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9 THINGS TO DO IN SAN JOSE, CA (MARCH 03 - MARCH 12)

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

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

Almond Bloom

Almond Bloom

mid-February–early March • nature

The first sign of spring on the Pacific Coast

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

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

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

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

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

March–October • activity

A great way to relax during hot summer days

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

27 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

San Francisco Fleet Week

San Francisco Fleet Week

out of rangeOctober 7–9, 2022 • event

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

Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fair

out of rangeJune 16–July 9, 2023 • event

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

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

out of rangeOctober 15–16, 2022 • event

The size of those pumpkins will blow your mind

California Fall Colors

California Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early November • nature

Admire bronze and amber foliage throughout the Golden State

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

out of rangeSeptember 23–25, 2022 • 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!

Ice Plant Bloom

Ice Plant Bloom

out of rangeMay • nature

One of Pacific Grove's most prominent sights

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

Surfing

Surfing

out of rangeSeptember–May • activity

Autumn soft offshore breezes create perfect consitions for surfing

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

out of rangeJune–September • activity

Visit the first permanent mountain top observatory in the world

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

out of rangeNovember 27, 2022 • event

A popular holiday event draws spectators from all over Silicon Valley

California's Great America WinterFest

California's Great America WinterFest

out of rangeNovember 25–December 31, 2022 • event

The Bay Area’s newest popular holiday tradition

Christmas Lights in San Jose

Christmas Lights in San Jose

out of rangeNovember 26, 2022–January 1, 2023 • event

See the most sparkling Christmas lights in San Jose

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest & Fireworks

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

A great occasion to salute your Independence only a 30-minute drive from Downtown San Jose

Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival

out of rangeMay 6–7, 2023 • event

See Downtown Berkeley transform into a literary utopia!

Lunar New Year in San Jose

Lunar New Year in San Jose

unconfirmedlate January–early February 2023 • event

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

4th of July Events & Parade

4th of July Events & Parade

out of rangeJuly 2–4, 2022 • event

This Independence Day celebration will make you cherish diversity

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

Cycling

Cycling

out of rangeApril–October • activity

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

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

out of rangeJune 24, 2022 (Annual Garlic Golf Classic) | July 13, 2022 (Gilroy Garlic Festival Concert) • event

A three-day celebration of garlic and other delicious foods

Oakland Restaurant Week

Oakland Restaurant Week

out of rangeMarch 18–27, 2022 • event

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

Monkey Puzzle Seeds

Monkey Puzzle Seeds

out of rangeSeptember–October • food

Soft starchy seeds have been feeding humans, rodents and birds since Jurassic Period

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate September–late October 2022 • event

From spooky science in the lab to the Napa Valley ball,—there are a lot of new things to try in October

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

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

Fuyu Persimmons

Fuyu Persimmons

out of rangeOctober–November • food

Latins called Fuyu persimmon “the fruit of the gods”

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Plenty of options to close out the year in the Capital of Silicon Valley

Christmas in the Park in San Jose

Christmas in the Park in San Jose

out of rangelate November 2022–early January 2023 • event

This beautiful holiday tradition in San Jose makes Christmas in San Francisco unforgettable

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