Upcoming Spring Events in San Diego

Spring is fast approaching, and there are few better places for enjoying the return of warmer weather than San Diego. Between its mountains, canyons, lagoons, and beaches, this coastal destination is one of the country’s most inviting. It’s also a bustling city, drawing some of the best concerts, festivals, sporting events, and more. Check out what’s coming up, and plan your perfect San Diego spring break accordingly.

Flowers

No activity says spring like witnessing the flowers bloom, and San Diego boasts some first-class opportunities to see this colorful display. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the best destinations, home to colorful wildflowers that brighten up the stark desert landscape. You can also head north to the Flower Fields of Carlsbad (March 1-May 10), where you’ll find impressive Dutch-esque rows of brightly colored flowers, a mini rose garden, and a fragrant sweet-pea maze. Elsewhere, visit Art Alive (April 11-14), a yearly exhibition of unique and magnificent floral displays at the San Diego Museum of Art located in Balboa Park, and the Coronado Flower Show (April 13-14), the largest tented flower show in the country.

Festivals

Spring’s beautiful weather is also perfect for festivals, meaning you’ll find a tempting lineup that’s sure to have something for everyone. Some notable highlights are Uncorked: San Diego Wine Festival (April 6), Citybeat Beer Fest (April 6), and the San Diego County Fair (May 31-July 4). Another favorite is the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance (April 12-14), an antique auto show overlooking the Pacific.

Whale Watching

If you’re planning on visiting San Diego in the springtime, you’ll be arriving just in time to catch the end of whale-watching season. Southern California is a great place to glimpse gray whales, blue whales, and humpback whales, as well as other marine mammals, such as dolphins and sea lions. A large kelp forest off the coast attracts many of these impressive creatures, and visiting late in the season increases your chances of seeing mothers returning north with their newborn calves.

Sports

Catching a sporting event is always a great way to soak up some local culture while traveling, and San Diego is no different. Hands down the biggest attraction here is the city’s baseball team, the San Diego Padres. The season starts on March 28, so if you’re coming during spring, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to enjoy some baseball in the sun. Even if you aren’t a big baseball fan, the stadium sits in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter and ranks among the best in the country, meaning there’s plenty for you to enjoy.

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