San Diego in February: Weather, Festivals and More

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Weather in San Diego in February

With winters gradually fading away from the northern hemisphere in February, the golden city of San Diego becomes an ideal spot for taking a vacation for those who want to stay away from the crowd. The hotels run a good discount at lower prices than the average summer and spring prices. The finest city of America, in February, becomes a calm and relaxed space for your holidays with a minimum crowd flocking around you.

With an average temperature of 15 degree Celsius in February, you can enjoy the outdoors in San Diego but you will need your warm clothes as the day fades into night. The average rainfall recorded in the month of February is 53mm here making it the wettest month of the year for San Diego. So, you might need to find some indoor activities apart from enjoying the beaches if you are planning a visit to San Diego in February. Ring in the new year and celebrate Valentine's Day in beautiful restaurants, cafes and clubs with romantic and cosy Pacific views.
Maximum temperature: 19 - degree Celsius
Minimum temperature: 11 - degree Celsius
Average Rainfall: 53 mm 

Events, Celebration and Festivals in San Diego in February

1.  Museum Month: Half Off on Museums throughout the Month

San Diego Museum of Art
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The month of February brings with it a celebration of historical elements and art in San Diego. The city celebrates this last month of winters as a Museum Month by offering entry at half the price to over 30 museums. You can pick up a museum brochure at any of the Robinson May stores to plan their visit to rich museums of San Diego including the Maritime Museum, Birch Aquarium, the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. Enjoy the quiet streets of San Diego as you make a pit stop for snacks and coffee. The museum month of San Diego also covers some of your garden visits and historical monuments visits. Enjoy a fulfilling visit to the Balboa Park which serves as a home to various historical sites.

2. Valentine’s Week: Romantic vibe by the Pacific

Valentine tree in San Diego
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Celebrate the quixotic week of Valentine’s by visiting several wineries, pubs and restaurants for a romantic atmosphere. Most of the restaurants and cafes host special events across the seven days of celebration. Take your valentine, your friends or even yourself to have the amazing chocolate coffee, wines and cakes in a candlelit setting. Attend the many charity balls organised in the city or take the beach to enjoy the amazing Pacific vibe in the golden city of San Diego.

3. Whale watching: Whales in Transit

Whale Watching in San Diego
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Whale watching from December to February is some of the seasonal perks offered by America’s finest city. The Gray whales migrate from Alaska to the tip of Baja in California and in the process, they pass through the waters of San Diego. You can witness over 70,000 Gray whales jumping across the Pacific coast of San Diego in the month of February. Take a trip to any of the outfitters like Hornblower and spend two to three hours on the waves of Pacific capturing the magnificent Gray Whales in transit. February becomes the best time to witness these whales as they migrate close to the shore making it easy for the visitors to enjoy the sight from the land itself.

4. Wildflower Season at Anza Borrego Desert State Park: Desert blooming with Flowers

Wildflower at Anza Borrego Desert Park
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A haven for nature lovers, the month of February marks the dusk of winter and onset of spring. It witnesses the blooming process of various wildflowers and other vegetations. San Diego, in February, becomes a blooming ground for wildflowers. If you are taking a trip to San Diego in February make sure to visit the Anza Borrego Desert Park blooming with colourful wildflowers which otherwise remains a barren and dry ground for hikers. The two-hour trip from San Diego to the park promises the photographers with beautiful moments of the desert blooming with flowers and sunsets with golden hues.

5. Chinese New Year festival: Street festival

Lion Dance at the Chinese New Year Celebration
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February brings with it the Chinese New Year and San Diego hosts the grand celebration for it on its streets. The Chinese festival which rings in the new year for the Chinese calendar is celebrated as a cultural festival on the streets of San Diego with elaborate parades, an assortment of food and cultural exhibitions. Witness the beautiful lantern parade as you explore the streets covered with craft vendors and food trucks. This expansive street festival with lion dances and classic Chinese dances remains a highlight for San Diego in February and is an occasion to attract lots of tourists. So, make sure to wrap up your warm sweaters and explore the grand street festival to ring in the new year one more time.

6. Kuumba festival: Celebration of Black History Month

African Art
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The three-day festival to celebrate the Black History Month at the Horton Plaza hosts an African marketplace, artists, gospel concerts, creative workshops and African art and pageantry. Sponsored by the San Diego Repertory Theatre, this celebration of African-American expression promises a rich experience and insights to the visitors. You can listen to talented and intellectual guest speakers while taking notes. The festival stands as a symbol for the diversity offered and hosted by America's finest city of San Diego. It is a reminder that the city has so much more to offer than its sunny weather and pristine beaches. So, make sure to invest your time in this festival when you are spending your February in San Diego.

7. Mardi gras street parties: Carnival on street

Mardi Gras Street Party
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February in San Diego also hosts the infamous Mardi Gras street parties in many of the neighbourhoods. The essentially catholic holiday finds its expression on the streets of San Diego mainly in the Gaslamp Quarter and Hillcrest. Enjoy the grand carnival and its parades while you also relish through the amazing food counters. The masked ball organised at the Gaslamp quarter for the festival has become a signature event which attracts lots of tourists every year. So, gear up with your outfits and head out to the streets with your beads to enjoy the Mardi Gras street parties across the city. 

Tips to Visit America’s Finest City of San Diego in February

  • Carry your woollens along with the summer clothes as the days can get chilly as it fades into the night.
  • Hotels can be found at lower prices than what you would normally pay for your summer visits as the crowd is comparatively less.
  • February also serves as the wettest month for San Diego. So, plan your days accordingly and keep your protective gears with you if you don’t want to get drenched.
  • Head out for the indoor activities that the city offers and which you would not generally opt for during the summer visit to San Diego.
  • The days in February have often clear skies making it a haven and artistic treat for aesthetic photographers.

Plan your February in San Diego with everything that you would normally pack for the summer beaches but don’t forget to take the winter clothes and umbrellas to enjoy through the chilly evenings and nights of San Diego in February. The month of February promises a lot of indoor activities for you as well. So, head out to enjoy a calm and crowd-free vacation in February by the Pacific coasts of the city of San Diego.

This post was published by Aditi Shree

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