Labor Day 2017 Activities in San Diego & La Jolla

Labor Day weekend in San Diego is always a little bittersweet – it’s technically the end of summer; the kids go back to school; and those long evenings of daylight are coming to a close. However, there is some consolation! We’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful city that has sunshine pretty much year-round, and Labor Day is one of the most event-filled weekends of the year! Here are a few activities for Labor Day in San Diego and La Jolla.

Festival of Sail

September 1-4; 9am-7pm

Celebrate the largest Tall Ship Festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and more than 100 different food, art and craft vendors. Hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Festival of Sail transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for four fun-filled days.

The festivities start with a parade on Friday, where you can watch the ships majestically sail into San Diego bay, enjoy cannon fire salutes, and see the ships end their journey at the Maritime Museum’s docks.

Daily activities during Festival of Sail include a kids petting zoo, craft activities, face painting, tall ship cannon battles, a special 30-minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, live entertainment, and hundreds of food vendors.

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Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

September 1-4; 9am-5pm

Thousands of people come every year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful three-dimensional works of art. Not only that, but they actually build a beach above the water to do it – by bringing in 300 tons of sand to the Broadway Pier. There will be eleven official master sculptors carving for all four days, from countries all over the world here to challenge the US on our own soil! Throughout the festival, there will also be live entertainment (big bands and singers), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a great view of the bay, and tall ships and cannon battles.

Labor Day Stickball Tournament in Little Italy

September 2 & 3; 8am-5pm

What better way to spend Labor Day weekend in San Diego than outdoors enjoying the sunshine?

The Labor Day Stickball Tournament takes over the streets of Little Italy on Saturday and Sunday, and allows players to revisit some of those old school childhood memories. The activity is all about honoring long-standing traditions, paying tribute to this East Coast sporting pastime, and of course; having fun!

Come out and see these teams grab a broom stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a rubber Wilson ball flying! Watch the excitement along India St (W. Ash to W. A Streets) and Columbia St (W. Beech to W. Cedar).

Spend the Day on the Beach

There’s no better weekend to hit the beach and soak in some sun! La Jolla Shoresis a great spot for a beach side picnic, barbecue, or soccer game. There’s plenty of grass, a playground for the kids, and restrooms/showers directly nearby. The parking lot does fill up quickly, so try to arrive early; if not, there is also plenty of street parking in the adjacent neighborhoods.

Why not extend the evening and have a bonfire? Bring the s’mores and grab a bonfire pit located along the beach at La Jolla Shores! Visit our guide for making the most out of your bonfire experience.

5th Annual San Diego Bacon Fest

September 2; 1:30pm – 5pm

San Diego Bacon Fest is an all-inclusive event at Liberty Station, running five years strong and granting patrons unlimited samples from dozens of local purveyors of food and beverage; specifically, bacon and beer!

Local eateries present at the festival this year include Bub’s at the Ballpark, Doggos Gus, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Promiscuous Fork, The Riviera Supper Club, The Cork & Craft, Soda & Swine, Slater’s 50/50, Sabuku Sushi, and plenty more. Breweries this year are definitely going to be a hit; expect samples from Abnormal Beer Co, Belching Beaver, Bitter Brothers, Bolt Brewery, Fall Brewing, Green Flash, and tons of others.

General admission is from 12pm-5pm on Saturday, September 2nd; tickets are $55 and get you unlimited samples of all food and beverage.

Hit the Trails

Weather permitting, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get out there and hit the trails! San Diego and La Jolla are home to hundreds of hiking, biking, and walking trails; many of which supply gorgeous views and a terrific workout. If you’re looking to be active and still get a great view, Torrey Pines State Reserve has several trails for people of all abilities.

If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back, the Coast Walk Trail right here in La Jolla is breathtaking, and not too long of a hike. There are also a few other great trails in and around downtown La Jolla.