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The Avenue Weekly Guide:

Labor Day Weekend 2016 at the Beach

· Lifestyle

Wait, what? Summer's over?

That’s right, summer’s over but hopefully you have been blessed with a three-day weekend to help you cope with your loss. If you hope to make it through the bitter San Diego autumn and even more brutal winter... you have to hit the beach this weekend and soak up your sorrows with Vitamin D and salt water...and if that doesn’t quite do it, maybe mimosa or two.

What to do...

If you live in San Diego you know what it’s like to be inundated in Facebook event invites and overwhelmed by all the possibilities– well, The Avenue Home Collective has sifted through all the possibilities for you. We have made the ultimate Guide to Labor Day Weekend at the Beach to make the transition into autumn just a little bit easier. We've provided you with four killer event options, some brunch spots on the beach and a few picture perfect places to uncork the wine and roll out the picnic blanket.

• Events •

For the cultured...

w h a t | A Bayside Summer Nights Concert: 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

w h e n | All weekend - Friday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 4th.

w h e r e | Embarcadero Marina Park South

This first event is for the aspiring cultured folk – enjoy the harmonious synchronization of classical music and fireworks above the bay at the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular. A rather glorious way to mourn the end of summer if you ask us!

Find out more information here.

For the family...

Photo: Courtesy of US Sand Sculpting Challenge

w h a t | US Sand Sculpting Challenge

w h e n | Friday-Monday

w h e r e | 1140 North Harbor Drive, "B" Street Pier, San Diego, CA

Check out the sand sculpting experts! Since sand sculptures are one of the few truly transient art forms, this event is once in a life time. This event goes on all weekend but the judging will take place Sunday night. Monday will be the absolute last time to witness these master pieces in the history of forever. Find out more information here.

For... BACON

w h a t | San Diego Bacon Fest

w h e n | Saturday

w h e r e | Preble Field at NTC Park at Liberty Station

Nothing screams the end of bikini season like SD BACON FEST. Long live fall sweaters and leggings as we prepare for winter and rejoice in the bacon & beer diet. If you can’t make the fest but still want to bask in the glory of bacon and beer, SD Bacon Fest and graciously provided some recipes for the at-home celebrators. Find more information here.

For beer enthusiasts..

Photo: courtesy of KPBS.

w h a t | Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Festival

w h e n | Sunday

w h e r e | Del Mar Racetrack, Concert Ground

If you aren’t as keen on bacon and would rather focus your attention on beer... Ballast Point is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Del Mar Racetracks. In honor of their humble beginnings, Ballast Point is launching a home brew competition! Enjoy a host of different bands (notably featuring The Roots) and 10 tasters of your favorite local beers at the racetracks. Find out more information here.

• Brunch •

Three day weekend = Three glorious days of BRUNCH! Check out these exceptional brunch spots near the beach.

Let’s be real, bikini season is never really over in San Diego. For natural dishes that will make you look good naked....

Naked Café | Solana Beach 

Herringbone is a classic, upscale brunch spot for a reason... Why wouldn’t you want to enjoy your brunch under a forrest canopy? Make sure to make a reservation now.

Herringbone | La Jolla

Photo: courtesy of Herringbone

The entire western wall of Draft directly opens up to the boardwalk, you can’t get any closer to the ocean... you may not even need to add salt to your dish.

Draft | Mission Beach

Photo: courtesy of

If you are looking for that chill vibe that you can only find in OB and you don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the food – check out this local joint.

To the Point Eatery | Ocean Beach 

• Picnic •

When it comes down to it, this weekend is all about going outside with the people you like. If you are looking for a more budget friendly, or casual atmosphere to kick back, relax and uncork the wine... avoid the impossible labyrinth of unpromising parking lots in mission bay and check out some of these outdoor spots!

For the BEST view of SD, check out Kate Sessions Park

Image: courtesy of

For a picnic that easily fades into a bonfire with a view of the SD skyline... go to Shelter Island.

Photo: courtesy of

We hope we’ve helped you figure out your weekend plans a bit! Look out for more weekend guides by The Avenue Home Collective to help you bask in all of San Diego’s brilliance week after week.

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