When to go to La Jolla, California: The La Jolla Christmas Parade is a popular annual event.
We’ve talked about how to get to San Diego’s favorite coastal community, but if you’re planning a trip, you also need to think about the best time to be here.
Weather is certainly a consideration – even though the temperature in San Diego is mild year round, and we get less than 10 inches of rain a year (usually from November to March). Click here for some rainy day suggestions.
Daytime temps range from a low of 64°F (about 17°C) in December to a high of 79°F (about 25°C) in August. Nighttime temps are 15-20 degrees cooler. We get a fair amount of coastal fog in May and June – known locally as “May gray” and “June gloom” – and the best beach weather is July though September. Visit in the spring (especially in April and May) to see our colorful gardens at their very best.
Insider tip: I think of September as San Diego’s secret season, because the crowds are gone and the weather is wonderful.
Annual Events -
Annual events are also a consideration when planning a trip to La Jolla. Here are some to factor into your plans:
January and September – San Diego Restaurant Week includes lots of La Jolla restaurants offering good-value prix-fixe menus.
January – The Farmers Insurance PGA Golf Tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
February – This is free museum month in San Diego. La Jolla participants include the Museum of Contemprary Art San Diego, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and the La Jolla Historical Society.
March – Meet the Masters. Sponsored by the Village Garden Club of La Jolla, Meet the Masters features well known personalities from the world of flowers.
April – The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance (formerly La Jolla Motor Car Classic), sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society, takes place in Scripps Park near the La Jolla Cove and draws droves of classic car enthusiasts.
May – The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla, sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society, provides an opportunity for local residents and out-of-town visitors to walk through the gates that surround some of our community’s most beautiful homes.
May – February – La Jolla Playhouse presents a year round program of musicals, comedies, and dramas.
June – La Jolla Festival of the Arts is a two-day event of art, food, music, and more.
July – On the 4th of July, fireworks explode from the La Jolla Cove.
August – La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts during the month of August.
September – La Jolla Rough Water Swim. America’s premier rough water swim has taken place at the La Jolla Cove since 1916.
October – 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.
December – April – This is whale watching season. Visitors can go out on a boat with a Birch Aquarium or BYO binoculars and scan the waves from vantage points along the La Jolla Coast.
December – May – La Jolla Music Society’s Winter-Spring Series includes a variety of music and dance performances. Some of these are held in Sherwood Hall in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla.
December – The La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival is a family-friendly community event.
Photo credit ADAMS / HANSEN STOCK PHOTOS.