DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 21-MAY 30

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By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a murder mystery theatre in Julian, a meteor watch in Lakeside, a hike for you and your dog in Santa Ysabel, an antiques and crafts fair at Summers Past Farms, girls night out at Cajon Classic Cruises, and a lilac festival.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the San Diego Concert Band’s American salute, the Lakeside Rodeo, a garden and butterfly festival at the Water Conservation Garden, a medieval music concert at Mission Trails, History Alive and film nights at the Library in Lemon Grove, El Cajon’s dinner and a concert series, Vintage Alpine, the Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes onstage at Grossmont College, a Salsa Fiesta in Lemon Grove, a Taste of Julian, San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra's spring concert, and the Coyote Music Festival at Cuyamaca College.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

MURDER MYSTERY THEATRE APRIL 21-28 IN JULIAN

The Julian Triangle Club presents a murder mystery theatre titled “Mother Goose’s Grim Tales.” Definitely NOT for children, this whodunnit will take stage downstairs at the Julian Town Hall.

The show runs April 21st and 22nd and again the following weekend on April 27th and 28th.  There’s a social hour starting at 5 p.m. with the play beginning at 6 p.m.

In this theatrical production, Mother Goose is worn to a frazzle trying to fend off the political correctness police while keeping her characters out of the tabloids. Mary, Mary quite contrary really lives up to her name, the big bad wolf is really bad and when Jack and Jill go up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jill wants more. 

For tickets, call (760) 525-5137 or go to Eventbrite.com and type in Mother Goose’s Grim Tales (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-mystery-dinner-theater-mother-gooses-grim-tales-tickets-43689597763).

METEOR WATCHING IN LAKESIDE APRIL 21

You're invited to join rangers at Oakoasis County Preserve (12620 Wildcat Canyon Road) in Lakeside to watch a meteor shower on Saturday, April 21 from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Yes, you read those times right!  Those wee hours of the morning are when you can see the most shooting stars. So, dress warm, bring a lawn chair and blankets to enjoy nature's fireworks in this very special sky show.  For questions, call the Oakoasis park at (619) 561-0580.

FURRY FRIENDS HIKE AT SANTA YSABEL EAST PRESERVE APRIL 21

A furry friends hike will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Santa Ysabel East County Preserve (500 Farmer Road) in Julian. You can bring your dogs and join other animal lovers for an easy hike to the Santa Ysabel Creek, along with rangers Eric and Doug and their dogs, Leebo and Luke.

Dogs just stay on leashed and be friendly toward others. Be sure to bring water and snacks for you and your pets.  Meet at the Farmer staging area. For more information, call the Santa Ysabel East Preserve park at 760-765-4098 (or visit the event page on  Facebook.)

ANTIQUES AND CRAFT FAIR APRIL 21-22 AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS

An Antiques and Crafts Fair will be held at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can view works by over 70 craftsman and artisans while shopping for crafts, collectibles, antiques, and garden items. Find details at SummersPastFarms.com.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT AT CAJON CLASSIC CRUISE APRIL 24

It’s Girls Night Out at this week’s Cajon Class Cruise on Wednesday, April 24rth from 5 to 8 p.m.  The fun takes place on Prescott Promenade, with a different theme each Wednesday night all summer long.  For a full schedule of events you can visit www.DowntownElCajon.com.  

LILAC FESTIVAL CONTINUES EACH WEEKEND IN APRIL

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures invites you to a Lilac Festival at their site, located on Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel just outside of Julian. The event takes place each Saturday in April from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival activities include tours of the lilac groves, a petting zoo, hayride, jug band show, archery, tomahawk throwing and a ghost town slingshot range. Visitors can also paint vases and dip candles to take home, as well as plant seeds and learn about gardening.  For more information, you can visit www.FortCross.com

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS…

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERTS

The San Diego Concert Band has announced its 29th annual Spring Celebration concert and summer concert series at venues that include East County locations of Kroc Center, Old Poway Park, La Mesa’s Harry Griffen Park, and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Carlos, as well as San Diego locations at Civitas Park and the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. 

Their first concert, American Salute, will be on April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre on University Avenue, just one block west of La Mesa.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.sandiegoconcertband.com, or at the door if not sold out.

LAKESIDE RODEO APRIL 27-29; WESTERN DAYS PARADE APRIL 28

Yee-ha! Cowboys and cowgals will be saddling up for the 54th annual Lakeside Rodeo on April 27th, 28th and 29th, where you can watch events ranging from bull riding to barrel racing. 

The weekend's festivities also include the Western Days Parade through downtown Lakeside on Saturday, April 28th at 9:30 a.m., with a Western Days breakfast beforehand starting at 7 a.m. at the Lakeside Historical Society.  Find details on all of these events at www.LakesideRodeo.com.

SPRING GARDEN AND BUTTERLY FESTIVAL APRIL 28

The Water Conservation Garden and Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College invite you to the annual Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival on Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities at the Garden include buttery pavilion tours and butterfly releases, garden tours, kids’ crafts and story time, a pollinator parade, exhibits, presentations, water-wise gardening information, edible and ornamental plant sales, face painting, animal exhibitors, food trucks and wine tasting.

The museum will host tours and presentations, a five-choices dream drawing, Kumeyaay artifacts and fire-making demonstrations, and more.

For details, visit https://TheGarden.org/springfestival.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL AND CHORUS SPRING CONCERT APRIL 29

The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present its spring concert titled “Musical Journeys” on April 29th at 3 p.m. at the College Avenue Baptist Church.

The concert will include John Rutter’s Requiem as well as music from West Side Story and the Wizard of Oz.  For tickets and details, visit www.SanDiegoFestivalChorus.org.

COURTLY NOYSE APRIL 29 AT MISSION TRAILS

Mission Trails Regional Park invites you to a medieval and renaissance concert by Courtly Noyse. The performance will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center’s theatre.

For details, you can visit the Mission Trails Regional Park website at www.MTRP.org.

HISTORY ALIVE MAY 3

History Alive continues with historian and ace story teller James Newland, unveiling his new book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service, with the story in words and pictures. Book signing at H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.  For more information, visit http://www.lghistorical.org.

DINNER AND A CONCERT IN EL CAJON STARTS MAY 4

Downtown El Cajon's "Dinner and a Concert" series starts May 4 and continues each Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. all summer long.  The concerts are held in Prescott Promenade Park on Main Street.  Sully and the Blue-Eyed Soul Band opens the season on May 4. Other concert performers in May are The Jukebox Kings, Stars on the Water, and Fortunate Sun.

Bring a picnic dinner to eat in the park, or you can arrive early to dine at one of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon. 

View the complete Dinner and a Concert lineup at www.DowntownElCajon.com

SAVOR TASTES FROM 40 WINERIES AT VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 6

You’re invited to savor fine wines from over 40 wineries and taste specialty foods from local restaurants at Vintage Alpine, a wine experience in the country.  The event takes place on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms (15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs)—all to benefit the children of San Diego County.

Started in 1990, this event now draws over 500 people and is one of the largest winetasting events in San Diego County. It is organized by the Alpine Kiwanis Foundation.

This event is limited to those 21 and up.  For tickets and details, visit www.VintageAlpine.org.  

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE MAY 10-19 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents “Sherlock Holmes:  The Final Adventure” on Thursdays through Sundays, May 10th through 19th at the Stagehouse Theatre.

"The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!” Thinking he’s at the end of his career, a case comes to Holmes that he just can’t pass up. The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler.

With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler—and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty.

For tickets, visit www.Grossmont.edu and click on the events calendar (or click here.)

ARRIBA! LEMON GROVE LIONS HOSTS SALSA Y SALSA FIESTA MAY 11

The Lemon Grove Lions Club invites you to enjoy salsa tasting plus salsa dancing, Mexican food, music and prizes at their annual Salsa y Salsa Fiesta. The festivities will be held on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit service projects including support for the Lemon Grove Little League, Girls on the Run at Lemon Grove Schools, sponsorships to send kids to camp, and the Lion's International Disaster Fund.

The event will be held at the Monte Vistas Village Auditorium (2211 Massachusetts Avenue) in Lemon Grove from 6 to 9 p.m. 

For tickets or to enter the salsa-tasting contest, contact JenniferMendozaLG@gmail.com

A TASTE OF JULIAN MAY 12

On May 12th, a Taste of Julian features a self-guided culinary tour of 15 to 20 restaurants, bakeries, wineries, breweries in the beautiful mountain town of Julian on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5 p.m. You can also sample apple cider and Julian’s famous apple pies.

You can buy tickets at the Julian Town Hall, or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-julian-tickets-43101484701.

FILM NIGHTS IN THE LEMON GROVE LIBRARY MAY 9, 16, 23, 30

Film Night in the Library returns with one-hour programs in the series, America's Untold Story: Secrets of the Dead.  Who got here before the Pilgrims in 1620? And what was the aftermath? The answers will surprise you. Plus, you'll be home before dark. Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.  For more information, visit https://www.lghistorical.org/.

COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 12 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Cuyamaca College hosts the Coyote Music Festival on Saturday, May 12th from noon to 4 p.m. on the grand lawn. This student-produced show is always something to howl about.

You’re invited to bring a blanket, chair and picnic basket while enjoying this complimentary community concert organized by students studying music, technology, recording and business.  Food trucks will also be available.

For directions to Cuyamaca College, go to www.Cuyamaca.edu.

That’s all for this week!

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We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!