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.
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!
Carlsbad Oktoberfest- The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.
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.
Maker Faire San Diego- Balboa Park is host to Maker Faire San Diego, a celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, many more projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.
Halloween at the Whaley House- The historic Whaley House Museum in Old Town, has some "spirited" fun in store for visitors this Halloween season, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts.
BIER. San Diego Oktoberfest- The Brew Project, RMD Group & Hard Rock Hotel are hosting Gaslamp's 1st Traditional Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest "Bier" Program will consist of special German-style beers from San Diego's top breweries.
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!
Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked Science!- At the Haunted Aquarium, discover a sea of glowing beasts, get sticky with slime, and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrous good time.
San Diego Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover Halloween- If you love Halloween, dining and the nightlife, do not miss San Diego's #1 Halloween Celebration! Your San Diego Zombie Crawl ticket includes a guided route, 25+ premier club admissions, welcome shots + food and beverage specials in the Gaslamp!
Balboa Park Halloween Family Day- San Diego's Balboa Park and it's museums are treating families to a free Halloween Family Day with a spooky array of hands-on activities and other free goodies.
San Diego Monster Bash- Enter a world of immorality at the annual Monster Bash where haunted souls can run wild, rules can be broken and sinners can live freely on Halloween Night.
Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India- It is time again for all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses to gather on the Star of India for some ghostly tales of enormous proportions. Enjoy as our storytellers reveal the eerie legends of our seafaring past.
San Diego Brewers Guild Festival- The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival will feature an extraordinary food line up with specialty beer pairings, music and more craft beer related activities.
Fall Family Fundraiser- Join us for our annual fundraising event! Event Includes: Petting zoo, Live Music, Harvest crafts, Face painting, Food Vendors & much much more!
Del Mar Races: 2nd Season- The second leg of a dual season of “betting the ponies” returns to Del Mar Racetrack, with more than a dozen thoroughbred races throughout the month of November and early December.
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration- In our wintery, watery wonderland, you can enjoy amazing live shows, meet Christmas characters and bask in the glow of Southern California's tallest Christmas tree. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration is the season meets the sea.
69th Annual Mother Goose Parade- More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.
San Diego Jazz Fest- The 37th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Skating by the Sea- The Del is celebrating the 12th anniversary of Skating by the Sea, a unique Southern California experience - outdoor ice skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Elaborate Thanksgiving Dinner at The Del- Experience an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner at the Hotel del Coronado. Seating available in the historic Crown Room and Ballroom.
Thanksgiving Dinner at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue- The Abbey is Hornblower's on-land venue; it offers a rare, refined uptown option for Thanksgiving. Enjoy an elaborate seasonal buffet, decadent desserts and live jazz entertainment.
Holidays at LEGOLAND- Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.