How To Have the Best Labor Day Weekend Ever In San Diego

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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. This is the last chance to enjoy the vacation-like atmosphere before the kids head back to school and work gets more serious again. A beer and barbecue  get-together is a Labor Day tradition for many. However, if you find yourself in the San Diego area when August turns into September, there are a lot of exciting options that can make this the best Labor Day you've ever had. Weekend-long events, parties, sports, family events, and a chance to play in the sand are on the agenda for SD residents and tourists. And of course, there is ample opportunity to host your own unforgettable end-of-summer bash.

San Diego special events

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One of the bigger Labor Day celebrations in Southern California is the Festival of Sail. This four day event, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, features an impressive regatta of historic ships. These boats "parade" through the harbor, and lucky ticket-holders can actually ride on them during the procession. There are tours, performances, a beer garden, children's activities, and many food and craft vendors. People who actually want to get in the water can head to Oceanside for the 1-mile Pier Swim, an event that has been taking place for the past 85 years. It is also possible to create your own special event on the water. Cruise companies offer brunch and dinner cruses around the harbor throughout the weekend.

Festival of Sail

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Though it gets lost in the shuffle of barbecues and getting the kids ready to head back to school, Labor Day Weekend is actually one of the most exciting times of the year for sports. Major League Baseball's season is heading for the home stretch, while the NFL and college football are just kicking off. All three of these sporting spectacles will be on display in San Diego this Labor Day Weekend. The San Diego Padres will be hosting two series, one versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and one versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both of these will take place at Petco Field. The NFL's San Diego Chargers will take the field at Qualcomm Stadium early in the weekend for a pre-season matchup, and the San Diego State Aztecs, one of California's most exciting college teams, will kick off their season at Qualcomm on Saturday. Tickets for all of these events are still available. The Del Mar Racetrack's summertime meet will be concluding on Labor Day as well.

How To Have the Best Labor Day Weekend Ever In San Diego

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One of the funnest Labor Day traditions in San Diego is the US Sand Sculpting Challenge. This event draws professional sandcastle builders, who complete against one another to see who can make the most-spectacular structure. Music, games, food, and sandcastle master classes are also on the agenda, as is a 3-d art show and sale. Those who want to head outside of the city, meanwhile, can visit the Julian Apple Festival's opening weekend. This annual event celebrates the apple harvest with music, cider pressing, apple picking and other celebrations.

How To Have the Best Labor Day Weekend Ever In San Diego

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And then there is the option of creating something special yourself for Labor Day Weekend. A celebration with your friends is the perfect way to usher in autumn and give summer a proper goodbye. The Bayview Mansions, which sits right on San Diego Bay, offers plenty of space for a luxury barbecue event and cocktail party. The view from the Bayview's terraces is perfect for watching the exciting events taking place on the water all weekend. The 7,000 square-foot property can host up to 500 guests, and you can make a whole weekend of it by taking advantage of the onsite bedrooms to have a memorable vacation.

How To Have the Best Labor Day Weekend Ever In San Diego

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Another option for creating your own magic on Labor Day Weekend is Villa La Jolla. This modern property features amazing views and a quieter setting. It can host 150 guests for a cocktail party or dinner event. Because of its peaceful surroundings, amazing ambiance and stunning views, the Villa is the ideal venue for people who want  their Labor Day fete to be about relaxation and the beauty of the season.

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We have other estates in the San Diego area that are capable of hosting a memorable Labor Day event. With over a dozen options, you can surely find something to suit your needs.

Your turn...

What are you planning for Labor Day Weekend this year? Something special and memorable? Use the comments section to share your plans.