Festivals of the Month

HONORING OUR VETERANS: NOV. 10-11 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - On Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, Grossmont Center is pulling out all the stops to honor our veterans.  The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday evening in the Courtyard with a concert by the Navy's SW 32nd Street Brass Band.  These outstanding musicians will be performing traditional New Orleans jazz, Navy favorites and pop tunes.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS ON MAINE DEC. 2 IN LAKESIDE OFFERS OLD-FASHIONED HOLIDAY CHEER

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (Lakeside) - Lakeside’s Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the Spirit of Christmas on Maine Street in downtown Lakeside on December 2nd from 4 to 9 p.m. This event features Santa Claus, craft booths, vendors, jumps and rides for kids, performances by local school students, and the lighting of a community Christmas tree for plenty of old-fashioned family fun this holiday season.

Admission is free.  Find details at www.LakesideChamber.org and at www.LakesideRodeo.com.

EL CAJON'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON MAIN NOV. 25

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (El Cajon) - The city of El Cajon invites you to Holiday Lights on Main on November 25th from noon to 7 p.m., in Prescott Promenade, with the lighting of a giant holiday tree at 6 p.m.

Activities include ice skating, Santa’s Village, carnival rides, live music, food and holiday shopping.  For a map and more information, you can visit www.DowntownElCajon.com.

HOLIDAY HAY RIDE ACTIVITIES AT FORT CROSS OLD TIMEY ADVENTURES NOV. 25

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) - Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel, (4424 State Route 78) just outside of Julian, will be offering a holiday hayride activity package on November 25th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Activities include a holiday hayride with caroling, candle dipping, rustic ornament making, cider pressing, a country hoedown, petting zoo, tomahawk throwing, rope making, a ghost town, slingshot range, hoops and stick relay races, plan racing, nature walks and a tire swing.

For more information, visit http://www.FortCross.com

VIEJAS ICE RINKS NOW OPEN: HOLIDAY ON ICE SHOW NOV. 11

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2017 (Alpine) – The largest outdoor ice rink in Southern California is now open for the season  (through January 28) at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, transforming the grounds into a winter wonderland.  On Saturday, November 11, the rink will feature a Holiday on Ice  show and lighting of a large holiday see.

MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 19

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (El Cajon) - The 71st Annual Mother Goose Parade will be on November 19th, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.   This year’s parade theme is “Family Traditions!”  The parade begins at 1 p.m.  You can see over 100 colorful and exciting parade entries, including floats, marching bands, clowns, equestrians, local dignitaries, TV celebrities, and Santa Claus!  The parade Grand Marshal is Randy Jones, former San Diego Padre and CY Young award winner.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 10-DEC. 17

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Veterans Day celebration and Heroes Concert at Grossmont Center in La Mesa, a ceremony honoring veterans in El Cajon, plus stargazing, mountain biking, and Native American flute music at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions over the next month including a Swing with Santa golf event at the Sycuan Resort, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, the Mother Goose Parade and Holiday Lights on Main in El Cajon, the Spirit of Christmas in Lakeside, Holiday Hay Ride activities in Santa Ysabel, a Julian Country Christmas, a Christmas Cabaret, and La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village.

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

JULIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS NOV. 25

 

East County News Service

November 5, 2017 (Julian) -- Christmas comes to Julian every year in an old-fashioned way with a Country Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on Saturday, November 25th to start the holiday season.  Festivities start at 2 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. including lighting of a giant Christmas tree in Pioneer Park, just one block from Julian’s historic town hall.

EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB'S NEXT SIZZLING EVENT: NOV. 10 AT ALPINE INN STEAKHOUSE

 

October 25, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine Inn Steakhouse (2225 Alpine Blvd., Alpine), the coziest steakhouse in East County is now reopened under new ownership -- and East County Dining Club will host our next event sizzling event there on Friday, November 10th. 

Join us for cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30 in the steakhouse bar and dinner at 6:30 in the private captain's-style dining room. Enjoy live music by Paul Nichols and Cindy Burnham, plus you can win prizes!  You don't have to be a dining club member -- all are welcome!

This event requires an RSVP by November 5 and pre-reserving your choice for entrée, 2 sides, and a dessert. See the delicious details below!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 1-25, 2017

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a wildlife walk, live hawk demonstration and world music ensemble concert at Mission Trails, an Autumn Fest at the Water Conservation Garden, the Ramona Art and Wine Fest, and acoustic concerts at the Rancho San Diego and Ramona libraries.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including Veterans Day activities at Grossmont Center, a Veterans’ Day commemoration in El Cajon, the Mother Goose Parade, a holiday hay ride and many more activities at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel, plus a Julian Country Christmas celebration later this month.

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

FALL ACTIVITIES AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Mission Trails Regional Park announces a series of fall activities.  These include concerts and a Native American flute circle, a star viewing party, live hawk demonstration, bird watching and wildlife walks, an art show and more.

For a full schedule of events, scroll down.  For details on all of these activities, visit http://www.MTRP.org.

TRICK OR TREAT AT VIEJAS OUTLETS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT

 

East County News Service

October 25, 2017 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlets in Alpine invite you to “trick or treat off the street” on Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 8 p.m.

You’re invited to bring your whole family of goblins, ghouls and witches! Visit any retail shop to receive Halloween treats.

GHOSTS, GHOULS AND GLOWING GAMES AT HAUNTFEST ON MAIN 2017

 

By Robert Gehr

October 21, 2017 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon held its sixth annual HauntFest on Main in downtown El Cajon last night, with a Ghostbusters theme this year.

I had a quite a time weaving through the crowds trying to capture the fun and energy I saw on the faces amongst everyone with my camera. There were literally thousands of people attending this ever-popular event, which can make it challenging to navigate around. One simply cannot be in a hurry to any particular destination.

HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDRAISER AND CHILI COOKOFF IN LA MESA OCT. 20

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2017 (La Mesa) — Keller Williams in La Mesa (4700 Spring Street) will host a Chili Cook Off for hurricane relief efforts this Friday, October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.. Booth rentals are $100 and will be donated to disaster relief efforts.

HAUNTFEST ON MAIN: SPOOKY FAMILY THRILLS OCT. 20 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Sixth Annual “HauntFest on Main” will be held this Friday night, October 20th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon. This fun, family-friendly Halloween-themed event includes live music on the Promenade Stage including the Stand-Up Guys from 5 to 7:15 p.m. and the Amazing ‘80s All-Starz from 7:45 to 10 p.m.: This event also features costume contests on the Main Street stage, carnival rides, crafts, games, car show, a candy trail, kids zone with outdoor movies, face painting, inflatables for kids, pumpkin patch, Ghostbusters and more. 

JOIN OUR “FEAST FROM THE EAST” AT HIMALAYAN CUISINE WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB OCT. 19

 

 

 

October 5, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to join our East County Dining Club in a “Feast from the East” at Himalayan Cuisine (7918 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa) on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.  The restaurant features delicious  foods from Nepal, India and Tibet. 

For this event, you can order food and drinks off the extensive exotic and affordable menu, plus we’ll have a wealth of prizes. View the delicious menu options:  www.HimalayanCuisineOne.com.   

 

You can pay at the door for this event, but please RSVP early to reserve space—our last two events sold out!  RVSP to reserve space:  (619)698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org .

The restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds to benefit East County Magazine and East County Wildfires & Alerts.  More delicious details:

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 20-NOV. 19

 

East County News Service

October 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes HauntFest on Main in El Cajon, Carnival for Canines in La Mesa, Borrego Days desert festival and parade, a Toast to East County, the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, alpacas at the Summers Past Pumpkin Patch, Scotty’s Scare Trail, and the Pumpkin Express train ride in Campo.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including a haunted Elks lodge, a Halloween Harvest Festival, the Hills Halloween Party, a spooky campover, the Boulevard Boo Parade, a “Hallowscream” night, a high desert mountain yoga retreat, an Autumn Fest and Plant Sale, the Ramona Art and Wine Festival, a live hawk demonstration, a Veterans Day ceremony and the 71st annual Mother Goose Parade. 

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

BLASTS FROM THE PAST AT THE LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

 

October 15, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) – The Laguna Mountain Rendezvous in Santa Ysabel continues this week through October 22nd, offering fascinating glimpses into the rugged skills of mountain men, frontiersmen and Revolutionary War era militia members. 

HALLOWEEN HARVEST FAMILY FESTIVAL ATOP MT. HELIX OCT. 29

 

East County News Service

October 15, 2017 (Mt. Helix) -- The Mt. Helix Park Foundation and Grossmont Mt Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) are joining together for a fun-filled Halloween Harvest Family Festival at the top of Mt Helix Park for neighborhood families on Sunday, October 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. 

$10,000 HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST AT THE HILLS IN LA MESA OCT. 28; HALLOWEEN PARTY AT EASTBOUND IN LAKESIDE OCT. 27

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The owners of The Hills in La Mesa and the Eastbound Bar and Grill in Lakeside are serving up some spooky fun--along with some wild libations, prizes and more this Halloween Season. From a cauldron of concoctions served in gravedigger skull mugs to a costume contest with a $10,000 prize, these local night spots have plenty of “treats” in store for their Halloween weekend guests.

CARNIVAL 4 CANINES OCT. 21 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (La Mesa) - Harry Griffin Park is going to the dogs! 

On Saturday October 21 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Coe Lewis will be hosting the third annual Carnival 4 Canines put on by Jackie Blue's Rescue Angels and KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1.  Admission to this family-friendly, pet-friendly event is free, and it offers games for the kids, gourmet food, crafts, and vendors who specialize in one-of-a-kind and handmade items.  There will be microchipping services, animal welfare & conservation organizations as well as pet rescue groups. The doggy costume contest registration begins at 1 p.m., with the judging beginning at 2 p.m.  An opportunity drawing will begin at 3:30 p.m. (winner need not be present to win).   You won't want to miss seeing the doggy agility course.  All proceeds benefit Jackie Blue's Rescue Angels, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Jacumba Hot Springs.   

LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS BRINGS HISTORY OF MOUNTAIN MAN ENCAMPMENTS TO LIFE OCT. 13-22

 

By Miriam Raftery

Click to view video of Emms shooting black-powder, muzzle loaded gun

September 24, 2017 (Mount Laguna) — If you stop by the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous October 13-21, you’re likely to feel as though you’ve been transported into the past –a mountain man encampment bringing history to life.  Activities for participants include black-powder shooting instruction, archery, tomahawk throwing, tool-making, camp stove cooking, early American music, and a traders’ row selling vintage and replica items from Colonial times in the 1770s through around 1840.

In an exclusive interview, Richard Emms, president of the Laguna Mountain Shooting Club, resident gunsmith and Rendezvous Booshway (leader of a group of mountain men)shares insights on how the group got started and what attracts folks to don historical garb for the 10-day encampment in period-style tents. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 13-NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

October 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes pumpkin patch events at Summers Past Farms and Scotty’s Scare Trail in Flinn Springs, train rides on the Pumpkin Express in Campo, The Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, a chili cookoff for charity in Lemon Grove, and Kids Care Fest in Lakeside.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including El Cajon’s Haunt Fest on Main, Borrego Days, a Toast to East County, a haunted lodge, a Halloween harvest family festival on Mt. Helix, the Boulevard Boo Parade, a spooky campover at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine, Laurel and Hardy night’s “Hallowscream” in Spring Valley, a Harvest Fest and Plant Sale at the Water Conservation Garden, the Ramona Art and Wine Festival, and live hawk demonstrations at Mission Trails Regional Park.

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

BOO! PARADE BRINGS OUT HOLIDAY SPIRIT OCTOBER 28 IN COLLEGE AREA

 

East County News Service

October 10, 2017 (San Diego) -- Celebrating its 13th year, the Boulevard BOO! Parade will be held on Saturday, October 28th starting at 10 a.m. With over 70 entries of live entertainment marching on one mile of El Cajon Boulevard in the College Area, the parade will entertain you with spooky ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches to fill you with the Halloween spirit.

EL CAJON ELKS LODGE LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY HAUNTED HOUSE FOR HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER OCT. 26-31

 

Source:  El Cajon Elks Lodge

October 10, 2017 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 is working with a local Haunted House Production Company, “Scareventures,” to present a Haunted Lodge for the community in their parking lot from October 26th through 31st.  This will be one of the only Haunted Houses in San Diego’s East County, it represents an important charity fundraising effort where the Elks will contribute 100% of proceeds from the event for children’s charities as a part of their annual “Purple Pig” (or CHEMPI) and “Youth Charities” fundraising efforts. 

SPOOKY CAMPOVER AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS OCT. 27-28

 

By Valerie Watts

October 9, 2017 (Alpine) - Lions, Tigers and Bears announces its annual Spooky Campover from 3 p.m. Friday October 27 until 12 p.m. October 28.  Bring your own pumpkin to carve, food, camping gear and best costume to 24402 Martin Way, Alpine, CA 91901.  This event promises "a wild and ghoulish night under the stars with the rescued animals."  There will be pumpkin carving, s'mores, campfire songs, a costume contest and animal feedings.  To reserve your spot for this unique camping adventure, call (619) 659-8078 option 2, or book online www.lionstigersandbears.org

TOAST OF EAST COUNTY: SAVOR THE FLAVORS OCT. 22

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present this year’s “A Toast to East County” on Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).

A TALE OF TWO OKTOBERFESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 7, 2017 (El Cajon) – Crowds flocked to Oktoberfests in El Cajon and La Mesa for bratwurst, beer, and festivities. The two community events differed sharply, with the German-American club’s event at its headquarters in El Cajon focused on authentic offerings such as a German band and Bavarian pastries, while La Mesa added some international elements and carnival attractions.

KIDS CARE FEST AT LAKESIDE RODEO GROUPS: WILL OFFER FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN

 

East County News Service

 

October 6, 2017 (Lakeside) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East Region, will present the 2017 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.

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