Spend Labor Day Weekend on the Embarcadero

Star of India

Cannon battles, monumental sand sculptures, music (some with cannons) and more along the Embarcadero will easily provide enough entertainment for everyone during the 3 day Labor Day weekend. Find out below the great events you don’t want to miss.

Tip: Parking will be difficult along and near the Embarcadero over the weekend. Please consider parking elsewhere, e.g. Old Town or Convention Center, (or just leave the car behind) and taking Public Transportation (Seaport Village and American Plaza Trolley Stops) or the Big Bay Shuttle.

Festival of Sail

Star of India

Already highlighted as one of our top things to do this weekend, the Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and should not be missed. Over the course of the weekend, there will be a tall ship cannon battles, children’s petting zoo, treasure-seeking Pirate bay cruises, over 100 arts and craft vendors, food and more.

Dates: Friday-Monday, 8/31 – 9/3, 2012
Cost: $10-$20
> Find Out More About the Festival of Sail

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3-D Art Expo

dragon sand castle

Master sand sculptures will find the statue  hidden in a mound sand at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier  just south of the Festival of Sail. In addition to the sandy works of art, the pier will be full of fun with musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, circus performers, magicians, the best of the buskers and a kids zone with a huge sandbox, sand sculpture classes and more!

Take public transportation and show your transit pass when buying tickets to save up to $5 on admission.

Dates: Friday-Monday, 8/31 – 9/3, 2012
Cost: $5-$14
> Find Out More About the US Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3-D Art Expo

Summersplash – Reggae on the Bay

On Sunday, spend the evening at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier relaxing and dancing while listening to the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and world-class reggae from top artists including Barrington Levy, the Wailers, Midnite, Triston Palma, Pablo Moses, Shoreline Rootz, Piracy, Arise Roots and more.

Date: Sunday, 9/2, 2012
Cost: $55
> Find Out More About Summersplash – Reggae on the Bay

Symphony Pops 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The San Diego Symphony plans to end summer with a bang during their Summer Pops season-finale 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular. The concert will feature bright young cellist, Julian Schwarz, performing Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Rococo Variations and the evening will end with the 1812 Overture featuring the United States Navy Band, cannons and FIREWORKS! This is a great way to end the summer!

Dates: Friday-Sunday, 8/31 – 9/2, 2012
Cost: $18-$76
> Find Out More About the Symphony Pops 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Looking for more great events in San Diego, check out the Event Calendar.

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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.

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