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Best Times to Discover Julian

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

Downtown Julian, CA
This photo is copyright of Jennifer Gutierrez. © 2019 - 2022 by Jennifer Gutierrez.

From the end of August through the middle of January, Julian is a bustling little town full of visitors. Few visitors realize that the town isn’t always this busy. In fact, during the off-season, it often looks like it’s on the verge of becoming a ghost town. Thankful, the locals are working hard to secure long-term stability for the town. The good news for you is that during the slow season visitors can enjoy the region without crowds.


Even during the busy season, weekdays in Julian are significantly less crowded. You will practically have the place to yourself, plus a few locals.

Super Bowl Sunday

While most of America is glued to their TVs watching overpaid men throw a ball, for non-football fans, this is a great day to discover the San Diego backcountry.

The month of June (aka the four weeks of the San Diego County Fair)

Who doesn’t love the fair? Us country folk like it too. While Del Mar experiences extreme crowds, Julian has beautiful summer weather and no traffic.

The first week of school

The weekends leading up to the first week of the San Diego school year are always the “calm before the storm”—the “storm” being Julian’s busy season, consisting of apple season and the holidays.

Non-holiday weekends between the end of January and the beginning of August

We do get a small rush during spring break, but generally speaking, this is a slower time for tourism in Julian. So come on up! This tiny town has lots to offer. Please note we get snow up until the middle of May. Snow brings large crowds.

Why You Should Visit Julian During The Offseason

There are many reasons to enjoy this charming town during the off-season. The biggest perk being smaller crowds. Supporting mom and pops during the slow season literally helps our local small-businesses survive. Julian is a four-season destination. Each season offers something unique for visitors to experience.


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