Spend 2013 Labor Day Weekend in San Diego with these Top Things to Do

Don’t waste the last few days of summer! Spend Labor Day Weekend in San Diego enjoying everything from the mountains and deserts of East County to world-class attractions to the beaches to these top things to do.

Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

See master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art along the backdrop of San Diego’s beautiful bay. There will also be plenty of live entertainment, kids activities and more.

Save yourself the hassle of parking and take public transportation. Show your MTS transit pass when buying a ticket to save up to $6!

Where: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier – 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 30 – September 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $6-$17
> Find out more about the Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

Festival of Sail

Canon Battle - Festival of Sail

Hear the roar of cannons and more at the Festival of Sail on San Diego’s Embarcadero

Enjoy visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, 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…

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 30 – September 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
> Find out more about the Festival of Sail

43rd Annual Barona Powwow

Barona Powwow

Immerse yourself in the dance and music of the Kumeyaay Nation at the Barona Powwow

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!

Where: Barona Baseball Field – 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: August 30 – September 1, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 43rd Annual Barona Powwow

1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Finish off summer with Tchaikovsky’s thunderous 1812 Overture! Brilliant young violinist Fumiaki Miura performs Tchaikovsky’s exciting Valse-scherzoon this soaring evening complete with booming cannons and fireworks over San Diego Bay.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 30 – September 1, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$79
> Find out more about the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

2013 KGB Sky Show

Sky Show Qualcomm

KGB Sky Show lights up the night sky! Photo by Catrina Stearns

Immediately following the SDSU Aztecs season opener vs Eastern Illinois, the skies over Mission Valley will light up with a beautiful fireworks display blending multi-media, theatrical lighting, video and special effects.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 31, 2013
Kickoff: 5:00 PM
Cost: $15-$39
> Find out more about the 2013 KGB Sky Show

Del Mar Beer & Reggae Festival

Sample over 100 different flavors of cold brews plus 40 IPAs during the Del Mar Beer Fest. Dine on snacks from 5 food trucks and dance to Ziggy Marley at the Reggae Festival immediately following the races.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 31, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Entry included with $6 racetrack admission. Tastings – 10 for $20
> Find out more about the Del Mar Beer & Reggae Festival

> Find more things to do this Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

What are your plans for the Labor Day Weekend in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.