Festivals of the Month

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. 

NIGHT SKY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP JUNE 25-26 IN BORREGO SPRINGS



By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2016 (Borrego Springs) –In June, the Milky Way will be  a spectacular sight to behold in the night sky over Borrego Springs.   You can join world famous night sky photographer Dennis Mammana  to learn the fine art and science of capturing the Milky Way with your camera, along with many other remarkable celestial sights visible in the clear, dark desert sky at a night sky photography workshop June 25-26.

SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 28

 

East County News Service

 

May 26, 2016 (Santee)--The Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival draws over 30,000 visitors each year with patriotic fund for the whole family. The eight annual festival will be held this year on Saturday, May 28th from 10a.m to 6 p.m. at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee. The festival will feature local breweries and honor the military on the Heroes Stage.

Festival highlights include: a craft beer festival, live music and entertainment, a crafter row and artist alley, over 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides, and games for the family. 

SALUTE TO OLD GLORY: LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 4

 

East County News Service

May 26,2016 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa shows its patriotic spirit with the 19th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade:  "A Salute to Old Glory!"  You can bring the entire family to this good old fashioned Red, White and Blue parade on Saturday, June 4th. The Grand Marshall this year is Cabrillo National Park in honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 27 - JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

May 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a  barbecue with firefighters,  the Santee Craft Beer and Street Festival, the catfish opener at Lake Jennings and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, Fido Fest in Santee, the Taste of La Mesa, an Apple Blossom Tea in Julian, and a Western luau in Descanso.

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

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 19 - JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a rodeo and parade, America on Main Street, those lively Rhinestone Grannies, a catfish opener, Peter Pan and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, a Cactus Garden Festival, Julian Fiddle and  Pickin’ Contest, La Mesa Flag Day Parade, Taste of La Mesa, Boars and Brew along the San Diego River, plus concerts, live theater shows and outdoor movies – all part of the summer fun herein East County.

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

HOWDY AND ALOHA! WESTERN LUAU JUNE 11 IN DESCANSO

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (Descanso) – You’re invited to a Western luau blending traditions of Hawaii and the Old West on Saturday, June 11 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Chapel of the Hills Community Church, 25153 Viejas Blvd. in Descanso.

ART OF ED ROXBURGH: GARDENING GLORIES ON DISPLAY IN LEMON GROVE MAY 25

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

May 20, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- Join us on May 25 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. in the Parsonage Museum, 3185 Olive, Lemon Grove, for Ed Roxburgh's latest one-man show, "In the Garden."  We think you'll be thoroughly delighted by this prolific and versatile artist's new work, celebrating the glories of the Southern California garden. 

FISH WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS: JUNE 25 AT SANTEE LAKES

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2016 (Santee) – The Santee Firefighters Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 25 at Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes (Lake 3 and 4, Area G) from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.   Derby participants will receive a free day permit, worms, raffle ticket, hot dog lunch and free door prizes while they last.

BOARS AND BREW JUNE 18 IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2016 (Lakeside) - Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy in Lakeside (12108 Industry Road) will host its second annual Boars and Brew on Saturday, June 18th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’re invited to sip and stroll along the banks of the San Diego River at this event, which drew over 600 guests last year and also includes tasty foods.

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET MAY 21: THE BEACH IS BACK

 

By Robert Gehr

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) - Saturday, May 21st is the day to mark your calendar this year. The annual America on Main Street in El Cajon is back. This year’s theme is “The Beach Comes East” and admission is free.  You can bring the entire family to this friendly, safe event and enjoy hours of good old-fashioned, wholesome fun. I’m quite sure you won’t be disappointed.

21ST ANNUAL WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL AT BERNARDO WINERY

 

East County News Service

 

May 14, 2016 (Rancho Bernardo) - The 21st annual Wine and Food Festival will be held at Bernardo Winery Sunday, May 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event, brought to you by the San Diego County Vintners' Association, will feature unlimited tastings and food samplies for $50 -- and for $15 you can also get a designated driver.

This event showcases wines from across our region, from Sangiovese and Syrah to Cabernet Franc,Grenache and Viognier to name a few.

RIVER PARK FESTIVAL AND SD RIVER RUN 5K ON SATURDAY IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

May 13, 2016 (Santee) – The River Park Festival and San Diego River Run 5K will take place this Saturday, May 14th from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee.

The festival is free and includes live music, a beer garden by BNS Brewing and Distilling, tree planting (sign up) , interactive booths, kids’ corner, crafts, games and activities, BMX demos by East County BMX and a free bike repair event.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 13-JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

May 9, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a madrigal concert, a butterfly festival, a blues fest, Wild in the Country, a Laurel and Hardy Wacky West film night and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Ramona Rodeo, Santee Street Fair, theater performances, a Flag Day Parade and American on Main Street.

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

MAY 14 BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL LAUNCHES RETURN OF SAN DIEGO'S BUTTERFLY SEASON

 

 

Butterfly Pavilion Will Be Open through July 31

East County News Service

May 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its third-annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, May 14 for an exciting day of activities that will engage all ages with butterflies. The event highlights the important role these insects play in the ecosystem as well as how visitors can attract and support butterflies in their home gardens using drought-tolerant plants. A large selection of native milkweed plants will be on sale.

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