Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 29 – September 4, 2017

Spend the upcoming Labor Day weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

This will be the sixth year that one of the world’s most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego’s Big Bay. In addition to witnessing one of the most important sand sculpture competitions in the world, patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art, enjoy live entertainment from bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey and other greats – even a special appearance by Elvis.

Where: Broadway Pier and Landing – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 1-4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To 7:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday.
Cost: $7-$10
> Find out more about US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Festival of Sail

Festival of Sail

Celebrate the largest Tall Ship Festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and 100+ food, art and craft vendors. Daily Activities during Festival of Sail: enjoy the 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 reinactors, 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: September 1-4, 2017
Cost: $5-$11
> Find out more about the Festival of Sail

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park, Saturday – Postgame Fireworks & Commemorative Wil Myers “The Cycle” Bobblehead, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 1-3, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing.
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Dodgers

Beach Polo Cup

Beach Polo Cup

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.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 1-3, 2017
Cost: $35-$250
> Find out more about the Beach Polo Cup

47th Annual Barona Powwow

Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

Where: Barona Sports Park – 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: September 1-3, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 47th Annual Barona Powwow

Labor Day Stickball Tournament

Labor Day Stickball Tournament - Top Things to Do

Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories. Come out and see these teams grab a broom stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a rubber Wilson ball flying!

Where: Little Italy – State St & W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 2-3, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to Watch
> Find out more about the Labor Day Stickball Tournament

21st Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Julian’s Grape Stomp Festa is a great way to spend a Saturday and this year’s is shaping up to be one of our best. With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a “Lucy Look-Alike” contest and undoubtedly, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
When: September 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $15-$50
> Find out more about the 21st Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa

San Diego Bacon Fest

San Diego Bacon Fest

Limited bacon and beer samples? What is this sorcery you speak of? We want you to be double fisted throughout the entire day. Bacon in one hand. Beer in the other. It’s hard to maintain a level of double fistedness (we made that word up) when you have to reach for your wallet every couple of minutes. Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. “They thought of everything!” Yes. Yes we did. Oh, water is free too.

Where: Preble Field, NTC Park – Liberty Station – 2600 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
When: September 2, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $55-$90
> Find out more about  San Diego Bacon Fest

KGB Sky Show

KGB Sky Show is a beautiful production blending lighting, video and special effects to enhance the fireworks display following an exciting SDSU football game against UC Davis.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: September 2, 2017
Kick Off: 5:30 PM
Cost: $18-$62
> Find out more about the KGB Sky Show

Big SoCal Euro

Big SoCal Euro

Big SoCal Euro is one of the largest all European car events on the west coast.  The event features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts, raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more. Where what you bring is part of the show!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: September 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Big SoCal Euro

Tacotopia at the Track

Tacotopia at the Track

Join Del Mar in our search to find the best taco in Southern California at Tacotopia at the Track. Eat your weight in a variety of tacos from more than 40 of the best restaurants and food trucks from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Tijuana plus live music. Each attendee will be given a token to place in the voting box of their favorite vendor.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 3, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $40-$50
> Find out more about Tacotopia at the Track

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

Celebrate summer with nine amazing experiences, including two shows, Cirque Electrique and Illuminight, and an end-of-night laser light spectacular. Give yourself permission to voyage into exotic underwater worlds that come alive as the sun sets with brilliant energy, electrifying dance music, and dazzling light. Join live performers inspired by playful sea creatures at the party along the shore where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages club beneath the waves.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Cost: Included with park admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

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” every day this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo’s newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Cost: Included with park admission
> Find out more about Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

El Universal, 100 Years of Life Mexico & the World

El Universal, 100 Years of Life Mexico & the World

This exhibition displays the historic front pages of the famed “Gran Diario” or Grand Daily Newspaper of Mexico, which are currently being exhibited at Tijuana City Hall’s Central Patio. The San Diego exhibit will include nearly 50 panels on display in the “Arcade of the Arts.” Visitors can begin at the Liberty Public Market and take a walk through history as they travel through the Barracks arcade in the ARTS DISTRICT.

Where: 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
When: Thru September 28, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about El Universal, 100 Years of Life Mexico & the World

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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.