Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

Looking for a great way to kick off the last unofficial weekend of summer? Here are some ideas.

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Labor Day weekend is often considered the unofficial end of summer. But don't let that get you down, here's some fun things going on around San Diego to keep the good times going.
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The Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim, as seen in this file image from the North County Times, is an annual event for locals. Jump in and get wet along with hundreds of your closest friends for the one-mile race around the Oceanside pier. Tickets start at $40.
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On Friday, Aug., tall ships from all over the world will parade around the San Diego Bay ending at the Maritime Museum's docks. The Festival of Sail takes place Friday through Monday and is one of the largest tall ship festivals on the west coast.
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Carlsbad and Las Americas Premium Outlets will be hosting their Labor Day Weekend Sales beginning Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. through Monday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. Stores will offer extra discounts on top of the center's normal savings of 25% to 65%.
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San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Calendar is planning to end the summer with a bang by performing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with cannons over San Diego Bay. The concerts take place Sept. 1-2.
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Check out the last weekend of Summer Movies in the Park throughout the county. "The Lorax" is playing in Vista and "We Bought a Zoo" is playing in Ocean Beach on Friday, Aug. 31. Saturday's showing is "Rango" at Poway Community Park.
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The first SoCal music festival will take place in East Village on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 2 p.m. to midnight. Cold War Kids will jam out while skateboarders hit the streets.
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The 2012 Liquid Aloha Music Festival will be providing island vibes with multiple bands. Tickets for the 21+ event start at $15.
On Labor Day at the Del Mar Racetrack, dachshunds will compete for the title of fastest dog in town. Three races will take place after the main horse events.
The Reggae Summersplash will be hosted at the Worldbeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 4 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $40.
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The Sand Sculpting challenge downtown will have hundreds of artists compete for the best sculptor in San Diego. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday downtown by the waterfront.
The Balboa Park 4-mile run has runners from all over the country sprinting through the park. Head over to the historic area at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to run or watch.
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