San Diego in March

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    San Diego in March

    San Diego Skyline
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    San Diego's Best March Events: Recommendations

    This short list includes things to do in March in San Diego that your writer has experienced and recommends.

    Carlsbad Flower Fields It's a spring show that's also a business, at a flower bulb grower's site in a San Diego suburb. Depending on the weather, they bloom between early March and early May.

    Things That Look Like Fun in March

    These events come from my San Diego bucket list. They look like fun but haven't been experienced in person.

    Busker Festival: Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California, bringing street performers from across the country to perform their bizarre talents. After dark, they bring out their edgier acts for the over-18 crowd only.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade: The official date is March 17, but the festivities may occur during the closest weekend to that date.

    Things That Are Especially Fun to Do in March

    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.

    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 to find out when to expect the run. 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.

    More March 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 March

    Carlsbad Flower Fields, San Diego in March
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    What to Expect from San Diego Weather in March

    In San Diego, March is the perfect time to visit. Any winter rains will be over, and things will be less crowded than in the summer. 

    You'll have about 13 hours of sunlight per day to explore San Diego in March. Daylight Saving Time begins in mid-March, which will push the clocks back and make it seem like the sun is setting later. Many local attractions may change their hours when that happens.

    On the average San Diego's March high temperature is 66°F (19°C), and the low is 53°F (12°C). 

    The average rainfall is 1.81 inches (4.6 cm), and the sun shines 70% of the time. If precipitation happens, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in San Diego.

    If you want to compare March weather to other months, check the Guide to San Diego Weather and Climate.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in March

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    March is moderate in temperature by San Diego standards. If you normally wear short shorts and flip-flops at those temperatures at home, you may want to pack them. Just be aware that San Diego residents think they are a little cold and they may look at you oddly.

    Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for evenings near the beach. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters, layered over short sleeves are your best fashion strategy.

    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.