California in June

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    California in June: 7 Things You'll Love to Do

    Chalk Art at the North Beach Festival in San Francisco
    ••• Chalk Art at the North Beach Festival in San Francisco. Grant Lindsay/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    June's Big Holiday: Father's Day

    It's the third Sunday of the month. For ways to enjoy it with good ol' Dad, we've got some great ideas.

    Top Picks for June in California

    June is one of the best months in California for fresh fruit. If you have a chance, visit one of our farmer's markets and enjoy the fresh peaches, nectarines, and strawberries.

    Other than that, we need to get out more in June. We have a couple of personal recommendations for you.

    North Beach Festival, San Francisco: Even though North Beach's population is less Italian than it once was, this festival is a big celebration of Italian pride.

    Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach: You might think it has something to do with wood shop, but it's actually an outdoor art festival featuring lots of really beautiful creations. It runs through early September.

    Things That Look Like Fun To Do in June

    These events look like fun, but we haven't had time to try them yet.

    Pismo Beach Classic Car Show, Pismo Beach: If...MORE old cars are your thing, this is the place to see them.

    San Francisco Jazz Festival: Dozens of performers on multiple stages over more than a week in a venue the San Francisco Chronicle calls, "One of the most perfect performance spaces ever."

    Summer Solstice Parade and Festival, Santa Barbara: It started as a small affair featuring street artists, but nowadays it's full of floats, whimsical costumes, and creative dancers.

    Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival: Celebrating all things artichoke. With chef demonstrations, a parade, and even an Agro Art competition, where participants create 3D sculptures from fruits and veggies. 

    Whale Watching in June: You may see blue whales, humpbacks, and orcas.

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    Things to Do in California in June That You Must Plan Ahead For

    2012 Summer Solstice parade in Santa Barbara, California
    ••• Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara. Buyenlarge / Getty Images

    Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats series starts at the end of May and runs through June. It's a fun series of screenings, held in some of downtown LA's most gorgeous old movie palaces, places not normally open to the public. Tickets go on sale on April 11 at 10 a.m. PDT and it's always a sell-out. Details are here.

    If you're planning to camp at Yosemite between May 15 through June 14, be ready at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 15 to make your reservations online. For reservations between June 15 and July 14, be ready at 7:00 a.m. on February 15. You can do that online or by phone at 877-444-6777 or 518-885-3639 from outside the US & Canada. Get an overview and more options here.

    If you want to go camping at a California state park in June, make your reservations six months ahead of time in December. Everything you need to know is here.

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    More About California in June

    Summer Solstice Parade, Santa Barbara
    ••• Summer Solstice Parade, Santa Barbara. Brent Winebrenner / Getty Images

    June Weather May Not Be What You Expect

    June isn't the best time of year for a beach day. In fact, the coastal areas are so consistently fogged in that the condition has a nickname: June Gloom. That makes June a good time to head somewhere else. Lake Tahoe is a good choice.

    More California by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your California trip and want to know what it's like year round and not just in June, you can get a look at every month of the year using these guides. California in the Winter is great for skiing and snow play and all the events you'll find in the guide to California in DecemberJanuary, and February. It's also a very good time for a winter weekend getaway.

    Spring gets going in March and April, and clear skies will continue at the coast into May. Get an overview of things to do in California in the Spring and try some of these California Spring getaway ideas.

    Summer holiday season starts in June and continues through July and August. It's...MORE the busiest tourist season and some parts of the state get almost unbearably hot, but it's a great time for mountain hiking. Start exploring things to do in the Summer and get busy planning your Summer California Getaway.

    Fall is my favorite time of year in California. You'll see why in this guide to California in the Fall. Weather is beautiful in September and October. By November, winter rains may have set in – or not. Start thinking about your California Fall Getaway now.