Who’s ready for a holiday weekend? If you’ve waited until the last minute to make plans, don’t worry. There are plenty of opportunities to have fun all over San Diego over the next few days. Since Labor Day is the unofficial end to the summer season, hit up one of these events to make sure you end it on a high note.
US Sand Sculpting Challenge
Rated one of the world’s “Must See” seaside events by both USA Today and American Express, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo happens August 31 – September 3. The festival is held on Broadway Pier and Landing where 300 tons of sand is trucked in to make a beach just for the competition. It’s fun for the whole family!
Closing Weekend at Del Mar Racetrack
Enjoy the end of horseracing season at Del Mar Racetrack over Labor Day weekend. Saturday, September 1, is Family Day, which includes free pony rides, a game zone, and a giant inflatable slide. On Sunday, enjoy Taste of the Turf Club with a unique menu prepared by Chef Brian Malarkey. Finally, round out the season on Closing Day on Monday, billed as the party of the summer.
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stomp on grapes to make wine the old-fashioned way? You can try it out yourself at Julian Grape Stomp Festa on September 1. The Menghini Winery hosts the festival, with ten local wineries also offering sample sips. There will also be food, vendors, a bocce ball court, and live Italian music.
Open Cockpit Days
Feel what it’s like to pilot historical aircraft from World War II during Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. On September 1 and 2, the cockpits of several planes will be open so that visitors can experience them from a Marine pilot’s perspective. While you’re there, peruse eight galleries full of artifacts from World War I to the present day, including one of the world’s best collections of Marine Aviation patches.
48th Annual Barona Powwow
The 48th Annual Barona Powwow will be held from August 31 – September 2 at the Barona Sports Complex on the Barona Indian Reservation. Admission is free and all are welcome. Enjoy dancing contests, drum contests, and a selection of vendors including crafts and food.
Big SoCal Euro
If you love European cars, then be sure to check out Big SoCal Euro on September 2. It’s one of the biggest European car festivals on the west coast and features more than 3,000 cars, raffles, drag racing, vendors, swap meet, and more. General admission is free.
1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Finally, end the summer with a literal bang at a performance of the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular. The San Diego Symphony presents this live concert on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, which ends with the 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and fireworks.
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