9/25/16 - 10/2/16
In March 2016, the Living Coast Discovery Center re-opened Turtle Lagoon, home to four endangered eastern Pacific green sea turtles, following a major enhancement to the area. From now until Sep. 5, 2016, the center is showing a new wildlife exhibit, Passport to the Pacific: A Tour Around the World’s Largest Ocean, which includes a variety of new animal ambassadors and interactive features.
The newly opened iFLY San Diego is San Diego’s first indoor skydiving wind tunnel. People of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. Coming in June 2016, Airborne San Diego brings two new indoor skydiving wind tunnels to downtown San Diego by Petco Park.
This summer, Balboa Park museums will come alive after 5:00 p.m. Thenew Park After Dark program adds to the organ pavilion concerts, dance and theater performances and restaurant activity, with numerous institutions in the park offering extended hours on select evenings from May 27–Sep. 2, 2016.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is again planning two racing seasons in 2016: the traditional summer season kicks off with an Opening Day Hats Contest on Jul. 15 and runs through Sep. 5. The summer meet will offer racing Wed.-Sun. with an additional race day on Labor Day. Del Mar’s fall Bing Crosby meeting will feature 15 racing days Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 11–Dec. 4.
San Diego celebrates Independence Day with a variety of Fourth of July celebrations throughout the county. Coronado's popular Independence Day Celebration over Glorietta Bay. The Port of San Diego celebrates with its Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza over San Diego Bay. LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad celebrates July 4th with Red, White and BOOM!
ART & MUSEUMS
Now on view, the San Diego Museum of Art debuts its captivating Art of the Open Air, a sculpture collection in the Plaza de Panama featuring the creations of 15 world-renowned sculptors including Auguste Rodin, Joan Miró and Alexander Calder.
On Mar. 11, 2016, the Springhill Suites Mission Valley opened featuring 135 guest suites and a 700-sq.-ft meeting room. Each spacious suite provides separate sleeping and living areas, stocked wet bar, microwave, and mini-fridge and spa-inspired bathrooms.
In April 2016, a 253-room Springhill Suites and a 147-room Residence Inn by Marriott opened and became San Diego’s 17th waterfront hotel property. Each hotel has its own distinct lobby but shares a common elevator. There is also a fitness center, an outdoor pool and patio and parking for more than 400 vehicles.
In April 2016, TripAdvisor ranked San Diego as #6 in its Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. according to its Travelers Choice Award.
In March 2016, FamilyVacationCritic.com recognized La Jolla Cove as one of the 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2016.
In March 2016, Money Magazine named San Diego as the #1 domestic destination in its first Best in Travel Awards. The ranking looked at scenery, hotels, restaurants and affordability. The ranking was compiled after considering 40 sources, including TripAdvisor and Hotels.com.
In February 2016, TripAdvisor ranked La Jolla Shores as #8 in its Top 25 Beaches in the U.S. according to its Travelers Choice Award.
In January 2016, Fodor’s Travel included San Diego in its list of the world’s 10 Best Beach Getaways for 2016.
AIRLINES & TRANSPORTATION
On Jun. 16, 2016, JetBlue will begin daily San Diego–Fort Lauderdale (FLL) flights operated with 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
On Jun. 2, 2016, Air Canada Rouge begins flying seasonal daily nonstop flights from Vancouver (YVR) to San Diego, through Oct. 16, 2016. WestJet also begins new nonstop service from Vancouver to San Diego on Jun. 16, 2016 with flights on Tues., Thurs. and Sun. through Oct. 20, 2016.
||Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter|
|February-April||Wild Flowers Bloom in the Anza Borrego Desert|
|March||The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Spring bloom|
|April||Art Walk in Little Italy visual and performing artists|
|May||Cinco de Mayo and Old Town Fiesta|
|June-August||Extended summer hours at SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, and LEGOLAND|
|July||SDLGBT Pride Celebration|
|July-September||Del Mar Racing - live thoroughbred racing six days a week|
|August-September||Old Globe's renowned Shakespeare in the Park Festival|
|September||San Diego Thunderboat Regatta on Mission Bay|
|September-November||Julian Fall Apple Harvest Festival|
|October||Little Italy Festa and Chalk La Strada, Asian Film Festival, Miramar Air Show & Zoo Kids Free|
|November||San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival|
|December||San Diego for the Holidays with month long celebrations|
|December||Holiday of Lights Del Mar|
8/28/16 - 8/28/16
9/2/16 - 9/5/16
Davey's Locker Whale Watching...
2/1/16 - on-going
Newport Landing Whale Watching
9/23/16 - 12/20/16