San Diego Weekend Events Roundup August 31-Sept. 4

Head to the Hotel Del to catch four polo matches, a VIP tent and fashion modeling.

Head to the Hotel Del to catch four polo matches, a VIP tent and fashion modeling.


From a sand sculpting competition to Labor Day festivities, check out the best San Diego weekend events for August 31-Sept. 4. 

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
Sept. 1-4. Watch as top sculptors from all over the world compete against each other to create astonishing sand sculptures. Plus, enjoy live entertainment, free activities in the kids zone and more. $7-13. Port of San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Landing.




Festival of Sail
Sept. 1-4. Hosted by the Maritime Museum, Festival of Sail is the largest Tail Ship festival on the west coast. Activities include visiting ships and crew, a kids activity zone, cannon battles, a bay cruise, beer garden, on-stage entertainment and more. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $11 adult, $5 kids. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N Harbor Dr. 619.234.9153.



Beach Polo Cup
Sept. 1-3. Get ready for a weekend of elegance at Hotel Del Coronado’s 2nd Annual Beach Polo Cup, hosted on the property’s private beach. You’ll be able to catch four polo matches, experience a lavish multi-terraced VIP tent, view fashion modeling, shop from unique boutiques and more. View website for complete schedule. $35-250. Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 800.468.3533.



Bacon Fest
Sept. 2. Calling all bacon fanatics…this event is for you. Delight in unlimited samples of bacon and brews from some of the city’s most renowned vendors. 1:30-5 p.m. $55-90. Preble Field, Liberty Station, 2600 Cushing Rd.




KGB Sky Show
Sept. 2. Get ready to witness a synchronized firework production combining lighting, video and special effects into one amazing display. Tune into the radio from your own location or head to the stadium to enjoy additional lasers, stage lighting, sky divers, movie special effects, propane flame effects, famous sport celebrities and more. 5:30 p.m. (directly after the SDSU Aztecs football game) $18-62.  Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road.



Julian Apple Harvest
Sept 1.-Oct. 31. Enjoy autumn foliage, art, entertainment and seasonal foods, such as apple cider and pie. Take part in special events on weekends, including the Julian Grape Stomp Festa on September 2, and the Julian Apple Days Festival on September 23-24. Julian.





Summer of Sculpin Beer Pairing Dinner
Sept. 1. Ballast Point and Flagship Cruises will pair up to host a special four-course dinner overlooking the bay. The brewery will feature a line of gold-medal winning IPA’s and Flagship’s executive chef will create a delectable menu featuring Caribbean spiced sea boss topped with charred pineapple salsa. 7-10 p.m. $84.50 adults, $50.70 children. 990 N Harbor Dr., 619.234.4111.




Hornblower Labor Day Brunch Cruise
Sept. 4. Set sail on a brunch cruise while taking in famous sights such as the Coronado Bridge, the Star of India, North Island Naval Station and the coast of Point Loma. Enjoy an assortment of barbecue entrees and American breakfast dishes. Finish off the cruise by choosing from the decadent dessert buffet. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $65.95. Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Drive, 619.686.8700.



Chill Charters
Sept. 1-4. This Labor Day, experience San Diego’s beauty with a private charter tour. Chill Charters provides custom, private boat excursions in San Diego Bay for up to 6 people. Whether you’re looking to relax, party, or explore, there are options for everyone. Get on board and soak in the sun. Visit website for list of charter options and prices.




1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Sept. 1-3. Celebrate Labor Day weekend with Tchaikovksy’s famous 1812 Overture. Plus, enjoy fireworks at the end of the show as a culmination of summer. 7:30-10 p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way.




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The Explorers Club
Through Sept. 24. A hilarious send up of a Victorian men’s club best by women, poisonous snakes, exotic plants, bartending savages and crazed Irishmen. Various performances. $74. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado.




The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds
Through Sept. 24. Set in the 1960s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning lyrical drama tells the story of a wounded family unraveling at the age of innocence and one child’s search for hope and resilience. Various performances. $41. Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town.