DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 1 - 22

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April 1, 2015, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes egg-stravaganzas, an Easter bunny train and a harmonica festival.

We’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including a baroque music concert at Cuyamaca College, the Taste of Julian country culinary tour, the world famous Romeros brothers performing classical guitar music, and a Flash Jam featuring hundreds of musicians playing old-time fiddle music across the town of Julian.

   

HARP FEST HARMONICA EXTRAVAGANZA APRIL 4 IN LA MESA

12 top bands will take stage at the 16th annual Spring Harp Fest, a harmonica extravaganza at La Mesa’s Harry Griffen Park on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This will be an all-day harmonica music. This annual outdoor family-friendly musical tribute is a fundraiser to support children’s music education in San Diego. Last year the organization donated $3000.00 of the proceeds to the Blues Lovers United of San Diego’s Blues in the Schools program to help pass the love of the harmonica on to the next generation. For a full lineup see http://www.springharpfest.org/

EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 4

Santee Lakes invites the public to its annual Eggstravaganza on April 4th. This community event features continuous egg hunts for children ages 8 and under, live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, craft booths and carnival rides brought to you by the City of Santee and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. For full details, hop on over to www.SanteeLakes.com.

EASTER BUNNY TRAIN APRIL 4

The Easter Bunny Train will be rolling out of the Campo Depot at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum on March 28 and 29 and on April 4th. This annual family event includes a ride aboard the vintage train and an Easter egg hunt. For details visit www.PSRM.org .

Now for a preview of coming attractions….

BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT APRIL 9 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Members of the San Diego Early Music Society (SDEMS) will be performing baroque concertos for harp, mandolin and flute at Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1985 by musicians dedicated to presenting period performances of music of the 18th and early 19th centuries, this 22-piece ensemble has been hailed around the world.  The program includes works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Durante, Corelli and Handel. For more information, visit: www.SDEMS.org

SAVOR A TASTE OF JULIAN APRIL 11

Julian, San Diego’s historic gold community, hosts A Taste of Julian on April 11th from 1 to 5 p.m.   This rural dining adventure features a self-guided culinary tour of restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Tickets are available at the Julian Town Hall at 2129 Main STreet, along with your map of  participating restaurants/wineries & breweries.  For details  or tickets visit www.JulianCa.com

OPEN FARM TOUR AT THE OASIS CAMEL DAIRY APRIL 11-12

The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona invites you to an open farm tour on April 11th and 12th from 1 to 4 p.m.  An animal show featuring the camel dairy’s entertaining residents will be staged at 1:30, after which you can enjoy camel rides, camel petting and photos. For more information, visit www.CamelDairy.com.

SWEET PEA DAY AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS APRIL 11

Saturday, April 11th is Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, just east of El Cajon. This annual event celebrates fragrant, old-fashioned sweet pea flowers in full glory. Arrive early for this popular occasion. Gates open at 9 a.m. and cutting your own bouquets in a beautiful sweet pea maze starts at 11 a.m. --while the blossoms last. You can also enjoy live music and snacks at a coffee bar, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass. Find out more at www.SummersPastFarms.com.

APRIL POOLS DAY APRIL 11 IN LA MESA

The City of La Mesa will host April Pools Day on April 11th from 12 to 3 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Pool to promote water safety. Activities include swimming lessons, water safety and CPR presentations, synchronized swimming and water polo demonstrations and a mock rescue by city lifeguards and the fire department. April Pools day is a free event for the whole family—so bring your swimsuits!

JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP APRIL 8-12

The Julian Family Fiddle Camp will be held at Camp Cedar Glen April 8-12, providing an emersion-style “roots” music camp for folks of all ages and levels wanting to improve their skills on fiddle, mandolin, guitar or old-time banjo. Some of the most renowned North American artists serve as faculty, with attendees coming from across the US as well as abroad. Tents and RV’s are allowed, with evening concerts for the public on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. For more info, visit  www.familyfiddlecamp.com

FLASH JAM IN JULIAN APRIL 12

Flash Jam is an annual gathering of musicians who converge in front of Julian’s Town Hall to play a trio of traditional old time fiddle tunes  on April 12 at 2 p.m. The event draws acoustic string musicians of all ages and abilities from far and near, with hundreds coming to fill the town with music.  After the first round of tunes at the Town Hall, the musicians move to several other locations along Main Street to repeat their performance.

ROMEROS CONCERT APRIL 12

Three generations of the famous Romeros family will perform a guitar music concert on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.  The Romeros have performed for dignitaries around the world, including the President of the United States, his Royal Majesty of Spain and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

You can also opt to dine under the stars before the show with a gourmet meal catered by Café Merlot.  For more information or tickets, visit  http://www.powayarts.org/

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES OPENING NIGHT APRIL 22

Get ready to rev up!  Cajon Classic Cruises is rolling out its 2015 season starting Wednesday, April 22nd with a full street closure for opening night.  The cruises will continue all summer long on Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.

The second week, April 29th will celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Other  highlights include Jimmie Johnson night,, a Military Tribute, and Thunder on Main Street. For  the full Cajon Classic Cruises’ season line-up, visit www.downtownelcajon.com.

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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 http://www.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!