It’s tough to think about, but the end of summer is coming up. Don’t worry, it’s not like it is right around the corner or anything, but make no mistake, it is on the horizon. That said, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing because the end of the summer means Labor Day is approaching!
If you are going to be in San Diego for the holiday, there are tons of fun events going on in addition to all of the usual San Diego Attractions that are generally taking place.
Starting on August 29 and continuing all the way through Labor Day until September 1, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Competition and 3D Art Explosion is hitting the beach for some fun in the sun. The event, which is taking place at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier welcomes hundreds of thousands each year. Watch as sand sculptors strut their stuff and build some of the most sensational sand sculptures you’ll ever lay eyes on.
The event features individual and team competitions, and students from all levels are also allowed to take part. In addition to castles made of sand, the beach will also be filled with musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, pirates and magicians. Tickets for the event range from $7-$12 and the event is certainly family-friendly.
Don’t forget to grab a San Diego Attractions Pass before September comes so you can enjoy some late-summer fun in Southern California.
If you’d rather cool off in the water than play in the sand on the beach, then the Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim could be for you. An annual event that locals enjoy, the swim generally welcomes hundred of people into the water near the pier for a one-mile race that should be enjoyable for swimmers of all ages and skill levels.
Another water-related activity that actually won’t require you to get wet is the Festival of Sail. This year’s event will transform the city’s North Embarcadero into the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast during the four days of the extended Labor Day weekend. They’ll be ship parades, booths to investigate, a beer garden to explore and a special area just for kids.
The ships will even have a cannon battle or two and 30-minute bay cruises are also available for purchase. When you are looking into buying a cruise, consider picking up a San Diego Attractions Pass as well.
Another fun option could be heading to PetcoPark for a Padres game. True, San Diego will be far out of the playoff picture at that point, but the team they are playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend will almost certainly be playing for the pennant. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be in town and they are one of the most exciting teams in the National League this season. When the Dodgers leave, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be in town for a Monday matinee on Labor Day itself, an excellent chance to check out the comfy open-air confines of Petco. Also consider a PETCO Park Tour while you are there.
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