Go big this Labor Day Weekend in San Diego with events that include polo on the beach, sand sculpting, Bacon Fest and the KGB SkyShow.
8.31: Screen on the Green
Start the holiday weekend with a relaxing night in Balboa Park enjoying a free screening of Midnight in Paris, a romantic comedy from Woody Allen. The movie will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
Botanical Lawn, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/film
8.31: Uptown Tavern 5th Anniversary
Calling all fans of cocktails, parties and a little Grease Lightning every once in a while. Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a greaser-themed shindig and drink specials, plus special guest DJ Taj and GoGo Dancers.
1236 University Ave., Hillcrest, uptowntavernsd.com
If you have a fear of missing out, then make sure you’re downtown on Thursday night to catch FOMO. Preceding the event will be a KAABOO ticket giveaway hosted by PACIFIC (details here).
Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20-125. 21+. 619.544.9500 or omnianightclub.com
8.31-9.2 Billy Bonnell
“I like being from Texas, but it sucks I gotta baptize my future kid in sweet tea.” - Billy Bonnell on Twitter
American Comedy Co., downtown, americancomedyco.com
9.1: Armin van Buuren
The veteran Dutch DJ, producer, remixer and co-founder of Armada Music has been DJ Mag‘s No. 1 DJ a record five times, and was also nominated for a Grammy in 2014. In February, van Buuren opened the new A State of Trance studio in Amsterdam to celebrate the 800th episode of his radio show with the same name. - Scott McDonald
9 p.m. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $75-125. 21+. 619.544.9500 or omnianightclub.com
Last playing at Parq in July, the Suriname-born, Aruba-based Chuckie (aka Clyde Narain) is synonymous with the “Dirty Dutch” style. Narain paired with Dutch DJ duo GLOWINTHEDARK for the July-released Turn Up The Bass EP. - Scott McDonald
10 p.m. Parq, 615 Broadway, downtown. $15-25. 21+. 619.727.6789 or parqsd.com
9.1-2 Clayton English
“White people, they got their extreme sports, you know, parachuting, hang gliding, all that s**t. I got my extreme sport, goddammit, and that’s getting away from the police. That’s my sport right there.” - Clayton English at Throwbacks Bar
The Comedy Store, La Jolla, lajolla.thecomedystore.com
9.1-3: Polo America’s 2nd Annual Beach Polo Cup
Fifty horses and as many polo players compete in four matches during this lavish, three-day event featuring pop-up boutiques, hat contests and informal fashion shows. - Michael Benninger
Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, hoteldel.com
9.1-3: Padres vs. Dodgers
Petco Park will be filled with fan events during Labor Day weekend including the Hedges Saxy Section on Friday and a Wil Myers “Cycle” bobblehead giveaway on Saturday.
Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., padres.com
9.1-3: 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular
This classical music spectacular, part of Bayside Summer Nights, will be even more grand when it’s followed by a loud, dazzling fireworks display over the San Diego Bay.
7:30 p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown, sandiegosymphony.org
9.1-4: U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo
Sand sculptors from around the world compete for top honors during this four-day bayside extravaganza that includes live entertainment, a dozen gourmet food trucks and 300 tons of imported sand. - Michael Benninger
Broadway Pier and Pavilion: 1000 N Harbor Drive, downtown, ussandsculpting.com
9.1-4: U.S. Maritime Museum Festival of Sail
Scores of tall ships, windjammers and nautical vessels of all varieties return to the San Diego Bay for California’s largest tall ship festival, while merchants, beer gardens and live entertainment line the Embarcadero’s waterfront. - Michael Benninger
Maritime Museum of San Diego: 1492 N Harbor Drive, downtown, sdmaritime.org
9.1-4: Julian Hard Cider Patriotic Tasters
This local cider company is going patriotic with flights of red, white and blue ciders, which will be available at two Waypoint Public locations (North Park and Del Sur) as well as the company’s tasting room. Proceeds from the flights, which will be available from Sept. 1-4 at $6 for three 5-ounce pours, will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
Julian Hard Cider: 4470 Julian Rd., Julian, 760.765.2500 or julianhardcider.biz
Waypoint Public: 3794 30th St., 619.255.8778 and 16480 Paseo Del Sur, 858.312.8398. waypointpublic.com
Los Angeles DJ Vice, born Eric Aguirre, brings his breezy Obsession to the dance floor of Omnia.
Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20-125. 21+. 619.544.9500 or omnianightclub.com
9.2 Bill Burr
“Now, I am not advocating drinking and driving, but I will tell you there’s nothing better than when all your friends and family know you’re hammered... There’s nothing better than that walk to the car. It’s incredible. Women are screaming, people tearing at your clothes. You feel like you’re in the Beatles. ‘Oh, my God! No! Stop him!’ You’re like, ‘No autographs. I’m sorry, I have to go. I’ll be back. Just...get ‘em off me!’ ” - Bill Burr on Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out
Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Funner (formerly Valley Center), harrahssocal.com
Featured last year as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know,” the Miami-based trap DJ released the single, Game Over, with Crankdat, as well as remixes to his single, Can’t Get Enough, in 2017. - Scott McDonald
9 p.m. Bassmnt, 919 Fourth Ave., Suite 100, downtown. $10. 18+. 619.231.9200 or bassmntsd.com
9.2: Bacon Fest
Go hog wild with all-you-can-eat samples of bacon-forward dishes from some of San Diego’s top restaurants. Tickets to this fifth annual event also include beer samples from more than 30 breweries. - Michael Benninger
1:30-5 p.m. (noon entry for VIP tickets), Preble Field at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma, sdbaconfest.com
9.2: 21st Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Stomp grapes then play a round of bocce ball, sample sips from local wineries or enter the I Love Lucy lookalike contest at this event for oenophiles set against a live Italian soundtrack.
Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, visitjulian.com
9.2: KGB SkyShow
Other than Forth of July, this is the fireworks show San Diegans look forward to all year. The 42nd annual KGB SkyShow will light up the sky following the San Diego State football season opener against UC Davis.
5:30-10 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium, goaztecs.com
9.2 STAFFORD BROTHERS
The Australian-born, L.A.-based DJ siblings have already collaborated with the likes of MAKJ, Timmy Trumpet, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Rick Ross. Their latest single, Love Cliché, is coming soon. - Scott McDonald
10 p.m. Parq, 615 Broadway, downtown. $20-25. 21+. 619.727.6789 or parqsd.com
9.2 Sunburn Pool Party
It’s going to be HOT this weekend, especially poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Sunburn pool party. with legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold bringing the beats.
Sunburn Pool Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., downtown, sunburnpool.com
9.3: Tacotopia at the Track and Steve Aoki
Spend the day eating some of San Diego’s best tacos and watching horse races during the season’s closing weekend. After the final race, head on over to the Seaside Stage for a performance from world renowned EDM star Steve Aoki.
Del Mar Racing, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, dmtc.com
9.3: Big SoCal Euro 2017
This gathering that features more than 3,000 European cars is one of the largest all-European car events on the West Coast, and best of all, it’s free. - Michael Benninger
Noon to 6 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium, big-euro.com/big-socal-euro
9.3 BOOMBOX CARTEL
The Mexico-born, Minneapolis-bred and Los Angeles-based DJ duo of Amerigo Garcia and Jorge Medina released the hit Colorslast year on Spinnin’ Records. Their latest offering, the five-song Cartel EP, came out in April on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. - Scott McDonald
9 p.m. Bassmnt, 919 Fourth Ave., Suite 100, downtown. $10-20. 18+. 619.231.9200 or bassmntsd.com
9.3 RICK ROSS
The Teflon Don returned earlier this year with his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me. It features Nas, Yo Gotti, Young Thug, Future, Meek Mill and more. - Scott McDonald
10 p.m. Parq, 615 Broadway, downtown. $20-30. 21+. 619.727.6789 or parqsd.com
9.3: Dada Life
The Swedish DJ duo of Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom have played the stages of EDC and Ultra, remixed Kaskade and Afrojack, and even have their own festival - Dada Land: The Voyage. The pair released three singles last year. - Scott McDonald
9 p.m. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $30-125. 21+. 619.544.9500 or omnianightclub.com
9.3 In the Sun at The Pool House
Pop some bottles at this Veuve Cliquot presented pool party at the Pendry Hotel, which features music from DJ Shoeny.
The Pool House at Pendry Hotel, 550 J St., downtown, poolhousesd.com
Eat up (Labor Day Weekend food specials)
Barefoot Bar & Grill: Chill out for the Sunday Funday with outdoor music from noon to 4 p.m. paired with cocktails, burgers, flatbreads and more. Feeling adventurous? Rent a paddle board or kayak to really earn your meal. 1404 Vacation Rd., Mission Bay, paradisepoint.com
Bistro 39: Between 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 4, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, including a full rack of BBQ Pork Ribs for $32 or a half rack for $22. A BBQ Half Chicken will be $19. 3939 Ocean Bluff Avenue, Del Mar, 858.720.9500 or bistro39sandiego.com
Le Parfait Paris: Sweeten the whole weekend with brunch at this downtown cafe, which will feature two for $10 on brunch cocktails (excluding the Real Mimosa) and a special Labor Day weekend dessert. 555 G St., downtown, leparfaitparis.com
Morton’s the Steakhouse: This downtown steak house is bringing new meaning to “power hour” during Labor Day Weekend. From 5 p.m. to close on Sept. 1-4, enjoy specially priced bar bites and select beverages. 285 J St., downtown, mortons.com
Rancho Bernardo Inn: A celebration the whole family can enjoy takes place poolside at the Santiago family pool. From Sept. 1-4, enjoy an all-American BBQ and a “dive-inn” movie. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo, ranchobernardoinn.com
Salt & Whiskey: On Sunday, Sept. 3, enjoy a Back Alley BBQ from one of the newest bars in downtown San Diego. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here. 311 Island Ave., downtown, saltandwhiskeysd.com