What To Do When You Visit San Diego in May

Bobby Dyer
san diego in may

San Diego in May can sometimes be gray

The summer is quickly approaching with excitement and travelers are finding their way to San Diego in May. Depending on what neighborhood you are visiting, the “May gray” can fog in some of the coastal regions. We recommend having multiple adventures planned during your trip, and you can make the best decision depending on the weather for the day.

As far as San Diego weather goes for May, the average high temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit while the average low temperate is 59 degrees Fahrenheit.  The water temperature in the Pacific Ocean is still a cool 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so you should definitely plan on using a wetsuit.

Before you come to San Diego, it is best you review the current COVID19 restrictions so you can be prepared for what to expect. Guidelines are changing daily so be sure to keep up to date with what is going on.

Top Events happening in San Diego In May:

Petco Park

May 29 & May 30

Listen to some of the classic sounds from multiple generations at a live event in Petco Park. The Beachboys will be performing on Saturday night and Ziggy Marley will perform on Sunday night.


Catch A Padres Baseball Game

Petco Park In Downtown

The Padres kick off their season with opening day during the first week of April. If you get the chance to catch the festivities, you will enjoy a block party that surrounds the stadium with live entertainment and happy fans!

You can grab a cheap ticket and enjoy the game from the back lawn inside Petco Park! Plan on stopping into a few of the local bars and pubs for a pregame to experience Downtown at its fullest.


Live Music in Coronado

Ferry Landing

Relax at the park on Coronado and listen to some good vibes from local musicians.


3rd Annual Ice Cream Festival

Balboa Park

May 22

Stroll through the park and taste some of the best ice creams in the city! There will be over 25 ice cream and gelato shops showcasing their best deserts!


Have fun exploring

San Diego is home to some of the best entertainment attractions in the country. The weather in March in San Diego makes for the perfect climate to head out and have fun. Seaworld offers a marine waterpark and has been building more and more roller coasters to raise your adrenaline. The San Diego Zoo is our largest attraction and is an awesome way to spend a day and help support the animals. In Downtown, the USS Midway Museum is an awesome experience bringing you on an actual aircraft carrier with fighter jets.

Go Hiking

Cedar Creek Falls

All Spring

The spring is a great time to take on some of the county’s numerous hiking trails. The cooler conditions and recent rainfall make it the perfect time of year to get outdoors and hike on the nature trails. Some of my favorite hikes in San Diego are Three Sisters Waterfall, Cedar Creek Waterfall, Iron Mountain, and Torrey Pines State Park.

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the ultimate base camp on the coast if you are looking for an adrenaline-packed adventure. Choose between hang gliding or paragliding and let your feet dangle over the cliffs!


Stroll San Diego Bay Through Seaport Village

Seaport Village

Seaport Village is an awesome spot with views of the Bay and numerous entertaining street performers. Recent renovations by the city, built out amazing parks and walkways to explore!

Seaport Village is a short walk from our Downtown Hostel in Little Italy and makes a great day adventure!


Everyday Events!

There is always something happening in America’s Finest City. Want to go to a pop-up bar that rolls along in a camper? Or buy some secondhand books?  Check out The Reader for more daily events. It’s hard to know what you will be in the mood to do at times until you see all the options of the day in front of you.


Weekly Local Events:

Tuesdays: Pacific Beach Farmers Market 

Wednesdays: Ocean Beach Farmers Market and Drum Circles

Saturdays: Little Italy Farmers Market

Sundays: Hillcrest Farmers Market

Everyday – Locals Ride Free – San Diego Trolley Tours

San Diego is a great destination year-round. Many other extraordinary events are happening and listed on the San Diego Events website.

For info on the live music scene, the San Diego Reader has a great list of upcoming shows.

If you have any questions about other events happening in San Diego, please contact our receptionist at any of our local hostels.


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Cofounder of ITH Hostels. I love traveling, hosting, gardening, golfing, fishing, and sailing.

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