Long Beach, California, is always warm and always beautiful. It promises perfect weather and plenty of sights to see any time of year, but when is the best time to visit? Whether you want to avoid crowds or get in on some unique events, here are four seasons to consider.
Staying warm with averages in the upper 70s, October is a great time in Long Beach. For wine and beer enthusiasts, there are a handful of events to check out. Try unlimited tastes of fall craft beers at the Taste of Brews’ Oktoberfest at The Pike Outlets. The Harvest Festival Wine Tasting at CRAFTED is in the Port of Los Angeles, only 20 minutes away.
Halloween is well-celebrated in the city with parades, haunted houses, and festivals including the Long Beach Zombie Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park. Be a part of the fun with free zombie makeup by special effects make-up artists from Cinema Makeup School or test your limits in the Fear Factor Room.
At the end of the month, The Museum of Latin American Arts hosts its Dia de los Muertos festival. Event-goers are encouraged to come dressed as a calavera to celebrate cultural traditions.
Winters in Long Beach are very mild as the average temperature is in the mid-60s. Pack a jacket and a few sweaters, and you’ll be ready to enjoy wintertime at the shore. Because this is the off-season, be sure to take advantage of lower hotel rates.
Holiday season in Long Beach offers plenty of joyful traditions. The Christmas Parade in Belmont Shore or the Nutcracker by the Long Beach Ballet at the Terrace Theater on Ocean Boulevard will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary and enjoy a fireworks show you won’t forget.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach takes place every year in April. The city hosts six events including the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Historic Trans Am Challenge. From souped-up sports cars to tricked-out trucks, this weekend of events has something for everyone. Even kids can enjoy the Family Fun Zone with rock walls and race simulators.
This month stays sunny and cool, keeping an average temperature of around 70 degrees. After an exciting time watching the races, head to Rancho Los Alamitos to experience the gardens in full bloom. Developed in the 1920s, these gardens have been well curated and cared for for almost 100 years. With over seven acres of beauty and history, this place is worth a visit.
Visiting Long Beach in the summer can be tough with crowds, but this is an easy time to vacation, with school ending and many companies expecting employees to travel. The weather is warming up, but not too hot, and the hotel rates are still lower, so try the earlier months of May and June. Tour the shoreline and Catalina Island from above by booking a private helicopter ride from the Queen Mary, or enjoy the sun on Junipero Beach.
Southern California has been a hotspot for tourists over many years, so don’t miss out on all that it has to offer. Check your calendars and plan a trip.