DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 28 - MAY 21

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April 26, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Lakeside’s Rodeo and Western Days Parade, a wine-tasting festival in Jamul, and a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Cajon Classic Cruises.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including the opening of El Cajon’s dinner and a concert series, a fashion show to benefit East County arts, Vintage Alpine, butterfly festivals, Explore Mission Trails, and El Cajon’s America on Main Street celebration.

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

BACK IN THE SADDLE: LAKESIDE RODEO KICKS OFF APRIL 28-30

The 53rd Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 28th, 29th & 30th, with four full rodeo performances featuring the seven events of rodeo: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie down roping, and team roping.

In addition, the Kids Stick Horse Race is hilarious to watch at each performance.  You’ll also find vendors to visit, snack bars with tasty treats, beer and a Specialty food booth.

All proceeds benefit the youths of Lakeside. For more information and a full schedule of events visit LakesideRodeo.com.

LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE APRIL 29

The 52nd annual Lakeside Western Days Parade will be held on April 29th starting at 9:35 a.m.  This year’s theme is “Courage, honor and sacrifice: a salute to our law enforcement.”

The Western Days Parade is a highlight of Lakeside’s Western Days, which also includes the Lakeside Rodeo April 28-30 to benefit local youths in Lakeside.

The parade route is along Woodside and Maine Avenues. For details visit LakesideChamber.org.

WINE FESTIVAL APRIL 29 IN JAMUL

You can savor the flavors of local wines and foods at the second annual Wine Festival on April 29th from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Pius the 10th Catholic Church in Jamul. This event will feature wines from eight wineries along Highway 94, East County’s newest emerging wine region. For more information, you can call 619-669 0085.).

 SPRING BUTTERFLY AND GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 29

The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will host its Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival on Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include butterfly pavilion and garden tours, butterfly releases, face painting, kids’ activities and craft vendors, animal exhibitors, educational exhibits and presentations, us edible, ornamental and native plant sales. You can also sign up for landscape design consultations.

For more information, visit .TheGarden.org.

THE ART OF THE QUILT APRIL 29 IN LEMON GROVE

The Lemon Grove Historical Society and the Lemon Grove Library are teaming up to present an encore lecture from "History Alive" -- the hugely popular "The Art of the Quilt" with quilt historian Sylvia Wallace. This event will be held at the Lemon Grove Library on April 29th at 2 p.m.  (Free!)

Wallace's fabulous quilt collection tells the story along with her words, as she traces the quilt from the Egyptians to modern times.

From shroud, to domestic necessity, to political statement, to work of art, quilts have emerged not only as treasured family heirlooms, but as museum-quality textile artworks.

CINCO DE MAYO AT CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES MAY 3

Arriba!  A Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held May 3rd at Cajon Classic Cruise night. Cajon Classic Cruises feature classic cars and entertainment each Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown El Cajon. 

For a full summer schedule, you can visit DowntownElCajon.com.

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS…

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER AND A CONCERT SEASON STARTS MAY 5 IN EL CAJON

El Cajon’s Friday Night Dinner and a Concert season starts May 5th and will continue all summer long (through Sept. 29) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Prescott Promenade on Main Street in downtown El Cajon. 

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to dine at a local restaurant or bring your picnic and lawn chairs. These concerts (free!) are hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. You can see the full line-up of bands soon at .downtownelcajon.com.

BLOOMING FASHIONS MAY 6 IN EL CAJON BENEFITS EAST COUNTY ARTS

Friends of East County Arts, which has supported the arts in East County since 1984, will present “Blooming Fashions”, a fashion show at the El Cajon Elks Club, on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This year’s event promises participants a relaxing afternoon of complimentary champagne catered lunch and the latest fashions from “Macy’s” at Grossmont Center. Friends of East County Arts has contributed more than $800,000.00 to art-based organizations.

For tickets, you can visit FriendsofECArts.org.

BUTTERFLIES AND WATERWISE PLANT SALE IN ALPINE MAY 6

The Alpine Garden Club presents the Waterwise & Butterflies Plant Sale & Festival in Alpine on Saturday, May 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Alpine. Guests will see birds of prey, hummingbirds, shop at vendor booths, and enjoy opportunity drawings and a silent auction. There will also be a “Monarch Mania” with butterfly releases at noon, with monarch host plants for sale at Baron’s Market in the Alpine Creek Town Center.

VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 7

The 27th annual Vintage Alpine event will be held on May 7th from 1 to 4 p.m.  This “Wine Experience in the Country” will take place in the lovely gardens at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, hosted by the Alpine Kiwanis Club.

Guests will savor premium wines from California and around the world, also sampling the best that local restaurants from across San Diego County have to offer.  The event also includes live music in a garden setting and a silent auction.

Al proceeds will benefit children’s causes across our region, in partnership with the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.  This event is for those age 21 and up. For tickets and details, you can go to VintageAlpine.org

MONARCH BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL MAY 13

The El Cajon Library (201 E. Douglas Ave.) will host its first Monarch Butterfly Festival, in partnership with San Diego Master Gardeners and the Water Conservation Garden organization, on Saturday, May 13th from 1 to 4 p.m.   

The event will feature crafts for kids; free native milkweed seeds; and informational tables including the Water Conservation Garden and Resource Conservation District.  There will also be a presentation on how to create a butterfly garden, live monarch caterpillars, and a program by Ms. Smarty Plants. 

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT MAY 15

The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present its spring concert on May 7th from 3 to 5 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church, performing Mozart’s Requiem, one of the master’s greatest works.

 In addition, the musical groups will present “A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber” showcasing his unforgettable Broadway musical songs from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and more. For tickets and details, you can visit sandiegofestivalchorus.org.

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET MAY 20

America on Main Street, a family fun celebration honoring the American spirit, will be held in downtown El Cajon on May 20th from noon to 8 p.m. The event includes four stages with live entertainment, a Ferris Wheel, petting zoo, hay ride, pony rides, kids’ games and crafts.

This year’s entertainment reflects a myriad of cultures in our region. Performers include Chase Avenue Folklorico dancers, Suzuki Violins, Flying Hills Fame, USA Taekwondo Center, Great Musical Sounds, CYT, Latin Percussion, and Wasan Jarbo Folkloric Dance.  For full details, you can visit AmericaOnMainStreet.org.

EXPLORE MISSION TRAILS DAY MAY 21

On May 21st, you’re invited to Explore Mission Trails Day at Mission Trails Regional Park.  This all-day event includes special nature hikes, bird walks, a moonlight walk and a start party. 

You can also meet birds of prey, visit educational exhibits, enjoy flute music, crafts, face painting, pony rides for children, a climbing wall, and a mini mountain bike track.  For a full schedule of events visit MTRP.org.

That’s all for this week!

If you have an event you’d like added to our calendar, or if you would like to sponsor the Destination East County column on our website, or the Destination East County show on KNSJ radio, you can contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.  Destination East County is the most-read feature on our website.

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