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Labor Day Events in San Diego

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Apparently almost 2 million Southern Californians are hitting the road between today and Monday, and most of them are headed to San Diego. Time to reinforce your homes!!! Kidding. But there will be a lot more people in America's Finest City this weekend than there have been probably all summer long. And who can blame them? Crazy beautiful beaches, warm (but not unbearable) weather, incredible hiking and other outdoor activities, and a real love for what makes life enjoyable beckon all. If you're planning on staying put this weekend, here's a short list of some events around the county you might want to check out. We've included activities that don't require a car because our roadways might be a bit congested... No matter how you choose to celebrate, enjoy your Labor Day weekend (and remember we'll be closed on Monday)! Festival of Sail: Held every year in the Embarcadero, the Festival of Sail is all about ships! A great event if the beaches are too crowded but you still want to be close to the water, this is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and is held over 4 days, giving you plenty of time to stop by. Tickets are just $5 and you can get to the Embarcadero on the Trolley. There is also a Tall Ships Battle on the bay (extra cost because you get to be on the ships), in which ships will mock battle each other in the style of the mid-to late-1800s. US Sand Sculpting Challenge: The weird thing about this sand sculpting event is that it doesn't actually take place on the beach - it's held downtown at the B Street cruise ship terminal pier. But the awesome thing about this sand sculpting event is the mind-boggling sculptures artists create using just sand and water. Also spanning the entire 4-day weekend, this is not to be missed as it's so easy to get to on the Trolley and comes with a discount when you show your MTS pass (regularly $9).  There will also be other 3D art you can purchase (non sand art...) and take home with you, plus a bunch of entertainment and kids activities. 2013 KGB Sky Show: The biggest fireworks show west of the Mississippi. Seriously. This is not to be missed. And honestly, if you're out and about at all Saturday night it's almost impossible to miss. This San Diego tradition celebrates the yearly SDSU Aztecs season opener game at Qualcomm Stadium and the show is set to music you can hear on the radio from anywhere, as long as you have an unobstructed view of Mission Valley. But inside is where the good stuff is: lasers, stage lighting, sky divers, special effects, FLAMES, and cameos from sports celebrities and other live talent. Tickets are $15-39 depending on your seat selection. Padres vs. Giants: What's more American than baseball? Hot dogs. On the last long weekend of the summer, see your Padres take on the San Francisco Giants in the first of three games Monday afternoon, which also happens to be $1 hot dog day. Yes and please! It's also $5 park tickets and, again, super easy to get to on the Trolley.


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