Festivals of the Month
The County invites kids and parents to a Bicycle Rodeo at the Pine Valley Park on Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley this Saturday, June 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Kids can enjoy riding a short course to learn how to properly operate a bicycle. Children and parents will learn bicycle safety and how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Kids are encouraged to bring bicycles, bike helmets and other safety gear.
CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS PETERS AND DAVIS HEADLINE INDEPENDENCE DAY BBQ HOSTED BY LA MESA DEMOCRATS AT MISSION TRAILS
June 25, 2014 (Mission Trails)--Embroiled in a contentious re-election campaign, Representative Scott Peters (CA 52) will headline the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Clubs’, “Party in the Park.. The event is being held at the Mission Trails Region Park (MTRP) Visitor’s Center (One Father Junipero Serra Tr., San Diego, CA 92119) at 6pm on Wednesday, July 2nd. Peters will be accompanied by many other local politicians and candidates including Representative Susan Davis (CA 53), County Supervisor Dave Roberts and County Democratic Chair Francine Busby among others.
June 23, 2014 (Santee)--The City of Santee will hosts its annual Santee Salutes event on July 4th from 3:30 to 10 p.m. at Town Center community Park East, located at 550 Park Center Drive.
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June 22, 2014 (Campo)—Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun and showcase pets at the first annual Pet Parade and St. Adelaide Parish Family Festival On July 12 at the Campo baseball field. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and most entertaining costumes, as well as the pastor’s choice. Drawings will also be held for prizes including a 50/50 raffle plus two chances to fill your freezer by winning half a steer, donated by Wright Ranch of Potrero. The festival also includes vendor booths, inflatable slide and water combo with all-day jumper tickets for $10. Other activities will include face painting and refreshments.
June 20, 2014 (San Diego)--Rady Children’s Hospital is staging a “Safe Kids Day” program on Saturday, June 21, at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center from 9:30 to 2:00. The emphasis is to keep children safe while exploring and enjoying the outdoors. All activities will take place at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center.
June 20, 2014 (Descanso)—The public is invited to join the fun at the 45th Annual Descanso Days Parade and Fair on July 12, 2014. It promises to be another great backcountry event at the Descanso Town Hall!
June 17, 2014 (Lemon Grove) – Soon, Lemon Grove’s Main Street will be transformed in a concept that will be unveiled n the new future. The public is invited to a planning party on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane.
June 19, 2014 (Julian)--The 16th Annual Julian Blues Bash happens this Saturday, June 21 at Menghini Winery in Julian with a great lineup of blues bands.
Advance ticket sales are over, but they will have tickets at the gate for this all-day event featuring an array of talented entertainers.
June 19, 2014 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Village Merchants Association invites you to step back in time each Thursday night from 5 p.m. starting June 19 through August 28. The Car Show happens along La Mesa Blvd between Acacia and Fourth Streets, in the heart of La Mesa Village.
Six trophies are awarded each night: four to cars, one to a motorcycle, and the La Mesa Police Department’s Police Officer’s Choice Award. Cruising is encouraged!
On Saturday July 5th, KNSJ invites you to our community radio station’s first anniversary from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park visitors center.
Come mix and mingle with our radio hosts and celebrity guests in a spectacular natural setting, enjoy live music, Native American flute players, delicious food and drinks, stargazing, museum, no host bar, two stages with comedy acts and musical entertainment.
By Ariele Johannson
This weekend is the official beginning of summer, and Destination East County has a lineup of great outdoor activities, such as summer concerts, movies, and hikes, as well as events with trains, raptors, and fairies!
June 7, 2014 (Ramona)--On Saturday June 7th, the San Diego Farm Bureau hosts its annual farm tour. This is an exclusive look at a side of San Diego County few people get to see. So if you’re ever hankered to experience country life down on the farm, here’s your chance.
June 8, 2014 (Campo) – The Mountain Empire-Campo Kiwanis invite you to put on your dancing shoes and come to the annual barn Dance at Star Ranch in Campo. The event on June 14 features the Honky Tonk Kings country dance band from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.. In addition, a BBQ dinner will be served from 7-10 p.m.
Hear the Destination East County segment on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM each Wed. and Fri. at 5:00 p.m. or listen online at www.EastCountyMagazine.org!
By Ariele Johannson
June 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--East County has plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend, including some designated for Father’s Day. However, many of the events this weekend might be interesting for Dad and the family to enjoy. Plus, we have a major festival in El Cajon that is number one on our list.
June 8, 2014 (Santee)--The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series resumes June 19 with an expanded lineup featuring performances by 11 well-established regional bands.The free concerts are held Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. — except for the week of the July 4 holiday—at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive.
Viejas and State Farm team up for annual smashing event
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
June 7, 2014 (San Diego) The engines roared and dust filled the large arena at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar arena, where the cars were ready to go. It was time for the first heat of the Demolition Derby, an event sponsored by the Viejas Tribe and State Farm to benefit the Burn Institute of San Diego. The fair, which opened June 7, continues through July 6. For full information on this year’s fair, visit www.sdfair.com.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2014 (El Cajon)--Six-time NASACAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will be returning to his hometown of El Cajon for a special tribute on Tuesday, June 17.
Weather permitting, the El Cajon City Council will hold a special celebration to recognize the hometown hero for his racing accomplishments—and also his philanthropic contributions to the community. The City is encouraging everyone to attend and show support for one of the racing world’s biggest stars.
By Ariele Johannson
June 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County is buzzing this weekend with an air show at Gillespie Field, an ethnic fair to celebrate diversity, an historical day in Alpine, music events, a farm tour, and more. Plus our preview has some exciting upcoming events, all happening right here in East County!
June 5, 2014 (Crest) – Radical Reptiles & Friends will be bringing a menagerie to the Crest branch of the County library system on Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m.
Founded in 1996 by Ben Hian, Radical Reptiles & Friends has provided animal education and entertainment in San Diego County for nearly 14 years. Joining Hian in 2007, John Taibe has helped Radical Reptiles & Friends provide the children of San Diego County with a unique, hands-on experience including an ever-growing menagerie of snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, spiders scorpions , millipedes, insects & a variety of other “creepy crawlies.”
June 2, 2014 (El Cajon)--World War II aircraft, paratroopers, mock aerial “dogfights” complete with fireworks, performance flying demonstrations — even an airplane racing a jet-car — will fill the skies and tarmac Saturday and Sunday at “AirShow San Diego” at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
By Miriam Raftery
June 4, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)—Slipping away to the high desert community of Jacumba Hot Springs proves a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Not too long ago, Jacumba nearly became a ghost town after a resort hotel from the ‘20s burned down and Interstate 8 was built, drawing traffic away from Old Highway 80 through the heart of Jacumba. But then a revitalization committee petitioned the state to take back the town's historic name -- Jacumba Hot Springs. Since then, these movers and shakers have infused new life into a town named by the Kumeyaay Native Americans who once camped here in the winter months: Jacum—a place of healing waters.
Now celebrating its centennial year, the town recently hosted the Healing Waters & Arts Festival--a successful event for the community and guests alike.
June 4, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - On Thursday June 5th the Lemon Grove Historical Society will present “An immigrant’s Journey” as part of its “History Alive” series at 7:00 in the H. Lee House Cultural Center at 3205 Olive Street in Lemon Grove.
May 31, 2014 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon is reviving the tradition of its former Friendship Festival with a new event called America on Main Street. The event promises to celebrate the tradition of ethnic diversity, also providing free family fun and live entertainment.
May 29, 2014 (In-Ko-Pah) – On May 31st, the Jacumba Hikers invite you to an In-Ko-Pah “Spirit Retreat” to the Desert View Tower. The event also includes a tour of a strawbale cabin, earth shrine, “The Vortex” and other points of interest along the way to the Desert View Tower one of the oldest roadside attractions/historic landmarks in San Diego.
May 29, 2014 (Santee)--The Santee chamber of Commerce invites you to join more than 60,000 visitors at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two-action packed days great for the whole family to enjoy. This free event will be held at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.
Celebrating its sixth year, the Street Fair will host its first annual beer festival featuring five local breweries; Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co, Butcher’s Brewing, Pacific Islander Brewing Company and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company. There will also be more than 300 various food and vendor booths, live entertainment, a family-friendly fun zone with games and attractions and more than a dozen carnival rides. Admission to the event is free and parking will be available adjacent to the event.
May 29, 2014 (Julian)—On Saturday, May 31st, the Julian Town Hall will come alive with music at a fiddle and guitar picking contest open to all ages. For beginners and aficionados alike, this event is a chance perform and compete for prizes in the festive and competitive atmosphere of the traditional old time fiddle contest.
Harkening back to the days of the Julian banjo and fiddle contest tradition of decades past, this fiddling and guitar picking contest continues the Julian history as a long time supporter of traditional music and hosting music festivals.
By Miriam Raftery
May 29, 2014 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa hosts its annual Flag Day parade on Saturday, May 31st in the downtown village. The festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m., with pre-parade concerts by La Mesa Middle and Parkway Middle Schools. At 10:00 a.m. the parade led by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band starts through the downtown La Mesa Village. Enjoy this year’s Grand Marshal celebration of the Ford Mustang 50th anniversary.View floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs, and youth groups. This year the City of La Mesa will also have the First Class Petty Officers Association from Tactical Training Group Pacific carry a community Living Flag to conclude the parade.
Spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire and cheer on the participants in this annual parade. After the parade, join the La Mesa’s Human Relations Advisory Commission for ice cream, see classic and new Mustang cars, and talk to the car owners at Palm Avenue and La Mesa Boulevard.
May 28, 2014 (Santee Lakes) - If you’re angling for a fish dinner—or just enjoy catch and release, you may want to check out Santee Lakes, where night fishing kicks off on June 12th. There are a total of six night fishing dates coming up: June 12th and 26th, July 20th and 24th, and August 7th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4.
By Miriam Raftery
May 27, 2014 (Bonita) – After more than 40 years, the Wild West Bonitafest is now history.
The Bonita Business and Professional Association has voted to disband, by a vote of just 15 of its 50 members, U-T San Diego reports. The Association indicates the vote was uncontested, raising questions over what the apparently absent majority of members think about the decision to permanently cancel Bonitafest and other community events sponsored by the group.
By Miriam Raftery
May 26, 2014 (Julian)--Julian celebrates its Gold Rush Days next weekend, May 31st and June 1st, bringing to life the community’s colorful past.
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