8 Trending San Diego Event Venues

While team building is a major focus this year, we’re still your go-to experts for San Diego event venues. Since securing event space is a crucial first step, we’ve curated a list of 8 trending venue options for your next corporate event.

Popular San Diego Event Venues

Hotel Terrace or Ballroom

Sometimes it’s ideal to utilize a blank canvas approach with a hotel’s terrace or ballroom. From Modern Moroccan Nights at L’Auberge Del Mar, to Glow Parties at Hard Rock Hotel (see below), The Event Team can bring any concept to life. Not to mention, staying on property eliminates transportation costs!

Beach Bash

Gone are the carting a keg out to the beach with 50 of your closest friends. New regulations make it harder than ever to secure beach event permitting in San Diego. Trust us, you don’t want high tide waves or low patience park rangers crashing the party. Choose a waterfront hotel (Paradise Point Resort or Hotel Del Coronado are excellent options), or opt for a state beach adjacent to the Pacific Coast Highway (see below).

Poolside Chic

When it comes to elegant San Diego event venues, poolside parties are everything, dahhhhhhling. Add chic decor, market string lights, and a classy guitarist, and you’re all set for a posh poolside affair. Below, catch a glimpse of our latest poolside event at Paradise Point Resort. Additionally, we can utilize pools as a performance venue for themed entertainment, like this Vintage Carnival Circus event at Omni La Costa, for example.

San Diego Zoo Events

Next, let’s take a look at some of San Diego’s most famous attractions, starting with the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. The sprawling facility offers several event venues to choose from; one of our favorites is Sabertooth Grill at the Elephant Odyssey exhibit (see below for recent highlights). Also, we can’t wait for this summer’s debut of “Africa Rocks,” a new 8-acre exhibit and event space.

MCAS Miramar & Officer’s Club

If you feel the need for speed, look no further than MCAS Miramar, where you can host your very own Top Gun party. Depending on your group size, host your event in the Hangar bay or at the famed Officer’s Club. Throw in flight simulators, custom dog tags, hangar tours, and a performance by our Maverick and Goose lookalikes, and you’ve got yourself a memorable hybrid of history and pop culture.

Parq

Doubling as both restaurant and nightclub, this popular Gaslamp venue packs a high energy one-two punch. Guests can enjoy a swanky seated dinner before heading to the club for DJs, drinks, and dancing. Theme options and decor concepts abound at Parq; check out this Carnival-inspired event below!

San Diego Air & Space Museum

If science and history resonate more closely with your group than nightlife, we suggest the San Diego Air & Space Museum for its impressive collection of replicas, artifacts, and exhibits. In short, this venue sure puts the “space” in event space.

USS Midway Museum

This “city at sea” features simultaneous views of sea, skyline, and sunset. As one of San Diego’s largest venues, the ship easily accommodates thousands. Peep some of our favorite events aboard the USS Midway Museum below!

 San Diego Event Venues – Need More Info?

Still shopping around? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other San Diego event venues to offer. Contact The Event Team today for more ideas or to schedule a venue tour.

2016 Fourth Quarter Awards Announced

What a better way to close out the year than with a list of some super people? The following 4th Quarter award recipients truly helped The Event Team shine in 2016:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Romy Linde, Director of Sales

Romy leads the company in sales, but she also leads in other ways. Besides managing her own accounts, she also creates sales strategies, trains and mentors her colleagues, facilitates meeetings, and more. “Romy had a fabulous year,” said President/CEO Matt Robbins. “She has been an integral part of our team for nearly 15 years and continues to evolve in her position. I’m very proud of her and can’t wait to see her 2017 sales plan in action.”

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Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Marnie Buddo

Marnie continues to be a pillar of the The Event Team field staff. When she is assigned to an event, she always arrives on time, with a happy, positive attitude and always goes above and beyond to make sure the guests and clients have a great experience. VP of Operations Paige Weeber sings Marnie’s praises: “It doesn’t matter if it is a small Gaslamp transfer or a huge off-site event; Marnie ensures that everyone has a good time to and from an event. Her reliability, positive attitude, and ability to think quickly on her feet made her an easy candidate for Employee of the Quarter.” Thank you Marnie for all you do for The Event Team!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Khoa Hoang, Westin San Diego

We love all our hotel partners, but this quarter Khoa Hoang from Westin San Diego was particularly exceptional. “Khoa is a very detail-oriented convention services manager and a tremendous pleasure to work with,” said National Sales Manager Steve Larson. “She is very informative about her clients’ needs and always available at a moment’s notice!” Thank you Khoa for trusting The Event Team to work with you and your clients – you can count on us!

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Vendor of the Quarter – Innovative Entertainment

Last but definitely not least is our wonderful vendor of the quarter. Peggy Jewell of Innovative Entertainment is one of our most valued vendor partners. “Most groups want entertainment at their events but don’t always know what they want,” said Weeber. “With just a few details, Peggy and her team always put together great suggestions and always include a few “out of the box” ideas to keep our proposals fresh and up to date for clients. Also, her team is always available, and their onsite presence is always appreciated to keep the talent on track.” Thank you Peggy for all your years of partnership and friendship!

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Need More Info?

Solid local partnerships are one of the biggest values of using a destination management company. When you choose The Event Team, we connect you with an array of wonderful suppliers and staff who have a proven history of customer satisfaction. If you’re planning a Southern California corporate event, allow our DMC to do the heavy lifting! Contact The Event Team today for more information.

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

The Event Team – Third Quarter Awards Announced

Every quarter, The Event Team DMC takes a moment to honor a select a few “super people” who have demonstrated exceptional service, professionalism and attitude over the last few months. Whether we’re providing San Diego corporate event entertainment, Orange County event decor, or Los Angeles corporate teambuilding, we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without those hoteliers, vendors, and staff members who are committed to making our corporate event planning services successful across Southern California. Here’s the full list of this quarter’s winners:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter: 

He hasn’t even been here a year, and he was just announced Full Time Employee of the Third Quarter. That, friends, is how National Sales Manager Steve Larson gets it DONE! Ever since Steve joined the team, he has been running on all cylinders, spearheading much of our San Diego hotel reach-out. “Steve has made a big impact with local hotels,” said President Matt Robbins. “It takes a while for a new sales person to understand and sell everything a DMC offers but Steve has learned it very quickly. He has taken his good standing in the community and used it to make a lot of great connections for The Event Team.”

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Hoteliers love him, clients love him, and his colleagues love him too! Check out a few of the nominations:

“My nominee is Steve for being involved and having a great attitude.” Romy Linde, Director of Sales

“Steve is working hard and kicking some booty during these past months. He has been getting out there and meeting people, doing sites, and making himself known, as well as working on some great proposals for business. I have never seen someone as motivated and dedicated.”

“I nominated Steve for organizing our hotel presentations and dominating his hotel outreach.”

“He really committed himself to getting out of the office and going to lunches, happy hours, and networking events this quarter. He never complains about doing it, plus people love him! He makes a point to call on his old connections and make new ones for more business to get through the door!” Taryn Babayn, Executive Marketing Assistant

Click here to learn more about Steve!

Hotelier of the Quarter: Paula Anderson, CSM, Paradise Point Resort (San Diego, CA)

Director of Sales Romy Linde nominated Paula Anderson from Paradise Point Resort for our third quarter Hotelier of the Quarter “Paula hasbeen a great partner. I love working with her! She is always so detailed with information before I even reach the client, and she is always so positive. I love her energy!”

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Employee of the Quarter: Yvonne Kuhn (San Diego, CA)

Yvonne has been a staff member with The Event Team for over 15 years.  After a sabbatical for a few years, she rejoined our ranks in San Diego and it has been amazing to have her back. Yvonne is always so helpful and welcoming to our clients. She is a true team player with other staff and will work both early and late shifts without complaint. When Yvonne is assigned a shift, you know you can count on her to put The Event Team first and make us shine.  Thank you, Yvonne, for your dedication to our team!

Vendor of the Quarter: Feet First Entertainment (Southern California)

Feet First has continued to deliver fun-filled, high-energy experiences for our clients and their guests. Their enthusiasm and fresh teambuilding event options always help make a program with The Event Team memorable and engaging!

The Event Team Vendor of the Third Quarter

Need More Info?

Want to work with these “super people” for your next Southern California corporate event? Send us your RFP today!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Or The Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Downtown Los Angeles Spotlight: Ace Hotel, The Broad, and Clifton’s Cafeteria

Last week, our team explored bustling downtown Los Angeles, a region on the rise for corporate groups. Here are a few highlights from their site visit:

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel is located in the historic United Artists building , built in 1927. Opened in 2014, the property features modern rooms, a rooftop pool, trendy event space, and a beautifully restored theatre. Think Great Gatsby meets Urban Outfitters.

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The Broad

New to the downtown Los Angeles scene, The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Located on Grand Ave, the Broad is home to an ever-growing collection of postwar and contemporary art. Private venue rental for corporate events is not an option at The Broad; however, the adjacent Otium restaurant has several private event spaces including a buyout option for up to 300 guests.

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Clifton’s Cafeteria

Los Angeles Times put it best when they said “Clifton’s is not your normal cafeteria.”  After a 5-year, $10 million renovation, Clifton’s Cafeteria reopened in October 2015 (the original debuted in 1935). Featuring a fake redwood tree stretching five floors, a kingdom of taxidermy creatures, and plenty of entertaining surprises in its “cabinet of curiosities,” the venue provides an assortment of wonderfully weird conversation topics.

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Downtown Los Angeles – Need More Info?

If you would like more information on downtown Los Angeles, contact The Event Team’s corporate event experts! Our Los Angeles destination management company pros will hook you up with unique options that meet your budget.

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Event Decor Spotlight: Modern Moroccan Bohemian Blend

Ever been to an event that’s a little too theme-y? When it comes to themed corporate event decor, there seems to be a delicate tipping point between “wow” and “what the?” Themed events are a fun and focused way to emphasize specific destinations, venues, trending pop culture topics, and/or the overall message and purpose of your meeting. There’s no question themes are a powerful vehicle to deliver an experience to your guests. But here’s a tip from your favorite destination management company: Always let the experience steer that vehicle, and don’t ever let the theme crash the party.

Take this recent client event at L’Auberge Del Mar‘s beautiful terrace. Since it was a heavy networking event with several interactive elements at play, we wanted those experiential elements to take center stage. In addition to a networking game, guests enjoyed tequila tasting, s’mores stations, music from songwriter Michael Tiernan, and a live art show by artist/designer Taylor Reeve. Raffle tickets were sold to win the finished painting, with all proceeds going to local non-profit Operation Amped.

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For decor The Event Team blended popular trends, creating a Moroccan-Bohemian theme that played a supporting role to all the interactive enhancements without overpowering the entire event. Modern lounge pieces with bold and vivid Moroccan-inspired accents (lanterns, printed rugs and linens, etc.) were paired with Bohemian-style embellishments (market string lights, oversize pillows, wood, succulents, etc.) to create a subtly beautiful backdrop for this classy beachfront affair.

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Modern Moroccan Bohemian Decor

The result? Happy hotel partners and clients! Check out what L’Auberge Del Mar’s National Sales Manager Jamie Lee Clave had to say after the event:

“Words can’t even begin to describe how happy we we’re with the turnout of last night’s event.  The style and decor, the amazing market lighting…  We’re seriously over the moon today!  Thank you again for all of your hard work and for showcasing L’Auberge Del Mar in the highest regard.  We had some happy customers last night and hopefully you found more business based upon what you created.  Thank you for your partnership, creativity and for all you do.”

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Check out more pictures from this event below (provided by Ashley Williams Photography). Need decor ideas for your next corporate function? The Event Team can help you identify the exact theme to fit your location, goals and budget. Mention the code BOHO for discounted rates on your next decor package!

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Event Spotlight: Corporate Business Meets Family Fun

You already know The Event Team organizes corporate events and activities. You already know we offer top-notch spouse tours all over Southern California. But did you know our destination management company can facilitate an entire schedule of on and off-site activities for the kiddos? Options include interactive art, zoo excursions, specialty entertainment, exciting games, fun at the beach, and more! From toddlers to teens, The Event Team has your whole family covered!

Check out these highlights from a recent four-day, 200-person program The Event Team operated out of The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA…

Child’s Play

Throughout the event, we offered separate onsite lounges for children and teens. Participants were able to enjoy supervised pool time, craft stations, drum circles, teambuilding-style icebreaker games like Minute to Win It and Hollywood Game Night, a Top Crust Pizza cook-off, a S’mores Challenge and more! Highlights included…

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Surf School

The kids also had an opportunity for some offsite summer fun. Options included visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, a nature walk through Torrey Pines, as well as Surf School at La Jolla Shores.

Attendee/Spouse Activities

Of course we didn’t forget about the adults! Tour options for attendees and spouses included a Coronado coast walk, shopping excursions in La Jolla and Solana Beach, a “Create a Canvas” art class, rooftop Yoga, docent-led tours of the USS Midway and Birch Aquarium, outrigger canoe teambuilding, and a VIP Cooking Demo with private chef Jodi Abel.

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Private Chef Jodi Abel

Private Chef Jodi Abel

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Rooftop Yoga Space – La Jolla

Onsite and Offsite Events

To kick off the program, we provided Welcome Reception entertainment by local Spanish/Flamenco artist David De Alva.

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Our first offsite program took place at the famous MCAS Miramar Officers’ Club. After a tour of the flight line, guests mixed and mingled with military patrons while enjoying a cocktail reception and dinner on the patio. The Event Team provided elegant décor as well as acoustic entertainment from the Nate Donnis Trio.

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MCAS Miramar Offer’s Club

Our final offsite event was a buyout of the popular La Jolla restaurant Eddie V’s where guests enjoyed tray-passed appetizers and a delicious four-course seated dinner.

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Challenges/Triumphs

We asked our VP of Operations Paige Weeber to share some of her post-event notes with us:

“One challenge was to keep the teens entertained but also to allow them some “freedom” since they don’t need to be babysat. Our team is knowledgeable in current trends and Hollywood Game Night was a big hit! They also just wanted to be able to lounge at the pool, so we hired a lifeguard to be onsite at the pool all day to keep an eye on the kids, which also allowed the parents to feel comfortable leaving them “alone” on property.

“The client wanted to have a fun day at the beach and also be able to offer water sports to the group. Our team was able to secure a permit at the beach (no small feat during summer!) and we worked with a few local vendors to have kayaking, snorkel equipment and surf lessons available to the group at various times during the afternoon. Surfing was so popular, some guests took lessons twice in one day!”

Happy Client

All in all, this was a great event that really helped The Event Team sharpen our skills with Corporate-Family hybrid events. And the best part was – we made our client happy! Check out what she had to say:

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Want to Learn More?

If you’re interested in learning how The Event Team can incorporate children’s activities into your next corporate meeting, contact us today! Mention the code KIDS for special rates on youth-centered teambuilding and tour options.

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Event Spotlight: Onsite and Offsite Decor in Orange County

Romy, Paige and crew recently organized a wonderful event for our group of 200 guests staying at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The four-day event had many moving parts – from airport arrivals and departures to several group tours that showcased an array of Orange County’s popular recreational activities: Duffy Boats in Newport Beach, Dolphin Safari in Dana Point, and an art tour of Laguna Beach.

The Event Team also provided simple, elegant onsite decor and entertainment for the group’s welcome reception, which took place at the hotel’s Promenade Lawn and Promenade Ballroom:IMG_3213

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Two days later, our destination management company shuttled the group to beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano for an offsite party, where we provided decor and character “monk” actors who greeted the guests upon arrival.

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If you need help planning your next Southern California corporate event or group activity, contact our destination experts at The Event Team today for a custom proposal!