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Visiting San Diego Metropolitan Area

Enjoy a post holiday visit to San Diego. As one of southern California’s most visited cities, San Diego and the surrounding area, feature a wealth of attractive and interesting things to do – especially in early spring. Once the chill of winter fades, head to San Diego and visit nearby cities like Chula Vista, and La Jolla. When you can’t decide which museum to explore during the month of February, don’t fret, you can see more than one as admission is half-off for San Diego Museum Month, all through February. Explore and enjoy during early spring in San Diego.

Enjoy a raucous evening out on the town on February 9th, when you celebrate the 2013 Little Italy Carnevale in downtown San Diego. With live music, excellent food, dancing, and even mask-making for the kids, the 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale is San Diego’s family oriented version of the Carnevale in Venice. Make the drive in from El Cajon or Escondido and enjoy the 2013 Little Italy Carnevale – it’s free!

A few days later on February 12, don’t miss a Mardi Gras celebration – it’s Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp. Head to downtown San Diego and explore the Gaslamp Quarter, where you’ll be one of the expected 40,000 guests in attendance for Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras in the Gaslap will feature a grand parade, street performers set to entertain throughout, along with live music – it is, however, a 21 and over event. Celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday with a drive into downtown San Diego from Oceanside or Carlsbad.

In March, look for the 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival, celebrating its 20th year. Beginning on March 7th, and running through the 17th, the 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival will be set at the UltraStar Cinemas at the Hazard Center near Mission Valley.

Head to the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. On March 16 you’ll be in prime position to check out St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The entire event is free and perfect for a family activity. Make the drive in from Santee or Encinitas.

One of San Diego’s most legendary – and beautiful – landmarks is Balboa Park. Whether you’re simply looking for a place to picnic, or if you’re in the market for a set event, Balboa Park is a wealth of options spread across 1,200 acres of pristine park land. Don’t miss out on the Lowrider Legends at the San Diego Automotive Museum on February 16th, or check out a performance of The Brother’s Size, live at The Old Globe.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Hotel Map

26 Best Western Hotels
in San Diego Metropolitan Area

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    Beach View Lodge

    Carlsbad

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    Chula Vista Inn

    Chula Vista

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    Otay Valley Hotel

    Chula Vista

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    South Bay Inn

    Chula Vista

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    Suites Hotel Coronado Island

    Coronado

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    Continental Inn

    El Cajon

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    Courtesy Inn

    El Cajon

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    Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach

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    Escondido Hotel

    Escondido

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    Inn by the Sea

    La Jolla

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    Marina Gateway Hotel

    National City

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    Oceanside Inn

    Oceanside

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    Oceanside Palms Hotel

    Oceanside

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    Poway/San Diego Hotel

    Poway

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    Americana Inn

    San Diego

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    Golden Triangle Inn

    San Diego

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    Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU

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    Mission Bay

    San Diego

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    Bayside Inn

    San Diego

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    Cabrillo Garden Inn

    San Diego

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    Hacienda Hotel Old Town

    San Diego

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    Island Palms Hotel & Marina

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    San Diego/Miramar Hotel

    San Diego

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    Seven Seas

    San Diego

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    Yacht Harbor Hotel

    San Diego

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    Santee Lodge

    Santee

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San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

September 2014

September 12-13, 2014
San Diego Music Thing Artists perform at venues throughout San Diego and host mentoring sessions and workshops for everyone to enjoy. Town & Country Resort hosts the festival this year. Times vary per event.
September 12-14, 2014
San Diego Bayfair Come on out to Mission Beach and Bay for the San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing. There will be fast boats, interactive exhibits, live entertainment, and fireworks Saturday night. Times vary per day.

October 2014

Saturdays
October 4-26, 2014

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Spend some extra time at LEGOLAND and end the night with a special display of fireworks. Come in costume and have a shot at some great prizes. Party Nights begin at 5 p.m.
October 24 - November 9, 2014
Peter Pan Pay a visit to Never Land and meet the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. Peter and Wendy take the stage at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. Show times vary.
October 10 - November 16, 2014
Dinner with Marlene Pay a visit to the Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado for a look at an unforgettable dinner party one evening just prior to the start of WWII. Show times vary per day.
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