1. Endless (Indian) Summer. With nearly-perfect 75-degree temperatures and a stunning coastline, it feels like summer in Southern Californian most of the year. And, while fall may be well under way (and most cities are cooling down), San Diego continues to enjoy Indian Summer and warm temperatures all the way through the holidays.
2. Spotting Leopard Sharks. Hundreds of harmless leopard sharks migrate to La Jolla Shores coastal waters from August to October. Adventure companies such as Everyday California offer guided kayak tours and board rentals so you can get up close and personal to these gorgeous animals in their natural habitat.
3. A Booming City Life.With a surge of new restaurants, cafes and bars, San Diego has continued to expand its neighborhoods and create new ones—think North Park, Little Italy, East Village and others. Soak up the ballpark vibes, dine on farm to table delicacies and even practice your mixology skills when you book ‘A Crafty Pair’ experience at Kimpton’s newly-renovated East Village hot spot Hotel Solamar.
4. Wild Centennial Anniversary.Did you know, the world-famous San Diego turned 100 this year? Voted No. 1 zoo in the world in 2015, the San Diego Zoo houses hundreds of animals and offers a number of amazing experiences, including ‘Early Morning with Pandas,’ ‘Crazy about Cats’ and ‘Inside Look Tour.’ These tours allow you to get close to the animals and get a sneak peek into the life of zookeepers.
5. Cheers to Craft Beer Festivals. Come fall, the beer festivals in San Diego are pouring in! The city is home to more than 120 microbreweries and hosts a multitude of beer festivals, including San Diego Beer Week, Beer Fest, and Oktoberfest. For the full craft experience, book Hotel Palomar San Diego’s Stay Crafty package, which includes two local brews at check in, tickets to the Brothels, Bites and Booze tour from SoDiego Tours and access to their very own Beer Concierge, who can direct visitors to the best beer ‘hot spots’ in the area.
6. Sunset Adventures. With gorgeous views of the mountains and coastline, San Diego offers plenty of beautiful hiking trails for all expertise levels. For instance, Torrey Pines in Del Mar is a moderate level hike and offers expansive views of the ocean from Oceanside to Ocean Beach. Adventurers can hike to the top or just take a long stroll along the beach. Mt. Woodson Trail in Poway is a more extreme 6.7-mile hike that leads to Potato Chip Rock, a thin overhang where tourists can snap daring photos. And, with the sun starting to set earlier, you can get the perfect #sunset shot from high up and still have time to enjoy the city’s nightlife
7. Music Festivals. As the sun starts setting earlier over the Pacific and San Diego Bay, eventgoers stay out later enjoying music at festivals across the city. In September, Kaaboo takes over the Del Mar Race Track and features a wide array of artists including Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, The Chainsmokers and Goo Goo Dolls. Following that bash, CRSSD Festival enters San Diego in October with some DJs including Bearson, Simmer and Klatch. Other concerts around the city include country artist Luke Bryan, pop singer Lukas Graham and the famed Tony Bennett
8. Flavorful Fall. New restaurants continue to pop up across the county seemingly on a daily basis. Good Time Poke, opening in Pacific Beach, will feature a casual poke shop that leads into a fanciful Polynesian-inspired speakeasy with its own menu of Hawaiian-themed eats from corporate executive chef Brian Redzikowski. Lionfish, opening in the Gaslamp, will feature a menu of “modern coastal cuisine,” including prime meats as well as seafood and a focus on seasonal, local ingredients.id you know, the world-famous San Diego turned 100 this year? Voted No. 1 zoo in the world in 2015, the San Diego Zoo houses hundreds of animals and offers a number of amazing experiences, including ‘Early Morning with Pandas,’ ‘Crazy about Cats’ and ‘Inside Look Tour.’ These tours allow you to get close to the animals and get a sneak peek into the life of zookeepers.