October 26, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon’s third annual Halloween festival was a hit once again. The festivities took place in downtown on Main Street, Sulzfeld Avenue and Rea Street as well as Prescott Park. The area became quickly crowded with many costumed people enjoying themselves as dusk began to settle in and the night enveloped the area in darkness.
October 25, 2014 (Lemon Grove)-- The "History Alive" lecture series, sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society, will continue on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, with a presentation by the City's charismatic school superintendent, Ernest Anastos, related to the series' current theme, "The Future of Lemon Grove."
October 22, 2014 (Rancho San Diego, CA)-- The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is holding a huge benefit sale to support the Museum’s programs for local elementary school children. Over 4,000 students come to the Museum each school year for docent-led tours. Volunteers also make presentations in school classrooms. The sale is called “Five Sales! One Location!” and is an Art Sale, Rummage Sale, Jewelry Sale, Gems and Minerals Sale, and a Fossils Sale. Items for sale are donated by Museum members, over 300 households.
October 18, 2014 (El Cajon )—Hundreds of handmade and handcrafted items by local artists and artisans will be available at an Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Farrugut Circle in El Cajon. All proceeds will benefit local charities.
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October 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes some spooky Halloween happenings, a picnic with parrots, and our very own Party with the Press benefit event, all this weekend right here in East County.
Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including a wine festival at a castle in Ramona and a hot chili cook-off in Lemon Grove.
So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine!
October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--Ghouls, goblins and zombies, oh my! Halloween is coming and County Parks has something planned every weekend as the days count down to the big event. From a haunted trail to a pumpkin patch, Parks has you covered.
October 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County has some awesome autumn activities, from a spooky hayride in Julian to classic car cruisin’ at Santee Lakes, plus an international jousting competition—all in San Diego’s inland regions.
Fundraiser for East County nonprofit takes place Oct. 17 at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
October 9, 2014 (San Diego) - John Carney, one of the top scoring players in NFL history, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Eric Paredes Save a Heart, Save a Life Gala on Friday, October 17. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay. Carney, who ranks fourth on the all-time pro football scoring list, played half of his 22-year career with the San Diego Chargers.
October 9, 2014 (Poway) – An international jousting competition founded by Ramona resident and armor maker Jeffrey Hedgecock, will be held during the October 17-19 Tournament of the Phoenix and Festival of History. This fascinating event also features period camps from Rome to the Renaissance, all at the Poway Rodeo Grounds.
October 9, 2014 (Campo)--It’s “All aboard” the Pumpkin Express at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. The 10th annual Halloween seasonal rides take place Saturday and Sunday from October 11 through October 26, with trains departing three times daily.
October 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County features an art show, a vintners’ harvest festival, a Fair Trade holiday sale, and the Pumpkin Express complete with a haunted train, among other attractions. Plus we’ll have a preview of some big events coming up later this month, from an Enchanted Garden Gala to the Borrego Days Desert Festival and HauntFest on Main Street.
October 11 Event to Benefit Canine Corners Dog Park in La Mesa
October 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--Dog owners: Dress yourself and canine companion(s) in Halloween costume and come to the second annual “Pooch in the Park” Fun Dog Show to be held Saturday, October 11, from 9 am to noon at Canine Corners Dog Park in Harry Griffen Regional Park, located at 9550 Milden Street, in La Mesa. Entrance to the event is free; the contest entrance fee is $20 for up to two dogs.
October 6, 2014 (El Cajon)--The 3rd Annual HauntFest on Main Street will take place on Friday, October 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown El Cajon. The annual family friendly event features live music on two stages by Mighty Untouchables, Fabulous Pelicans, and Ryan Hiller.
Update October 4, 2014 - To view a full schedule of events, click here.
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August 28, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)-- Jacumba Hot Springs is gearing up for its Fall Centennial Festival set for Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Jacumba’s Community Park on Old Highway 80 in the heart of this historic town. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
October 3, 2014 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club is having a party and everyone is welcome! Come join in on the fun at the Alpine Historic Town Hall, 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. The celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. There will have activities for children of all ages; exhibits; demonstrations; display of "Time Capsule" items, historical information about the club; a melodrama; and square dancing. Food may be purchased at the event and there will be a few surprises! We will also be raffling off a beautiful handmade quilt.
October 2, 2014 (Julian)--Apple farmers in Julian have not been able to savor the fruits of their labors. The drought has hit apple orchards hard, along with a warmer than normal winter followed by a spring freeze.
October 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County features some fabulous backcountry festivals, from Jacumba Hot Springs Centennial Celebration to Julian’s Apple Days. Oktoberfests also continue this weekend in La Mesa and El Cajon.
September 29, 2014 (San Diego) –Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation President Jay Wilson announces the Kumeyaay Lake Poetry Campout, a three day, family-friendly poetry workshop weekend at Mission Trails Regional Park's Kumeyaay Lake Campgrounds (Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA, 92119). The event is open to for 12 participants (ages 10 years old to adult, three camp sites can be reserved), Friday, October 10, Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, 2014, with check in time Friday, October 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.
September 26, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--“Let the insanity begin,” says Helen Ofield.” Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove will hold its 10th Annual Western Roundup and Chili Cook-off on Nov. 1 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the parish hall of St. John of the Cross Church, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove. Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door.
September 26, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Art and Wine Festival, a benefit for the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural project, will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 12 to 5 p.m. The location is the Amy Strong Castle at Mt. Woodson in Ramona.
September 22, 2014 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to come and enjoy authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels, and Bavarian pastries—all at the German American Club’s annual Oktoberfest in El Cajon. The festivities take place on two weekends, September 26 through 28 and October 3rd through 5th. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of German beers, as well as entertainment by the Guggenbach-Buam, all the way from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
A free event hosted by Lakeside's River Park Conservancy
September 26, 2014 (Lakeside)- Project Wildlife will introduce you to the fascinating and unique world of bats on November 22 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m at Lakeside River Park. You can also meet Animal Ambassador Daisy, a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat in this indoor classroom located on Lakeside's River Park Property.
September 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa will host its fifth annual Senior Expo on Thursday, October 9, 2014. With a wide variety of speakers and exhibitors, Senior Expo will offer free "one-stop shopping" for all adults facing life changes that may affect their independence, or for those who would like great tips on safety and security. Senior Expo will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa 91942, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, and is supported by funding from the San Diego Association of Governments.
September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s Destination East County features some major events this weekend, including Oktoberfests, a major music festival and street fair, a fiesta, a parade, plus concerts by the Eagles and a Barbra Streisand tribute artist. Plus we’ll have previews of some delicious events coming up soon, including Julian Apple Days, the East County Vintners Harvest Days, a Pumpkin Festival, and Jacumba Hot Springs centennial celebration! Find all these events and more below.
September 22, 2014 (La Mesa)--The La Mesa Oktoberfest is one of East County’s biggest street festivals, drawing 200,000 people every year. This year’s Oktoberfest will be held October 3-5 in the heart of La Mesa’s downtown village on La Mesa Boulevard between 4th Avenue and Acadia.
The event, sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, began as a small street fair over 35 years ago. Now the three-day bash features over 250 vendors, food including German bratwurst and a beer garden, kids’ activities and entertainment ranging from German music to classic rock and roll.
September 20, 2014 (Potrero) –You’re invited to join the East County Vintners Wine Group for its second annual Mountain Empire Country Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 11 from 12 noon to sundown. The festivities take place at the Jim and Janet Wright Ranch and Vineyard in scenic Potrero, just 30 minutes east from Jamul off Highway 94/Campo Road. Smokey barbecue with all the trimmings and wine sampling by local vineyards and wineries are among the activities, along with a silent auction and door prizes.
September 18, 2014 (Ramona)--Gaze up close at World War II fighter airplanes, experimental aircraft, and firefighting air tankers and helicopters. Tour an air traffic control tower. Check out hot classic cars and big-rig trucks. Maybe even get your face painted or shake Smokey's hand.
September 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s Destination East County has some hot musical and theater events, also marking the start of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, from a Fiesta in Spring Valley to the Viejas Days Parade.