Festivals of the Month

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JULY 29-AUG. 13

 

East County News Service

July 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County)—This week’s Destination East County includes the Pine Valley Days festival and parade, a Sip of Julian, a Musicians showcase in La Mesa, Helix Water’s customer appreciation day at the Water Conservation Garden, and our own Roaring 20s party at the San Pasqual Wine Bar in La Mesa. 

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a theatrical production, night fishing at Santee Lakes, a barbecue and dance, HeART of Mt. Helix, the Julian StarFest, and Viejas Summer Nights.

 So scroll down for all of these events and more!

BBQ AND DANCE AUGUST 6 IN ALPINE TO HELP CANCER SURVIVOR VICKI HALSEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (Alpine) — Secret Hills Ranch in Alpine is hosting a barbecue, dance and silent auction on August 6th to help fund medical bills for colon cancer survivor Vicki Halsey, a horse trainer and advocate for children. The deadline for pre-purchasing dinners is August 1.

GRAB A BLANKET AND WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS...THE MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES IS BACK AND IT'S COMING TO LAKESIDE!

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (Lakeside) - Join the Lakeside Community Center for a night of entertainment, games, food and fun for the entire family.. As part of San Diego's Movies in the Park series, the Center will be hosting two movies at the Lindo Lake Baseball fields featuring "The Incredibles" on Friday, August 26.

WATERMELON DAYS AT THE OASIS CAMEL DAIRY JULY 15, 16 AND 17 IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

July 13, 2016 (Ramona) - Watermelon Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy is back and better than ever with more shows, a new children's area (featuring a new sheep-feeding farm), games and more!

A BLAZE OF GLORY: DESCANSO DAYS JULY 9

 

East County News Service

July 7, 2016  (Descanso)--The annual Descanso Days takes place on July 9th, featuring a festival at the historic Descanso Town Hall (24536 Viejas Grade Road) and a parade rolling out at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “A Blaze of Glory."

Be sure to arrive early, since Viejas Grade Road shuts down before the parade, and stay late to enjoy games, food, vendor booths and entertainment.

PINE VALLEY DAYS JULY 29-30 FEATURES PARADE, MUSIC FESTIVAL AND MORE

East County News Service

July 7, 2016 (Pine Valley) --Pine Valley Days will take place July 29th and 30th in the mountain town of Pine Valley.  A highlight of the two-day festival is a parade along Old Highway 80 through Pine Valley on July 29th starting at 9 a.m. featuring horses, bagpipes, clowns, cars, dragons, marching bands and more. 

Other activities include a craft village at the Pine Valley County Park on Saturday, a Friday night deep pit barbecue and dancing in the park after dark, plus a burrito breakfast on Saturday and a music festival.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 7-AUG. 6

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County)--The 4th of July fireworks are over, but there are many more midsummer festivities coming up including theatrical productions, Descanso Days, Pine Valley Days, outdoor concerts, films, star parties, a Sip of Julian and our very own Roaring ‘20s Party. 

So scroll down for all of these events and more!

SUNDAY SUMMER SUPPERS AT HATFIELD CREEK VINEYARD IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

July 4, 2016 (Ramona) – What could be more delightful on a summer’s eve than to savor supper in a vineyard with an array of tantalizing menus and wines?   Hatfield Creek Vineyards in Ramona is hosting summer suppers on the second Sunday each month (July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11) for $35 a person, with a limit of 20 guests.

STARFEST IN JULIAN AT MENGHINI WINERY AUGUST 6

 

East County News Service

July 2, 2016 (Julian) - Anyone can enjoy the Julian StarFest by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  Arrive between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and you can enter the StarFest grounds (1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian).  Take a star tour of the heavens using the many telescopes set up in the viewing area.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions.  Parking is available nearby and we suggest you bring a red light flashlight to guide yourself to the observing area, or red film will be provided to cover a white light flashlight.  Please, no white lights in the observing area.

STAR PARTIES AND MORE: SAN DIEGO ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION EVENTS ALL SUMMER LONG

 

East County News Service

July 2, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - The San Diego Astronomy Association hosts events throughout the year.  You can visit their calendar or scroll down for events that the SDAA will be participating in or sponsoring in the next month–including several at East County locations. Inclement weather may postpone or cancel outdoor events, so check with the SDAA or the event coordinator to be sure the event is still scheduled.

HEART OF MT HELIX AUG. 13: SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF 15 RESTAURANTS, PLUS LIVE ART AND DANCING UNDER THE STARS

 

East County News Service

June 19, 2016 (Mt. Helix) -- Tickets are now on sale for the 9th annual heART of Mt. Helix set for Saturday, August 13 - 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the park atop Mt. Helix.  The popular party on the hill will feature dancing under the stars to the Mighty Untouchables, samplings from over 15 local restaurants along with wine and spirits from several local establishments including, St. Petersberg Vodka, Hennebery Whiskey, and this year's signature cocktail, The Helix, created by Vom Fass, as well as local brews from Helix Brewing Co., Ballast Point and more.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JULY 4-30

 

East County News Service

June 28,2016 (San Diego's East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes Fourth of July activities galore, including picnics, parades, a train ride and of course, fireworks!

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including Descanso Days, Pine Valley Days, and a production of the Lion King. 

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

BUTLER’S COFFEE HOUSE GRAND OPENING IN SPRING VALLEY JUNE 25TH

 

East County News Service

June 23, 2016 (Casa de Oro) -- On Saturday June 25th, Butler’s Coffee House invites you to celebrate their grand opening. The event includes coffee, food, and live music. The ribbon cutting will start at 10:30 a.m. and includes a flag ceremony at 11:00 a.m.

OUR BOHEMIAN BASH IS SATURDAY! AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT & FOOD, THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN PRIZES AT OUR SIZZLING SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Emergency SOS!  KNSJ, which has the emergency broadcast network for East County, is off the air due to vandals. Help us get KNSJ back on the air -- and also support East County Magazine!

SATURDAY, JUNE 18:  4 to 7 p.m.

Don't miss our summer solstice celebration of artists, authors, musicians, and thinkers will support East County Magazine and KNSJ, nonprofit media in the public interest.

Performers include: Fabio Rojas playing Latin music, comedians Benji Garcia  Karl Weiss, classical Indian dance by Nilanjana, dancer Gargi Chttopadhyaya, Indian drummers Sai Payan and Dijan Ashtianti, novelist Scott Sigler, and hip-hop by Poalypse Gotadajuice.

Savor delicious foods and libations! Plus win fabulous prizes in our opportunity drawings and silent auction, includnig Julian carriage rides, harbor cruises, dinners, dance classes, designer hand-crafted jewelry(coral/turquoise/shells and hand-painted stone), wine lovers baskets, boutique gift certificates, original art "Neptune's Capture" by Denver Native American artist Michaela Beavers, museum-quality Central AmericanMata Ortiz pottery, music CDs, books, gallery framing, butterfly kite, restaurant and cafe gift certificates,  yoga lessons, bakery basket of goodies, old time photography shoot, antiques, Fiesta basket, yoga lessons,and more!

Open to East County Magazine subscribers (subscribe free at the top right side of our homepage), KNSJ members, and invited guests. 

RSVP today for early bird rates: ($19, or $17 each with purchase of two tickets, groups of 6 or more $13 each.)   At the door: $22.  Call 619-698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org to RSVP.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 18-JULY 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 15, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a Bohemian Bash, Boars and Brews, an art exhibit at the Wieghorst Museum, and Gunsmoke night with the Lions in El Cajon.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including outdoor movies, community concerts, and 4th of July festivities from small town parades to fireworks extravaganzas.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

BOHEMIAN BASH! EMERGENCY BENEFIT SATURDAY TO HELP OUR MEDIA AFTER VANDALISM DAMAGE

 

We're hosting an emergency benefit "Bohemian Bash" this Saturday, June 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at our editor's home on Mt. Helix.  Come celebrate our communities' creative roots and savor summer solstice revelry at the hottest party of the season!

Last week, vandals and thieves knocked our radio show and KNSJ's station off the air, doing thousands of dollars of damage at the transmitter site on Mt. Laguna. Come help us rebuild and assure that our communities' voices will be back on the air!

Festivities at this free-spirited gathering with artists, authors, musicians, and thinkers will support nonprofit media in the public interest, local news reporting, and coverage of arts, music and culture. Hear live musical entertainment, savor delicious food and libations, enjoy comedy with Second Chances for Grace, hear poetry readings, watch San Diego Asian Artists Ensemble performers, and win fabulous prizes!   Share your ideas, mingle with our Bohemian crowd, and meet the media. 

Proceeds benefit KNSJ "people powered radio" and East County Magazine, both nonprofit organizations.

RSVP today for early bird rates! ($19, or 2 for $34 in advance, $22 at the door.)   Call 619-698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org to RSVP. You can prepay online at http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/donate, check"East County Magazine" off our publisher's list of options and write"Bohemian Bash" on the designation line to secure your reservation.

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CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY IN JULIAN ON JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Julian) -- The stars and stripes will move down Main Street in Julian during this year’s Fourth of July parade honoring Independence Day. For over 20 years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers turn out to watch what some call the “the best little town parade in America.” Pre-parade events start at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at 12 noon and ends around 2:00 p.m.

OLD WEST COMES ALIVE AT OLD POWAY PARK JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Poway) - Bring your family and friends to Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Road in Poway) and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-20th-century-style” on Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will feature patriotic entertainment, gun fighting re-enactments, crafts, and old-fashioned games (all free) amid restored buildings and museums from the early 1900s.  You can also take a ride aboard an old-fashioned train or savor tasty treats (for a nominal fee).  

FIREWORKS AND FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon will hold its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks at Kennedy Park.  The fun starts at 1 p.m. with food vendors, kids’ activities and live music from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.   The fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m.

DEERHORN VALLEY HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL OLD-FASHIONED INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND PICNIC

 

UPDATE:  THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO ORGANIZERS HELPING WITH FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS. 

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Deerhorn Valley) — Residents of Deerhorn Valley will be holding a true Americana-style parade on Monday, July 4th starting at 10 a.m.  Residents of this rural community south of Jamul are invited to take a tractor, lasso a llama, hop on a horse, drive a donkey, walk with a wagon, jump aboard a Jeep or just walk on two feet, festooned in patriotic red, white and blue.  The parade will include Clydesdale horses, an antique fire engine and live drumming.  Spectators are encouraged to bring flags, drums, rattles and shakers.

EL CAJON VALLEY HOST LIONS CLUB’S ANNUAL GUNSMOKE CASINO NIGHT JUNE 18

 

East County News Service

June 8, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will combine their fund raising efforts again this year with the Winchester Widows who will help them present their 6th annual Casino Night on June 18th at 6 p.m. in the Pacific Southwest Service Center at 1150 Broadway El Cajon. 

MT HELIX PARK TO OFFER ASTRONOMY NIGHT , HEART OF MT. HELIX AND CHILDREN’S ART CAMP EVENTS THIS SUMMER

 

East County News Service

Photo Mt. Helix courtesy Allan Ferguson on Flickr

June 7, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – This summer, several fun events will be held atop Mt. Helix, including an astrononmy night, the annual heART of Mt. Helix festivities, and an Art in the Park children’s art camp.  Scroll down for details.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 2-24

 

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes fiddle and pickin’ in Julian,  the 8th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” and the largest roller skating rink in Southern California.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions … Julian dance and back country barbecue, antique and craft fair in flinn springs and fido fest - paws in the park

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

LAVENDER DAY, ANTIQUE AND CRAFT FAIR JUNE 11 IN FLINN SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Flinn Springs) - Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs invites you to experience Lavender Day along with an antique and crafts fair on Saturday, June 11th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BRING YOUR PARTNER! JULIAN DANCE AND BACK COUNTRY BARBECUE JUNE 11

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Julian) – You’re invited to grab your partner and mosey on up to Julian for the annual Julian Dance and Back Country Barbecue on Saturday, June 11th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

TAKE A HIKE HONORING VETERANS THIS MEMORIAL DAY: WARRIOR CHALLENGE IN LAKESIDE MAY 30

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Remember our service members this Memorial Day with an unforgettable ascent up El Capitan. 

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