DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 13-AUG. 4

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July 6, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features lots of fun and festive upcoming summertime events, including Watermelon Days at Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, the Sunshine Boys at Lamplighters Theatre, in La Mesa, a Pacific Southwest Railway Museum meet and greet in La Mesa, the Pine Valley Days festival and parade, a Sip of Julian, Concert at the Lakes in Santee, a winetasting festival in Jamul, Herman’s Hermits live at Sycuan, the Ramona Country Fair, and the HeART of Mt. Helix.

There are also some all summer long events including outdoor concerts, movies in parks across our region, classic car shows and dive-in movies at the Kroc Center’s swimming pool.

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

JULY EVENTS

WATERMELON DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY JULY 13-14

It’s time again for Watermelon Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona July 13th and 14th from 11:30 to 6 p.m. You can feed watermelons to camels, play games such as watermelon splash and toss, watch an exotic bird and animal show, feed miniature sheep in sheep town, and even ride a camel.

For details, visit www.CamelDairy.com.  

SUNSHINE BOYS JULY 5-AUG. 5 AT LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE

Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” from July 5th through August 4th on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Sunday afternoon matinees.

A young theatrical agent attempts to reunite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion.

For tickets, you can visit https://www.lamplighterslamesa.com/

PSRM MEET AND GREET JULY 23

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association (PSRM), a San Diego-area historical and educational nonprofit, will host its monthly free “meet-and-greet” from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, at the La Mesa Depot, 4695 Nebo Dr., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend.

The free one-hour event will feature tea, coffee and dessert treats, plus information about PSRM activities from Donna Spevack, PSRM Administrator of Fund Development. PSRM is dedicated to the preservation of railroads as they existed in the Pacific Southwest and is committed to continue the history of railroading in San Diego County.

PSRM maintains the stationary, full-size train and restored depot station at the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard in Downtown La Mesa. The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence.

PSRM is currently marking a year-long, 100-year centennial celebration of the November 1919 completion of the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A). A reenactment ceremony at PSRM’s Campo Railroad Park and Museum will be held Saturday Nov. 16, 2019. For more event information, visit https://www.psrm.org/centennial/. For more information about the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association (PSRM), visit www.psrm.org.

PINE VALLEY DAYS JULY 26-27

The Mountain Empire Men’s Club will present Pine Valley Days  July 26th and 27th. The two-day festival begins with a deep pit barbecue from 5 to 9 p.m.on Friday night and live music by Barbwire from 6 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, there’s breakfast at the Clubhouse at 7 a.m. followed by the Pine Valley Days Parade at 9 a.m. along Old Highway 80 from the Pine Valley Library to the middle school.  Next up there’s a full day of activities in Pine Valley Park including children’s activities, arts and crafts, vendors, live music, food, and a horseshoe tournament.

For more information, visit www.PineValleyDays.com

A SIP OF JULIAN JULY 27

A Sip of Julian on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature ten tasting rooms offering samples of beer, wine, hard cider and craft cocktails with small food pairings. 

Tickets ($35) are available at the Julian town hall (2129 Main Street). Proceeds will be used to fund the annual Julian Country Christmas and Tree Lighting ceremony.

WINE TASTING IN JAMUL JULY 27

D&S Farms, home to Granite Lion Cellars in Jamul, will host a wine tasting festival to benefit St. Pius X Catholic Church’s parish improvement fund on Saturday, July 27th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The event will feature at least 10 different local wineries and breweries, plus live entertainment and a silent auction.

that also features live entertainment, food, and craft beer on Saturday, July 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The event will benefit St. Pius X Catholic Church’s parish improvement fund, earmarked for heating and air conditioning repairs.

This event is open to ages 21 and up. Tickets can be purchased at stpiusxjamul.com or by calling 619-669-0085.

ROCK N' ROLL AND COUNTRY MUSIC GROUPS HEADLINE SANTEE'S CONCERT AT THE LAKES JULY 27

The July 27 Concert at the Lakes in Santee will feature a “whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit of country,” according to organizers. This year’s lineup of the event at Santee Lakes will feature Shannon Rae & 100 Proof, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, and DSB.

The concert is open to those age 14 and up.  Lawn and table tickets are available at https://www.concertatthelakes.com/.

AUGUST EVENTS

RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR AUGUST 1-4

The Ramona Country Fair takes pace August 1st through 4th at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (421 Aqua Lane). 

Fair goers will explore  the “Gateway to Adventure" which features outdoor adventure zones, rock climbing, amusement rides, contests, animals, attractions, vendors, western shows, medieval demonstrations, a wine festival and more.

The Ramona Country Fair is presented by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. (Admission is free; Parking is $10 a day or $15 for unlimited parking.)  For more information, you can visit RamonaChamber.com

HERMAN’S HERMITS AT SYCUAN AUGUST 3

The legendary ‘60s British rock band Herman’s Hermits with its original lead singer Peter Noone will be live in concert at Sycuan on August 3rd with shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

They stormed the American pop charts 22 times with smash hits such as “Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat,” “There’s a Kind of Hush” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.” The boys from Manchester ultimately sold over 80 million records including seven gold albums, inspiring fans around the world.

Tickets to the concerts are available at Sycuan.com/events/

HEART OF MT. HELIX AUGUST 10

You’re invited to come party for a purpose at the HeART of Mt. Helix wine, food and art festival to benefit the Mt. Helix Park on August 10th from 5 to 10 p.m.  Against the backdrop of the setting sun a and 360-degree views atop Mt. Helix.

 

Against the backdrop of the setting sun at the historic Mt. Helix Park and amphitheatre known for its 360-degree views, guests will enjoy samples from top local restaurants and wineries plus signature cocktails, as well as live art, musical vignettes, a raffle and silent auction, plus dancing under the stars to the Good Mojo Band.

 

For tickets, visit www.MtHelixPark.org

 

ALL SUMMER LONG EVENTS:  

VIEJAS MOVIES AT THE ROLLER RINK IN ALPINE

Grab your popcorn – it’s time for (free!) summertime movies at the outdoor roller skating rink at Viejas Outlets shopping mall (5005 Willows Rd.) in Alpine.  Showtimes start at 7:30 p.m. each Friday night from now through early July. 

 

The lineup of popular movies coming up in in July includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens, How to Train Your Dragon 3, the Lego Movie, Jungle Book and Inside Out.

 

For a full schedule, visit www.viejas.com.

DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHTS AT KROC CENTER 

The Salvation Army Joan Kroc Community Center (6845 University Ave), just one block west of La Mesa, invites you to a series of Dive-In Movies that you can watch in the swimming pool.

All shows start at 7 p.m. ($5 for nonmembers, members free)

On July 17, you can watch Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, followed by How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on August 7.

MOVIES IN THE PARK IN EL CAJON 

El Cajon’s popular movies in the park run all summer long at parks across the city.

The July lineup includes Aquaman at the Fletcher Hills Pool on July 6, Incredibles 2 at Bill Beck Park, on July 12 Big Hero 6 at Bostonia Park on July 19, as well as Ant Man and the Wasp at Kennedy Park on July 26.

Guests can enjoy additional fun activities before the start of the movie at nightfall.

For a full list of shows all summer long, visit www.elcajonrec.org or call (619) 873-1641.

LEMON GROVE CONCERTS IN THE PARK

Lemon Grove’s summer concert series opens June 27th and continues through August 22nd each Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Berry Park (7071 Mt. Vernon St.)

The July and August concerts coming up will  include salsa, Cajun-zydeco, rock and roll, Motown, country music and more.  Check the city of Lemon Grove’s website calendar for a full schedule (https://www.lemongrove.ca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/2096/180?curm=6&cury=2019). 

DINNER AND A CONCERT SERIES IN EL CAJON 

El Cajon’s popular Dinner and a Concert series is held each Friday evening at Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon from 6 to 8 p.m.   Shows will continue all summer long.

You can bring a picnic dinner, or dine early at one of the many restaurants nearby before rocking out  at the outdoor (free) concert.

For full details, visit www.DowntownElCajon.com

SANTEE’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 

Santee’s summer concert series is being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive) on Thursday nights all summer long, through August 22nd

July’s shows include the Bill Magee Blues Band, Three Chord Justice, and Bump City Brass. 

The City of Santee has the full line-up of artists on its website (http://cityofsanteeca.gov/services/event-calendar). 

LA MESA SUNDAY AT SIX CONCERTS

The city of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” concert series continues at Harry Griffin Park (9550 Milden St.) in the outdoor amphitheatre each Sunday evening at 6 p.m.through July 28th.

July’s performers are Wild Nights, Ginger Cowgirl, 8-Track Highway, and Sonic Epidemic. Find more information on the city’s website (http://cityoflamesa.com/409/Special-Events).

CLASSIC CAR SHOWS IN LA MESA

The La Mesa Village Association rolls out its La Mesa Classic Car Show each Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. starting June 6th and running through August 29th, though there will be no show over the 4th of July weekend. 

This event features pre-1974 cars, trucks, and vans! The event will feature DJ’s and live bands located at 3rd and La Mesa Blvd, and an award giveaway at each event honoring the night’s best cars.

Find full details at the La Mesa Village Association website (http://www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/classic-car-show.aspx).

EL CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES EACH WEDNESDAY 

El Cajon’s Classic Cruise Nights is celebrating its centennial season.  You can view classic cars each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. along Main Street in the heart of downtown El Cajon. 

July’s car show themes include American Muscle, Off Road Madness, Groovy Vans, VW Mania, and Thrillseekers. 

For a full schedule of events, you can visit https://downtownelcajon.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.

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