San Diego is the perfect city to visit 365 days a year. For a getaway filled with fun and sun, look no further than California’s southernmost gem.
As a SoCal native and having lived here my whole life, I’m a bit biased towards San Diego, but I also know it’s a place like no other, with a climate like no other! Feeling inspired?
Check out the best time to go to San Diego!
Enjoy New Year’s Eve all over again at the Lunar New Year Tết Festival. San Diego’s Chinese New Year is one of the top food and cultural fairs of the year.
For a laugh, head to the San Diego Comedy Festival to see some of the greatest comedians from every corner of the earth.
Once you have worked up a thirst, get to the San Diego Brew Fest for a selection of craft beers from indie producers in San Diego and beyond. More than just a place to drink, the Brew Fest has amazing food trucks and great live music.
One of my favorite celebrations of the year, the Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration is an impressive block party featuring live music, an insane parade, circus performers, graffiti artists, fire dancers, stilt walkers, and more!
The yearly Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival is a must-see celebration of street performers. You’ll find sword swallowers, fire breathers, contortionists, musicians, and everything else under the sun at this seriously impressive festival.
Of course, you have got to see the San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. As the largest St. Patty’s Day celebration west of the Mississippi, this festival features a massive parade, live music, and more green beer than you could ever drink.
Another one of the best events is the San Diego IndieFest. With more than fifty up-and-coming bands and countless visual artists, this is the perfect spot to find your new favorite band.
Come hungry to the San Diego BBQ FEST! The event takes place annually in the Makers Quarter, and you can grab BBQ chicken, brisket, ribs, and countless other barbeque treats.
Not a BBQ lover? You can still indulge your foodie side at the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festivals. With an endless array of local brews and world-class food, this is the perfect place to grab a savory bite.
The small, friendly town of Fallbrook also hosts their annual Avocado Festival every April. Join the 100,000 other festival goers and check out the hundreds of craft and food booths on Main Street. There are tons of activities for the kiddies and don’t miss the Guacamole Contest!
With the winter rainy season officially over, now is the time to get to Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay to check out some of the best musicians and comedians from all over the world.
The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, the Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo is an absolute must for every Latino culture lover! From food to music to dance to cars, you can see it all on Cinco de Mayo.
For a juicy, colorful day out, get to the Vista Strawberry Festival. This is the place to be for the freshest fruits and baked treats alongside some great live entertainment.
My favorite San Diego-inspired styles!
While the weather is often foggy along the coast, you will see lovely temps in the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies in June. To go out and enjoy the lovely weather, get to San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. With world-class Italian cuisine and live musical performances, the Taste of Little Italy food festival is the perfect way to find some Italian flavor in California.
Treat your artistic side to the San Diego Festival of the Arts where more than 200 local artists bring out their most impressive works.
The biggest draw to San Diego in June, besides the beach, is the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar! Come for traditional fair foods, events, rides and more!
For an awesome Fourth of July celebration, you have to go to the Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 fireworks show. See the incredibly impressive fireworks displays from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area, and Seaport Village.
Indulge your inner hungry girl at the Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival. For the best street treats from around the planet, this is the place for the best grub in San Diego.
Talk about iconic San Diego, the Hotel Del Coronado hosts outdoor movie nights on their lawn every Friday in July and August. Come for a cocktail and spectacular sunset!
The weather is at is prime in August in San Diego. With temperatures ranging from the upper sixties to eighty degrees, this is the ideal time to lounge in the sun.
A summer classic, be sure to check out Summer Fest Under the Stars. The La Jolla Music Society puts on a truly awesome performance that you won’t want to miss.
The amazing weather continues in September and there’s no better way to enjoy it than at the US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition or at the Festival of Sail.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach, head to the San Diego International Film Festival for the world’s premier films and some red carpet glam.
With a few warm days still remaining, you can still enjoy the great outdoors in October in San Diego. Soak in the sunny days of fall at the Pacific Beachfest while you watch surf competitions, play beach volleyball, and sample local breweries. Swing by Shore Club for a redbull vodka slushie and some rooftop views.
While the weather isn’t great in November, the temps rarely fall below fifty degrees. Plan to forgo the beach and check out the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show or The San Diego Asian Film Festival to take in the local culture.
November is the time to find your new favorite craft beer at the San Diego Beer Week, which takes place all over the city for one week every November.
Forget about having a white Christmas! Come to San Diego for fifty-plus-degree weather and a dazzling array of lights.
Visit the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights to see a gorgeous light display from the beach, and then join the nearly 100,000 other visitors at America’s largest balloon parade, the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade.
If you are lucky enough to be in San Diego for New Year’s Eve, the Gaslamp Quarter is the place to see and be seen in San Diego!
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