Labor Day Weekend: Things to Do in San Diego

August 30, 2018

Labor Day is this Monday, and that means 3-day weekend! Still working on those weekend plans? Check out our picks for what to do in San Diego this Labor Day weekend. FRIDAY NIGHTS AT BALBOA PARKFriday, August 31st at Balboa ParkWith blooming flowers, extended museum hours, evening concerts, summer camps, food trucks, and more, summer Friday nights are EVERYTHING in Balboa Park. Food Truck Friday kicks off at 4pm with live music and more than a dozen food trucks! A number of the museums have extended hours -- including the Fleet Science Center where you can catch an IMAX film, San Diego Natural History Museum hosts "Nat at Night" with a rooftop bar & trivia that starts at 7pm, plus catch extended hours at San Diego Museum of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden, Spanish Village Art Center, and San Diego Museum of Man. Details and more here. US SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE & DIMENSIONAL ART EXPOFriday, August 31st through Monday, September 3rdDAILY: 9:00am - 5:00pm, open til 7:00pm on Saturday & Sunday300 tons of sand will be dumped on the Broadway Pier this weekend for the Sand Sculpting Challege, a 4-day event! Master Sand Sculptors will travel from around the world to participate in this amazing event. Bring the family and check out the amazing works of art! Get tickets.CONCERT: SMASHING PUMPKINSSaturday, September 1st at Viejas ArenaCONCERT: EVANESCENCE & LINDSEY STERLINGFriday, August 31st at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre PADRES GAMESThe San Diego Padres are hosting the Colorado Rockies for a 4-game series at Petco Park, from Thursday, August 30th through Sunday, September 2nd. Thursday and Friday first pitch is at 7:10pm, Saturday's game starts at 5:40pm, and Sunday's game gets underway at 1:10pm.TASTE OF THE ISLANDS BEER BRUNCHSunday, September 2nd from 11am - 1pm | Second Chance BeerTransport your tastebuds to paradise with this island-themed beer brunch. Each tropical-inspired dish will be perfectly paired with a delicious Second Chance Beer, including our 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. Featuring original dishes from local Chef Marco Gonzalez, Chef Stephen Gage, Chef Jesus (Chuy) de la Torre, and Chef Kristianna Zabala. Menu and pairings coming soon! DUCK FOOT EAST VILLAGE TAPROOM & KITCHEN GRAND OPENINGFriday, August 31st from 2pm - 10pmThe Duck Foot East Village Taproom & Kitchen Grand Opening is this Labor Day weekend!! Here's what's in store: Keep the Pint every day this weekend, while supplies last, with our brand new limited edition East Village pint glass! Beer Menu of Limited Releases, including a selection of Barrel-Aged and Collaboration brews exclusive to East Village, plus full snack and small plate menu.NIGHTTIME ZOODaily through Monday, September 3rdCelebrate summer with extended summer hours at the San Diego Zoo. This weekend is the final days of this year's Nighttime Zoo longer hours. Visit the zoo for special summer events, including live music, fun shows, and special animal enounters! DEL MAR RACESDAILY: Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 3rdThis weekend is the closing weekend of the summer season at the Del Mar Racetrack! Gates open daily at 12:00pm, with the first post at 2:00pm, with the exception of Friday, when the gates open at 1:30pm, with the first post at 3:30pm. Admission to the race track starts at only $6.