San Diego Weekend Events Roundup 9.1.16

Find the best things to do in San Diego this weekend.

Edited by Lisa Kelley

Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Sept. 2-4. The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series culminates with its annual Labor Day performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, set to a fireworks finale. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego Marina.



us-sand-sculptingU.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo
Sept. 2-5. Master sculptors from all over the world compete to create gorgeous and intricate sand sculptures. The weekend-long event will feature 11 master sculptures, dimensional art exposition (with works made of metal, wood, glass, fabrics, etc.), family fun zone, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden. B Street Pier, 1140 North Harbor Dr., San Diego Embarcadero.


bacon-festSan Diego Bacon Festival
Sept. 3. In honor of International Bacon Day, San Diegan’s will flock to Liberty Station to celebrate this porky holiday. Tickets include unlimited food and beverage samples from more than 50 local eateries, breweries, distilleries and more. $60/pp. 2-5:30 p.m. Treble Field at NTC Park, Liberty Station.



grape-stompJulian Grape Stomp Festa
Sept. 3. Enjoy a fun day of grape stomping at the 20th annual Grape Stomp Festa. The event also features local wines and food for purchase from local eateries. Tickets include grape stomping, Italian music by Roman Holiday, bocce ball contests and more. $25/pp. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian.



kgb-sky-showSDSU Aztecs Game + KGB Sky Show
Sept. 3. The San Diego State University Aztecs take on the New Hampshire Wildcats in the first football homegame of regular season. Following the game, KGB radio station hosts its famous Sky Show: a production that blends multi-media, theatrical lighting, video and special effects with an impressive fireworks performance, in sync to the music playing on the radio station. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., Mission Valley.



Festival-of-SailSan Diego Festival of Sail
Sept. 3-5. The Maritime Museum hosts the launch of Cabrillo’s San Salvador Pacific Heritage Tour as part of the San Diego’s Festival of Sail. The vessel will continue on a two-month maiden voyage with three additional port stops along the West Coast. Guests of the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast will enjoy touring ships and exhibits, demonstrations, kids zone and beer garden. 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego Marina, 619.234.9153.


Polo-Player-BeachPolo on the Beach
Sept. 3-4. Equestrian athletes compete on the beach for two days of beach polo at Hotel del Coronado. The event features two polo games, a meet-and-greet with the players, dining at the hotel, fashion show, polo lessons and more. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 760.668.6093.



stickballStick Ball Tournament
Sept. 3-4. The Little Italy Labor Day weekend tradition encourages players to bring broom sticks, table legs or any other kind of stick to compete with at the tournament. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. India St., from W. Ash to W. A streets and Columbia St., from W. Beach to W. Cedar St., Little Italy.



ballast-pointBallast Point 20th Anniversary Fest
Sept. 4. One of San Diego’s flagship breweries celebrates 20 years of making noteworthy brews. Their anniversary party at the Del Mar Racetrack will feature ten beer tastings, a specialty tasting glass, racetrack admission and live entertainment from The Roots, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds and The Creepy Creeps. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.



Sweet Charity
Sept. 2-Nov. 20. In this new musical by Cy Coleman, Charity wants something so badly that she tries too hard to get it. She wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances with the “animal magnetism” hero, the “ultra-chic continental” hero and the “impossible-to believe-but-he’s-better-than-nothing” hero. Enjoy outdoor dining, then head into the theater for the show. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 888.802.7469.



tiger-styleTiger Style
Sept. 6-Oct. 2. As they struggle with adulthood, siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen go on a journey from California to China in this cheeky new comedy. (Photo Jim Carmody) Potiker Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010.



Decoy Dockside Dining
Executive Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin helms the highly anticipated new restaurant, which features waterfront views of Lake San Marcos, a luxe lodge inspired interior and creative American cuisine. Stars of the menu include the Dockside Bar Messy Burger with a bison patty, boar bacon jam, Asiago cheese, farm egg, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomato aioli; Ostrich Empanada topped with grilled pineapple relish; and Duck Meatball Banh Mi with sweet and sour gastrique, cucumber sunomono, carrots, daikon and roasted serrano aioli. 1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, 760.744.0120.