DESTINATION EAST COUNTY JUNE 6-20

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June 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a craft beer and wine festival, Shakespeare, night fishing, poetry by the river, a firefighters’ breakfast, Taste of La Mesa and more. Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including Julian’s Backcountry Dance and Barbecue, Boars and Brews at Lakeside’s River Park, and much more.  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

CRAFT BREW AND WINE FESTIVAL JUNE 6 IN LA MESA

Cheers! A Craft Beer and Wine Summer Festival to benefit the La Mesa Historical Society will be held on Saturday, June 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. at 4888 Date Avenue at the La Mesa Farmer’s Market parking lot.  The festivities include unlimited tastes from 20 breweries plus a VIP lounge, live music, food trucks, and over 30 vendors.

For tickets ($25 in advance, $30 day of event general admission, or VIP tickets at $40 in advance, $45 at event) visit http://www.CraftBeerandWineFestival.com

NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES OPENS JUNE 4

Santee Lakes invites you to drop your line for night fishing.   Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be open for night fishing several times this spring and summer, starting on June 4 and June 18th this month,  from 5 p.m. to 11 :30 p.m. Bring a lantern--but no radios please, to keep the lake quiet for best fishing.

For more information visit www.SanteeLakes.com .

SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT JUNE 4 AND 5 AT VALHALLA JUNE 4-5

Upstart Theatre Company presents its inaugural production, William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, hosted by the Valhalla Theatre Arts Department on June 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Valhalla High School Theatre (1725 Hillsdale Road) in El Cajon. Upstart, founded in 2015, is comprised of and run entirely by students from schools throughout the Grossmont Union High School District, dedicated to keeping classical works of theatre alive on the modern educational stage.

This is the first time ever that a fully student-run play has been produced at Valhalla, and the first time students from multiple schools have collaborated to perform a play. This rollicking comedy takes us on a hysterical romp through 1930s Illyria, featuring mistaken identity and found love.

For tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for children 5 and under/senior/military) visit www.valhallatheater.com .

POETRY FROM THE RIVER: MISSION TRAILS JUNE 6

San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park Announces Poetry From the River on June 6th with Poet Jim Moreno. The event includes a guided walking tour, poetry workshop, and star party. Open to those 12 and older, Poetry on the River will be held at the Kumeyaay Lakes campground.. For more information, visit the calendar www.EastCountyMagazine.org (or see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/poetry-river-june-6-mission-trails )

GUATAY COMMUNITY YARD SALE JUNE 6

Attention, bargain hunters! The rural community of Guatay will hold its third annual community yard sale on Saturday, June 6th starting at 7 a.m. The sale will be held at 26835 Old Highway 80 in Guatay, located 1 mile west of Hilltop Supply.

FIREFIGHTERS FLIP FOR CHARITY JUNE 7

La Mesa Firefighters will be flipping flapjacks for charities at the annual pancake breakfast. The event, which  is stacked up to be a fun time for the whole family, will be held  on Sunday June 7 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the La Mesa Fire Station  at 8034 Allison Avenue in La Mesa.  Tickets ($5) can be purchased at the door.. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds will benefit the La Mesa Firefighters Local’s charitable contributions.

TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 8

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to “eat your heart out” at the 7th annual Taste of La Mesa, featuring tastings from 29 local restaurants.  This year’s delicious event will be held on Monday, June 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Community Drive).

Discount tickets are available before June 4th. For tickets and details visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.

Now for a preview of coming attractions…

JULIAN DANCE AND BACK COUNRY BARBECUE JUNE 13

Julian’s Sons of the American Legion invite you to the annual Julian Dance and Back Country Barbecue on Saturday, June 13th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The event will be held at Menghini Winery (1150 Julian Orchard Drive) and will feature three live bands: Shotgun Wedding, Freight Shakers, and Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. 

Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be on sale separately. For tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 kids under 10) visit http://www.JulianDance.org

BOARS AND BREWS AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK JUNE 20

Lakeside's River Park Conservancy's first ever Boars & Brew event is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th—on the summer solstice.  You’re invited  for a beer stroll along the section of the San Diego River Trail that the Conservancy manages for an evening full of  beer-tastng and food.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. - or until the Boars & Brew run out. To purchase tickets – or a designated driver – you can visit http://boarsandbrew.weebly.com/

That’s all for this week! You can find details on all of these events and more on our Calendar and in our Festivals and Events section online at eastcountymagazine.org.

If you have an event you’d like added to our calendar, or if you would like to sponsor the Destination East County column on our website, or the Destination East County show on KNSJ radio, you can contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org . Destination East County is the most-read feature on our website!

We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!