DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 31-JAN. 30

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December 19, 2018 (San Diego's East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes New Year’s Eve celebrations in Alpine, Lakeside and Jamul plus events coming up in January including a circus in Otay Ranch, classes at the Water Conservation Garden, live music and open mic nights at Wynola Pizza, ice skating at Viejas, desert hikes and a paleolithic conference in Borrego Springs, a star party at Mission Trails, and the musical “Songs for A New World” at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley.

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

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT VIEJAS DEC. 31

Viejas is hosting two New Year’s Eve celebrations.  A Bash at the Park at Viejas will feature live music from Rising Star, options to buy food and drinks, and watching a glittering ball drop at midnight followed by a dazzling fireworks display.  ($10)

Or opt for an upscale New Year’s Eve Gala in the Oak Ballroom complete with dinner, open bar, and dancing the night away. For tickets and details visit www.Viejas.com amd click the entertainment tab

BARONA NEW YEAR’S PARTY DEC. 31

Barona will also be celebrating the New Year with a party starting at 4 p.m. that includes games, live music, food mobs and a midnight toast. You can visit www.Barona.com  for details.

 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AT JAMUL CASINO DEC. 31

The Jamul Casino will be ringing in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve Party December 31st that starts at noon and continues until 2019 arrives. Options include a New York-style dinner at the Prime Cut steakhouse, or a lobster and prime rib buffet at the Tony Gwynn Sports Bar, plus DJs and live entertainment until 1:30 at Tony Gwynn’s, the Jive Lounge, and the Loft 94 beer garden.

For full details, visit www.jamulcasinosd.com

AMERICAN CROWN CIRCUS JAN. 10-14 AT OTAY MESA

American Crown Circus is bringing its Circo Osorio to the Otay Ranch Town Center January 10th through 14th.  A family tradition for over 90 years, the show includes aerial acrobats, trapeze flyers, illusions, a wheel of death, daredevils, creative costumes and theatrical showmanship. 

The Las Vegas-based show promises spellbinding performances as aerial artists swing, acrobats tumble and artists defy the laws of gravity just inches from the audience.

Click for a free circus pass for children age 10 and under

For tickets and details, visit https://www.AmericanCrownCircustickets.com/.

DESERT HIKES AND BIKE RIDES

Winter is the season to explore our desert region. The Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association will host several hikes in January, in California’s largest state park, including outings to places such as Palm Canyon and Hornblende Canyon.  There’s a moonlight walk, as well as bicycling and birdwatching events.  For a full schedule of these and more activities, visit the Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association at www.ABDNHA.org.

CLASSES AT THE GARDEN

The Water Conservation Garden has some fascinating classes coming up in January including the Lore of the Kumeyaay, garden yoga, and an all about worms composting class.  You can also enjoy docent-led tours of the Garden. For more information you can visit www.TheGarden.org.

ENTERTAINMENT AND OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT WYNOLA PIZZA

Wynola Wood-Fired Pizza and Bistro in Wynola (4355 Highway 78), just outside of Julian, offers live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. weekends plus open mic nights each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. You’re invited to come show your talent – or enjoy listening to others.

For more information visit www.wynolapizza.com

VIEJAS ICE RINK 

The largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California is open now through January 6th at the Viejas Outlets Center in Alpine. Rental skates are available.  In addition to ice skating, visitors can enjoy holiday entertainment and a seasonal water show.  

NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE AMERICAN PALEOLITHIC CONFERENCE JAN. 10-12 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

The New Discoveries In the American Paleolithic Conference will be held in Borrego Springs January 10th through 12th. This conference will present evidence from throughout the Americas that demonstrate the presence of a wide-spread human occupation much earlier than was previously recognized—dating back 16,000 years ago.

To register, visit the Anza Borrego Foundation website at theABF.org/calendar/newdiscoveries/

STAR PARTY JAN. 12 AT MISSION TRAILS

Mission Trails Regional Park invites you to a star party on January 12th from 5 pm. to 8 p.m.  Amateur astronomer George Varga and his telescope will be at the far end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground day use lot, where you can view the Seven Sisters Constellation, the Andromeda Galaxy and more celestial sights.  For more information visit Mission Trails Regional Park at www.MTRP.org and click on their calendar.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD JAN. 24-27 AT ENCORE! THEATRE IN SPRING VALLEY

Young Actors Theatre will present “Songs for a New World” January 24th through 27th at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley. 

Songs for a New World was the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. The show is a collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and the choices that we make. The show transports the audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue in New York.

The audience will meet an array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.

For tickets visit www.YATSanDiego.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!