5 Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

Labor Day Weekend is coming up, and we all know what that means – the official end of summer, and a ton of activities in the city. San Diego is pretty well known for having some great festivities throughout the long weekend, so we’ve rounded up five of the best ones for you to enjoy. Kick off the finale of the season with these Labor Day weekend events in San Diego!

Sand Sculpting Challenge

Fri August 29 – Mon Sept 1.
B Street, Cruise Ship Terminal Pier: 1140 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego.

labor day weekend events in san diegoWitness professional master sculptors as they compete in this annual sand castle competition! Sculptors will be in attendance from around the world, including Canada, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Latvia and Singapore, to challenge the best in the U.S. Also enjoy live music, dancers, circus performers, magicians and kid- friendly activities. Buy a one day admission for $10 per adult/$7 per child or a four-day pass for $18 per adult/$12 per child. The fun starts at 9am all days. See the website for full schedule.

Spend the Day in La Jolla

There’s no better time to head to one of La Jolla’s beautiful beaches than Labor Day Weekend. Spend the morning shopping on Girard Avenue and grab lunch at one of our world-class restaurants before you set up for the afternoon at one of La Jolla’s pristine beaches: the Cove, the Shores, Torrey Pines, or take the whole family to Children’s Pool to check out the tide pools and abundance of noisy sea lions!

SEE ALSOCheck out our Beach Spotlight Guide for more info on La Jolla Beaches

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

Fri Aug. 29 – Sun August 31.
Marina Park South, Embarcadero, San Diego.

labor day weekend events san diegoCelebrate with The San Diego Symphony as the Summer Pops series comes to a close over Labor Day Weekend. Don’t miss this chance to spend an evening under the stars during the final weekend, which will feature 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular complete with booming cannons and fireworks over San Diego Bay. Tickets start at $20.

Festival of Sail 2014


Fri Aug. 29 – Mon Sept 1. 
1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

The largest tall ship festival on the West Coast transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure-filled days. Daily activities during the festival include enjoying the visiting ships and crew, a kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, beer garden, exciting demos by Aquatic Aviation, photo ops with Pirates and more, and hundreds of arts and craft vendors – plus a multitude of food options! Bring the whole family and enjoy a day, or weekend, of fun. Hours are 9am-7pm and 9am-5pm Monday. 

Oceanside Pier Swim

Monday, September 1.
Oceanside Pier

This annual event attracts athletes from all over the state and brings them to the lovely beaches of Oceanside. This year marks the 85th Anniversary of the one-mile swim that starts and ends on the shores surrounding Oceanside Pier. The cost is $35 per swimmer, and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Heats start at 8:30 a.m.  

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