Festivals of the Month

ART, MUSIC AND MORE AT 11TH ANNUAL HEART OF MT. HELIX AUGUST 11



Source: Mt. Helix Park Foundation

July 12, 2018 (La Mesa) - Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual heART of Mt. Helix. You’re invited to come and experience local art, music and cuisine at Mt. Helix Park’s popular celebration/fundraiser held at one of East County’s most extraordinary venues. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes open house at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, Lemon Grove’s concerts in the parks, class cruises in downtown El Cajon, Decades Flashback onstage in Santee, pus live music at Wine Works and Centifonti’s in la Mesa.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Pine Valley Days, a Sip of Julian, Gregory Page in concert at the Water Conservation Garden and a local Laurel and Hardy fan club’s 40th anniversary film celebration in Spring Valley.

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

FAMILY FUN RAMONA GRAPE STOMP RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR SEPTEMBER 8

 

East County News Service

July 5, 2018 (Ramona) - Mark your calendars. Following a highly reviewed first-time-ever event in 2017, the annual Ramona Grape Stomp returns for its second year on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center–Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065.

FROM OUTLAWS TO A WOLF ON A MOTORCYCLE, ALPINE’S 4TH OF JULY PARADE IS SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT

 

East County News Service

July 1, 2018 (Alpine) -- Alpine’s Fourth of July Festival Parade rolls out at 10 a.m. Wednesday down Alpine Boulevard featuring a biplane flyover, donkeys, a clown on stilts, the Alpine outlaws, tumblers, floats, and a wolf on a motorcycle among over 50 entries.

After the parade, which ends at Tavern Road, a festival will be held at the Alpine Community Center, where Uncle Sam will be posing for photos. There will also be games, a dunk tank, bounce house and vendors galore.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY

 

Find Fourth of July fireworks, parades, picnics and more

By Miriam Raftery

June 28, 2018 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes Sha Na Na at Sycuan, the Jamul Wine Tasting Festival, El Cajon’s 4th of July picnic and fireworks, Deerhorn Valley's Independence Day Parade, Santee Salutes, Julian’s Fourth of  July Parade, the Lake Murray Music Festival, a patriotic painting class, and a 90th birthday party for Lemon Grove’s giant lemon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Descanso Days Fair and Parade, open house at the Oasis Camel Dairy, Pine Valley Days, and a local Laurel and Hardy fan club's 40th anniversary film fest party.

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

DEERHORN VALLEY’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

 

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2018 (Deerhorn Valley) – “If it moves, it can parade!” say organizers of the 6th annual Deerhorn Valley Independence Day Parade.  That includes wagons, carts, tractors,  bikes, strollers, joggers, horses, dogs, emus and other animals in a parade that reflects small town Americana at its best.

Staging for the parade in Deerhorn Valley, a small town south of Jamul, begins at 9:30 a.m. at McNeil’s Field at the junction of Elena Way and Mt. Elena (accessed off Deerhorn Valley Road: see map) with the parade rolling out at 10 a.m. A picnic follows, with hotdogs, chips, ice cream, water and free popcorn. There will also be face painting and vintage autos on display.

EL CAJON’S 4TH OF JULY PICNIC AND FIREWORKS INCLUDES LIVE MUSIC, KIDS’ FUN AND MORE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 28, 2018 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon will present its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Kennedy Park (1675 East Madison Ave.) starting at noon Wednesday and ending with a 9 p.m. fireworks show synchronized to music.  1675 East Madison Avenue. Bring  a picnic or buy food from vendors, plus enjoy live music by two bands, inflatables, crafts, games and a “kiddie train.

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 20-JULY 28

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a summer solstice party, a passport through time, a queen bee brunch, outdoor concerts and local parks.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Sha Na Na at Sycuan, the Jamul Wine Tasting Festival, Santee Salutes, Julian’s Fourth of  July Parade, the Lake Murray Music Festival, Descanso Days Fair and Parade, Pine Valley Days, and a local Laurel and Hardy fan club's 40th anniversary party and film fest.

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

KICK YOUR SUMMER OFF WITH EUREKA! AT SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY JUNE 23: LIVE MUSIC AND CRAFT BEER FEST

 

East County News Service

June 14, 2018 (San Diego) – The Eureka! SDSU restaurant (5140 College Ave.) is helping guests kick off summer with an outdoor music fest and beer garden, all on an expansive patio, featuring five live music acts and five of the best local craft breweries to San Diego. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

JULIAN’S STAR-SPANGLED JULY 4TH PARADE

 

East County News Service

June 14, 2018 (Julian) -- This year Julian’s 4th of July parade has the theme, “Julian’s Star Spangled 4th,” a salute to the men and women who made our country great, both domestically and militarily.

For more than twenty years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers from all over have lined up at on the town’s main street to wave their flags, cheer the marching bands, salute the Marine Color Guard, and carry a giant American Flag down the thoroughfare. Bands include a bag pipe band, Dixieland jazz, mariachi music and the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.

LAKE MURRAY FIREWORKS AND MUSIC FEST JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 14, 2018 (La Mesa) - The Lake Murray Fireworks and Music Fest will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with live bands, food, fun and a fireworks finale. 

The festival will be held on the San Carlos side of Lake Murray, but the full lake will be open during the day for fishing and other family-fun activities.

For more information, you can visit www.LakeMurrayFireworks.org.

RAMONA FAN LAUNCHES INAUGURAL INTERGALACTICON THIS WEEKEND IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

June 13, 2018 (Ramona and San Diego) -- “I’ve seen people start with a Star Wars T-shirt and a tie,” said Steve “Captain” Kirk.  Kirk is a Ramona resident, and the creator of the inaugural InterGalactiCon, a fandom based con, that will be held this weekend, starting June 15-16, at San Diego’s Town and Country Hotel San Diego in Mission Valley.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 13-JULY 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes hikes in local parks after dark,  El Cajon movies in the park and more movies in county parks, Santee’s Summer Concerts series, Wags and Wine at the Water Conservation Garden, a Queen Bee Brunch in Alpine and a Passport Through Time along historic highways in East County.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Sha Na Na. live at Sycuan, the Jamul Wine Tasting Festival, Julian’s Quilt Show, Santee Salutes, Julian’s Fourth of July Parade, the Lake Murray Fireworks and Music Fest, and the Descanso Days Parade and Fair.

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ILAN-LAEL FOUNDATION HOSTS FATHER’S DAY OPEN HOUSE AND STUDIO TOUR JUNE 17 AT ARTIST JAMES HUBBELL’S HOME, A HISTORIC LANDMARK

 

Source: Ilan Lael Foundation

Cover photo credit:  Michael Gerdes and Chris Henry

May 16, 2018 (Wynola) -- The Ilan-Lael Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Wynola, will host its annual Father’s Day Open House and Studio Tour on Sunday, June 17th.

Just three miles west of Julian, this picturesque spot with views of the Volcan and Cuyamaca Mountains is home to renowned artist James Hubbell.  Between the late 1950’s – 1960’s, using natural local materials, James designed and constructed a handful of artistic buildings that became his family’s home, now a designated historic landmark.

PASSPORT THROUGH TIME FUN RIDE JUNE 23 ALONG HISTORIC HIGHWAYS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

Click here to listen to our interview on Passport Through Time with Eric Lund, president of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, recorded in May and originally aired on KNSJ radio.

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join in the Passport Through Time fun ride on Saturday, June 23 along Historic Highways 67, 78, 79 and 80 in San Diego’s East County.  Cars, motorcycles and other vehicles are welcome to participate.

The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. at Indian Motorcycle in El Cajon.  First stop is the Lakeside Rodeo grounds. Next, you’ll head north into the mountains through Ramona with a stop at the Oasis Camel Dairy, into Julian and a visit to the Julian Mining Company, down to Descanso and the Perkins Market, then on to Dana's Boutique, followed by the beautiful Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs before ending up at Por Favor for lunch in El Cajon at noon.

Audio: 

Interview with Eric Lund on Passport Through Time 2018

LEMON GROVE KICKS OFF SUMMER ACTIVITIES WITH A COMMUNITY BBQ: CITY ALSO OFFERS FREE LUNCHES FOR KIDS AND TEENS ALL SUMMER LONG

By Miriam Raftery

June 10, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove residents are invited to the 2018 Lemon Grove Summer Kick Off Event and Community BBQ on Monday, June 11 from 3-5 p.m. at Lemon Grove Recreation Center (3131 School Lane.).

Kick off your summer in style with friends and family and enjoy live music from DJ BodyRawk, participate in activities at the Recreation Center, win prizes and learn about fun summer programs and events for kids in Lemon Grove. A free BBQ meal will be provided to every guest.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 9-JULY 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Star Party at Oakoasis preserve in Lakeside, Lavender Day at Summers Past Farms, Fido Fest in Santee, the Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ, Art in the Park and a firefighters breakfast in La Mesa, the San Diego Concert Band at Harry Griffith Park, a Taste of La Mesa, and the start of Santee’s summer concert series.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Queen Bee Brunch in Alpine, the Jamul Wine Tasting Festival, Julian’s Quilt Show, Santee Salutes, Julian’s star-spangled Fourth of July Parade, and the Descanso Days Parade and Fair.

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

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: MASQUERADE BALL SEPT. 28 BENEFITS ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 9, 2018 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to a magical evening of festivity and excitement at a masquerade ball titled “A Night To Remember.”

This black tie formal affair—masks mandatory—will be held on Friday, September 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Crystal Ballroom (414 Magnolia Ave., El Cajon). 

WAGS AND WINE JUNE 19 AT THE WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

 

East County News Service

June 8, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) – The dog days of summer are here – with “Wags and Wine” on Tuesday, June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.  You’re invited to bring your furry friend for a special evening stroll through the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO LIBRARY TO HOLD ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

 

East County News Service

June 7, 2018 (El Cajon) - Families and folks of all ages are welcomed to the Rancho San Diego Library (11555 Via Rancho San Diego) for their annual Celebrate the USA event, an old-fashioned Fourth of July festival. This event will be taking place Saturday, June 30th  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free for all ages.

PARKS AFTER DARK SUMMER ADVENTURES

 

County News Service

June 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This June, wait out those warmer temperatures for the cool breezes the evening brings. We’ve planned star parties, evening hikes and educational programs the whole family will enjoy – at or after sunset! Inclement weather may cancel; contact the parks by clicking on the links below.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 49TH ANNUAL DESCANSO DAYS PARADE AND FAIR JULY 7

 

By Colleen Ince

June 1, 2018 (Descanso) - You don’t want to miss the 49th Annual Descanso Days Parade and Fair on Saturday, July 7th.  The parade starts at 10:00 am but be sure to get your spot early. The road closes at 9:30 a.m. and the fair will begin following the parade. There is no admission fee.

ALPINE’S QUEEN BEE LUNCH JUNE 23 WILL “BEE” A SPECIAL PARTY

 

Source: Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

June 1, 2018 (Alpine) -- Alpine will celebrate its wonderful honey history at the 2nd Annual Queen Bee Brunch on Saturday, June 23Complete with a fashion show, exclusive vendors and mimosas, the brunch is presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Alpine Community Center.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 1 - JULY 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Blue Breeze Band in El Cajon, La Mesa’s Flag Day parade, Our Secret Garden Party at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, and the Lego Ninjago movie playing at Stelzer County Park in Lakeside.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Lavender Day at Summers Past Farms, Fido Fest in Santee, a firefighters pancake breakfast in La Mesa, the San Diego Concert Band in La Mesa, a Taste of La Mesa, Art in the Park in La Mesa’s McArthur Park, Santee’s summer concerts, the Jamul Wine Tasting Festival, a historic quilt show, Santee Salutes and Julian’s Fourth of July parade.

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

HEARTLAND FIRE & RESCUE HOSTS PANCAKE BREAKFAST & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING JUNE 10 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – On Sunday, June 10, Heartland firefighters of La Mesa will present a pancake breakfast fundraiser at La Mesa Fire Station 11, 8034 Allison Avenue. The event, suitable for all ages, will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ART IN THE PARK JUNE 10 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 29, 2018 (La Mesa) - The Foothills Art Association invites everyone to enjoy “Art in the Park” an art show and sale at MacArthur Park in La Mesa on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Many local artists will be displaying and selling their artwork during a festive day in La Mesa’s newest community park. See the art, listen to the music, bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy a family day at MacArthur Park.  

THE EVOLUTION OF JAMUL AS A WINE REGION

 

 

 

By Gary Gorton, St. Pius X Wine Tasting Festival Committee

Photos, left and below right: Vineyards and tasting room at Granite Lion Cellars in Jamul

May 23, 2018 (Jamul) -- Jamul has always been identified as a wine rich region. Grapes and wine were introduced to California in San Diego at the site of the Mission de Alcala, the first of the California Missions by Father Junipero Sierra who established the first vineyard on the Mission Valley Property back in 1769. The first wine for sacramental use was made by the monks in 1774.

How appropriate, then, that it is St. Pius X in Jamul hosting the third-annual wine-tasting festival this year. The date is June 30, 2018 from 5:30pm to 9:00 pm. The festival will be sponsored by the Wineries on Highway 94 and is being hosted at Jamal’s own D&S Farms, home of Granite Lion Cellars.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 26-JULY 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, a Warrior Hike Challenge on El Capitan Mountain in Lakeside, Fortunate Son in concert in downtown El Cajon, Laurel and Hardy films in Spring Valley, and a stockroom speakeasy at Baron’s Market in Alpine.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including La Mesa’s Flag Day parade, Lavender Day at Summers Past Farms, Fido Fest in Santee, movies in county parks, a Secret Garden Party in El Cajon, the San Diego Concert Band in La Mesa, a Taste of La Mesa, Santee’s summer concerts, the Jamul Wine Tasting Festival, a historic quilt show, Santee Salutes and Julian’s Fourth of July parade.

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

SANTEE SALUTES: PATRIOTIC FUN AND FIREWORKS JULY 4

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2018 (Santee) – The City of Santee will present Santee Salutes, featuring all-American fun and fireworks on July 4th from 2:30 to 10 p.m.  The festivities take place at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive) in Santee.

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