Labor Day weekend is traditionally the unofficial end of summer. But if you’re not quite ready to say farewell to outdoor fun and summer events, look no further than this weekend for lots of great family fun. Head to the Festival of the Sail for some oceanside fun. Enjoy the beach at the annual Sand Sculpting Challenge. Experience Native American culture at the 43rd Annual Barona Powwow. Take the family to the streets for the annual Orange International Street Fair. There’s something for everyone this weekend!

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San Diego

Festival of the Sail
The Maritime Museum of San Diego will transform the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast. More than 20 tall ships and other vessels from around the world will be visiting San Diego. In addition, there will be live entertainment, a petting zoo, vendors, food, cannon battles, cruises on San Diego Bay, and more. Fri. – Mon., 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Maritime Museum of San Diego, All ages. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under. Event details.

Sand Sculpting Challenge
Thousands of people across the U.S. attend this event where they see sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Check out the amazing sculptures while enjoying musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, circus performers, magicians, the best of the buskers. Activities for kiddos include art projects, sandbox, sand sculpture classes, Bubble Fun ride and more. Fri. – Mon., 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, “B” Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier. All ages. Costs vary. Event details.

New Children’s Museum Exhibition Grand Opening
Join the New Children’s Museum for the unveiling of Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food. The festivities take place in the Museum and in the park, with gourmet food trucks, art-making activities and music! Sat., 12:00 – 6:00 pm, The New Children’s Museum, All ages. Free with admission. Event details.

Dog Days Afternoon Party
This fun day features a live band and refreshments, dog adoptions by Baja Dog Rescue, sculpture raffles, and pet sculptures by San Diego Sculptors Guild members. Sat., 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Spanish Village Art Center, All ages. Free. Event details.

North County

Octonauts: To Your Station
Join Disney Jr.’s The Octonauts who will perform two exciting shows of “Octonauts: To Your Stations.”  The two musical performances will also include audience participation and fun activities for kiddos. Fri., 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Westfield North County, All ages. Free. Event details.

East County

43rd Annual Barona Powwow
This Tribal celebration has grown into a three-day event featuring traditional Tribal dances, singing and music, a hand drum contest, authentic Native American food and exquisite handcrafted arts and jewelry. The festivities will take place at the Barona Baseball Field (just one mile north of Barona Resort & Casino) on the Barona Indian Reservation. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Barona Indian Reservation, All ages. Free. Event details.

Orange County

Orange International Street Fair
The Orange International Street FairSM (OISF) has been the place where friends, families and neighbors get together to experience a wide variety of food, music and dance from cultures and ethnicities throughout the world. The theme for 2013 is ” Sweet on Summer at the Plaza!” and there will be plenty of activities, food and fun to bring that theme home! Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Plaza Square Park, All ages. Free. Event details.

How are you celebrating the end of summer this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

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