San Diego in July

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    San Diego in July

    Sandcastle Competition at Imperial Beach, San Diego in July
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    July's Big Holiday

    July 4 in San Diego and the Rest of CaliforniaFireworks shows and other ways to celebrate Independence Day in San Diego

    San Diego's Best July Events: Recommendations

    This short list includes things to do in December in San Diego that I have experienced and recommended.

    Del Mar RacesThoroughbred horse racing since 1937.

    Things That Look Like Fun in July

    These events come from my San Diego bucket list. They look like fun, but I haven't had a chance to experience them in person

    San Diego July Events

    Comic-ConThe largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world.

    Imperial Beach Sun and Sea FestivalAfter a brief hiatus, the sand castle competition returned to Imperial Beach in 2014, with even more activities.

    Humphreys by the Bay ConcertsA fun outdoor summer concert series held on Shelter Island from April through mid-October.

    Old Globe Theatre: Late May through late September, they stage outdoor Shakespeare productions in a reproduction of his original Globe Theatre.

    San Diego LGBT PrideA festival and parade whose aim is "fostering pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities."

    Especially Fun to Do in July

    San Diego's warm summers make it a great place for outdoor activities in the evening. Get some ideas here.

    July is a good month to check out some of San Diego's best beaches. June through October is the tuna sportfishing season.

    On Saturdays in July and August, the San Diego Zoo offers special overnight campouts at the zoo. Most are geared toward families, but one weekend is an all-adult version.

    March through August is time for a uniquely California event. During the annual grunion run, 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 the show 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.

    Special Events

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

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    More About San Diego in July

    Fourth Of July Fireworks in San Diego
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    What to Expect from San Diego Weather in July

    June Gloom can persist into the first few weeks of July. Evening fog comes in suddenly and can feel especially cold. ​To find out more about and what causes June Gloom check out this guide.

    More About: San Diego in the Summer

    • Average High Temperature: 75°F/24°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 65°F/18°C
    • Water Temperature: 67°F/19°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 0.03 inches (0.1 cm) rain, 68% 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. The only rain all summer could fall on your perfect picnic or a winter day could be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts.

    Averages are helpful for planning ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Diego weather forecast before you leave home.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in July

    Summer Fun Sailing in San Diego Bay
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    Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for evening near the water. Bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants, with a sweater for layering and shorts for the warmest days.

    Tips for San Diego in July

    Hotel occupancy reaches the highest levels of the year in July. To avoid sellouts and high rates, reserve as far ahead as you can, making sure that there are no cancellation penalties if you change your mind.

    Avoid the week of Comic-Con if you can. So many people flock to the world's largest pop culture convention that hotel rates skyrocket while vacancies plummet. 

    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.

    Beaches in San Diego are susceptible to so-called "red tides" when red-colored algae grow so fast that they "bloom," coloring the water in the process. It's unsightly for sure, and it's safer to avoid swimming while they're happening. Find out everything you need to know about red tides here

    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.