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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.

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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

    Oceanside

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    Poway/San Diego Hotel

    Poway

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    Americana Inn

    San Diego

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    Cabrillo Garden 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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    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

July 2015

July - September 2015
San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season

From the 4th of July to Labor Day, the San Diego Symphony performs numerous concerts under the stars along San Diego Bay.

September 2015

September 26 - November 1, 2015
2015 SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

The famous San Diego attraction gets in the Halloween spirit with over a month of costumed characters, spooky and not-so-spooky animals, special events, and plenty tasty treats. 

November 2015

November 6-15, 2015
2015 San Diego Beer Week

This 10-day sud-filled festival is presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild, offering samples and selections from over 100 local and regional breweries, as well as daily special events at various venues. Event times vary by day.

November 25-29, 2015
2015 San Diego Jazz Fest

Presented by America's Finest Dixieland Jazz Society, this event brings a slew of traditional jazz artists and genres to the Town and Country Convention Center in San Diego. Time vary by day.

November 1, 2015
20th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival

Visit the California Center for the Arts in Escondido for this annual festival – featuring authentic Hispanic food, dance, and other cultural delights, alongside sugar skull decorating and special festivities. Festival begins at 6 p.m.

December 2015

December 5, 2015
2015 Holiday Tree & Winter Wonderland Festival

A holiday event featuring cookie decorating, handcrafted gifts, carolers, themed entertainers, food and drink, an appearance from Santa Claus, and plenty of dazzling lights, all at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Event begins at 3 p.m.

December 1-31, 2015
2015 LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days & Winter Nights

Take the young ones to LEGOLAND in San Diego for a day of real snow activities, LEGO holiday village, a LEGO holiday tree, food trucks, and much more. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.

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