FALL in love with San Diego all over again! San Diego County residents can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest with Hometown Pass!
Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world’s finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they’ll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown’s sandcastles in the sky on the East.
Labor Day Stickball
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
San Diego Bacon Fest
Liberty Station, Preble Field, NTC Park
San Diego Bacon Fest offers a variety of creative and delectable bacon-themed cuisine and beverages. Guests won’t find vegetarian options at this carnivorous festival, but they can enjoy the many diverse ingredients incorporated into delicious bacon-based meals. San Diego’s best distilleries and breweries also participate in this one-day event, and the cost of a ticket includes unlimited samples from every participating eatery, distillery and brewery. 1:30pm – 5:00pm (General Admissions); 12:00pm (VIP Early Entrance).
Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero over Labor Day weekend into a nautical theme park.
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Epic Series Battle of the Badges
Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
Get ready for an obstacle challenge of EPIC proportions! EPIC Series is the next generation of obstacle course racing that combines functional cross-training, Strongman, and traditional obstacle course racing elements into the most EPIC course on the planet.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Reader Burgers and Beer
Golden Hill Park, 2590 Golden Hill Drive
Join the Reader in its search to find the best burger at the Annual Reader Burgers & Beer. Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. This event brings together the very best burger vendors and you decide who will win!
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
San Diego Blues Festival
Embarcadero Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd.
The San Diego Blues Festival offers great blues performances and raises money to feed the hungry. Guests can enjoy performances from acclaimed blues musicians from all over the country and abroad. Lineup includes performances from Los Lobos, Bobby Rush, Nikki Hill, Watermelon Slim, Bey Paule Band with Wee Willie Walker, Chris Cain, Billy Watson & Junior Watson, The Holla Pointe, Big Jon Atkinson. All proceeds from the festival benefit a local food bank, for which the festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception in 2011.
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Taste of Downtown
Gaslamp Quarter, 5th Avenue between Broadway and Harbor Drive6192340201
The Taste of Downtown is back and healthier than ever, with over 50 of San Diego’s esteemed eateries throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village, and Horton Plaza. Enjoy restaurants, bistros, and tasty take-outs, but with a new focus on health and wellness. General Information: Lindsay Thomas: (619) 234-0201.
This thrilling event features thunder boat racing, tunnel hulls, drag boats, hydroplanes, fireworks and concerts, as well as specialty vendors and food, along and on the waters of Mission Bay.
6:30 AM - 11:15 AM
San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk
Balboa Park, intersection of 6th Ave. & Laurel St. 8584103849
Join thousands of walkers as they step out to have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause! Together, we are fighting the number one and number four killers of Americans, heart disease and stroke. The money raised through the Heart & Stroke Walk allows us to fund scientific research and help find a cure. Join the fight against heart disease and stroke by making a donation today! General Information: Lindsay Darnell: (858) 410-3849.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Diego County’s Coastal Cleanup Day is part of a statewide and international cleanup effort to enhance and conserve our coast across the world.
Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon
SWIM: 5th Avenue Pier. BIKE: 5th Avenue Pier – Harbor Dr. – N. Harbor Dr. – Harbor Island Drive-5th Avenue Pier. RUN: 5th Avenue Pier – boardwalk Seaport Village – Ruocco Park – North Embarcadero Park North-Embarcadero Marina Park South. The event is a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon race in downtown.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lao Boat Racing Festival
Tecolote Shores North Park in Mission Bay Park
The Lao Dragon Boat Racing Festival showcases the traditional art and sport of dragon boat racing. Competitors test their endurance as they row the fast, dragon-shaped vessels in teams. Come enjoy the races, fine food, and entertainment.
8:30 PM - 11:30 AM
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Crown Point Park and Bayside Walk pathway
Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
San Diego Restaurant Week
Mission Valley and Old Town
Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in three-courses prepared special for this occasion only at discounted prices with prix-fixe lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners are $20, $30, or $40. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rockin’ Bay 5K
Tecolote Shores North Park at 1740 in Mission Bay Park
Enjoy a 5K run and a rock show along San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
San Diego Dragonboat Race
Tecolote Shores North Park in Mission Bay Park
Showcases the traditional art and sport of dragon boat racing. Come enjoy the races, fine food and entertainment.
MDA Muscle Walk
Crown Point Park and surrounding pathways
A life changing event that strengthens families and communities.
Two-day, 21 and older musical festival that takes place at the County of San Diego Waterfront Park. The music festival includes three stages offering an array of live DJ performances, a full selection of craft beer and local food vendors from San Diego.
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Adams Avenue Street Fair
Adams Ave. between 35th and Felton
Adams Avenue Street Fair features more than 90 musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue. In addition to the exciting musical lineup, there will be beer gardens, a beer tasting area, giant carnival rides, and more than 300 food vendors, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10 Mile Relay and Solo Swim
Ocean Waters off of Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Come out and get wet with your fellow swimmers for the 16th Annual La Jolla 10 Mile Relay! This event takes place in one of the most beautiful ocean swimming locations in the world, and it’s a great way to have fun while also giving back.
5:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Mission Bay Triathlon
As Southern California’s most popular sprint triathlon, the race features a calm 500-meter swim, a fast-paced 15K bike ride, and a thundering 5K run. You can challenge it as an individual or as a member of a team. It all takes place near scenic waterscape views.