5 Ways to Spend Labor Day 2015 in San Diego

labor day 2015San Diego’s brand new zipline is here – and that’s just one of the awesome activities that you can treat yourself to this Labor Day Weekend, in addition to the annual US Sand Sculpting Challenge and the Oceanside Pier Swim! Check out our complete list of Labor Day 2015 events here.

Zipline Over the La Jolla Indian Reservation

This Labor Day weekend, the longest zip line in California – about a mile and quarter of cable spread out over four stations – will be opening in the scenic mountains of the La Jolla Indian Reservation! The brand new La Jolla line offers four separate lines that traverse canyons and valleys, the highest of which takes riders up to a breathtaking 3,000 feet above sea level at speeds up to 50 mph. The whole experience, which includes some history, cultural and nature lessons, takes roughly 2 1/2 hours. The cost is $99 per rider, $75 for return campers.

SEE ALSO: The 5 Best Day Trips in San Diego County

Festival of Sail

September 5  – 7; 9am-5pm
1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101. 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 for 4 adventure-filled days. Daily activities include: enjoying the visiting ships and crew, a kids petting zoo, craft activities, face painting, cannon battles, a special Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on-stage entertainment, and 100’s of arts and craft vendors plus a multitude of food options.

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US Sand Sculpting Challenge

September 4 – 7; 9am-7pm
B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier; 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. World Master Sand Sculptors will be coming from all over the world to challenge the best sculptors in the US! There will also be live entertainment, a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, great views of the bay, and tons more activities. Watch 11 master sculptors carve for 4 days in a row and see the finest sculptures ever seen in San Diego!

SEE ALSO: 15 Things to Do in San Diego This September

Julian Grape Stomp Festa

September 5; 11am-7pm
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian 92036. Every September the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the grapes with a real, old-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. This grape stomp out-does all others by providing two barrels for stomping – one for adults and one for children. Enjoy 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.

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86th Annual Oceanside Pier Swim

September 7; 8:30am
Oceanside Pier-Lifeguard Tower 1. The Labor Day Pier Swim began in 1929 and has been an Oceanside tradition ever since. The Pier Swim opens with swimmers diving into the surf, circles one mile around the pier and ultimately ends with swimmers riding waves onto the beach and dashing towards a finish line on the sand. The swim consists of a one mile (out and around pier) course marked with colored buoys.

***BONUS: La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

September 6, 2pm-4m
Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Enjoy the last of La Jolla’s free outdoor concert series and listen to San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. Concessions will be provided.

[first image courtesy of sandiegouniontribune.com]

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