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Labor Day

in San Diego Treasuring the Last Days of Summer

Photo By Brent Bernasconi

Don't Miss these Labor Day Weekend Events

Cap off the perfect summer by spending Labor Day weekend in San Diego enjoying the warm weather, cool beaches and everything the city has to offer including tall ship cannon battles, amazing sandcastles, 1812 Overture with fireworks and more.

US SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE AND DIMENSIONAL ART EXPOSITION

On the Embarcadero

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

When: September 1-4, 2017
Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world's finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they'll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown's sandcastles in the sky on the East. Just 2 blocks North lie the world's tall ships in all their majesty, and out on the bay, the ships sail with full regalia and recreate cannon battles of yore. It's a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family.

Festival of Sail

When: September 1-4, 2017
Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park over Labor Day weekend. Daily Activities during Festival of Sail include visiting ships and crew, kids activity zone, Tall Ship cannon battles, a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on stage entertainment, Naval reenactors, photo ops with Captain Sunny and Pirates, and 100's of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more!

Bayside Summer Nights - 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

When: September 1-3, 2017
San Diego's glorious summer winds down but not before the cannons and fireworks light up San Diego Bay to Tchaikovsky's awesome '1812 Overture'. Join the San Diego Symphony as they celebrate summer's end in spectacular style!

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

At the Attractions

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

When: Thru September 4, 2017
SeaWorld's new nighttime spectacular - Electric Ocean - transforms the park on select dates this summer into a sea of glowing color and energy, inspired by the phenomenon of ocean bioluminescence. Immersed in exotic worlds of light, music and incomparable special effects, guests can experience their favorite SeaWorld rides and attractions in a whole new way-lit by the ocean glow.

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

When: Thru September 4, 2017
Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo, brought to you by your San Diego County Toyota Dealers. Come "rock and roar" with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo's newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. Evenings at the Zoo will be filled with plenty of toe-tapping, body-moving music, special shows, and tons of fun!

Del Mar Racing Season

When: Thru September 4, 2017
San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation's top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

KGB Sky Show

Throughout the County

Annual Barona Powwow

When: September 1-3, 2017
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion. Dancers will be competing for over $60,000 in prize money!

Beach Polo Cup

When: September 1-3, 2017
An elegant weekend of activities are planned including four polo matches, a lavish multi-terraced VIP tent, stylish informal fashion modeling, boutiques selling everything from jewelry to designer clothing to yachts, the Porsche Million Dollar Road Rally and much more.

Little Italy Labor Day Stickball Tournament

When: September 2-3, 2017
The Labor Day Stickball Tournament takes over the streets of Little Italy and allows players to revisit some childhood memories.

Julian Grape Stomp Fest

When: September 2, 2017
Tons of grapes are blessed then poured into the barrels. The atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale will keep you busy. Situated in rolling hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery offers an ideal setting for the Festa.

San Diego Bacon Fest

When: September 2, 2017
San Diego Bacon Fest is an all-inclusive event at Liberty Station, granting you unlimited samples from all our beverage and food vendors.

KGB Sky Show

When: September 2, 2017
KGB Sky Show is a beautiful production blending lighting, video and special effects to enhance the fireworks display following an exciting SDSU football game.

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World-Class Attractions

The only hard part is choosing what to do first! San Diego is home to many of Southern California’s top attractions, with plenty of options for adventure-seeking, fun-loving explorers. Have a close encounter with an exotic animal. Take a wild ride down a 375-foot water slide. Step aboard a real aircraft carrier. Or even take a day trip to Disneyland, just a short drive north to Anaheim.

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The Cali-Baja Flavor Revolution

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Ultimate Night Downtown

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