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What to do around La Jolla this Memorial Day weekend 2023

April 14, 2023

La Jolla, San Diego – a coastal paradise that promises to make your Memorial Day weekend unforgettable. Nestled along the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, La Jolla is a charming town that offers a perfect mix of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and exciting outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, go on a scenic hike, or indulge in delicious local cuisine, La Jolla has you covered! 

With its picturesque beaches, stunning cliffs, and warm, friendly locals, La Jolla is the perfect destination for families or couples looking to spend some quality time together this long weekend. So take a look at just some of the things on offer for Memorial Day weekend 2023 in San Diego.

Hike through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

torrey pines

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast. Aside from its awe-inspiring coastal vistas, it also boasts of a maritime chaparral, the rare Torrey pine, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds.

So what better way to spend Memorial Day weekend in San Diego this May, than to get in touch with nature? You can rest at the stunning overlooks, walk a peaceful trail, or exercise in the clean and untouched landscapes of Torrey Pines.

Visiting hours are 7:15 am to sunset. To keep this Natural Reserve in its pristine condition, no food, drinks (except water), dogs or drones are allowed.

Dive into the underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Just 10 minutes away from La Jolla, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is one of the highest-rated things to do in San Diego for a reason! It offers a stunning variety of colorful marine life featured in more than 60 habitats, with fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond!

With interactive hands-on exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge research discoveries that have profound impacts on what we know about Earth and how these discoveries are relevant to our everyday lives, it’s a fun and educational day out for everyone!

Reservations are recommended as walk-up sales are not guaranteed, especially as it may be a little busy this Memorial Day weekend. Ticket prices are $24.95 per adult, and $19.95 per child. You can find out more and book your tickets in advance on their website.

Head down to La Jolla Shores for a beautiful day by the beach

May is a great time for a beach day with your loved ones, as the crowds haven’t arrived yet, and the weather stays comfortably at around 70°F. You can pass the day away fishing at the pier, or put your feet up and sip the day away this Memorial Weekend in Sunny San Diego while waiting for the breathtaking sunset to light up the sky.

Check out the San Diego Gov website to see a full list of amenities and more things to do in La Jolla Shores.

Be dazzled by the performances at San Diego International Fringe Festival 

All theater and performance lovers should check out the 11th annual San Diego International Fringe Festival this Memorial Day weekend. As the largest performing arts event in San Diego, it will feature over 500 live productions from local, national, and international artists, running from May 18-28.

This West Coast famous festival is unique because participating artists have the freedom to showcase their works without censorship. So expect to see and experience anything and everything! Shows are between 45 and 60 minutes, so you could even see multiple performances in a day if you have time. Most show tickets are $10, but some performances are free to see. A full schedule of shows and additional ticket information for this year’s festival will be available on their website in the upcoming weeks.

Eat, drink and dance the weekend away at North Park Music Fest

North Park Music Fest is an annual 2-day kid-friendly music, art, and food festival taking place in the heart of San Diego’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhood of North Park. From live bands to local food and craft beers, this is a party you won’t want to miss in San Diego this May! Spanning over multiple stages, you can experience local bands, a full spectrum of crisp lagers and hoppy ales made by their favorite local brewers, and more than 15 local food vendors on site, providing the most delicious flavors from the furthest corners of the globe all in one place!

The Fest will be held in the beautiful new North Park Mini Park and surrounding streets at 3812 29th St, San Diego, and runs right through Memorial Weekend from Saturday the 27th, 11am to 10pm until Sunday the 28th, 11am to 9pm. At the moment, regular tickets will be $45 for a 1-day pass, and $60 for a 2-day pass, but price is subject to change the closer to the event it gets, so grab yours from their website now! 

Graze your way around 626 Night Market Mini in Downtown San Diego

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the return of the 626 Night Market Mini to Downtown San Diego! Prepare your taste buds for a feast of epic proportions, as three dozen local food pop-ups take over the streets with their mouth-watering offerings. This event promises to showcase the best of San Diego’s culinary scene, and best of all, tickets are free!

Not only will there be delicious food to savor, but you can also browse merchandise and craft vendors while sipping on your favorite drink from the full bar. So mark your calendars for Memorial Day weekend this May 27th and 28th, and get ready for a weekend filled with amazing flavors and good vibes.

You’ll find the stalls around 1350 3rd Ave, Downtown San Diego. For more information and ticket reservations, visit their website here.

Pay respects to our fallen heroes at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Monday 

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial on memorial day weekend

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is considered as one of the most unique veterans memorials in America. It’s the only memorial that honors veterans, living or deceased, from the revolutionary war to the current war on terror, with an image of the veteran.

On May 29th at 11am until 12pm, their annual Memorial Day Ceremony for this year is held in honor of Navy Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Walter “Uncle Berr” Mintus. You can head over to their website to find out more about this year’s unique ceremony.

While you’re up there paying your respects, you can get an excellent overlook of La Jolla proper. And then once the event is finished at 12pm, wind back down Pacific Coast Highway and pay a visit to the Children’s Pool, where seals frolic in the sand.

For a  picturesque getaway in the charming town of La Jolla, stay with us at Cormorant Boutique Hotel. Located in the heart of the village, The Cormorant is just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful beaches and vibrant culture of La Jolla.

From the moment you step into the hotel, you’ll be greeted with warmth and hospitality. The luxurious rooms and suites are thoughtfully designed with modern amenities. From parking and fitness, to dining and activities, we make sure you have the best stay ever in our charming seaside town.

A highlight of our prime location is the Birdseye Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. As soon as you walk up the visually stunning alleyway and stairwell, you are greeted by the perfect spot for ocean views, where you can easily sip and munch away the day until you catch sunset from one of the most breathtaking spots in the village!

Spring into summer and book your stay for this Memorial Day weekend today!