What to do in La Jolla on a spring couples getaway

Warm temperatures and a more laid-back vibe—what’s not to love about springtime in La Jolla? Romance is in the air during this season of renewal, and our beloved seaside village has the cultural, culinary, and natural assets to make a couples trip truly memorable. Read on to learn which activities and attractions you and your special someone don’t want to miss.

Attend Opera Wednesdays

Opera Wednesdays is back and ready to impress music-loving couples eager to hear sopranos and tenors share their ample talents with the community. Every second Wednesday of the month, starting at 7 p.m., you and your partner can join other opera enthusiasts at La Jolla Community Center to see a live performance from Metropolitan Opera Competition winners, active San Diego Opera performers, and guest artists. For lovers of culture and the arts, this is one of the best things to do in La Jolla. Entrance is donation based.

Visit a Wine Bar

La Jolla is renowned for its beautiful oceanside location and its walkable village. Choose a wine bar and settle in to enjoy views of both. At We Olive & Wine Bar, you can treat that special someone to a glass of crisp white or bold red on the tiny back patio, where ocean views take center stage. Elixir Espresso & Wine Bar is another local gem revered by oenophiles—in addition to reds, whites, and sparkling wines, you can order freshly made espressos, crepes, flatbreads, and other snacks and treats.

See a Show at Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

Looking for can’t-miss things to do in La Jolla? Add the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center to your list. There’s a slew of exciting events happening this spring, including performances by legendary trumpeter Chris Botti and the San Diego Symphony. After a romantic dinner at one of

La Jolla’s many first-rate restaurants, you and your partner can settle in for an evening of high-quality entertainment.

Have a Picnic

There’s never a bad time to have a picnic in La Jolla, but spring is especially alluring. The sweet aromas of blooming flowers waft through the village’s streets, and the beaches—as beautiful as ever—are nowhere near as packed as they will be in summer. It’s easy to plan an impromptu picnic for your sweetie—simply head to a local market and pick up a few bites to share under the afternoon sun. Cormorant Boutique Hotel’s Prospect Market offers lots of curated, upscale items perfect for designing an alfresco meal. Smallgoods Cheese Shop & Café, too, boasts a large selection of goodies to enjoy on the go.

Enjoy Happy Hour in La Jolla

Happy hour in La Jolla is a time-honored tradition, and you’ll see plenty of couples canoodling in the village’s many restaurants and bars. If your trip to La Jolla falls during the week, you’ll have access to special deals that can be hard to come by once the weekend is in full swing.

Some beloved neighborhood happy hours spots include Hennessey’s Tavern, an Irish pub with a laid-back vibe, and Catania, an upscale spot boasting impressive sea views. If the two of you like oysters, stop by Herringbone for oyster hour, available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (and all day Wednesday).

Hike Torrey Pines State Reserve

Located along the northern end of La Jolla’s coastline, Torrey Pines State Reserve is one of the most marvelous places in the area. Wake your sweetheart up early and head to this reserve first thing in the morning. Hike among coastal chaparral and rare torrey pines as you follow a trail down to the beachfront. Spring is the ideal time to visit, since the intense summer heat and sun can make hiking challenging.

First Friday La Jolla Art Walk

Every first Friday of the month, you can check one of the most anticipated La Jolla events, especially for art lovers. Hop from art gallery to art gallery during First Friday Art Walk, a free event that even includes snacks and sips at the 16+ galleries that participate. Pick up a map at any participating gallery or at Sotheby’s Plaza and get ready to view some impressive pieces by talented artists.