San Diego in February

  • 01 of 03

    San Diego in February

    San Diego in February, Time for Romance
    Justin Brown/Flickr/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    These annual events come from my San Diego bucket list. They look like fun and are worth checking out if you're going to San Diego in February, but I haven't had a chance to experience them to give you an in-person review.

    February is San Diego Museum Month when admission to more than 40 museums is half off.

    If you're thinking of San Diego for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway, check out some of the most romantic spots in San Diego.

    In February, San Diego also celebrates beer with the Winter Brew Fest. Besides sampling lots of great local microbrews, you can enjoy some good music and food.

    The date for Mardi Gras changes every year, and that means the date for the Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras varies, too. More than eight times out of ten, it happens sometime during February, but the easy way to get this year's date is to search Google for "when is Mardi Gras?" The Gaslamp's celebration is one of California's best Mardi Gras events, with two parades and a masked ball. In 2018, the event organizers are taking a year off to create an even more fun and exciting celebration which will debut in 2019. The scaled down event for 2108 will be the Mardi Gras Beads, Bites & Booze Tour on Saturday, February 10.

    Other than those events, there's not a lot going on in San Diego in February, event-wise. With winter rains lingering through the month, it's an excellent time to enjoy some of the city's indoor attractions. See the leafy sea dragons at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. Head for the waterfront to tour the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and get a taste if life is like on the flight deck — or go to Balboa Park and browse one of its excellent museums.

    Especially Fun to Do in San Diego in February

    San Diego whale watching season runs from December through March. Use the San Diego whale watching guide to learn more about California whale-watching and San Diego excursions.

    Special Events

    The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Diego in February. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:

    Continue to 2 of 3 below.
  • 02 of 03

    What to Expect from San Diego Weather in February

    A rainbow forms in storm clouds in San Diego, California.
    K.C. Alfred / Getty Images

    February is one of San Diego's rainiest months, with some of the most unpredictable weather of the year. Instead of raining a little bit every day, the entire monthly rainfall often comes all on the same day, especially during winter storms.

    If precipitation happens, try these things to do on a rainy day in San Diego. The day after it rains, skies are sometimes exceptionally clear and great for photography.

    You may get some more ideas about things to do in the guide to San Diego in the winter.

    • Average High Temperature: 65°F/18°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 52°F/11°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 2.35 inches (6.0 cm) rain, 72% sunshine

    If you want to compare these weather conditions to what San Diego is like the rest of the year, you can find that all in one place in the guide to typical San Diego weather.

    The weather information we've given above is best used as a general idea of what things may be like, especially if you want to plan months ahead. That doesn't mean that your February visit will have weather like the average, though. In fact, it could be warm and sunny in February - or cold with blowing rain. 

    Use the averages when doing your long-range planning, but check the San Diego weather forecast before you leave home.

    Continue to 3 of 3 below.
  • 03 of 03

    What to Pack, What to Wear in February

    San Diego Pacific Beach
    AutumnSkyPhotography / Getty Images

    Pack an umbrella or rain jacket with hood for rainy days and a warm jacket if no rain is predicted. You won't need a thick winter coat. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters in layers work best.

    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: 

    If you go to San Diego in January or in February, you may have beautiful, sunny weather - or not. One thing you can be sure of there won't be a lot of other tourists getting in your way.

    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.

    Fall is one of the best times if you can plan to go to San Diego in September or San Diego in October.

    Holidays can be fun if you want to go to San Diego in November or San Diego in December.