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!
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. Friday: (10:45am – 3:30pm) – Monday (9:00am – 7:00pm)
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Exposition
“B” Street Cruise Ship Terminal
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
12:00 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.
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. Line-up 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.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
San Diego Brazilian Day Festival
Pacific Beach/ Garnet Avenue
With over 60,000 attendees expected, this is touted as the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast. A free, fun and family friendly festival, activities include a street fair with over 150 vendors, food court, kids zone and carnival parade complete with floats. Music from Brazil is the sound for the day with 2 stages for bands and performing groups.
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 - 10:30 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 1 and number 4 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.
5:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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.
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MDA Muscle Walk
Crown Point Park and surrounding pathways
A life changing event that strengthens families and communities.
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.
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.
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 specially for this occasion only at discounted prices with prix-fixe lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners at $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!
8:00 AM - 2:00 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.
1600 Pacific Highway
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 Avenue 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, and arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.