San Diego Weekend Events Roundup August 30-September 3

Spend your Sunday at the Lafayette Hotel’s Labor Day Luau Pool Party.

From Labor Day celebrations to libation-focused openings, check out the top San Diego weekend events for August 30-September 3.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Over 300 tons of sand will be dumped on Broadway Pier for 12 master sculptors to work with as they compete for $60,000 in prize money. New this year, sculptures will “light the night” and be decoratively lit from top to bottom. Kids can also enjoy an Expanded Arts for Learning/San Diego Kid Zone with rides such as European Bungie and Bubble Fun, plus arts and crafts. See website for times and prices. Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.  



Sea 180 Coastal Tavern’s End of Summer Sunset Luau
Sept. 2. Kick off September in beachy style with a sunset luau at Sea 180 Coastal Tavern. Executive Chef Ken Irvine will be serving Huli Huli chicken, coconut shrimp, sweet potatoes, fresh locally caught fish, pineapple fried jasmine rice and a Kalua Pua’a (roasted pig). Pair the South Pacific fare with live music, performances by Polynesian dancers, fire dancers and an unparalleled view of the sunset. Call for reservations. 6-9:30 p.m. $59.95. 800 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach, 619.631.4949.



Taste of the Islands Beer Brunch
Sept. 2. Transport your taste buds to paradise at this island-themed beer brunch. Each tropical-inspired dish will be paired with a Second Chance beer, including their 3rd Anniversary collaboration with Maui Brewing—Imperial Pilsner with Jasmine flowers. And no luau would be complete without a pig roast! Come hungry, thirsty and dressed in your favorite tropical attire. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. Second Chance Beer Company, 15378 Avenue of Science #222, Carmel Mountain, 858.705.6250. Tickets




Labor Day Weekend Dinner for Two
Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Enjoy a customizable three-course dinner for two, as well as a bottle of Château Beaulieu Rosé or Drumheller Cabernet Sauvignon this Labor Day weekend at The Oceanaire. Signature entrees include the grilled seasonal salmon filet, jumbo shrimp scampi and the black & bleu beef tenderloin tips with your choice of starter and dessert. See website for hours. $70. 400 J St., downtown, 619.858.2277.




Labor Day Weekend at Backyard Kitchen & Tap
Sept. 1-3. Head to Pacific Beach’s Backyard Kitchen & Tap to celebrate Labor Day Weekend right with brunch, including popular dishes such as biscuits ‘n’ gravy, the chilaquiles burrito and banana loaf French toast (pictured), among other delectable specialties. Continue the Labor Day celebration on Monday with 20 percent off for all active or retired military and first responders. Brunch Sa-Su 9 a.m.-2 p.m., M 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.859.2593.



Labor Day at Miss B’s Coconut Club
Sept. 1-3. Raise a glass (or a pineapple) to the final days of summer during Miss B’s Coconut Club’s Labor Day Weekend celebration. Sip on piña coladas, the drink of summer, served from a hollowed-out pineapple from noon-6 p.m. Don’t miss out on the pop-up oyster bar and shooters, available starting at 5 p.m. 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.381.0855.




Labor Day Luau Pool Party
Sept. 2. Bring your pool towels, grass skirts and best hula moves to this luau pool party to celebrate Labor Day. Listen to music by Lady Dottie & The Diamonds while sipping on beers from Thorn Street Brewing. Tickets include two drinks plus a TJ-style hot dog. Noon-5 p.m. $40 GA, $15 children 13 and under. Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., University Heights, 619.296.2101.




Labor Day BBQ Brunch Cruise
Sept. 3. Sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for this relaxing mid-day tour featuring free-flowing bubbly and unbeatable views of San Diego’s sights. The relaxing bay cruise includes a buffet stocked with classic American breakfast dishes, plus plenty of seasonal lunch entrees and decadent desserts. A helpful guide will tell stories and give historical context while cruising past San Diego sights including the Coronado Bay Bridge, the Star of India and the barking sea lions at Point Loma. Boarding 10:30 a.m., cruising 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $69. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.686.8715.   



Death by Tequila
Now Open. Inspired by the local vibe of Encinitas and the fresh, coastal cuisine of Baja Mexico, the new Death By Tequila reimagines Mexican food and cocktails with locally grown fruits and vegetables and global influences. Signature dishes include ahi tuna crudo; red mole potato, grilled fish and carnitas tacos; and the elote tostada. Pair your meal with more than 100 tequila and 30 mezcal selections that are complemented by beers from Tijuana, wines from Valle de Guadalupe and twists on classic Mexican cocktails. Open daily: bar 3 p.m., dining room 5 p.m. 569 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.6108.  



619 Distillery & Tasting Room Opening Weekend
Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Stop by North Park’s newest addition to the neighborhood to celebrate their opening and Labor Day. Enjoy happy hour specials all weekend long with $6 cocktails, including the Blood of the Scorpion with 619 Scorpion Pepper Vodka, blood orange, grapefruit juice; Princess Cosmo with 619 Rose Petal Vodka, lime, cranberry; and Cucumber Martini with 619 Cucumber Vodka, simple syrup, lime and mint. F 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sa 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Su 9:30 a.m.-midnight. 3015 Lincoln Ave., North Park, 619.255.6028.


Header photo by Jorg Photo. U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge courtesy photo. Sea 180 photo courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group. Labor Day BBQ Brunch Cruise photo courtesy of Hornblower. Death by Tequila photo by Cole Ferguson.