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San Diego in April
This short list includes things to do in April in San Diego that have been tested and proven to be fun.
Del Mar Horse Show: This three-week event is one of the biggest equestrian events in Southern California and more exciting than it sounds.
Carlsbad Flower Fields: The flower fields are the blooming plants at a flower bulb grower's site. Depending on the weather, they bloom between early March and early May.
Things That Look Like Fun in April
These events look like fun, but they haven't been experienced in person.
Coronado Flower Show: The most extensive flower show held under tents in the U.S., it takes up an entire city block.
Watch a Padres Game: The Padres' pretty downtown baseball stadium is a great place to watch a game.
Especially Fun to Do in April
Spring-blooming trees and flowers are in full swing by April. Besides the Carlsbad Flower Fields and the Coronado Flower Show, the Balboa Park Rose Garden is in full bloom.
April is also time for the annual grunion run when thousands of tiny, silvery fish mate by the light of the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. The best San Diego beaches to see them are La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach between Tourmaline Park and Lifeguard Tower 20, Mission Beach between Lifeguard Towers 19 and 10, Ocean Beach between Mission Bay Channel and the Ocean Beach Pier, and on Coronado between the Hotel del Coronado and Dog Beach.
More Things to Do in San Diego in April
The annual events listed above happen in April every year, but they're not all that's going on. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:
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- Sign up for a free account with Goldstar to get access to discounted tickets for performances and save on some San Diego attractions. And it's just as useful when you're at home as it is when you're visiting San Diego.
- For a look at local events, check the San Diego Union Tribune's entertainment section.
- The San Diego Reader keeps a big list of groups performing at local live music venues.
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What to Expect from San Diego Weather in April
April is a lovely month to visit San Diego, with sunny skies and moderate temperatures. Most years, winter rains will be over, but in an "El Nino" year, it might keep raining until the middle of the month or later.
- Average High Temperature: 68°F/20°C
- Average Low Temperature: 56°F/13°C
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) rain, 67% sunshine
If you want to compare these weather conditions to the rest of the year, you can find that all in one place in the guide to typical San Diego weather.
The weather information above give averages, but on any particular day, things could be different. The only rain all month could fall on your perfect picnic, or it could be so warm that you'll wish you packed your shorts. That's where checking the current forecast comes in.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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What to Pack, What to Wear in April
Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for evenings near the ocean. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters layered over short sleeves are your best fashion strategy.
San Diego is a casual city, and you can wear jeans and other typical clothing almost anywhere. Although it may be a little early in the year for tank tops and flip-flops, you might find a few places that won't let you in if you're wearing them.
More San Diego by Month
If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Diego is like in other months. You find that in these guides:
Find out what to do in San Diego in the Spring. By spring, the weather starts to clear up, and flowers start blooming. March is fine, but you can also check out San Diego in April or San Diego in May.
Summer in San Diego starts out with foggy, cloudy days near the beach if you go to San Diego in June or sometimes even in July. By August, the fog clears up, but it's also one of the busiest months, with lots of families on vacation and Arizona residents looking to escape the heat. Here's what to expect from San Diego in August.