Spring is one of the best times to visit San Diego and southern California as a whole – there’s so much to do, and the weather is extremely pleasant without being too hot. If you are vacationing during this beautiful season, there are so many great activities to check out that will allow you to explore the outdoors while also getting to experience unique places. Here are some of the most exciting things to check out while visiting southern California in the spring.

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad
If you want to see some truly stunning natural color, head up north from San Diego to Carlsbad, where huge fields of brightly colored flowers bloom every year during the spring. There are 50 acres of gorgeous blooms to explore, so it’s perfect to check out on a sunny day. The gardens are only open from the beginning of March to mid-May, so check them out while you can! They also host a variety of fun events during this time.

Cinco de Mayo celebration, Old Town San Diego
Since it’s located so close to Mexico, San Diego is proud of its multicultural heritage and is home to some of the best Mexican food in the United States. There’s no better time and place to experience this than in Old Town San Diego, where a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration is held every year. You can experience some of the city’s best Mexican food while experiencing live music and performances.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
This iconic festival needs no introduction – it’s easily one of the most popular and well-attended music festivals in the world, drawing performers from all corners of the globe. For free spirited music lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than spending a weekend in the desert enjoying everything this unique festival has to offer. Held in mid-April, tickets sell out very quickly, so it’s essential to buy them as soon as you can.

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, Orange County
This unique and family-friendly event is a huge tradition in Orange County that dates back decades and celebrates the area’s strawberry production. The festival hosts a large parade that runs directly through Garden Grove, as well as a variety of live music, games, and other attractions. They also host a 5K run and a range of other contests that you can get involved in. If you’re looking for something to do with kids, this is the perfect choice. This year, it’s held from May 26th to 29th.

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
The inland town of Temecula is known for wine production, and every year in early June, the area draws in huge crowds for this romantic festival, where participants can enjoy tons of beautiful hot air balloons floating over the valley while tasting wine and beer selections from local crafters. There’s also an array of live music to set the tone as you explore everything this cute town has to offer.

Baseball Games, San Diego, Anaheim, and Los Angeles
Southern California is home to three Major League Baseball teams – the San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baseball season starts in the beginning of April and continues for several months all the way into the fall. The wonderful weather in southern California makes it a perfect place to enjoy baseball games, and between the three teams, there are plenty to choose from.

This is just a small sampling of the many amazing springtime events there are to choose from in southern California. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out these great events, which draw locals and visitors alike and showcase some of the best the area has to offer.

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