DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 24 - APRIL 12

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March 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes the Ramona Music Festival and Vallecito Days, recreating frontier life, plus our very own Party with the Press. We’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including egg hunts, April Pool’s Day in La Mesa, and readings of baseball’s most famous stories!  Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

VALLECITO DAY MARCH 28 CELEBRATES FRONTIER DAYS AND CATTLE DRIVES MARCH 28

Take a trip back in time to life on the 1860s frontier during Vallecito Day on Saturday, March 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vallecito County Park.  This year’s event focuses on cattle drives and cattle ranching along the Southern Overland Trail, with cattle ranching demonstrations as well as the arrival of trial riders on horseback.

You can also visit with pioneer men and women in period attire, visit a mountain man camp and hear historic talks, as well as experiencing frontier equipment, crafts and firearms.  Visitors are encouraged to dress in frontier attire. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch, since there is no food at the site. Vallecito County Park is located in the Anza Borrego Desert on County Route S-2( at Mile Marker 34-35.  For more information, visit http://www.sdparks.org

RAMONA MUSIC FEST MARCH 28

The Ramona Music Fest will be held March 28th in Ramona, featuring emerging talent and popular San Diego musicians playing everything from rock to reggae and from country to Americana.  This all-day outdoor event benefits the Ramona Rotary and  Kiwanis Clubs.

The festival will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, also known as the Rodeo/Fair Grounds at the northeast end of downtown Ramona. For details, visit www.RamonaMusicFest.org.

 

POKER RUN FOR VETERANS MARCH 28 IN ALPINE

The Alpine American Legion Post 258 will present “The Red, White & Blue Poker Run” to support Alpine veterans on March 28th.  Check in begins at 8:30 am and the run takes off at 10 a.m. from 3328 Alpine Blvd. and will travel to other local veteran posts. Proceeds from this event will support local Alpine American Veterans!

 

SAXOPHONE AND FLUTE CONCERT MARCH 28 AT MISSION TRAILS

Adrienne Nims will perform a free saxophone and flute concert on Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center theater. Seating is limited to 93 people and are available on a first come, first served basis. For directions to the park, visit www.MTRP.org.

EASTER BUNNY TRAIN MARCH 28-29 AND 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 .

PARTY WITH THE PRESS MARCH 31

East County Magazine invites you to come party with the press at our special event on Tuesday, March 31st at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room in La Mesa’s downtown village. We’ll be rolling out a sneak preview of our new special La Mesa community section, plus we’ll have some great food, wine-tasting, prizes and surprises. For reservations, visit EastCountyMagazine.org or call 619-698-7617.

Now for a preview of coming attractions….

CHEERS FOR BASEBALL EXTRAVAGANZA APRIL 2

Baseball fans can listen to baseball’s most famous readings while savoring wines at San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa on April 2nd



Who’s on First? That would be Write Out Loud founders Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, and the evening’s host, La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis.  This free La Mesa Arts Alliance event will begin with no-host reception at 6:30 p.m., and curtain time at 7:00 p.m. For details, contact friends@lamesaparks.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.

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/

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

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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!