The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge's art work can be seen through Labor Day at Broadway Pier.
Creations at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge can be viewed through Labor Day at Broadway Pier. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s Labor Day. Sigh – makes you a little wistful for a summer almost gone. What better way to say goodbye than with one of the most summery things of all?

What might that be? Sand castles. But really, it’s so much more than just castles. The best architects of said art convene at Broadway Pier for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge. Competition concludes Saturday, but the work will be on view the remainder of the holiday weekend. The event – admission costs $15 – also features sculpting classes, tribute bands and food trucks.

But hey, maybe you like fall better than summer. Every season has its constituency. Football, of course, might be the reason why you opt for autumn. As of Saturday, you can get your gridiron on with San Diego State. The Aztecs open their season at home at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium against Weber State. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.

After a Friday opening reception, San Diego REP’s Latinx New Play Festival begins in earnest at noon Saturday. The event, at the Lyceum Theatre, includes works by five playwrights. In the past Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas of Culture Clash fame saw their plays featured here.

Teens compete with fancy scarves at the Barona Powwow, which comes back to Lakeside this weekend. Photo by Chris Stone

The 49th annual Barona Powwow also opens Friday at the Barona Sports Park in Lakeside, but the majority of the action takes place from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of Native Americans are expected to participate in the dancing contests, which spectators can watch free.

We all like to go places where we’re usually not allowed. The Birch Aquarium hosts Sunset and Full Moon Pier Walks where the public can access the normally closed Scripps Pier in La Jolla. Two Sunset Walks take place at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35, but must be purchased in advance.

If you like your art with a side of history, and spiced up with a little celebration besides, head to Balboa Park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the free season finale of the San Diego International Organ Festival. It’s Silent Movie Night and one of the featured films, Chasing Choo Choos, was shot on the San Diego & Arizona Railway, which workers completed 100 years ago. One of San Diego’s major influencers, John Spreckels, funded the venture.

This isn’t the lyric, but really, there ain’t no party like a New Orleans party, and Del Mar will bring it to the West Coast Sunday for the Taste of New Orleans. The concert area hosts the event, beginning at noon, with live music and lots of the food for which the Big Easy is famous. It’s all included with the cost of race track admission.

– Staff reports

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