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Best time of year to visit San Diego

Best time to visit San Diego runs from March to May and from September to November. The weather during these periods is balmy, and you might catch great deals. Spring is perfect for unforgettable scenic road trips and spotting flower blossoms. Autumn attracts foodies to San Diego Restaurant Week and cinema fans to San Diego Film Festival. June through August is the peak season with lots of summer festivals, Comic-Con and spiking rooms rates. Surfing, snorkeling, cycling, and kiteboarding during this period are at their best. Frequent showers and cold ocean waters explain well lower rates and fewer tourists from December to February. However, the winter season is mild anyway, and Potato Chip Rock hiking and whale watching can be brilliant.

11 THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO (MARCH 01 - MARCH 10)

Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom

Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom

March (2019) • nature

One of the few deserts in the world that comes to life in spring

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

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

March–early May • nature

Be ready to immerse yourself in colours: purple, pink, white and yellow!

Potato Chip Rock Hike (Mt. Woodson)

Potato Chip Rock Hike (Mt. Woodson)

September–May • activity

The iconic rock is one of the most photographed places in the San Diego region

Seals and Sea Lions

Seals and Sea Lions

all year round (mid-May–mid-December Children's Pool Beach) • nature

La Jolla is the best place to see seals and sea lions in San Diego

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

March–late April • nature

Delicate sakura opens the tree blooming season in the Golden State

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

January–May (all year round) • nature

Rumoured​ to be the San Diego area's most haunted place, this mystic forest is popular with hikers

Kayaking

Kayaking

March–October • activity

A great way to discover the natural beauty and wildlife of San Diego County

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

mid-June–September | mid-December–April • activity

San Diego is a great place to see ocean-faring mammals

Paragliding

Paragliding

all year round • activity

Go flying at Torrey Pines, and you'll see San Diego from a different angle

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

October–April • activity

A very Californian desert attraction

33 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

May 29–31, 2020 • event

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

Surf Dog Competition

Surf Dog Competition

September 28, 2019 • 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

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

July 23–26, 2020 • 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

San Diego International Film Festival

San Diego International Film Festival

October 15–20, 2019 • event

Be a part of the scene and party like a star

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

August–September • activity

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

San Diego International Fringe Festival

San Diego International Fringe Festival

June 04–14, 2020 • event

Eleven days of the beautiful, the bizarre, and the unexpected

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 02–03, 2020 • event

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

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights & Other Holiday Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights & Other Holiday Lights

December 08 & 15, 2019 (parade) | December–early January (holiday lights) • event

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

Del Mar Racing Season

Del Mar Racing Season

July 17–September 02, 2019 • activity

Watch the races at one of the most beautiful racing tracks in the world

Surfing

Surfing

August–November • activity

Southern California has the biggest number of surfers in the world for a reason

KAABOO Del Mar

KAABOO Del Mar

September 18–20, 2020 • event

San Diego's biggest music, comedy, art and culinary event

4th of July Fireworks and Parade

4th of July Fireworks and Parade

July 04 • event

San Diego is a great choice for an Independence Day celebration

Cycling

Cycling

April–October • activity

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

Bubble Run

Bubble Run

October 26, 2019 • event

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

Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding (SUP)

May–September • activity

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

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

July 11–12, 2020 • event

Relaxing jazz music by the waterfront is the perfect pastime during summer evenings

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week

January 19–26, 2020 • event

Two weeks of the most delicious foods for bargain prices

Fleet Week San Diego

Fleet Week San Diego

November 04–11, 2019 • event

A unique chance to observe and visit war planes and ships

San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week

November 01–10, 2019 • event

Time to drink the finest beer in the capital of craft

San Diego Blues Festival

San Diego Blues Festival

September 12, 2020 • event

Fans of the blues flock to San Diego every fall

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

April–October • event

Kayaking to a concert at Humphreys is a must-do summer experience in San Diego

San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

February 16–February 17 • event

A colorful carnival with plenty of entertainment

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

April–August • activity

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

San Diego Pride Parade

San Diego Pride Parade

July 13, 2019 • event

The largest single-day civic event in the region

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

November 17–24, 2019 • event

Don't miss the West Coast's most popular wine and culinary celebration

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

Enjoy the sunny weather and warm ocean waters of Southern California

Fishing

Fishing

April–October • activity

Summer is marked by the long-awaited sportfishing season in San Diego

Rock'n'Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock'n'Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

May 30–31, 2020 • event

A great summer race, one of the largest on the West Coast

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

March 14, 2020 • event

The biggest celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland west of Mississippi

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

May 23–25, 2020 • event

A rodeo, a beer festival or a strawberry festival—choose your way to spend the long weekend in San Diego

Carlsbad Music Festival

Carlsbad Music Festival

August 02–04, 2019 • event

Excellent and innovative music by the scenic beach

Miramar Air Show

Miramar Air Show

September 27–29, 2019 • event

The largest military air show in the country

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

The spookiest time of the year brings tons of attractions and events to San Diego