 (Opening Day $20) | Buy tickets

Festival of the Bells- A weekend celebrating the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California's first Missions, with the the blessing and ringing of all five Mission bells.

  • When: July 18 – 19
  • Where: 10818 San Diego Mission Road San Diego, CA 92108
  • Cost: Free

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea- The family-friendly La Jolla Concerts by the Sea a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon in an idyllic setting overlooking La Jolla Cove.

  • When: July 19 – September 6
  • Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: Free

Comic-Con International-  Comic-Con has become a signature summertime event for San Diego; it 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.

  • When: July 24 – 27
  • Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Sold-Out

August 2015

Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition- Now in its tenth year, the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition promises to be a sweet time for two- and four-legged dudes and dudettes.

  • When: August 1
  • Where: Imperial Beach Pier- 10 Evergreen Ave. Imperial Beach, CA
  • Cost: Free

Paranormal Investigation of the Davis House- Be prepared to work with San Diego Ghost Hunters, a professional paranormal research team, in conducting an on-site investigation. Touted by many as, "The Most Haunted House in the Gaslamp!"

  • When: August 1
  • Where: Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House- 410 Island Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $50 | Buy tickets

Summer Pops Goes Classical - A Night in Spain- An elegant, deeply passionate musical visit to Spain. The evening features music from celebrated Spanish composers, including Enrique Granados, and Manuel de Falla.

  • When: August 2
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-79 | Buy tickets

 

Summer C.A.M.P.-  C.A.M.P. (Contemporary Art, Media & Process) invites 5–11 year-olds to explore contemporary art through a series of week-long art-making workshops led by local contemporary artists.

  • When: August 3 - 28
  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla- 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: Varies | Buy tickets

Much Ado About Nothing- In the 2012 modern retelling of Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick, an arrogant and confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner, hide their infatuation beneath witty barbs.

  • When: August 3
  • Where: The Old Globe- 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

Summer Pops - A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration- Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II's music is an indelible part of the American experience. Our veteran Broadway cast performs the beloved "Climb Every Mountain," "Shall We Dance," "Some Enchanted Evening" and so many more.

  • When: August 7 - 8
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-82 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 8
  • Where: Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge- 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr. Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Cost: $80 | Buy tickets

Cooking Class and Dinner: Big Fin Catch- Join Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver for an exciting cooking demonstration followed by an oceanfront three-course dinner with wine pairings.

  • When: August 12
  • Where: Marine Room, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club- 2000 Spindrift Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $75 | Buy tickets

Summer Pops - Sinatra at 100- Ol' Blue Eyes is back! Frank Sinatra - the most popular male vocalist of the twentieth century never really left us. His music, that unmistakable voice, will play on forever: "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Strangers in the Night" just to name a few.

  • When: August 14 -15
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-92 | Buy tickets

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.

  • When: August 15 -16
  • Where: NTC Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza- 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA‎
  • Cost: Free

Stone Anniversary Celebration & Beer Festival- West Inn & Suites Hops Highway Partner, Stone Brewing Co. Presents their annual Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, the biggest craft beer festival in Southern California, and this year promises to be the best one yet!

  • When: August 15
  • Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens- 1999 Citracado Parkway Escondido, CA 92029
  • Cost: $15-85 | Buy tickets

Green Flash - Back to The Garden and Ryan Corn- Green Flash concerts pair live music with panoramic ocean views on Birch Aquarium's stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza.

  • When: August 19
  • Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps- 2300 Expedition Way La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Cost: $29.95-38.95 | Buy tickets

Summer Pops - Natalie Cole- Natalie Cole is a nine-time Grammy® Award-winner who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. The daughter of Nat King Cole brings her talent, elegance and style to the stage performing her own R&B hits.

  • When: August 23
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-79 | Buy tickets

Summer Shakespeare Film Screening: West Side Story- A riff on the Bard's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins in 1961, explodes off the screen in one of the greatest movie musicals ever made.

  • When: August 24
  • Where: The Old Globe- 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Free

Summer Pops - A Tribute to Journey- They created the anthems of a generation. Relive the 1980s with Journey's hit songs "Open Arms," "Who's Crying Now," and "Don't Stop Believin'." Hear those classics as performed by Faithfully, a tribute band as big and bold as the original.

  • When: August 27
  • Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South- 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: $20-79 | Buy tickets

Harrah’s Resort's Fashion Week Culinary Couture- San Diego’s top chefs, including West Steak and Seafood’s Chef David Abella, will participate in an ‘Iron Chef’ style competition with famous chefs acting as judges. Sam Zien from Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of CCS providing advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

  • When: August 29
  • Where: Harrah’s Rincon Resort- 777 Valley Center Rd. Valley Center, CA
  • Cost: Exclusive Pricing | Buy tickets

September 2015

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. Note, this tour leaves from Newport Beach, located between Los Angeles & San Diego.

  • When: September 1 – December 31
  • Where: Newport Landing Whale Watching- 309 Palm St #A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Cost: Weekdays - $16, Weekends & Holidays - $22 | Buy tickets

Labor Day Lunch Cruise on San Diego Bay- Labor Day weekend perfectly set up for dinner or sightseeing cruise on San Diego Bay. Treat the family to a wonderful 2 hour lunch cruise on Hornblower with Buffet, Champagne, desserts and a tour of the patriotic San Diego Bay.

  • When: September 7
  • Where: Hornblower Landing- 970 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cost: Starting at $62.95 | Buy tickets

KAABOO Festival- The KAABOO Festival will include more than 100 musical acts on seven stages with internationally known headliners, established favorites and emerging artists. KAABOO is everything a typical music festival is not. That’s because we’re not a “festival.” We’re a new kind of arts and entertainment “mix-perience” designed around comfort, quality and good times. KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, dancing, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences.

  • When: September 18 - 20
  • Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds- 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Cost: $279-2499 | Buy tickets

San Diego Restaurant Week- This year's San Diego Restaurant Week is going to be the best one yet, with more than 180 restaurants participating all over San Diego county.

  • When: September 20 – 27
  • Where: Various Restaurants
  • Cost: $10-50 | Offers

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!

  • When: September 26 – November 1
  • Where: SeaWorld San Diego- 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Cost: Free with park admission | Buy tickets

--:--:--
  • "The staf..."

    On Tuesday June 30, 2015, I received a call from West Inn &a...

    Jul 07,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Would De..."

    I expected a very barebones, utilitarian place for my five-d...

    Jul 07,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Really o..."

    This hotel is so well designed and maintained, it's a pleasu...

    Jul 07,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "A top no..."

    We stayed at the West Inn & Suites on Saturday June 20th...

    Jul 07,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "What a g..."

    Friendly staff, nice rooms, free shuttle to Legoland, milk a...

    Jul 06,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Wonderful home away from home, ..."

    My husband and I took our two little boys here last week for...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Loved it!"

    My family of five had a great stay at West Inn! We loved the...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Look no further."

    Ok, I don't typically write "reviews" or even believe them f...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Absolutely Amazing!"

    I've been going here since I was 7 years old, because my gra...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Over The Top Service"

    The West Inn has wonderful service and the staff goes over a...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Great value!"

    We stayed at this hotel last week. We had a great stay at th...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "A Night to Remember- Our Honeym..."

    My husband and I was celebrating 29 years of marriage and de...

    Jun 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Great relaxing weekend"

    First time we've stayed at the West Inn and it lived up to a...

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Best customer service!"

    A friend recommended this hotel to us for a little weekend g...

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Very Relaxing with all the amen..."

    My family of 5 had a great stay at this hotel. We were so pl...

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Calling ALL LEGOLANDERS!!!!"

    If you are planning a trip to Legoland anytime soon and you ...

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Top Notch"

    This is the second time I have stayed at the West Inn in six...

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "The Only Place to Stay in Carlsbad!"

    I can safely say that I have never experienced such fantasti...

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "A first class visit to the beach"

    May 05,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "From search, to reservation, to..."

    I work for an airline so we've been lucky enough to travel a...

    Apr 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Best family hotel we have ever ..."

    Our family loved this hotel. From the family feel to the spa...

    Apr 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Legoland trip 2015"

    I love this hotel. The staff are amazing. We took the shuttl...

    Apr 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Exceptio..."

    Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and went above and ...

    Apr 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Fantastic & friendly"

    From the minute we arrived to the time we checked out everyo...

    Mar 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Above and beyond service!"

    This hotel truly lived up to the reviews from TripAdvisor. T...

    Mar 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Delivered on review."

    My family was completely satisfied. Our purpose was to go to...

    Mar 02,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Hidden G..."

    If you're planing to visit the San Diego/Carlsbad area (espe...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Impressi..."

    This hotel has one of the highest rankings in Carlsbad on Tr...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Top Notc..."

    My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights recently and am still...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Home awa..."

    My family and I spent about 5 days at this hotel and loved e...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Perfect ..."

    My husband and I own a local Carlsbad business and have used...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Perfect ..."

    We stayed here over Thanksgiving with 4 of our kids. The dou...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More
  • "Perfect ..."

    We originally booked the West Inn and Suites because of the ...

    Feb 17,2015Trip Advisor

    View More

Email Sign Up