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Top Things to do in La Jolla in Summer

April 29, 2022

From Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, La Jolla is about as lively as it gets. With the summer tourist season in full swing, it’s the best time to see this seaside town at the height of its popularity. If you’re planning to come visit during the sunniest months of the year, our list of things to do in La Jolla in summer will help you round out your itinerary. From highly anticipated events to warm-weather mainstays, we’ve rounded up activities that will help guests of Cormorant Boutique Hotel enjoy our community to the fullest. 

Attend the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

Are you both a film fan and a fashionista? The La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, dubbed “The Cannes of the Fashion Film World,” runs from July 29-30 and is a prime spot for those in the fashion world to gather. From red carpet moments and networking to an awards ceremony and after-parties, this is the place to be if you love fashion or aspire to be a part of the fashion industry. 

This anticipated La Jolla event takes place at The LOT Loa Jolla, located at 7611 Fay Ave on the southern edge of La Jolla Village. Tickets are free for people in the fashion, film, or creative industries. The Festival Patron Pass ($500) gets you the ultimate luxury experience, including reserved theater seats, meet and greets, and a reserved table at after-parties.  

Check out the San Diego County Fair

A San Diego summer wouldn’t be complete without the annual fair! Make your way to Del Mar, just north of La Jolla, for the San Diego County Fair, which runs from June 8 to July 4, 2022. This year’s theme is “Heroes Unite,” showcasing pop culture superheroes from beloved comic books and movies. Ride thrilling rides, play challenging games, and load up on all your favorite fair-style food and treats, all while enjoying the coastal beauty of the area. Entrance fees range from $12-20; keep in mind the fair has gone cashless, so be prepared to pay with a card. 

Participate in the La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour 

If you’re looking for a La Jolla event that will get your heart pounding, look no further than the La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour. Combining the athletic appeal of a timed run with gorgeous views, this event snakes through some of the town’s most scenic spots, including Whale View Point, Children’s Pool, La Jolla Cove, and the Cliff Walk. Participants will even descend 145 steps into the Cove Cave, accessible through Sunny Jim’s Cave. The run takes place on July 2nd and includes a short yoga session, refreshments, and an event shirt. Parking will be available at the event. Make sure to being running shoes, sun protection, and any water you might need during the race. 

Make Time for Some Watersports 

Most of the year, the Pacific Ocean is chilly, making it less than ideal for getting out into the water. But summer’s hot temperatures warm up the water significantly, making it pleasant for exploring the underwater world. From kayaking the La Jolla Caves to snorkeling with leopard sharks, there’s a huge range of watersports to try out during your summer stay in La Jolla. Guests of Cormorant Boutique Hotel get 20% off at Everyday California Kayak, offering kayak tours of La Jolla Ecological Reserve, boasting one of the highest concentrations of marine life in all of California. This is one of the most adventurous things to do in La Jolla, and one of the most memorable too! 

Hike Along the Coast

With stunning scenery and those cool ocean breezes, La Jolla’s coastal areas are perfect for a leisurely walk. Set out on the Coast Walk Trail, whose trailhead starts near Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave, and follow the meandering trail overlooking the shores down below. For more excellent views, check out the walking trail that starts near La Jolla Cove and ends at Children’s Pool. Looking to challenge yourself and get a good workout? Try the rugged hiking paths at La Jolla Natural Park. The best time to make this trek is in the morning, before temperatures reach their peak. 


When you stay at Cormorant Boutique Hotel, you’ll be close to all the best things to do in La Jolla in the summer. And when you’re not out exploring, you can be enjoying sea breezes and ocean views from your private balcony or from a table at Birdseye Restaurant, the hotel’s rooftop lounge.