By Miriam Raftery
August 2, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a kayak tour at Lake Morena, a jazz concert at Mission Trails, Hall in Oates and Train in concert at SDSU, the Julian Natural Wonderfest, the HeART of Mt. Helix, and the Price is Right game show at Sycuan.
Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including our own East County Fest at Mission Trails, celebrating the 10th anniversary of East County Magazine, as well as the Barona Powwow, Sycuan Powwow, Ramona Grape Stomp and the Julian Grape Stomp Festa,
So scroll down for all of these events and many more!
KAYAK TOUR AT LAKE MORENA AUG. 4
You’re invited to take a kayak tour of Lake Morena in Campo on Saturday, August 4th. Kayaks will be provided for the tour, which will teach you about the history of the park, the dam, and the Native Americans who once inhabited the area.
Bring sunscreen, a hat, a reusable water bottle and binoculars. Reserve your spot at the ranger station ($3, or free for campers) in the Lake Morena County Park.
This event is for guests age 12 and up, and will be cancelled if weather is stormy. For more information call 619-579-4101 (or visit https://www.countynewscenter.com/events/kayak-tour-of-lake-morena-2/)
HALL AND OATES IN CONCERT WITH TRAIN AUG. 4
Country music stars Daryl Hall and John Oates are teaming up with Train in concert at the Viejas arena on the San Diego State University campus. The concert is Saturday, August 4th at 7 p.m. For tickets visit the Viejas Arena website (https://as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena/event/97) or Ticketron.
JAZZ CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS AUG. 4
Jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker will perform a concert (free) at the Mission Trails Regional Park theatre on Sunday, August 4th from 3 to 4 p.m. Find more information at wwMTRP.org.
JULIAN NATURAL WONDERFEST AUG. 11
The Julian Natural Wonderfest on August 11 from 3-11 p.m. at Jess Martin Park and other venues in Julian will celebrate nature by night and day with music, art, music and a star party.
Shuttles will take visitors from downtown Julian to several key attractions. Start with a family-friendly hike along Santa Ysabel Creek. Next, tour the Julian Wolf Center, and then go to Jess Martin Park to meet hawks and owls, hear presentations on preservation work by the Wolf Center, Volcan Mountain Foundation, Julian Dark Sky Network, Wildlife Research Mountain Lion Project and more.
There will also be live music, fun and games, and as twilight falls, story telling until the Milky Way and the Perseid Meteor Shower make their appearances in the night sky, which you can see through telescopes provided by amateur astronomers who will give you a cosmic tour.
For details on this fun public event, visit http://naturalwonderfest.com/.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT SYCUAN AUG. 10-11
The Price Is Right is coming to Sycuan’s Live and Up Close Theatre on August 10th and 11th. For tickets to the popular TV game show where contestants win prizes by guessing prices of various items, you can visit www.Sycuan.com and click on the events tab.
HEART OF MT. HELIX AUGUST 11
The annual HeART of Mt. Helix event takes place on August 11th at the Mt. Helix Park Amphitheatre. Guests can enjoy tastes of foods from local restaurants, wines and beers, also enjoy artworks by local artists and an auction – all while watching the sunset and celebrating under the stars at one of East County’s most dramatic venues.
Proceeds benefit the Mt. Helix park and Amphitheatre, which are funded entirely through donations. For tickets and details, visit www.MtHelixPark.org.
NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS….
RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR AUG. 23-26
The Ramona Country Fair offers four days of fun August 23 through 26 at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (421 Aqua Lane Ramona). The fair includes carnival rides, Midway-style games, western shows, contests, vendors, food and more.
Find details at www.RamonaChamber.com.
EAST COUNTY FEST AUG. 25
East County Magazine invites you to celebrate their 10th anniversary at East County Fest on August 25th at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park visitor center. The evening event will include tastings from top restaurants and wineries across East County as well as live music, art, artisans, authors and stargazing.
The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required for East County Fest, with proceeds benefitting East County Magazine’s nonprofit news in the public interest and the East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.
You can get your tickets at www.EastCountyMagazine.org
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 www.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/).
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.
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 www.RamonaGrapeStomp.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 firstname.lastname@example.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!