Looking for some rad things to do this Labor Day weekend? We got Yew! For a full list of concerts / events, visit our kick-ass EVENTS calendar (powered by DoSD.com). Orrrr, here are our top YEW-worthy picks:
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition
Started after the Imperial Beach U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition ended in 2011, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition, is one of the biggest sand-sculpting exhibitions on the West Coast and will bring 40,000 spectators to downtown San Diego through Monday. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Broadway Pier and Landing, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego.
Tickets: $10-$15 Saturday through Monday. Admission is free for children under 2 in strollers. ussandsculpting.com
Smashing Pumpkins celebrates its 30th anniversary with a reunion concert featuring the original lineup (sans D’arcy) — Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha — performing music from the band’s first five records: “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore” and “Machina/The Machines of God.”
Where: Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, SDSU. 7 p.m. Saturday. Get tickets to the Smashing Pumpkins.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Tickets
Jason Isbell has established a reputation for being one of his generation’s finest songwriters. This Saturday, Jason Isbell and his longtime band, the 400 Unit, perform at Copley Symphony Hall with special guest Aimee Mann. The critically acclaimed band recently took home two Grammy awards for Best Americana Album for their celebrated album The Nashville Sound and Best American Roots Song for the gorgeous “If We Were Vampires”.
Saturday.Copley Symphony Hall. Tickets are priced from $39.50-$65 with more details at here.
Labor Day Stickball Tournament
A throwback to New York in the early 1900s, it’s not Labor Day weekend without the annual Stickball Tournament in Little Italy. Held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, teams play in closed off streets and compete for a trophy (and bragging rights.)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on India Street. sandiegostickball.weebly.com
The Del Mar Summer Concert series comes to a close this Sunday with a special performance by rapper Ice Cube on the seaside stage. Performing after the last race on Sunday (around 8 p.m., the concert is 18 & up only and 30,000+ are expected.
Sunday. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Free with race admission or $30 after the races