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.

3 Popular Outdoor San Diego Team Building Events

This week, we’re showcasing three of our most popular outdoor San Diego team building events. First off, let’s start by giving props to SoCal weather for allowing us to provide these programs year-round. Next, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to build team spirit while soaking up the San Diego sun!

Beach Olympics / Corporate Castaways

While our beach team building programs are structured similarly, they can be themed to match an Olympic or castaways style. (So basically, tell us if you prefer a regular volleyball or Wilson). Here’s a look at a recent beach event that we operated last month at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.

You Build It Boats

While we have hosted several You Build it Boats events on the beach, clients sometimes opt to “race” their final creations in the on-property pool. Naturally, this makes for hilarious competition! Check out our favorite moments from a recent You Build it Boats at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.

Gaslamp Adventure Rally / Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

Last but not least, may be suggest a Smart Phone scavenger hunt? Guests always have a great time in the Gaslamp, seeking out historic attractions, posing in front of famous venues, and even performing random acts of kindness. Also keep in mind that The Event Team can customize a San Diego scavenger hunt just for you.

Need More Info on San Diego Team Building?

If you’re considering adding San Diego Team Building to your next corporate meeting or convention, don’t hesitate to contact The Event Team destination management company for more information, options, and pricing! Also, don’t forget to flip through our team building overview for more inspiring ideas and CSR options!

San Diego Team Building - You Build It Boats

San Diego Headquarters, (corporate event planning San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

For US and International companies looking for a (DMC) in Southern California, call us toll-free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

A Winning Recipe: Culinary Team Building San Diego

Last month, we hosted a successful culinary team building San Diego event for 35 guests out of L’Auberge Del Mar. Located at The Curious Fork in beautiful Solana Beach, the program showcased San Diego’s popular foodie culture. Check out some highlights from the event below!

Appetizer Challenge

The event kicked off with an appetizer challenge. Led by a professional chef, guests worked in teams to prepare several tasty starter dishes including Lobster Bisque, Beet Hummus, and more.

Culinary Team Building San Diego appetizer

Craft Cocktail Design

Next up, a mixology class taught by our professional bartender/instructor. After learning proper technique, strategy, and approach, guests created craft cocktails utilizing fresh ingredients like persimmon, apple, pear, peaches, and fresh herbs.

Culinary Team Building San Diego mixology

Moroccan Themed Seated Dinner

Finally, participants sat down for a Moroccan-inspired catered dinner. On the menu, a starter of baby greens followed by Chicken or Vegetable Tangine, Saffron Quinoa Couscous, and Roasted Stuffed Eggplant, concluding with a dessert course featuring Honey Glazed Almond Pastries.

culinary team building san diego dinner

Need More Info on Culinary Team Building San Diego Events?

If you’re interested in gathering more information and pricing for a culinary team building San Diego event, please contact The Event Team destination management company today. We’ll factor in your budget, group size, location, and meeting objectives to source the perfect Southern California venue and tailor a program to meet all your needs. In addition, we can enhance your event with festive decor and dynamic entertainment. Finally, we can also incorporate food packing and donation options to benefit local food banks and charities.

San Diego Headquarters, (corporate event planning San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

For US and International companies looking for a Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, call us toll-free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Team Building San Diego – Charity Bike Builds are Back

Hear ye, hear ye! Charity Bike Builds are back, and they’re better than ever! We kicked off 2017 with an impressive array of team building San Diego events, but one of the biggest highlights was our recent Charity Bike Build program at the Hard Rock Hotel. It’s true, bike-building events can be seen as somewhat of a dinosaur in the team building industry. But The Event Team bike builds remain popular for several reasons:

team building san diego bike build

High Energy Games and Friendly Competition

We believe great charity team building events are all about achieving results via experience. Whether you’re building bikes for youth organizations or assembling care packages for military families, we do more than just put you to work. We utilize dynamic facilitators and high-energy games to create a friendly but competitive atmosphere.

San Diegans Love Their Bikes

Don’t get us wrong, we want every child in the world to have a bike (and a puppy while we’re making wishes). But for team building San Diego events, bike builds especially make a lot of sense considering we enjoy some of the best biking conditions in the country. San Diego enjoys around 265 sunny days per year, plus we are one of the Top 10 “Greenest” cities in the country. Biking is practically in our DNA.

Direct and Immediate Impact

At the very least, we invite a representative from our local youth organization to accept your donation and speak on behalf of the recipients. In many cases, the children are able to attend the event and directly receive the bikes. So many of today’s kiddos don’t get a fair chance at a carefree childhood. While our Charity Bike Build program might not be the newest team building idea, it offers one of the best rewards possible: putting smiles on children’s faces.

Need More Info on Team Building San Diego Events?

If this blog “spoke” to you, or if you’re interested in finding more team building San Diego ideas, contact The Event Team today! Our San Diego destination management company is here to help you with all your philanthropic team building needs!

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

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

7 North County San Diego Restaurants You Should Know About

Did you know unique San Diego dining experiences stretch well beyond the streets of centrally-located regions like Little Italy and the Gaslamp District? A small venture to North County will find you in a whole new world of exciting restaurant options. For example, neighborhoods such as Escondido, Carlsbad, and Del Mar are buzzing with creative takes on SoCal’s culinary trends. Here are 7 North County San Diego Restaurants you need to know about:

Cordiano Winery, Escondido

Originally working alongside his father in Italy, Gerardo Cordiano sold his restaurants, moved to San Diego, and started his lifelong dream making his own delicious vino. This hillside winery is a perfect spot to enjoy the San Diego sunset and unwind.north county san diego restaurants cordiano winery

The Wooden Spoon, Escondido

Jesse and Catherine Paul’s in-house creations focus on fresh and sustainable ingredients. Just one visit, and you’ll understand why The Wooden Spoon is scooping up impressive ratings.north county san diego restaurants - the wooden spoon

Campfire, Carlsbad

The much-anticipated opening of this new eatery was well worth the wait. Campfire’s inspiration comes from the simplistic idea of good friends gathered around a fire sharing good food. The restaurant is 6,000 square feet of pure kumbayawesome, featuring a glass-enclosed kitchen, live-fire cooking, and a stellar craft cocktail program.north county san diego restaurants - campfire

Tasting Room, Del Mar

Tasting Room Del Mar focuses everything around their passion for “all things craft, local, and honestly delicious.” Each menu intertwines with beverage and flavor options. You can mix and match  your own pairings, but we recommend embracing the unknown and giving in to the chef’s own “surrender series.”
north county san diego restaurants - tasting room del mar

Barrel Republic, Oceanside

Enjoy the ultimate freedom of choice with your electronic wristband-operated tab and take your pick from over 50 taps. If beer is not your favorite, there is a selection of wines and kombucha also available at this revolutionary bar concept.north county san diego restaurants - barrel republic

Ponsaty’s, Rancho Santa Fe

Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty brings 31 years of culinary expertise at multiple Michelin Star rated restaurants to his elegant namesake here in San Diego. His elevated French and Spanish flavors are sure to excite.

north county san diego restaurants - ponsaty's

WESTROOT Tavern, Carmel Valley

From the makers of barleymash in the Gaslamp, Uptown Tavern and Sandbar in Pacific Beach, comes this posh two-level stunner in Carmel Valley. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 30 beer handles, and a robust menu of SoCal-inspired fare, this sprawling venue is a heavy-hitter in the North County San Diego restaurant scene.

north county san diego restaurants - westroot tavern

North County San Diego Restaurants – Need More Info?

If you are a meeting planner in search of North County San Diego restaurants and offsite venue suggestions, including private dining rooms or culinary cooking classes, please reach out to our team of San Diego corporate event planning experts today. Contact The Event Team destination management company for a complete proposal.

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

5 San Diego Venues for your next Corporate or Non-Profit 5K Run/Walk

January is here, and we hate to tell you, but it’s time to back away from the Christmas cookies and focus on your wellness plan for the year. If you’re a San Diego meeting planner, or headed to San Diego for your next convention, might we suggest getting your team in gear with a 5K Run/Walk? This outdoor, fitness-focused activity is a wonderful way to re-energize your attendees while showcasing our beautiful city! Here are 5 San Diego Venues for your next Corporate or Non-Profit 5K Run/Walk:

1. Embarcadero Park North

This outdoor venue is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center, making it an ideal choice for corporate 5K events. Bordering Seaport Village, the course runs alongside San Diego Bay and features picturesque views of magnificent landmarks like the”Kissing Statue” and USS Midway Museum. Why we love it: Close proximity to the Convention Center and Downtown Convention hotels make it possible to hit the snooze button one more time before reporting to the early-morning starting line. 

San Diego Embarcadero Park

2. De Anza Cove Mission Bay

De Anza Cove is a tranquil park located within Mission Bay. Highlights include easy freeway access, ample parking, covered picnic space, and a winding pathway that is perfect for a San Diego corporate 5K. Why we love it: Peaceful and serene, you won’t even realize you just spent the last 45 minutes exercising.

de anza cover mission bay

3. Balboa Park

The nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Featuring gorgeous architecture and plenty of recreational spaces, Balboa Park is an excellent San Diego 5K venue option. Why we love it: We highly recommend a visit to Balboa Park on any trip to San Diego – you might as well get some exercise while you’re at it.balboa park san diego

4. Liberty Station

Offering 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings at the former Naval Training Center San Diego, Liberty Station encompasses beautifully restored buildings and lush landscapes.
Why we love it: The venue’s enclosed campus makes Liberty Station a safe selection for family-friendly 5Ks. 

liberty station san diego

5. Coronado Tidelands Park

The largest San Diego Bay park, Tidelands Park accommodates events for up to 3,000 guests. Offering picturesque views of the beautiful Coronado Bridge, the park also includes a small beach, recreational fields, picnic areas and plenty of open space for a variety of outdoor activity. A scenic path extends from the Silver Strand to the Old Ferry Landing. Why we love it: 5Ks on Coronado Island provide a post-card-worthy view of San Diego bay. 

coronado island tidelands park

Need More Info?

If you’re looking to organize a corporate 5K Fun Run/Walk in San Diego, allow our full-service destination management company to take care of all the logistics! From permitting to security to signage, we’ll jump through all the hoops so you don’t have to! Contact The Event Team DMC today to learn more!

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