Labor Day weekend is here! Still figuring out what to do? Look no further – there are plenty of ways to celebrate the tail-end of summer. From epic sand sculptures to a bacon extravaganza and Tchaikovsky by the Bay, we’ve got you covered on our top 5 San Diego weekend events! Be sure to check ticket availability prior to attending any event, as some may sell out.
When: Sat, Sept 3; 1pm-5:30pm
Where: Liberty Station (Preble Field)
What: Bacon, beer, spirits and music will take center stage at the 4th annual San Diego Bacon Fest! Bacon lovers, this is the festival for you – enjoy unlimited samples of bacon-centric dishes from local restaurants (Crazee Burger, Bub’s, and Slater’s 50/50 to name just a few!) and sip on craft beers from local breweries. General admission tickets are $65 the day of the event.
When: Sat, Sept 3 & Sun, Sept 4; 8am-5pm
Where: Little Italy; State St & W Ash St
What: Don’t miss the 18th annual Labor Day Stickball Tournament, an epic two-day family fun event. There will be 8-12 participating teams competing for San Diego’s most significant prize: the Jillie Trophy! Each year, the neighborhood erupts with shouts and cheers for the stickball teams, stirring up latent childhood memories in many of you East Coasters. Join Little Italy in honoring and celebrating this beloved long-standing tradition.
When: Fri, Sept 2-Mon, Sept 5; 9am-7pm
Where: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier; 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101
What: Come and check out one of the best sand sculpting competitions in the world! 300 tons of sand will be brought in to the cruise ship terminal pier as World Master Sand Sculptors from around the world challenge the best in the U.S. Their 3-dimensional art is astounding – the sculptures weigh over 10 tons each! There will also be live entertainment (big bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, and most importantly; a great view of the beautiful San Diego bay.
When: Fri, Sept 2 & Sat, Sept 3; 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South
What: Summer Pops’ glorious summer is winding down – but not before the cannons and fireworks light up San Diego Bay with Tchaikovsky’s awesome 1812 Overture. Beautiful classical melodies will fill the air as the San Diego Symphony performs the Overture. Fireworks will light up the night sky in a truly spectacular ending to the summer. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now.
When: Sat, Sept 3-Mon, Sept 5; 9am-5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego
What: Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days. Watch the ships sail into San Diego bay, enjoy cannon fire salutes, a kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and tons of food and drink.
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