San Diego in May

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    San Diego in May

    Taking a San Diego Harbor Cruise
    ••• Taking a San Diego Harbor Cruise. Prayitno/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    May's Big Holidays

    Cinco de Mayo FestivalCinco de Mayo (May 5) has become one of California's most popular festival days, and San Diego hosts one of the biggest Cinco de Mayo festivals in the U.S. They're celebrating a Mexican military victory, not - as some people may say - independence day. The official date is (obviously) May 5, but the festival is often held on the weekend nearest to that date.

    Memorial Day is the last Monday in May, creating a three-day weekend.

    San Diego's Best May Events: Recommendations

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

    Carlsbad Flower FieldsNear the town of Carlsbad, bulb growers raise fields of colorful, showy, Giant Ranunculus flowers. When they flower in the spring, they open the field for visitors to see them. Depending on the weather, that happens between early March and early May.

    Things That Look Like Fun in May

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

    Del Mar Horse ShowThe horse show is a three-week event, held in April and May. It's one of the most popular equestrian events in Southern California. It's not just for riders, but something everyone will enjoy, with evening performances and gorgeous horses to see.

    Especially Fun to Do in May

    The Balboa Park Rose Garden is in full bloom in April and May.

    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 watch 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 May

    San Diego Padres at Petco Park
    ••• San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Andy Hayt / Getty Images

    What to Expect from San Diego Weather in May

    May begins the drier part of the year in San Diego, with lots of sunshine and little rain.

    More About San Diego in the Spring

    • Average High Temperature: 68°F/20°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 59°F/15°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 0.23 inches (0.3 cm) rain, 59% 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 above is best used as a general idea of what things may be like.

    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 May

    Carlsbad Flower Fields, San Diego in March
    ••• Carlsbad Flower Fields. Eric Gorski/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    San Diego starts to warm up in May, moving toward summer. Days will be sunny, but as the year moves toward June, you may find morning fog at the coast. 

    Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially if you plan to spend time near the ocean. Bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants, with a light layer or two. You may want to wear shorts on the warmest days. 

    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...MORE 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.