An Annual Calendar of La Jolla Events and Weather Information. When planning a trip to San Diego’s favorite coastal community – or anywhere else – it’s important to be aware of seasonal weather changes. Our region is known for its mild climate, but that doesn’t mean you can comfortably wear a swimsuit on the beach in November. It’s also good to keep in mind that May can be gray and June can be gloomy.
September is my favorite month in La Jolla because the weather is great and the crowds are gone. I wrote about the advantages of a fall visit for The Dallas Morning News and posted the clip on my website
Special events may also influence your decision. Car guys will definitely want to be here in April for the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance (formerly known as the La Jolla Motor Car Classic ). Other folks will want to attend the Rough Water Swim in September or the Christmas Parade. The calendar below can help you decide when to visit La Jolla.
January – The annual Farmers Insurance Open (formerly the Buick Open) takes place at Torrey Pines Golf Course in January.
February – This is prime whale watching season. Birch Acquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducts twice daily trips with one of their naturalists onboard.
February is also San Diego Museum Month, presented by Macy’s. This popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 42 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. You can pick up a free pass beginning February 1 at any of Macy’s fourteen locations in the San Diego Area, Temecula and Imperial Valley. The passes are free to obtain while supplies last. With a pass, up to four visitors can gain admission to any of the 42 participating museums for half-price. You can use the pass all month long!
Museum Month, created by the San Diego Museum Council in 1989, draws tens of thousands of visitors to the region’s museums, historical sites, educational institutions and cultural centers.
In La Jolla, the museums include Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the La Jolla Historical Society, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla. Kids will find lots of things to do at Birch Aquarium, including hands-on exhibits with marine life, viewing underwater wonders in the Hall of Fishes, and watching the Shark Reef feeding.
March – The Spring Egg Hunt Celebration takes place at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. on the day before Easter (858) 552-1658.
April – The La Jolla Half Marathon starts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and follows a scenic route along the coast.
La Jolla’s Mediterranean climate means that in April our gardens burst into bloom. Horticulturally-inclined out-of-towners might want to spend some time driving slowly around town admiring them.
The La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance takes place in April in Scripps Park near the La Jolla Cove.
May – The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla provides a unique opportunity to visit some of La Jolla’s most interesting home gardens. The event benefits the La Jolla Historical Society
June – Free live concerts at Scripps Park near the La Jolla Cove start at the end of June and run through early September. BYO picnic blanket on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm.
The season of the Tony-Award winning La Jolla Playhouse starts in June and runs through the end of the year.
La Jolla Festival of the Arts is a two-day event of art, food, music, and more.
July – This is when the really wonderful summer weather starts. Don’t miss the Fourth of July fireworks at The La Jolla Cove.
August – Whether you want to surf, kayak, swim, or just laze in the sand, this is high season at the beach. Nothing beats summer in La Jolla.
September – The La Jolla Rough Water Swim is a sight to behold.
October– If you’re in town for Halloween and choosing a spot for dinner, I’d recommend Barbarella Restaurant & Bar at 2171 Avenida De La Playa (858) 454-7373. Host Barbara Beltaire goes all out with spooky decorations.
If you’re a diver and you’d rather catch your dinner, note that spiny lobster season opens in October and runs through mid-March.
Kids are free at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park during the month of October. In fact, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND® California Resort, Hornblower Cruises, Amtrak, Old Town Trolley Tours, more than 30 San Diego museums countywide, and many hotels and restaurants have declared this “KidsFree Month.” to all kids, ages 12 and under.
November – The annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair, one of the top Jewish literacy events in the nation, takes place in November at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. (858) 457-3030.
December – Join locals at the very family-friendly La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
And keep in mind that visitors are welcome at any of these events. There’s nothing we La Jollans like more than showing off our community. The important thing is that you enjoy yourself.