DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 31-OCT. 26

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August 29, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Barona Powwow, Julian Grape Stomp, and Descanso Deep Pit Barbecue.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Sycuan Powwow, Ramona’s Grape Stomp, raspberry picking and farm tours at Julian Farm and Orchard, Hank Williams Jr. at Viejas, Gregory Page and Sky Ladd in concert at Schwaesdall Winery in Ramona, spooky camping at Lake Jennings, and our own East County Dining Club at Fourpenny House in La Mesa.

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

BARONA POWWOW AUG. 31-SEPT. 2

The annual Barona Powwow will be held August 31st through September 2nd at the Barona Sports Park on the Barona reservation. Native American dancers and drummers from across the nation come to participate in competitions at the powwow, where you can also find a wide variety of Native American crafts, jewelry, and foods available for purchase.

For more information, visit Barona-NSN.gov and click on the 2018 Powwow button at the top (barona-nsn.gov/2017powwow). 

JULIAN GRAPE STOMP FESTA SEPT. 1

The Julian Grape Stomp Festa invites you to kick off your shoes and squish grapes beneath your feet at the 22nd annual event on September 1st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Menghini Winery in Julian. Taste wines from multiple wineries as well as food and drinks from a variety of local establishments.

There will also be live music, Bocce ball, and dancing at this party to remember, as well as a VIP event complete with pig roast.

For tickets and more information, check VisitJulian.com and click on their calendar to find the September 1st grape stomp information (or see http://www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/grape-stomp/).

DESCANSO DEEP PIT BBQ SEPT. 2

The Descanso Deep Pit Barbecue continues a tradition of ground cooking that Native Americans have done for thousands of years.  After days of prep using cords of oak firewood and locally grown beef, the pit is ignited, meat wrapped placed in the pit. Then, 28 hours later, the tasty beef will be enjoyed on Sunday, September 2nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Descanso Deep Pit Barbecue takes place at Our Lady of Light parish (9136 Riverside Drive, Descanso) in a tradition begun there in 1937.  Descanso is a small town located about 45 minutes east of San Diego.

The 81st annual Deep Pitt BBQ and community fair is open to the community, with food available for purchase.  The festivities also include vendors, live music by the Bushwhackers Band, dancing, kids’ games, a cash drawing and a beer garden as well as deep pit barbecue beef, side dishes and pies available to purchase.

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS….

EL CAJON DINNER AND CONCERT: FRIDAY NIGHTS

El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert events continue each Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Prescott Promenade on Main Street in downtown El Cajon. Bring a picnic dinner or arrive early and dine at a local restaurant. Bring a receipt from participating downtown restaurants to enter a prize drawing.

Concerts coming up include an Elvis tribute by Scot Bruce on September 7th, a Tom Petty Tribute by the Petty Breakers on September 14th, Siren’s Crush playing modern pop and dance music on September 21s and the Mighty Untouchables for the season finale on September 28th.

SYCUAN POW-WOW SEPT. 7-9

The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will host its annual powwow September 7th, 8th and 9th at the pow-wow grounds in front of the Sycuan Casino at 6677 Dehesa Road, that’s located on the Sycuan Reservation in unincorporated El Cajon.

(More info:  https://calendar.powwows.com/events/sycuan-powwow-2018/)

STAR PARTIES AT MISSION TRAILS SEPT. 7 AND 22

You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and Mission Trails Regional Park volunteers for viewings of the night sky through telescopes from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 22 in the Kumeyaay Lake Campground day use parking lot.

Please avoid the use of flashlights and white light in the area of the events. Cloudy skies and/or rain cancels the event. Free, and no registration is necessary.

For directions, visit www.MTRP.org.

 

RAMONA GRAPE STOMP SEPT. 8

The Ramona Grape Stomp invites you to come squish grapes in a stomping competition, taste local wines, bid on silent auction items and shop at more than 40 local crafters and vendors. The Ramona Grape Stomp will be held on September 8th from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (421 Aqua Lane) in Ramona.

For the juicy details, you can visit RamonaGrapeStomp.com.

JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPT. 15

The 49th annual Julian Music Festival will celebrate the end of summer at Menghini Winery in Julian on Saturday, September 15th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This year’s festival will feature a variety of musical genres including Americana, contemporary jazz, folk and more. For advance tickets and a full listing of performers, visit https://julianmusicfestival.com/.

That’s all for this week! You can find details on all of these events and more in the calendar and events section at our website, 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.

RASPBERRY PICKING AND FARM TOURS AT JULIAN FARM AND ORCHARD SEPT. 15-OCT. 13

The raspberries at Julian Farm and Orchard are ready to be picked! Blackberries are almost ready and then corn and pumpkins will follow.  You can enjoy raspberry picking and farm tours each Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. from September 15th through October 13th.

The farm is located at 4381 Highway 78 on the Santa Ysabel side of the highway next to Wynola Pizza and Julian Mountain Bakery.  Julian Farm and Orchard is owned by the same people who operate the Julian Mining Company.

You can also enjoy tractor-drawn hayrides, barnyard visits, and shopping at the Farmer’s Wife store in addition to picking berries and other crops on weekends starting September 15th. Weekday visits are available by appointment.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. PERFORMS SEPT. 21 AT VIEJAS

Legendary singer Hank Williams Jr. will be live in concert at Viejas in Alpine on September 21st.   He first took to the stage at the Grand  Ole Opry at age 14 and has since had hits geared toward the common man, from “A Country Boy Can Survive” to “It’s hard standing in the shadow of a very famous man,” a references to his father, Hank Williams Sr., as well as his “Monday Night Football Song” and his latest hit, ”Stirring It Up.”

Tickets are available at the Viejas Gift Shop, AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849.

GREGORY PAGE AND SKY LADD IN CONCERT SEPT. 22 AT SCHWAESDALL WINERY, RAMONA

Gregory Page & pianist Sky Ladd will perform at Schwaesdall Winery in Ramona on September 22nd from 1-4 p.m. for an afternoon of vintage and perhaps even some brand-new music on the vineyard stage.

To borrow Gregory's famous lyrics: "Let's wine & dine" on Schwaesdall's estate wines and artisan pizzas while savoring music from the GP Duo. 

The same adjectives that sommeliers use to describe wine can be said for Gregory's amazing music: "elegant, opulent, full-bodied, bright, refined, complex, velvety" and always "with a hint of” imagination and magic!”

Admission to the concert is free with any purchase.

EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AT FOURPENNY HOUSE IN LA MESA SEPT. 26

The East County Dining Club invites you to their next dinner, which will be held at the Fourpenny House Scottish restaurant and brewery (8323 La Mesa Blvd.) on Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m.

So stop on by to try some authentic Scottish cuisine, choosing from a menu that includes such specialties as bangers and mash, Scottish Mussels, Crofter’s Pie, fresh salmon, Yorkshire wraps, artisanal cheeses, Scottish paella, curry roasted cauliflower, and bread pudding.

Fourpenny House will donate 20% of proceeds to benefit East County Magazine and our East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts. There will also be prize drawings. RSVP to reserve space at 619-698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org

You can check out the menu at www.fourpennyhouse.com.

SPOOKY CAMP-O-WEEN WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER AT LAKE JENNINGS

Lake Jennings in Lakeside is hosting Spooky Camp-o-Ween events the two weekends before Halloween, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28, complete with ghost stories, s’mores, a campsite decorating contest, trick or treating and creepy crafts.

On Friday nights, get in the spirit with ghost stories and smores at 7 p.m.  Then on Saturdays, there will be campsite trick or treating from 4 to 5 p.m. followed by a campsite decorating contest with judging at 6 p.m.  Prizes include an all inclusive camping weekend.

On Sundays, you can also enjoy creepy craft time at 10 a.m.

Call for campground reservations at 619-390-1623 and for more information, visit www.LakeJennings.org.

That’s all for this week! You can find details on all of these events and more in the calendar and events section at our website, 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!