Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

Summer may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Enjoy one last summer weekend in San Diego this Labor Day – we know you’ll have a blast.

This Labor Day weekend, there are tons of great special events, exhibits, and outdoor activities to enjoy with the whole family.

As you enjoy all that sunny San Diego has to offer, remember to be smart and save on admission to all the top attractions, tours, museums, cruises, and more.

Pick up an all-inclusive Go San Diego® Card and save up to 55% on combined admission, or customize your own pass to save a guaranteed 15-20%.

Special Events

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

September 4 -7
B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier

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Did you love building sand castles as a kid? Do you wish you could make those amazing sand sculptures to impress your kids?

Take the whole family to the country’s largest Sand Sculpting Challenge this Labor Day for an explosion of creativity and fun.

Master sculptors from all over the world will gather in San Diego to compete against American sculptors, so you know you’re in for some special treats.

You’ll also find artwork for purchase, food trucks and beverage vendors, plus some live music. Make a whole day of it!

Festival of Sail

September 5 – 7
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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This iconic event is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast, and it’s a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Watch the entire North Embarcadero be transformed into a nautical adventure park, with everything from beautiful visiting ships to a petting zoo for the kids.

Enjoy mock naval battles, photo ops with pirates, live entertainment, a beer garden for adults, and tons of arts and crafts vendors. Don’t forget about the famous Tall Ship parade!

Summer Pops – 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

September 4 – 6
Embarcadero Marina Park South

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The season finale of the Summer Pops outdoor concert series, the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular features one of the most energizing pieces of music in the world alongside a fireworks display unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

Of course, you’ll also get to enjoy the iconic cannons! Bring the kids and make an evening of it.

San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo

Through September 7
San Diego Zoo

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This fun and festive event is perfect for the kids. This year’s theme is “Shake, Rattle, and Roar,” and you’ll find everything from upbeat live music to great interactive activities for the little ones.

Musical entertainment spans a variety of genres and themes, and is designed to be educational.

Admission to Nighttime Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission, and also includes special pricing at vendors, a brand new 4-D Movie, “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts,” and even some specialty arts and crafts.

Summer Nights at SeaWorld

Through September 7
SeaWorld San Diego

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Watch as SeaWorld transforms after dark into an even more marvelous venue. They’re celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, so expect tons of special events and activities, like special videos, new rides, and interactive animal experiences.

Special after-hours offerings include Shamu’s “Light Up The Night” celebration, the “Sea Lions Tonite” sea lion and otter show, and the “Celebrate the Wonder” fireworks finale.

Outdoor Activities

Bike & Kayak Rides

Coronado-Bike-Tours-1San Diego weather is lovely in the summer, so why not take advantage of the sun and get a bit of exercise while you’re at it? There are tons of waterfront bike paths, even up into La Jolla, so there’s plenty to explore.

Or, you can choose to rent a kayak and pedal around the beautiful coves and inlets of the San Diego area coastline.

Amusement Parks

Belmont Park in San Diego features lots of fun thrill rides for teens and young adults to enjoy.There are few things so quintessentially summer than amusement park rides. From Ferris wheels to teacups to roller coasters, we all have a favorite childhood memory.

Take your kids to enjoy the classic amusement park at Belmont Park and you’ll all have a blast.

See Historical Sights

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San Diego is full of history, especially in when it comes to military and scientific history. Get a glimpse of the past and the beauties of nature at the Cabrillo National Monument, alongside the historic Point Loma light.

Or, pay a visit to the USS Midway Museum and enjoy one of the city’s most popular attractions as you explore their historical offerings.

Visit Coronado Island

Coronado FerryWhat better way to celebrate summer than with a visit to one of the area’s most famous beach communities?

Coronado Island has been a beach destination for generations (as the historic Hotel del Coronado attests) and is the perfect place for some leisurely sunbathing and a relaxing stroll on the boardwalk. Hop aboard a ferry to pop over there for the day.

Save on Admission

As you enjoy these and other great Labor Day attractions, remember to save one admission with the all-inclusive Go San Diego® Card. They’re also available in digital form to make your summer explorations a total breeze!
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