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Your guide to Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

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The end of summer is approaching fast, and most of us are scrambling around trying to catch the last rays of sunshine before the not-so-treacherous San Diego Winter arrives. Luckily for us San Diegans, our winter is just slightly cooler summer, but we still want to hold on to those summer feelings. Yet before we embark the long, colder months ahead, we all have one last hurrah to celebrate before we say ado to the summer.

Labor Day weekend is our last chance to really celebrate summer, and for those who don’t want to travel too far for the fun and games – San Diego is the perfect hotspot for those who are looking for a fun-filled weekend while staying close to home.  With so much to do with music festivals, art openings, good eats, and the exciting nightlife that only America’s Finest City can offer – be sure you make this Labor Day weekend one of the most memorable.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

9/2 – 9/5

Channel your inner child, and take your whole family to the country’s largest Sand Sculpting Challenge this Labor Day weekend. Professional sand sculptors come from all over the world to compete in building sand castles. At the event, you can also find artwork for purchase, food and beverage trucks, and live music.


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Location: 1140 North Harbor Drive, “B” Street Pier, San Diego, CA

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Events

9/2 – 9/5

Omni La Costa is offering activities all Labor Day weekend long to finish the summer off.  The resort will offer dive-in movies, paint & sip lessons, have live music, and host many other events happening all weekend long. Offering activities for all ages, Omni La Costa is having one of the best Labor Day Activity line-ups in all of San Diego.

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Location: 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009

Festival of Sail

9/3 – 9/4

The largest Tall Ship festival on the West Coast is back this Labor Day weekend at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The Festival of Sail is a family friendly event that is held along San Diego’s waterline which transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park. You can view the parade, experience the streer fair and visit the tall ships and water adventures.


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San Diego Bacon Fest


Who doesn’t like bacon? San Diego Bacon Fest gives goers creative bacon-themed cuisine and beverages all day long. Celebrate not only Labor Day, but International Bacon Day this weekend by heading over to one of the best festivals San Diego has to offer. Pig out (literally) on unlimited samples of bacon-filled dishes from top-notch San Diego restaurants. Start Labor Day weekend off right with beer, bacon and good company.

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Location: Preble Field at NTC Park, Liberty Station – Point Loma

Labor Day Lunch Cruise


Many people enjoy barbecuing, going to festivals, and enjoying parades on Labor Day, but for those classier folks in San Diego, hop aboard a Labor Day cruise with the Hornblower. Sip champagne, look at the views of San Diego and relax with decadent food. This Labor Day you can sit back, relax and enjoy your day by the bay.

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