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Exploring San Diego: Labor Day weekend edition

Posted at 1:49 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 16:57:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's Labor Day weekend is filled with fun across the county.

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge returns to the downtown Broadway Pier, where tons of sand will be transformed into massive works of art.

Julian is bringing the joys of wine to town with its annual Grape Stomp Festa. Yes, you get to roll up your pant legs and stomp grapes!

Not interested in anything here? Check out the 10News community events calendar for a look at even more things to do!

Hip-hop icon Ice Cube also rolls into town for a performance at the Del Mar Fairgrounds following Sunday's races. (Not sure if he'll continue to hate on San Diego sports teams, but probably...)

Here's a look at some other fun events this Labor Day weekend in San Diego:



Rooftop Cinema: Point Break

Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt; Cost: $17 - $24

What better way to start off Labor Day weekend in San Diego than with a movie on a downtown rooftop. This week, Rooftop Cinema is screening the action-packed flick "Point Break." 


Twilight Concerts in the Park

Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free

Take in the sounds of the Moon Light Serenade Orchestra during Concert Appreciation Night at Balboa Park's Twilight Concerts in the Park series.



U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier; Cost: Free - $30

(Friday - Monday) Sand sculpting masters will play in more than 300 tons of sand offloaded in downtown San Diego, creating astounding works of art. Spectators can vote on their favorite creations and meet with artists, learn how to sand sculpt, and enjoy some free activities.


48th annual Barona Powwow

Where: Barona Sports Complex; Cost: Free

(Friday - Sunday) The Barona Band of Mission Indians hosts a weekend of contests, camping, drum and cultural immersion, and much more! 



19th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival

Where: Casa del Prado, Balboa Park; Cost: Free

(Saturday - Sunday) Stop and smell the flowers in Balboa Park this weekend at the annual Plumeria Festival, featuring live entertainment, Hawaiian cuisine, and an extensive collection of plumerias!


22nd Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Where: Menghini Winery; Cost: Free - $15

Ten local wineries will be offering sips of their wines, a variety of food, and, of course, Italian music and some bocce ball during Julian's Grape Stomp Festa. Get ready to roll up your pant legs and get a-stompin!



Ice Cube

Where: Del Mar Racetrack; Cost: $6 - $30

Hip-hop icon Ice Cube is heading to the Del Mar racetrack for a special performance after the races this Labor Day weekend. the concert is free with racetrack admission and $30 after the last race.


Annual Labor Day Stickball Tournament

Where: Little Italy; Cost: Free to spectate

Little Italy's Labor Day tradition is back, as stickball takes over Columbia Street. Come out and cheer for teams and celebrate the summertime tradition!



Labor Day cruise on San Diego Bay

Where: Hornblower Cruises; Cost: Cruise prices vary

(Thursday - Monday) Hit the bay for the weekend and enjoy a cruise with America's Finest City as a backdrop! Hornblower Cruises is hosting a lineup of brunch, cocktail, whale watching, sunset, and BBQ cruises this Labor Day weekend.


Nighttime at the San Diego Zoo

Where: San Diego Zoo; Cost: $44- $60

(Thursday - Monday) Labor Day is the San Diego Zoo's final "Nighttime" celebration of the year! Check out live performances and entertainment, zookeeper talks, and fun evening dining at the zoo.