Events going down during Labor Day Weekend in San Diego include a luau, San Diego-based Slightly Stoopid at the Del Mar Racetrack and a beach block party.
8.30: Labor Day Weekend Kickoff Bash
Get ready to rock the weekend with a night filled with music from Di VAD, BluNites, Blameless, Suburban Park and so many more. 21+. $10 advance, $12 at the door.
Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave., Bay Park, brickbybrick.ticketfly.com
9.1: Labor Day Weekend fireworks show
East County will be firing off the fun this Labor Day with the Viejas Casino & Resort fireworks show at 9 p.m. Make a weekend of it at The Willow’s Hotel & Spa’s new adult-only destination offering VIP suites. If the R&R life is up your alley, book a treatment (or two) at the full-service spa and enjoy the resort’s salt-water pool, private cabanas and full-service bar.
5000 Willows Rd., Alpine, viejas.com
9.1: Slightly Stoopid
Just here in June as part of 91X’s BeerX Festival, the Ocean Beach collective returns for what is sure to be a packed house (er, parking lot), after the races. Their ninth studio album, Everyday Life, Everyday People, was released in July.
@ Del Mar Turf Club, dmtc.com
9.2: Souleil Labor Day Weekend
A Labor Day tradition, this event, which takes place at the WorldBeat Cultural Center at Balboa Park, features DJ Heather & Colette, Second City Sessions along with residents DJs ALA and Mikeytown.
2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, eventbrite.com
9.2: ‘80s Labor Day Weekend Party
Thow it back to the ‘80s with some big hair and neon clothing with San Diego’s very own five-piece band Stay Sweet.
710 Beach Club: 710 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, staysweet80s.com
9.2: Game On Saturday
The pool at Hotel Palomar’s rooftop pool deck and lounge, Level Four, will be transformed into an adult playground complete with giant Jenga and corn hole, plus enjoy happy hour bites from 3-6 p.m at the Taco Cart (boozy paletas optional, but recommended).
Hotel Palomar: 1047 Fifth Ave., downtown, hotelpalomar-sandiego.com
9.2: Polo Club Pool Party
No pool in your backyard, no problem. Head up to The Rooftop by STK and enjoy some Sunday Funday to round out the weekend. Bonus: There will be complimentary champagne and cocktails from 2-4 p.m. for Polo Club Card Members.
600 F St., downtown, sandiego.andaz.hyatt.com
9.2: Labor Day Block Party
The parking lot behind Maverick’s Beach Club will be open for a block party-style event featuring barbecue, games, drinks and music.
860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, maverickssd.com
9.2: Lafayette Labor Day Luau
Bust out some poolside hula moves while enjoying music from Lady Dottie & The Diamonds. Admission includes two drinks and a TJ Style Dog.
2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, lafayettehotelsd.com
9.2: Kool Katz 2
Enjoy $2-off specialty cocktails and dance the night away to DJs Jesse Austin, Pabulum and Rock the Discotek — all the cool kids will be there.
Air Conditioned Lounge: 4673 30th St., North Park, airconditionedlounge.com
9.2: Reggae Sunday
No work and no school on Monday mean it’s time to party on Sunday with an all-white party (because it’s no white after Labor Day). The night will also mark Wolfpack Entertainment’s 15th anniversary.
F6ix: 526 F St., downtown, f6ixsd.com
9.2: Ice Cube
Taking a quick break from running the Big3 basketball league and making movies, the iconic West Coast rapper hits Del Mar for a show at the track. After first teasing it way back in 2012, fans are still waiting on new album Everythang’s Corrupt.
@ Del Mar Turf Club, dmtc.com
Food + drink specials
Backyard Kitchen & Tap: Make this the weekend of brunch at this P.B. hot spot. Popular dishes include The Chilaquiles Burrito and Banana Loaf French Toast, and on Monday all active or retired military and first responders will receive 20% off their bill. 832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, backyardpb.com
The Med: Enjoy sweeping ocean views at La Jolla’s iconic Pink Lady (La Valencia Hotel) where brunch will be offered in the main dining room or on the outdoor terrace with offerings that include the Brioche Cinnamon Roll, PB+J French Toast, Lobster Roll and Fried Hot Chicken Sandwich. 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, lavalencia.com
Pacific Beach AleHouse: Watch the beach from above and enjoy $5 PB AleHouse Hangloose house brew, $10 Poptails, and DJ’s spinning at 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, plus all day Monday. 721 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, pbalehouse.com
Pacifica Del Mar: Take in ocean breezes while enjoying a brunch menu complete with Pacifica’s Huevos, Cinnamon Brioche French Toast and Class Eggs Benedict. Bottomless mimosas are $15 extra. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, pacificadelmar.com
Union Kitchen & Tap (Encinitas): The ‘90s make a comeback in North County with live music on Saturday from 10 p.m. to close and karaoke on Sunday from 10 p.m. to close. If that’s not enough, come back on Monday for a Brunch & Day Party featuring brunch specialties from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and bottmless mimosas for $15 a person. 1108 S. Coast Highway, Encinitas, localunion101.com
Union Kitchen & Tap (Gaslamp): Music starts at 11 a.m. Sunday and Monday with brunch flowing Saturday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Monday, 20% will be awarded to all military, first responders and union workers. 333 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, gaslampunion.com
Upper East Bar: Enjoy food and drink specials at the rooftop bar Saturday through Monday, including bacon-wrapped hot dogs or beer-braised bratwursts for $8. On Sunday, Escape Sundays at the pool will feature a DJ and drink specials, including $20 bottles of dry rosé and $5 draft beers. Monday will feature tequila drink specials. 616 J St., East Village, hotelsolamar.com
Verandina: This beach-side Italian restaurant is serving its weekend brunch on Monday, too, with Cannoli Waffles, various Benedict’s and paninis, plus all-you-can-drink mimosas for $10. 710 Seacost Dr., Imperial Beach, verandinarestaurant.com
Waterbar: About as close to the beach as you can be without being on the beach, Waterbar will have DJs spinning Friday through Monday along with $4 Budweiser, bourbon and rye whiskey cocktail specials and barbecue cookout specials, too. 4325 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, waterbarsd.com