DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 9 - DEC. 14

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November 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County features a fall festival in Casa de Oro, a Cultural Arts Expo in El Cajon a Multicultural Diversity Event in Lemon Grove.

 

Plus, we have a preview of coming events including concerts at the Magnolia Center, 

the Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon, Pianorama in La Mesa, a Thanksgiving Feast at Pine Hills Lodge in Julian, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, a Julian Country Christmas, Lakeside’s Spirit of Christmas on Maine, a Christmas celebration on Mt. Helix, Ramona’s Christmas Tree lighting, Santa at Santee Lakes, and La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village. 

 

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

 

CULTURAL ARTS EXPO NOV. 9 IN EL CAJON

 

You’re invited to discover local and international artists at the  Cultural Art Expo on Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown El Cajon.

 

Guests can enjoy live music by the Jazilla Band, a local Latin jazz legend, savor food samples from 12 to 2 p.m., visit a wine and beer garden, meet artists and participate in art workshops. 

 

You can stop by East County Magazine’s booth at the Cultural Art Expo to meet  local authors, who will be signing copies of their books. For tickets and details, you can visit https://artexpoatthemarriott.com/.

 

LEMON GROVE MULTI-CULTURAL DIVERSITY EVENT NOV. 9

The Lemon Grove Multi-Cultural Diversity Event  will provide an opportunity for residents to connect with each other through music, dance and art and to share their diverse perspectives, cultures, and values in a space where all can be accepted, appreciated and celebrated.

 

This event will be held on November 9th from 2 to 5 p.m. in Promenade Park (3240 Main Street) in Lemon Grove.  This event is organized by Thrive Lemon Grove. 

 

FALL FESTIVAL IN CASA DE ORO NOV. 9

 

The nonprofit Casa de Oro Alliance invites you to its fourth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   The event will be held at the Spring Valley Academy, 3900 Conrad Drive in Spring Valley. 

 

This free, festive event has games, food trucks, entertainment, and prizes. Bring in the flyer in this article for a free spin of the prize wheel . For more information, visit www.CasaDeOroAlliance.org or check the Casa De Oro Alliance on Facebook.

 

MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 24 IN EL CAJON

 

The Mother Goose Parade has been delighting children and families for 73 years. This year, the parade will roll out through downtown El Cajon on Sunday, November 24th, starting at 1 p.m.

 

The parade features an array of floats, marching bands, equestrians, clowns, local celebrities and Santa Claus to welcome in the start of the holiday season.  You can find the route and details at www.MotherGooseParade.org.  

 

MAGNOLIA CENTER CONCERTS

 

The Magnolia Center, formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center, has a variety of entertainment planned in November and early December.  

 

Concerts coming up include Salsa artist Willie Colon, the World of Dance Live the Danish heavy metal band King Diamond, and a 50-year tribute to the Beatles White Album.

 

For tickets and the full lineup, visit www.MagnoliaSanDiego.com or the Magnolia on Facebook. 

 

PIANORAMA: FOUR PIANOS, FOUR ARTISTS NOV. 22 IN LA MESA

La Mesa’s Valerie Victor Concert Series presents PianoRama! on Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. This is an evening of piano music as you’ve never heard it before at the Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa), performed on four pianos (two grands and two electrics) with four artists in this pre-Thanksgiving treat.

The artists are Rodney Girvin, Nina Gilbert, Laura Williams, and Jim Tompkins-MacLaine. They will perform works by Chopin, Milhaud, Bernstein, Walton, Sousa and more.

For more information, visit www.tableucc.com.

 

THANKSGIVING FEAST AT PINE HILLS LODGE NOV. 28

 

The historic Pine Hills Lodge in Julian will be serving up a 10-course feast on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th

 

The lodge was built in 1912 as a romantic mountain hideaway by Colonel Ed Fletcher, a prominent San Diego developer and banker, and designed by world famous architect Richard Requa, known for many of the structures in Balboa Park. The bark-on wood log construction is considered irreplaceable.

In 1925, the lodge sold to the operator of the Sutherland Stage and Yellow Cab, who built a gym at the lodge and invited his friend, boxer Jack Dempsey, to come train there. 

 

Cabins and tree houses were built in the 1920s through the ‘40s to accommodate more guests. The treehouses are gone, but the cabins still remain. The old gym became a movie theatre and then a dinner theater, which closed in 2004.

 

In 1998 the lodge underwent major renovations and in 2003, it was acquired by new owners who aim to rekindle a reputation for service in hospitality at Pine Hills Lodge, where you may even see some wild turkeys in the woods.

 

Reservations are required for the Thanksgiving Fest at Pine Hills Lodge.  Several seatings are available at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. To feast your eyes on the menu and make reservations, you can visit www.PineHillsLodge.com

 

POMEGRANATE DAYS NOV. 29-DEC. 1 GOES CAMEL CRAZY

 

What began as a fall treat for the camel herd at Oasis Camel Dairy has become the venue’s most beloved event 

This year, on Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Pomegranate Days celebrates its 9th year with much more than the traditional camel feeding, camel show and camel rides.  Guests can also savor pomegranates for sale from the family farm’s orchard, a comedy magic performance by Godfrey the Magician with his Magic Castle, and just in time for Thanksgiving weekend, a Turkey Stampede by pardoned gobblers from the award-winning state fair traveling turkey race show. Click here for video.

You can also meet Christine Adams, the author of the Amazon #1 new release book, Camel Crazy, which chronicles tales of camels such as Camelot, Goldie and Cleopatra at the Oasis Camel Dairy as well as a mother’s fight to help her son with autism. There’s no time like the holidays to cuddle up with a good book!

Amina and Fergie, two camel babies, will be on hand for guests seeking selfies with camels. Plus guests can enjoy a singing bird show, feed or pet sheep, and more  

For tickets and details, visit www.CamelDairy.com.

 

JULIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS NOV. 30

 

Julian Country Christmas will be held on November 30th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa Claus between 5:30 and 6 p.m. at Pioneer Park in front of the Julian Pioneer Museum (2711 Washington St., Julian).  

 

Visitors can also enjoy shopping at boutique shops and craft stores for one-of-a-kind gifts at this annual event hosted by the Julian Chamber of Commerce.

 

You can find details on this event in Julian and more at https://visitjulian.com in the calendar section.

 

LAKESIDE’S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS ON MAINE DEC. 7

 

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate at its 21st annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Avenue on Saturday, December 7th from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Santa and his elves are hard at work creating an atmosphere of an old-fashioned hometown Christmas featuring local school performances of holiday favorites, photos with Santa, food and drinks, children’s activities, jumpy jumps, crafters booths, and lighting of the community Christmas tree. Find details at www.LakesideChamber.com

 

RAMONA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING DEC. 7

The Ramona Chamber of Commerce hosts the 27th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. Old Town Ramona will come alive with over a thousand Ramona residents out to celebrate the holiday season.  

Shops will be open late and Main Street between 6th and 8th Streets will be closed to traffic. There will be sleigh rides, a classic car and motorcycle display, music, dancing, carolers and of course Santa! The lighting of the tree in front of the Guy B. Woodward Museum will take place at 6 pm. Find more information at https://ramonachamber.com

EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS, CAROLING AND MORE ATOP MT. HELIX DEC. 7

This year’s 29th annual Christmas on Mt Helix on Saturday, December 7th is expanding to feature European Christmas markets with local artisans from 2-5 p.m., followed by a family caroling sing-along from 5-6 p.m. and a reading of the Nativity story from 6-7 p.m.

Free parking is available at Grossmont High School with a shuttle ride to the top of Mt. Helix for the festivities.

For more information, visit www.Mt.HelixPark.org.

SANTA AT THE LAKE DEC. 8

Santee Lakes invites you join Santa at the lakes on Sunday, December 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

The festivities will feature a snow hill, carnival rides, inflatable jumps, crafts, food, character meets and greets and Santa Claus.  Get more information at www.SanteeLakes.com

 

LA MESA HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE DEC.13-14

 

The La Mesa Village Association's Holiday in the Village returns to downtown La Mesa December 13th and 14th.  

 

This family friendly event will feature a wonderland of festive holiday music and dance, food, kids activities, live entertainment, merchants open late for holiday shopping and more.  

 

Watch for details at http://www.lamesavillageassociation.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.orgDestination 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!