Festival of Sails provides a lineup of tall sail ships that make their debut throughout the day at the San Diego Maritime Museum. As a bonus, just a block to the South, is the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge. You will need to pay to enter both events but if you plan on taking up the better part of the day you might as well splurge on a holiday. Broaden your mind with a little art and history.
San Diego is known for its tourist sea coast offerings and summer sun activities. Events and attractions in the downtown area draw interest and visitors. The events provided during the holidays are some of the best I have seen and makes for a lively weekend.
Festival of the Sail:
Festival of the Sail hosts a large tall ship parade. It is even possible to get aboard the ships if you come early. As ships pass the festival there are mock cannon battles of smoke a booming attacks. Between watching the action you can walk around the booths, kid’s area, beer garden, and local goods. On the day I went there wasn’t a working ATM within the sectioned area so I would suggest bringing money with you. Found a pair of polarized sunglasses for $15.
US Sand Sculpting Challenge:
The US Sand Sculpting Challenge brings together professional sand sculptors from around the word. Each artist works within the sand platforms to build amazing 3D works of art. To see the detail and fine art chiseled into sand is an awe-inspiring event. Live bands, booths, and food will be accompanying the sand castle competition.
The themes of the events offered along the coast is a nice touch. San Diego, with its year round warm beaches and long maritime traditions, mesh thematically with the two events. Few things are more attractive to visitors than sand and sails. It is California thing.
Another positive aspect of hosting events in downtown San Diego is that it helps draw visitors while branding the area as attractive for families that live here. The abundance of lively events attracts new talent to the area. Savvy professionals to progressive workers enjoy having things to do on the weekends.
If you want to experience San Diego as the fun and lively city with lots of thematic attractions you might want to come down to the events today. Last chance before it’s all over. It all ends at the close of business Labor Day and then we all go back to work. Get out and enjoy the San Diego sunshine while experiencing art and history.