Best time to visit California

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Best time of year to visit California

Best time to visit California depends on what activities you would like to experience. The quiet and uncrowded period from January to March can be perfect for a trip, particularly if you are into winter sports and whale watching. Movie addicted will be happy to catch Academy Awards in wintertime. April and May invite you to California's fantastic national parks to discover powerful waterfalls, winding hiking trails, and hypnotizing poppy blooming. The packed period between June and August is perfect for a beach holiday, rafting or kayaking on crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe or watching Perseid Meteor Shower. Moro Rock and Mount Shasta are here for you during hot and sunny summer. Balmy weather in September–October and spectacular foliage create a perfect backdrop for the grape harvest. November and December are all about Christmas spirit and changeable weather. New Year's Eve Fireworks, Boat Parades and SnowGlobe Festival will impress you to the moon and back.

68 THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA (MARCH 08 - MARCH 17)

Poppy Season in the Antelope Valley

Poppy Season in the Antelope Valley

late February–early May (peak in late March–early April) • nature

After winter rains, dry hills burst with new life as billions of technicolor orange poppies bloom

Super Bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert

Super Bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert

late February–April (best in mid-March) • nature

This unusual phenomenon proves that even dry and harsh places like deserts are actually alive!

Death Valley Super Bloom

Death Valley Super Bloom

mid-February–mid-July | best in March–April (once in about ten years) • nature

One of the driest places on the planet occasionally gets blanketed with colorful wildflowers

Calla Lily Valley & Garrapata Beach

Calla Lily Valley & Garrapata Beach

late January–late April (best in mid-February–early April) • nature

One of the most picturesque coastal areas in Big Sur

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

mid-November–mid-March • nature

Tens of thousands of North American monarchs head to California for their honeymoon, and wedding night falls on Valentine's Day

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

March–late April • nature

Delicate sakura opens the tree blooming season in the Golden State

Chino Hills State Park Wildflowers

Chino Hills State Park Wildflowers

March–May (best in March) • nature

Photographers spend days here trying to capture all of that fragrant tenderness with their cameras

Glaciers

Glaciers

all year round • nature

Yosemite Glaciers, symbols of the changing world, may disappear completely within just a few decades

Scenic Road Trips

Scenic Road Trips

all year round • activity

Driving along a large number of picturesque roads with stops near the highlights and most unique spots can be a perfect vacation plan

Wildflowers of Yosemite

Wildflowers of Yosemite

March–August • nature

Yosemite is a paradise for wildflower enthusiasts

Burney Falls

Burney Falls

March–May | September–November • nature

Enjoy watching the beauty and hearing the roar of this jaw-dropping, massive and powerful falls

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

November–July (peak flow in April–June) • nature

Visit one of the world's tallest waterfalls during the spring runoff and you'll be carried away by this tremendous sight

Mustard Flowers in Napa Valley

Mustard Flowers in Napa Valley

January–March • nature

The vineyard beds explode with a vivid yellow carpet of mustard blooms creating cheerful vibes among the dull winter colors

Almond Bloom

Almond Bloom

mid-February–early March • nature

The first sign of spring on the Pacific Coast

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

January–May • nature

If you are looking for a stunning coastal scenery, you are on the right path

Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway

Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway

November–March  • nature

An enormous drain hole which looks a portal into another world is especially impressive during the rainy season

Big Sur Road Trip

Big Sur Road Trip

March–May | September–March • activity

Beautiful coastline, amazing forests, and gorgeous mountains—Big Sur has it all

Thousand Steps Beach Pools

Thousand Steps Beach Pools

March–early June | September–December • activity

One of the best hidden treasures of the Orange County

Heart Rock Falls

Heart Rock Falls

March–November  • nature

The power of water carved a heart in a solid stone. Such natural sites inspire and give hopes

Oyster Season

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Oysters are consumed in San Francisco and other cities on the California's coast in accordance with “R” myth that determines the oyster season

Cycling in Yosemite Valley

Cycling in Yosemite Valley

March–November • activity

The absolutely best way to get around Yosemite Valley is by bike

Disneyland

Disneyland

mid-January–early March | August–mid-November • activity

Try avoiding busy weekends and school holidays to enjoy shorter queues in the day full of rides and fun

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

mid-February–early September (best in May–July) • nature

This wee zippy bird moves so fast that you'll have to try hard to take a nice picture

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

March–October • activity

A great way to relax during hot summer days

Howland Hill Road

Howland Hill Road

all year round • activity

Ride through towering old-growth redwoods of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway

March–November • activity

One of the most scenic mountain drives on the West Coast

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

December–March • nature

These seals with elephant noses roam the ocean searching for food, and go ashore to breed and molt

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

all year round • activity

Visit the most sinister attraction in San Francisco Bay

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

mid-Octorber–mid-May • nature

Take in the unique surroundings of the unusual spot of Death Valley National Park

Сlam Chowder

Сlam Chowder

all year round • food

The finest way to warm oneself up on a chilly summer day is to eat a portion of American clam chowder

Saline Valley Hot Springs

Saline Valley Hot Springs

March–May | September–November  • nature

A small desert oasis was a popular hippie hangout

Matilija Falls

Matilija Falls

March–November • nature

A strenuous canyon hike to a few beautiful waterfalls

Skiing at Lake Tahoe

Skiing at Lake Tahoe

late November–late April (best in February) • activity

Magical sparkling scenery and a wide range of activities attract people to Lake Tahoe each winter

Painted Lady Butterfly Migration

Painted Lady Butterfly Migration

March  • nature

The skies get filled with beautiful winged creatures

Eureka Dunes

Eureka Dunes

March–May | September–November • nature

You'd never think sand dunes can have so many unique secrets kept inside

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Forestiere Underground Gardens

March–November • nature

This unique manmade underground world features fruit gardens and amazing stonework

Bowling Ball Beach

Bowling Ball Beach

all year round (low tide) • activity

Huge spherical stones lining the beach make it unique and beautiful

Mossbrae Falls

Mossbrae Falls

year round (best time: March–November) • activity

A hidden gem of Northern California

Surfing

Surfing

October–March (all year round) • activity

Amazing swells, great weather conditions, and various opportunities on dozens of ideal surfing beaches are waiting for you in the Golden State

Devil’s Golf Course

Devil’s Golf Course

October–April • nature

The hottest place on Earth features lots of unique spots and this is one of the most bizarre places to visit

Salton Sea

Salton Sea

October–May • nature

Visit the largest lake in California located in the desert. The Salton Sea was created due to extreme natural forces and has been changing from year to year, and may disappear in the nearest future

American Discovery Trail

American Discovery Trail

all year round • activity

You'll find no better way to discover America than this lengthy hike across 15 states, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. For such a long journey, one needs at least a year of time reserved

Glendora Mountain Road

Glendora Mountain Road

all year round • activity

Alpine scenery is just an hour away from downtown Los Angeles

Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove

all year round • nature

A great sunset spot and one of the best beaches in California

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

mid-December–mid-April (all year) • nature

From North to South, California observes the giant marine creatures migration every year

Paradise Falls

Paradise Falls

September–May (all year round) • nature

One of a few waterfalls thriving in the hot and dry climate of the Thousand Oaks area

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles

November–March • nature

It is believed that the Bald Eagle symbolizes strength, courage, freedom, and immortality

Skiing and Snowboarding near LA

Skiing and Snowboarding near LA

December–March • activity

It is possible to go skiing and surfing in Los Angeles on the same day

Pioneertown

Pioneertown

October–June • activity

An elaborate film set​ built in the 1940s in the desert as a Wild West facade for several Western films

Scotty's Castle Road

Scotty's Castle Road

all year round (best in mid-October–mid-April) • activity

The road reveals scenic landscapes of the northern part of the large national park

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

September–May • nature

Colorful Martian landscape was created by centuries of erosion

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls

November–April  • nature

A hidden waterfall near Los Angeles is a perfect one-day getaway from the city

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

November–April  • nature

One of the most popular watefalls in San Diego County

Bonita Falls

Bonita Falls

all year round | best November–April • nature

A tall waterfall in San Bernardino National Forest

Phantom Falls

Phantom Falls

November–April • nature

This waterfall is as hard to find as its name suggests

Prewitt Ridge

Prewitt Ridge

March–November (all year round) • activity

Watch the sea of clouds from one of the most beautiful camps in California

Sutter Buttes

Sutter Buttes

late October–mid-May • nature

Some enthusiasts try to reach the summit of the highest mountains in the world, but how about the smallest?

Panamint Dunes

Panamint Dunes

November–March • activity

Experience the beautiful desert without crowds

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

October–April • activity

A very Californian desert attraction

Point Dume

Point Dume

all year round • nature

A beautiful beach overlooking Malibu

Rafting

Rafting

March–September • activity

California's rivers are strong, fast, and full of water flow

Carson Mansion

Carson Mansion

all year round • activity

The most famous Victorian home on the West Coast

Black Star Canyon Hike

Black Star Canyon Hike

November–May • activity

This remote canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains is popular with hikers and black magic followers

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

January–October • nature

Come and see unique brown pelicans in their natural habitat

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

mid-October–early May • activity

This favourite place for rock climber training offers over 8,000 routes

Sturtevant Falls

Sturtevant Falls

all year round • nature

Welcome to one of the most attractive waterfalls in the Southern California area

Switzer Falls

Switzer Falls

November–April • nature

One of the most attractive waterfalls in Los Angeles County

Bubblegum Alley

Bubblegum Alley

all year round • activity

Art can have various forms, and the residents of San Luis Obisco have found a new one

154 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

out of rangeMay 21–23, 2021 • event

This three-day event can be the most romantic escape filled with the taste of good wine, spectacular flights, and pleasant time

Long Beach Jazz Festival

Long Beach Jazz Festival

out of rangeAugust 13–15, 2021 • event

The only jazz festival in Southern California

San Francisco Fleet Week

San Francisco Fleet Week

out of rangeOctober 04–13, 2020 (airshow canceled in 2020) • event

You have never been so close to the formidable American armed forces

California State Fair

California State Fair

out of rangeJuly 9–25, 2021  • event

The Fair has been attracting people for over 150 years. Come and join this spectacular celebration

Vans US Open of Surfing

Vans US Open of Surfing

on holdlate July–early August, 2021 • event

If you are looking for some amazing moves on waves, this event is definitely for you

Corgi Con SF

Corgi Con SF

on holdmid-June, 2021 | mid-October, 2021 • event

A fun day on the beach with hundreds of cute short-legged dogs

Long Beach Christmas Lights

Long Beach Christmas Lights

out of rangeDecember  • event

Houses around Naples Island are known to put on the best displays in Southern California

Gem-O-Rama at Searles Lake

Gem-O-Rama at Searles Lake

unconfirmedmid-October 2021 • event

Mid-October is the only time to experience a crystal hunt at this unique lake

Horsetail Fall or Firefall

Horsetail Fall or Firefall

out of rangemid- to late February • nature

For just a few days each year, this waterfall is illuminated by the sun and becomes one of Yosemite’s most amazing spectacles

LA 4th of July Block Party & Fireworks

LA 4th of July Block Party & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2021 • event

Celebrate Uncle Sam at the 4th of July Block Party with live music, greetings, and fireworks

Coachella

Coachella

out of rangeOctober 9–11, 2021 | October 16–18, 2021 • event

One of the biggest and most popular music festivals is a chance to meet all stars in one place

Fiesta Broadway (Cinco de Mayo)

Fiesta Broadway (Cinco de Mayo)

unconfirmedApril 25, 2021 • event

The largest in the US, this colourful Mexican festival celebrates the awakening of nature

dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week

unconfirmedlate January 2021  • event

The tastiest time of the year in Los Angeles

Stinko Ginkgo

Stinko Ginkgo

out of rangeOctober–December • nature

Yellow fruit of ancient ginkgo trees: aromatic or stinky – you are to decide

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

out of rangelate July–late August (best in mid-August) • nature

Stars begin to fall in the middle of summer—get ready to make some wishes

Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park

Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park

out of rangeMay–October • nature

Feel the scale of the largest living trees on the planet

Reggae on the River

Reggae on the River

unconfirmedearly August 2021 • event

A community-driven world class reggae festival

Naples Boat Parade

Naples Boat Parade

out of rangeDecember 14, 2019 • event

One of the most beautiful holiday traditions in California

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in SF

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in SF

out of rangeDecember 31–January 1 • event

Witness breathtaking New Year's celebration with spectacular waterfront fireworks at midnight

420 Hippie Hill

420 Hippie Hill

canceledApril 20, 2021  • event

Every year, on April 20 or 4/20, thousands flock to Sharon Meadows to celebrate cannabis culture

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

canceledDecember 12, 2020 • event

This spectacular boat show is a great Christmas time family event

Surf Dog Competition

Surf Dog Competition

on holdAugust / September 2021 • event

Dog surfers from all over the country gather along the Imperial Beach and Huntington Beach shoreline to take part in surfing competitions and win the first prize. You should witness it in order to believe it

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

on holdlate June, 2021 • event

Beauty varies. Even the ugliest living being can make someone happy

Kinetic Grand Championship

Kinetic Grand Championship

out of rangeMay 21–23, 2021 (online live stream) • event

See the weirdest vehicles along the varied track or join the kinetic sculpture race and have fun

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

out of rangeApril 3–May 30, 2021  • event

Stroll the village lanes brimming with people and handicrafts demonstrating Renaissance times

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

out of rangeNovember 20–December 19, 2021 • event

Go back to Victorian London at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls

Wasteland Weekend

Wasteland Weekend

out of rangeSeptember 22–26, 2021 • event

Spend a few days of your life in a "Mad Max" movie setting

Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race

Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race

unconfirmedApril 2022 • event

If you think that tricycle bikes are designed for 3-year-old kids only, you are wrong. Even an adult can have fun riding it if one knows where and when to try it. Annual tricycle races down the curviest street in the world welcome enthusiasts to San Francisco

Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fair

out of rangeOctober 22–31, 2021 • event

A summer celebration full of carnival rides, lawn concerts, adorable animals, and funnel cakes

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

out of rangeJune 11–12, 2021 (parade is canceled for 2021) • event

Huge and spectacular LGBT weekend with over 40 years of history

Fire Rainbows

Fire Rainbows

out of rangelate March–September • nature

A curious optical phenomenon occurs quite rarely and only in special locations. If you are in the right time and in the right place, just look up to the sky

Winter Fest OC

Winter Fest OC

out of rangeDecember 17, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

Winter wonderland does exist in Southern California, you'll find it in Orange County

Amgen Tour of California

Amgen Tour of California

on holdearly May 2021  • event

The world's top cyclists cover hundreds of kilometres of spectacular roads and grueling passes; you'll see fascinating sprints and dramatic finishes

Playboy Jazz Festival

Playboy Jazz Festival

on holdearly June 2021 • event

An all-star jazz festival held in an iconic location

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

out of rangeJuly 22–25, 2021 • event

If you are a true comic fan this event should be number one on your list! Step into the world of fiction, act like your favourite hero, and meet your idols

Ice Plant Bloom

Ice Plant Bloom

out of rangeMay • nature

One of Pacific Grove's most prominent sights

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

out of rangeMay–October • nature

Visit the home of giant sequoias and discover the biggest among the biggest by sheer volume

California Fall Colors

California Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early November • nature

Admire bronze and amber foliage throughout the Golden State

Sunset at Keyhole Arch, Pfeiffer Beach

Sunset at Keyhole Arch, Pfeiffer Beach

out of rangemid-December to mid-January • nature

Winter in California can reveal some real magic of light

Moonbows

Moonbows

out of rangeApril–June • nature

Waterfall droplets and the full moon create gorgeous lunar rainbow displays

SantaCon

SantaCon

out of rangeDecember 12, 2020 • event

Streets and pubs of San Francisco are taken by joyful drunken Santas

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

canceledJuly 5–September 3, 2021 • event

One of the most unique art events in the world with plenty of art treasures to observe

Glacier Point Overlook

Glacier Point Overlook

out of rangelate May–October • nature

Check out the grandest view in all the West

Cinco de Mayo SF

Cinco de Mayo SF

on holdearly May 2021 • event

Cinco de Mayo introduces the best of Mexican culture preserved in San Francisco

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

canceledDecember 16–20, 2020 • event

Enjoy the sparkling lights of hundreds of beautifully decorated vessels. There's always the chance to participate in a parade with your own boat or as a passenger too

LA Zoo Lights

LA Zoo Lights

out of rangecanceled for 2020 • event

Christmas nightly entertainment in the Zoo is for the whole family: thousands of garlands and Santa Claus

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

out of rangeJune–August • nature

Ocean is an artist able to turn rubbish into treasure—check out smooth rubies, sapphires and other jewels that used to be pieces of broken glass

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

out of rangeSeptember 24–26, 2021 • event

Top names of jazz gather together in one place to share their talent among real fans. Don't miss one of the greatest jazz events in the world!

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

unconfirmedlate March 2022  • nature

Every spring over a million purple blossoms drape from the tangled branches, and you can visit the place only during the annual Wistaria Festival

Roaring Spring Waterfalls

Roaring Spring Waterfalls

out of rangeMay–June • nature

Visit iconic falls when they show their full power, fed by melting snow and ice

Ladybug

Ladybug

out of rangeNovember • nature

Everybody loves when a cute ladybug lands on one's palm. What about hundreds of thousands at once? This can happen near San Francisco in California

California Strawberry Festival

California Strawberry Festival

out of rangeMay 16–17, 2020  • event

Strawberry pizza anyone?

Mist Trail

Mist Trail

out of rangelate May–mid-October • nature

One of the most spectacular, adventurous, and popular hiking trails in Yosemite draws crowds of visitors every day during the high season

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

out of rangeApril 10–11, 2021 | April 17–18, 2021 (virtual) • event

People come to Japantown to celebrate spring’s arrival and the joys of life in a Japanese way

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights & Other Holiday Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights & Other Holiday Lights

out of rangeDecember 13 & 20, 2020 (parade) | December–early January (holiday lights)  • event

A beautiful holiday tradition which brings the Christmas spirit to the Bay area

4th of July on Lake Tahoe

4th of July on Lake Tahoe

canceledJuly 4, 2021  • event

A dazzling celebration of America's independence around the scenic Lake Tahoe

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

canceledApril 2021 • event

Feel some Western charm at Santa Clarita valley recreating the atmosphere of its cowboy past

Bubble Run

Bubble Run

on holdlate October 2021 • event

A fun 5K race that will wake up your inner child

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

out of rangeFebruary 12–21, 2021 • event

From monster trucks to camel races and stunning music performances to remarkable food, there's so much more to do at the fairground

Academy Awards (Oscars)

Academy Awards (Oscars)

out of rangeApril 25, 2021 • event

One of the most awaited events in the whole world. It's always exciting to watch the ceremony online, but being a part of it and seeing all your favourite stars passing by right in front of you is a unique experience

Tufa Towers of Mono Lake

Tufa Towers of Mono Lake

out of rangeJune–mid-September • nature

Weird limestone creations that emerge from the lake surface attract naturalists and curious tourists. Are they natural, or is it another art installation?

Sailing Rocks

Sailing Rocks

out of rangeDecember–February • nature

An old travelling stones mystery still keeps people puzzled

Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

out of rangeSeptember 20, 2020 • event

The biggest television event of the year

San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

out of rangeNovember 13–16, 2020 | December 11–14, 2020 (virtual event) • event

A great energetic way to explore the city

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

out of rangemid-November–mid-January • activity

The absence of snow is not a reason to give up this Christmas fun—skating outdoors

Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

out of rangeJuly 19–21, 2021 • event

Examine your stamina during one of the hardest races in the world

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

out of rangeJune–September • activity

Visit the first permanent mountain top observatory in the world

Hoes Down Festival

Hoes Down Festival

out of rangeOctober 2, 2021 • event

A great place to celebrate the harvest season is Full Belly Farm where the fun never ends, especially for kids

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeMay–September • activity

A huge number of varied beaches with white sands and clear waters give you the chance to choose a perfect spot within the coastline of the Golden State

Walt Disney Family Museum Free Day

Walt Disney Family Museum Free Day

out of rangeDecember 5 • event

Visit one of the best museums in San Francisco for free

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

out of rangeDecember 14–15, 2019 • event

A maritime extravaganza by the beach is one of the best in California

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

canceledDecember 5, 2020 • event

A signature holiday event of Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

Easter

Easter

out of rangeApril 3–4, 2021 • event

Spiced with local humour, Easter in San Francisco definitely stands out in the crowd

Tioga Road

Tioga Road

out of rangelate May–October • activity

The highest highway pass in California and Sierra Nevada Mountains

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

out of rangeOctober–February • nature

These coastal dunes are a site of interest for several unique reasons. Find out why!

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

out of rangeAugust–September • activity

These species of shark are peaceful and calm creatures that love summer and enjoy warm waters

BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley

out of rangeMay 28–30, 2021 • event

This music festival in Napa Valley combines amazing performances with culinary shows

Painted Dunes in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Painted Dunes in Lassen Volcanic National Park

out of rangeMay–October • nature

The striking colours of volcanic ash dunes are especially spectacular during glow hour

San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

out of rangeApril 9–18, 2021 • event

The longest-running film festival in America

Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

out of rangeMay 1–2, 2021 • event

One of the largest celebrations of Mexican culture north of the border

LA Korean Festival

LA Korean Festival

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 3, 2021 • event

The biggest event in Los Angeles Koreatown

Napa Valley Harvest Season

Napa Valley Harvest Season

out of rangeAugust–December • activity

Watch Napa Valley come to life with the thrill and rush of the harvest

SnowGlobe Music Festival

SnowGlobe Music Festival

out of rangeDecember 29–31, 2021 • event

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a cold, fresh mountain view, perfect powder, your favorite snow activities, and the world's best musicians—all in one place

Moro Rock Hike

Moro Rock Hike

out of rangeApril–October • activity

Take a deep breath and start one of the most beautiful hikes to the top of this bald granite rock formation with stunning views of Sequoia National Park

Surfing Santa Competition

Surfing Santa Competition

out of rangeNovember 21–22, 2020 • event

Dressed like Santa, surfers raise money for people living with autism

Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles Marathon

unconfirmedAutumn 2021 • event

Thousands dream to participate in this prestigious marathon in Los Angeles

Wine Season

Wine Season

out of rangeJuly–November • activity

Grape harvest season in SF comes along with beautiful yellow foliage​ and pleasant temperatures

Carnaval

Carnaval

unconfirmedMay 29–30, 2021 • event

Carnival introduces Latin-American and Caribbean cultures which constitute a part of multicultural California

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

overJune 21–23, 2019 • event

Groove to the sweet vibes of roots reggae and world music

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Joshua Tree Music Festival

out of rangeOctober 7–10, 2021 • event

Great lineup in the middle of Mojave desert

Monitor Pass

Monitor Pass

out of rangelate April–mid-November • activity

A great outlook at the eastern Sierra Nevada

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

out of rangeJune 9–12, 2021 • event

A must-do event for a true jazz enthusiast in Yountville

Miramar Air Show

Miramar Air Show

out of rangeSeptember 24–26, 2021 • event

The largest military air show in the country

LA Fleet Week

LA Fleet Week

out of rangeSeptember 3–6, 2021 • event

An old Californian end-of-summer tradition

Cycling

Cycling

out of rangeApril–October • activity

Picturesque scenery, varied terrain, and gentle weather conditions attract cyclists to the Golden State

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival

out of rangeJanuary 7–18, 2021 • event

Meet some A-list stars and attend exciting presentations and special events followed by glamourous night parties

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Immerse yourself in a festive Christmas atmosphere

Rae Lakes Loop

Rae Lakes Loop

out of rangeJune–September • activity

Beautiful lakes nestled in scenic High Sierra mountains

Surf Ranch Pro

Surf Ranch Pro

out of rangeAugust 12–15, 2021 • event

Unbelievable surfing in California's heartland along with beach fun, music and parties

Sonora Pass

Sonora Pass

out of rangemid-May–mid-November • activity

A beautiful drive in Sierra Nevada mountains

Subway Cave

Subway Cave

out of rangeMay–October • nature

A unique chance to explore a large lava tube formed thousands of years ago

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

out of rangeMay–September • activity

From Mexico to Canada or reverse, a crest of mountains follows along the western states of the USA, washed by the Pacific waters—it's one of the world's most scenic natural corridors

Cool Patch Pumpkins Corn Maze

Cool Patch Pumpkins Corn Maze

out of rangelate September–October • activity

Kick off the holiday season and get lost in the world’s largest corn maze

California's Great America WinterFest

California's Great America WinterFest

unconfirmedlate November–late December 2021 • event

The Bay Area’s newest popular holiday tradition

Halloween

Halloween

canceledearly September–early November • event

Amusement parks, scary attractions and amazing costume parties throughout the state

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

out of rangeSeptember–October • nature

Watch a fascinating natural phenomenon in California's parks and deserts

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument

out of rangemid-June–October • nature

These unique symmetrical columns created by the forces of nature attract people from all over the world

California Roots Festival

California Roots Festival

out of rangeMay 27–30, 2021 • event

Discover what California’s best fest can bring

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival

on holdon hiatus • event

Bay area event, with an eclectic lineup of diverse musicians

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

out of rangeNovember 29, 2020 • event

A popular holiday event draws spectators from all over Silicon Valley

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Enchanted: Forest of Light

out of rangeNovember 21, 2021–January 10, 2022 • event

A magical light display in Los Angeles County

Christmas Lights in and near Sacramento

Christmas Lights in and near Sacramento

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Witness a beautiful holiday transformation of the city when entire neighborhoods dress to impress

Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards

out of rangeJanuary 26, 2020 • event

Everyone who loves music is waiting for this glamorous event to see the best shows and performances, best singers, and great bands

Bristlecone Pines

Bristlecone Pines

out of rangemid-May–November • nature

One of the longest living organisms on our planet can be found in the high mountainous regions of California

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

out of rangeMarch 31–April 10, 2021 • event

The red carpet is rolled out, and movie stars are ready to pose in front of the cameras

BNP Paribas Open

BNP Paribas Open

unconfirmedMarch 8–21, 2021 • event

If you are a tennis fan, this is your chance to see favorite players up close

Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

out of rangeMay 20–23, 2021  • event

Check out these fascinating racing competitions and one of the largest bike expos in the US—this event is a real celebration of cycling

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

out of rangelate April | September–February • nature

This kingdom of birds is a delight to any nature fan

Cactus Pear

Cactus Pear

out of rangeMay–June • food

The spiky peel of the cactus pear covers surpeisingly tasty melon-like juicy pulp

Winter Fancy Food Show

Winter Fancy Food Show

out of rangeJanuary 17–19, 2021 • event

The largest specialty food and beverage show on the West Coast

El Capitan Trail

El Capitan Trail

out of rangeMay–October • activity

One of most famous trails of Yosemite Park

Big Pine Lakes

Big Pine Lakes

out of rangeearly May–October • nature

Seven dazzlingly beautiful lakes in a single-day hike..let's go?

Lunar New Year in Sacramento

Lunar New Year in Sacramento

out of rangeFebruary 13, 2021 (virtual) • event

Flower Tet Festival and other festive events

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangelate September–February  • nature

Central Valley hosts thousands of wintering sandhill cranes

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

out of rangeMay–October • activity

A perfect way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

out of rangeFebruary 8–14, 2021 • event

One of the most popular golf events in the world annually takes place in Northern California. The perfect green fields with a stunning ocean overview welcome top pros, as well as amateurs and a large number of celebrities

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta

out of rangeJune–late October • nature

This majestic mountain draws lots of hikers, climbers, and mystics

Diving around Santa Catalina Island

Diving around Santa Catalina Island

out of rangeJuly–December • activity

Crystal clear waters near the island of Santa Catalina with its rich underwater world are perfect for diving

Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding (SUP)

out of rangeMay–September  • activity

One of the most enjoyable and fun water activities is popular all along the California coastline

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

out of rangeApril–August • activity

Just choose the right season and the right spot to enjoy your favourite water activity in the Sunny State

Big Horn Sheep

Big Horn Sheep

out of rangeDecember–February • nature

Large animals, dense, and stocky with low and strong limbs, live in the mountains in the vicinity of Los Angeles

California International Marathon

California International Marathon

out of rangeDecember 6, 2020 • event

With spectacular State Capitol Finish this marathon features an easy downhill course and can help you to qualify for the Boston Marathon

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

out of rangeJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

A three-day celebration of garlic and other delicious foods

Oakland Restaurant Week

Oakland Restaurant Week

out of rangeJanuary 7–18, 2021 • event

Ten days to get the best of Oakland's restaurant scene

Mount Tallac

Mount Tallac

out of rangeMay–October • activity

Prepare to be stunned by beautiful vistas of Lake Tahoe

Bassi Falls

Bassi Falls

out of rangeApril–June (best in late April–May) • activity

A beautiful and popular site in El Dorado county

Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness

out of rangelate May–October • nature

With dozens of trails and lakes, this area is a hiker's paradise

Lightning In A Bottle

Lightning In A Bottle

canceledMay 19–24, 2021 • event

Dance, party and socialize at this boutique music festival

Lake Tahoe Marathon

Lake Tahoe Marathon

out of rangeOctober 8–10, 2021 • event

The three-day running festival with multiple options with stunning views

Christmas Lights and Events in Palm Springs

Christmas Lights and Events in Palm Springs

out of rangelate November–late December  • event

Winter holidays in the desert can be fun!

Lunar New Year in San Jose

Lunar New Year in San Jose

out of rangeFebruary 12–26, 2021 • event

Learn about Asian cultures and try delicious foods during the colorful celebration

Great White Sharks

Great White Sharks

out of rangeAugust–September  • nature

As ocean waters warm up, white sharks start their annual migration between Mexico and Southern California

Hermit Falls

Hermit Falls

on holdall year round | May–September • nature

A small waterfall in Santa Anita Canyon near Arcadia

Lassen Peak Trail

Lassen Peak Trail

out of rangemid-June–September • activity

Stand atop an active volcano with the largest lava dome on Earth

Loch Leven Lakes

Loch Leven Lakes

out of rangeJune–November • activity

A beautiful chain of lakes high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

out of rangeApril 22–24, 2022 • event

The most scenic run in the whole United States

Grouse Lake

Grouse Lake

out of rangemid-June–September • nature

An oasis nestled among rocks and beautiful granite slabs

Freel Peak

Freel Peak

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

A popular climbing spot in Sierra Nevada Mountains

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

out of rangeJune–October • activity

One of the biggest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Pear Lake Trail

Pear Lake Trail

out of rangeMay–October • activity

A popular hiking destination in Sequoia National Park

The Big Fresno Fair

The Big Fresno Fair

out of rangeOctober 8–12, 14–18, 2020 (drive-through & virtual fair experiences) • event

The largest entertainment event in San Joaquin Valley

4th of July in Santa Cruz

4th of July in Santa Cruz

canceledJuly 4 • event

How about celebrating Independence Day in Santa Cruz style?

Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter Festival

out of rangeJanuary 8–9, 2021 • event

Experience winter fun in Southern California

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Discover the top six places to visit during NYE in The Golden State

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In January, California experiences the lowest temperatures, which range substantially depending on the altitude and latitude. The lowest records belong to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and northernmost areas. The upside of the frigid temperatures is ample snow and hence winter sports opportunities. The weather along the coastline and in the south of the state is mild, often sunny. Still, the water is too cold for swimming, even in the southernmost San Diego. The central areas, including Sacramento, are colder than the coast, yet warmer than the Sierra Nevada. Rainfall is distributed all over the state, except the eastern semi-arid area of the Mojave Desert. The sun shines only six hours per day on average, as the weather in winter is generally wet, humid, and cloudy. Bring a windbreaker and a jacket for the coast; a heavy jacket for the inland; and a down jacket for the north and mountains. An umbrella might be needed too.

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The last month of winter brings a slight rise in temperatures to every climate zone in California. Frosty weather is typical in some areas, but extremely low temperatures are unlikely. The Sierra Nevada and the north are the coldest areas. The central inland is mildly cold, while the coast and south enjoy moderately warm weather. Still, the water remains uncomfortably cold for swimming. Snowfall is typical for the highlands, and other areas receive rainfall. The only exception is the western belt along the Mojave Desert, which is a semi-arid zone. The average amount of sunshine increases to seven hours per day. Humid, wet, and cloudy days prevail. Pack layers and dress accordingly to the area you're going to visit: a jacket and a windbreaker will suffice on the coast, while a heavy coat might be necessary for the cooler inland areas. Winter gear must be brought for the mountains.

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The onset of a warmer season is noticeable in the rural hinterlands and northern highlands, where the first blossoms liven up the sceneries. In the Sierra Nevada, snow will lie well into April and beyond. The rainfall is moderate throughout the state, but especially abundant in the northern highlands. The driest zone is a semi-arid desert area in the east. In most areas, the days in March are mild, with a growing amount of sunshine, and the nights are still cold. The southern inland cities such as Pasadena boast slightly warmer temperatures than the northern cities close to the ocean. The water hasn't warmed up yet. Pack in accordance with the climate zone you're going to. Wearing layers will be reasonable. A sweatshirt, a windbreaker, a jacket, and possibly a heavier jacket will be needed if you're into mountains. A raincoat or an umbrella is likely to be used too.

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Spring vibes are scaling up in April. The snowmelt reveals the mountain hiking trails, empowers waterfalls, and gives way to wildflower bloom. Cold and wet days have departed, and sunshine abounds with the progress of the month. The average temperatures across the state hover within the pleasantly mild range between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C). The lows in the northern interior part of the state are a few degrees cooler. Warm and sunny days prevail on the beaches and Southern California. Yet the sea temperature remains a bit on the cooler side for swimming, and it's better to wait until May if you want to hit the beach. When visiting California in April, bring some long- and short-sleeves, a coat or a jacket, and a windbreaker for the sea breezes. Dressing in layers will be reasonable as temperatures might differ during the day.

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Late spring brings pleasantly warm temperatures and temperate nights to most of the state. Sunny conditions improve with the progress of the month, reaching an average of eight hours per day. Precipitation is low, so rainy and cloudy weather is uncommon. May is the right time to hit the beaches in the south. The sea temperature near Los Angeles reaches 70°F (21°C), pleasant and refreshing at the same time. Foggy days also occur in the beach cities bringing somewhat chilly weather. San Diego, in particular, is frequently doused in fog during May. Traveling to California in May, bring light clothing for the day, and a sweatshirt or a jacket for the night. Also, if you plan on hiking the mountains, pack some heavier gear.

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Summers are quite hot in California with the highs often exceeding 86°F (30°C), so it's a perfect time for swimming in the ocean or spending time at other water basins scattered across the state. Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are cooler than most places in California, with freezing temperatures occurring in every month of the year. On the contrary, the areas around the Mojave Desert and close to the border with Mexico, experience higher temperatures. The highs there frequently cross the mark of 100°F (38°C). Even though it's a rainless season, morning fogs are typical for the beaches, in particular around San Diego. The average amount of sunshine has improved to nine hours per day. To stay comfy, pack light summer clothing, a sun hat, and a light scarf for the cooling sea breeze. Also, heavier garments will be needed if you head to the higher elevations.

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It is the height of summer in California, with the average temperatures hovering just a few degrees below 86°F (30°C). Some areas are cooler or hotter though. More temperate weather is observed on the coast due to the sea breezes. Cooler conditions are also observed in the northern and central parts of the state, and the highlands. Whereas, the weather is generally hotter in the southern and eastern regions. In the semi-arid desert area, the temperatures hit 110°F (43°C) during the daytime, and drop to 30°F (-1°C) at night. Humidity and rain decrease substantially, and sunshine abounds. San Francisco, however, sees consistent fog since early in the month. Summer tourists should pack light and loose garments of natural fibers and a light sweatshirt for the evenings. A light scarf will suffice for the sea breeze. Don't forget to cover your head in the sun. And bring warmer clothes if you plan on exploring the mountains.

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The last month of hot and dry weather in California. The sunshine still abounds in August. However, the average highs and lows gradually drop towards the end of the month. The days are still warm, while the nights get more temperate. The exceptions are the semi-arid area of the Mojave Desert and the highlands, which experience more considerable deviations of the temperature. The desert is hotter, while mountains are colder than average. Generally, humidity remains low throughout the state with mostly clear skies. However, in San Francisco Bay, misty summer season lasts through late August, so fogs are frequent. Sea breezes cool the warm coastal areas. For a late-summer visit, bring short-sleeves along with a light sweatshirt, as the days get cooler. A light jacket may come out in the mornings and evenings. A light scarf and a windbreaker may be helpful for sea breezes. Also, pack a heavier coat for the mountains.

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Early fall, also known as "Indian Summer," is a great time in all of California. It's still warm during the day, while nights tend to be more humid and colder than in the summer. The fogs that have been shrouding San Francisco and the rest of the North Coast area are replaced with clear blue skies and sunny weather. The sea temperatures are quite warm for hitting a beach. Besides, Yosemite National Park enjoys pleasant mild temperatures and beautiful seasonal foliage. Another place for taking in the colors of the season is the High Sierra. Early autumn visitors should bring layers of short- and long-sleeved shirts, as well as a sweatshirt, and a jacket for cooler temperatures.

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Another great month to discover the state of California. The average air temperatures remain pleasantly mild both during the day and night. Besides, the temperate sea temperatures are still comfortable for swimming and surfing too. It is your chance to take in the beaches without crowds. Most of the month is dry and bright. The exception is late October when the first signs of rain and snow are visible in the mountain ranges and higher altitudes. Humidity also grows by the end of the month. October visitors should bring different clothes to be able to dress in layers, as the temperatures range throughout the day. Short- and long-sleeved shirts, a sweatshirt, and a jacket are likely to come of use at times.

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The weather is getting progressively worse in November, especially late in the month. The average highs and lows dip consistently but remain cozy overall. Rainy and cloudy days are more common than the lingering sunny ones. Precipitation is the highest in the northern areas of California, with Redding being labeled one of the wettest places in the state. The average hours of sunshine are reduced to seven, and the seawater gets too cold for swimming. The highlands are colder than average, while the semi-arid desert areas in the south-east offer pleasantly mild weather. If you travel in November, pack some light long-sleeves along with warm clothing. A sweater, a sweatshirt, and a jacket or a coat may be needed. A raincoat and an umbrella are also on the list. Hiking to the higher elevations can already require a heavy coat or a down jacket.

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Winter in California is the coldest season by all means, but the lows don't drop below freezing in most places. The exception is naturally the mountains of the Sierra Nevada that commonly experience frost and snowfall. The average temperatures in the northern part of the state range from mildly cold to mild. In the southern region, the weather is a little warmer, especially in the desert area around Palm Springs. The beaches are usually misty and cool with low sea temperatures. It's a wet season with high humidity and frequent rains, particularly in the north. Hence the sunshine is scarce—only six hours per day. Visiting California in December, bring warm and waterproof clothing. A raincoat or an umbrella will be relevant. For the mountains, bring a down jacket and other winter gear.