Three Days to Play: San Diego Labor Day Planner

Whether you're entertaining friends or just showing yourself a good time, we've got your guide to celebrating Labor Day in San Diego: Find local events, activities, the best outdoor restaurants and bars and more.

Updated: January 27, 2010

Labor Day Events and Outings


The Old Globe

1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101

Catch "A Midsummer Night's Dream" under the stars during the Summer Shakespeare Festival in Balboa Park.


Mission Beach

Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Ride the ocean-front roller coaster, devour a snow cone or play in the 70-degree waves at this family-friendly public beach.


Embarcadero Park North/South

111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

The Summer Pops series by the San Diego Symphony rocks the park near Seaport Village with a post-concert fireworks show.


Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Stay late after one of the last races of the season on Saturday for special food deals and Fridays for live music.


San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

After sunset (when the crowds go home), Nighttime Zoo offers live music beat performances and scenic patio dining.


Hornblower Cruises & Event

1066 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Cruise the bay with champagne on the wide-open sun deck for the Hornblower's special Labor Day Brunch Cruise.


Seaworld Adventure Park

500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

As part of Summer Nights at Sea World, the park features extended hours through Labor Day weekend and a spectacular fireworks show each night.


Outdoor Restaurants and Bars


Jrdn Restaurant

723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

The patio at Tower 23's Jordan restaurant is the perfect pick for an upscale beach experience. No shabby, sandy surfer dudes here. The crowd is well-heeled, well-behaved and not shy about ordering a round of $12 cocktails for the talble.


Lounge Six

616 J St 4th Fl, San Diego, CA 92101

It's one of our favorite pool decks in the city, and it's open to the public all weekend! Sip cocktails (we love the prickly pear margarita), munch on apps and sun yourself alongside downtown SD's see-and-be-seen set.


Lahaina Beach Club

710 Oliver Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better people-watching patio than this one, just an arm's length from the boardwalk.


Beach Bar

421 West B St, San Diego, CA 92101

The W's trendy rooftop bar brings the beach--sand and all--into the heart of downtown.


Ocean House At Carlsbad Village

300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Enjoy ocean views and sea breezes from the wraparound veranda.


Trattoria Acqua

1298 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

The multilevel patio boasts several private seating clusters, many with unobstructed views of La Jolla Cove.


Old Town Mexican Cafe

2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

The margaritas and tortillas are the stuff of legends at this Old Town eatery with a colorful, rustic patio in the back.


Labor Day Shopping


Pacific Beach Surf Shop

4150 Mission Blvd Ste 161, San Diego, CA 92109

Rent a board, buy a new bikini or stock up on suncreen: This is your one-stop surf shop for the weekend.


Henry's Marketplace

1260 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Consider this your one-stop, pre-picnic shop for everything from fresh fruit to cheese, snacks and wine.