Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Aug. 29 - Sept. 1

Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 19:36:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Enjoy some time outside in sunny San Diego, as several events headline Labor Day weekend.

The U.S. San Sculpting Challenge and Dimension Art Expo, bringing the world's best sand sculptors to town to compete on the Broadway Pier. Sculptors will tranform about 300 tons of sand into astounding works of art.

Or visit Imperial Ave. to celebrate the rich history and culture of San Diego's "diamond neighborhoods," during the Diamond Street Festival, featuring a car show, local foods, vendors, and a kids zone in southeast San Diego.

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Little Italy also celebrates some East Coast history with their annual Labor Day Stickball Tournament, brining the time-honored sport to our streets for a weekend of fun.

Here's a look at some things to do this weekend:


Cinema Under the Stars: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Where: 4040 Goldfinch St., San Diego; Cost: $17 - $20
(Thursday - Sunday) Relive the epic classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark" at Cinema Under the Stars, screening this weekend at the Mission Hills theater.

La Mesa Classic Car Show
Where: La Mesa Village; Cost: Free
Head over to La Mesa Village and take a gander at pre-1974 cars, trucks, and other autos during the La Mesa Classic Car Show. Live music will serenade your stroll along La Mesa Blvd. with the night's best cars are honored.


1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South; Cost: $17 - $108
(Friday - Saturday) The summer San Diego Symphony season comes to a close with the symphony's annual Tchaikovsky concert, led by conductor Christopher Dragon. Send summer out with a bang as the orchestra plays the 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons and a fireworks display.

5th annual Diamond Street Festival
Where: Imperial Ave., between 60th and 63rd streets; Cost: Free
Enjoy live music, delicious food, rich arts and culture, a car show, and kids zone in the heart of San Diego's "diamond neighborhoods" between 60th and 63rd streets this weekend. The free, family-friendly street festival celebrates the culture and energy of southeast San Diego with thousands expect to attend.


U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo
Where: Broadway Pier and Landing; Cost: $10 - $15
(Saturday - Sunday) Watch as world master sand sculptors turn 300 tons of sand into works of art this weekend, as they compete to create the best sand sculptures on San Diego's Broadway Pier. Families can check out the art, live entertainment and bands, kids sand activities and games, and delicious foods throughout the weekend.

KGB Sky Show
Where: SDCCU Stadium; Cost: Starting at $29
It'll be hard to miss the "greatest firewroks show west of the Mississippi" this weekend, as pyrotechnics light the sky above SDCCU Stadium for the KGB Sky Show. The fireworks display takes place after the San Diego State Aztecs face the Weber State Wildcats.

Labor Day Stickball Tournament
Where: 1572 Columbia St., Little Italy; Cost: Free to spectate
(Saturday and Monday) Little Italy celebrates the time-honored game of stickball, with 8-12 teams competing for the Jillie Trophy. Come out, enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Little Italy, and catch stickball teams facing off in the street.


49th annual Barona Powwow
Where: Barona Resort & Casino; Cost: Free - $20
(Friday - Sunday) Celebrate Native American heritage with the Barona Band of Mission Indians during their annual powwow, a three-day event that hosts traditional dancing, music, singing, foods, arts, and more.

Hawaiian Plumeria Festival
Where: Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park; Cost: Free
(Saturday - Sunday) Enjoy delicious cultural cuisine, live entertainment by dancers and bands, a flower show, and more during the Hawaiian Plumeria Festival, hosted by the Southern California Plumeria Society. The free event invites the public out enjoy beautiful flowers island vibes in Balboa Park.

3rd annual Hoodstock Musical Festival & Fundraiser
Where: The National, 2292 National Ave., San Diego; Cost: $10
Hoodstock will host a day of live music, kids activities, delicious local foods and vendors, and live spoken poetry reading, all to benefit the Peoples Lot, a community multi-use park currently in development in the Barrio Logan community.