Things to Do in San Diego

Weather during the festival usually has highs around 65°F and lows around 50°F. Contrary to popular belief, San Diego does have winter (occasionally), as well as Santa Ana’s (80°F in January!) so do check the weather when packing.

If you will be in San Diego before or after the festival there are many places to dance check out the listing of San Diego Milongas.

Balboa Park Tower
Balboa Park has many buildings dating from the 1915 World’s Fair and is home to several excellent museums. Personal favorites include the Mingei, the Air and Space Mueseum (there’s a reason the airport is called Lindbergh Field), and the Science Center. The free botanical garden is housed in one of the largest lath structures in the world and was built for the 1915-1916 World’s Fair. There are numerous gardens and many miles of hiking trails. A visit to the Old Cactus Garden might reveal some of longtime resident Dr. Seuss’ inspiration! Don’t miss the world’s largest outdoor musical instrument at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

The San Diego Zoo, located inside Balboa Park, is one of the premier zoos in the world. It is a hub of conservation research as well as exhibiting animals in habitats that are closer to native environments. This large zoo requires at least a half day to visit and you can expect to walk a lot!

San Diego Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego.  Although it has become a bit touristy, there are still some well preserved historic buildings being used as museums and as restaurants.  Check our Food and Drink page for less touristy places to eat in Old Town.  Located just east of the airport along San Diego Avenue.



Sea World San Diego is the first Sea World marine zoo and theme park, and has been in operation since 1964. Expensive, but worth a visit.

La Jolla Beach
San Diego Beaches December and January might not be traditional beach weather, but a walk on the beach is a great way to experience San Diego, cool those tired feet with a walk in the water. The beach at Coronado and Ocean Beach are the two closest beaches to the festival. For a great hike, Torrey Pines beach is about 15 minutes by car from the festival. If you walk far enough along the cliffs, you might see some local wildlife in its natural habitat.


Hotel Del Coronado
For tourist appeal you can’t beat Coronado Beach with views of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.

The Cabrillo National Monument offers a glimpse of San Diego’s history as well as hiking trails with great views of San Diego Bay, Coronado, and on a clear day, all the way to Mexico!