Beautiful weather and a vibrant coastal culture are just two of the reasons why North County San Diego is the perfect

The racing track during Del Mar horse racing seasonyear-round destination. You certainly won’t run out of things to do here, either. Between stunning beaches, world-class yoga and wellness studios, boutique shopping, and delicious food, there’s something for everyone here. Below, we’ve compiled some of the best North County San Diego events you won’t want to miss this year!

While planning a trip around these events, be sure to book a stay at North County San Diego’s best-kept secret, The Inn at Moonlight Beach! We offer a luxurious, wellness-centric retreat that’s just steps away from the best Encinitas, California, events. For more recommendations, access our complimentary Destination Guide! Whether you’re visiting for our top-notch restaurants and beaches or to discover inner “Shanti,” we can help you plan the best trip.

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Don’t Miss These Exciting Events in North County San Diego

Winter Events

Garden of Lights: December

Every December, the San Diego Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland featuring over 125,000 sparkling lights!

San Diego International Auto Show: January

The San Diego International Auto Show features over 400 of the world’s newest car models, exotic vehicles, and more.

Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers Market and Art Fair: Year-Round

Though people typically associate farmers markets with the spring and summer solstices, the Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers Market and Art Fair offers fresh produce and open-air fun even in the winter!

Spring Events

Encinitas Half Marathon: March

The Encinitas Half Marathon features a 13.1-mile oceanfront route that winds along scenic Highway 101.

Taste of Leucadia: April

Join the community in celebrating the culinary flavors and local libations that make our downtown Leucadia district so unique at this event.

Flower Fields Display at Carlsbad Ranch: April

Every spring, Carlsbad Ranch transforms into a breathtaking display of California wildflowers.

Summer Events

Annual Toast to the Coast: June

Toast to the Coast is an annual, eco-friendly fundraiser supporting non-profits. This event is dedicated to protecting our oceans!

Comic-Con: July

Pop culture, video game, and comic book fans from all over the world attend this vibrant convention-style celebration each year!

Annual Taste of Encinitas: August

Your taste buds will delight in samples from over 30 restaurants, plus local wine and craft beer at the annual Taste of Encinitas.

Fall Events

KAABOO Del Mar: September

Household names in music, comedy, and contemporary art appear at KAABOO each year! This large, immersive festival is a truly unique experience located at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Annual Gala in the Garden: September

At this gala-style event, you’ll enjoy world-class food, wine, and spirits as well as plenty of live entertainment. The best part? It all takes place in the winding pathways of a gorgeous Encinitas garden!

Fall/Winter Horse Race Season in Del Mar: November

The Del Mar horse racing track is just 10-15 minutes away from The Inn at Moonlight Beach! Take a shuttle, bus, or Uber over to the race track (no car needed!).

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Ready to experience one of these exciting events for yourself? Check our availability today and start planning your stay. We can’t wait to welcome you!