San Diego County Events for September 1 – 4

If you’re here for the weekend in San Diego County, there’s lots to do and see this Labor Day Weekend! Check out these great events and family activities.

San Diego county events this weekendU.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition returns to downtown San Diego’s waterfront on Labor Day weekend, showcasing incredible works of art made with sand by sculptors from around the globe. The four-day event includes live entertainment, an exposition featuring goods made by artists, activities for the kids and gourmet food trucks.

When: Friday – Monday, September 1 – 4, 2017 | Open daily at 9am; closes at 5pm on Friday and Monday, and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday
Where: Broadway Pier and Pavilion | 1000 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $9 – $15
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Festival of Sail

The Festival of Sail, an annual Labor Day weekend tradition at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, returns this weekend with a fleet of tall ships sailing the San Diego Bay, cannon battles, family entertainment, a kids’ zone, bay cruises and food vendors.

When: September 1 – 4 | Friday 12 – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm, Monday 9am – 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego & North Embarcadero | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $9 – $11, free street fair area
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47th Annual Barona Powwow

The three-day cultural celebration kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1 with Gourd Dancing at 6pm and an awe-inspiring Grand Entry of dancers in colorful regalia at 7pm. Over 1,000 Native American participants of all ages will showcase their dancing skills and musical talents as they compete for over $75,000 in prize money. Visitors to the Powwow will enjoy authentic Indian tacos and other delicious dishes, admire beautiful Native American arts and crafts, view dance exhibitions and competitions, and experience the richness of Barona’s Tribal heritage.

When: Friday – Sunday, September 1 – 3
Where: Barona Sports Park | 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 47th Annual Barona Powwow

Del Mar Summer Concert Series: The Revivalists

The American rock band formed in New Orleans, The Revivalists, will take the Seaside Stage on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The Revivalists are known for putting on an energetic live show equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. The concert is free with paid stretch run general admission to the track, which is just $6, otherwise it’s $20.

When: Friday, September 1, 7pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: $6 – $20
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Julian Arts Guild Fall Art Show

Join the Julian Arts Guild as we showcase the work of local Julian artists. Take in ceramics, oil painting, wearable fiber arts, gourds work, mixed media, watercolor and more.

When: Saturday – Monday, September 2 – 4 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St., Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This Friday & Saturday’s (Sept. 1 & 2) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here

Julian’s Grape Stomp Fest

This Saturday, stomp on grapes once again at the 21st anniversary of the fiesta. Ten local wineries will be offering sips for sampling, plus a unique blend of food and shopping opportunities, all while you listen to charming Italian music.

When: Saturday, 11am
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $5 – ages 6-20, $15 for adults
More information: Julian’s Grape Stomp Fest

If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

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