DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 31-NOV. 30

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By Miriam Raftery

October 30, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features a Halloween bash at Parkway Plaza and trick-or-treating at Grossmont Center and in the La Mesa Village.

Plus, we have a preview of coming events I November including the Ramona Art and Wine Festival, concerts at the Magnolia Center, a fall festival in Casa de Oro, a Cultural Arts Expo in El Cajon, a Multicultural Diversity Event in Lemon Grove, the Mother Goose Parade, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, and a Julian Country Christmas.

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

CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE 

The ECHO Chamber Music Series hosts 14 concerts at Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Theatre this season, featuring classical music performers such as Jason Vieaux, Bach Collegium, the Dalí Quartet, members of the San Diego Symphony and other internationally acclaimed musicians who have performed across the globe.

The season runs from fall of this year through June 4th of next year.  Find a full list of performers and ticket information at EchoChamberMusic.org

 

 

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN BASH AT PARKWAY PLAZA OCT. 31

 

You’re invited to bring the family to Parkway Plaza shopping center’s Spooktacular Halloween Bash on October 31st from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

Trick-or-treating, complimentary photos, crafts and carnival games are all included for ghosts and ghouls ages 12 and under. You can also show off your spooky costume and get ready for some monster madness!

 

Find more information at www.shoppingparkwayplaza.com

 

TRICK OR TREAT AT GROSSMONT CENTER OCT. 31

 

Grossmont Center in La Mesa has safe trick-or-treating for children on October 31st from 3 to 5 p.m. 

 

Youngsters in costumes can pick up trick or treat bags at Guest Services and get treats from all participating merchants. Learn more at www.GrossmontCenter.com

 

TRICK OR TREAT IN LA MESA VILLAGE ON HALLOWEEN OCT. 31

 

The La Mesa Village Association invites the community for family-friendly Trick-or-Treating in downtown La Mesa on Halloween.  Participating businesses will be handing out treats from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 31st in La Mesa’s historic downtown village. Some will also offer discounts and promotions. Costumes are encouraged!

 

Bring a trick-or-treat bucket or bag to collect your goodies at this family-friendly Halloween happening.

Look for the orange and black balloons identifying participating merchants in downtown La Mesa along La Mesa Blvd. & adjoining streets (on both the west and east side of Spring St. - Acacia to Grant Ave.) 

 

Participating businesses can be found on the LMVA’s trick-or-treat webpage:  

http://www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/trick-or-treating-in-la-mesa-village.aspx

 

SEVENTH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 2

 

The seventh annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival will be held at Begent Ranch in  Ramona, Calif., on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at http://ramonaartandwinefest.net.  

 

Guests can taste wine, enjoy gourmet food bites, shop for original art, and bid on uniquely painted and re-structured wine barrels, including a dog house, table, and chair along with the winning 2019 poster art—a watercolor painting by Lynette Bredow—while listening to live music at the scenic Begent Ranch.

 

Arthur Leonardi, director and writer of the animated titles for the movies “The Revenge of the Pink Panther” and “The Trail of the Pink Panther” starring Peter Sellers, will join more than 30 talented San Diego County artists. Leonardi will be providing original art for the Festival’s silent auction, selling authentic cartoon backgrounds and original cells of famous cartoon characters, plus autographed  books about the Pink Panther. 

 

The Ramona Art and Wine Festival is presented by the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, Inc. http://ramonamurals.com and the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association www.ramonavalleyvineyards.org. Proceeds benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, Inc., 

 

For additional information about the Festival, see http://ramonaartandwinefest.net.

 

MAGNOLIA CENTER CONCERTS

 

The Magnolia Center, formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center, has a full season of stellar entertainment lined up. 

 

Concerts coming up include Grammy award-winning Mexican songwriter Ramon Ayala, Salsa artist Willie Colon, and the World of Dance Live.

 

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

 

CULTURAL ARTS EXPO NOV. 9 IN EL CAJON

 

You’re invited to discover local and international artists at the 2019 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, and enjoy artworks including adobe sculptures by Enrieque Avilez form Mexico City, fish carving sculptures by award winner Bob Berry, works by local artist Grace Schleisher, plus workshops by local artist Barbara Young and more.

You can stop by East County Magazine’s booth at the Cultural Art Expo to meet a half dozen local authors, who will be signing copies of their books. 

This year, the event also draws inspiration from the Don’t Give Up Movement, which strives to help struggling people find hope and prevent suicides.  The event also honors the memory of local artist Nolan, who died at age 18.

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.

The event is not affiliated with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, but is supported by the Institute for Public Strategies, a partner of the County of San Diego’s Live Well program. 

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.  

 

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 29-DEC. 1

 

The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona continues its annual Thanksgiving season tradition with Pomegranate Days, a three-day weekend November 29th through December 1st.

 

Guests can enjoy feed pomegranates to friendly camels, camel rides and games for kids, a Wild West Turkey Stampede with the farm’s famous pardoned turkeys, foods, and circus acts by the Russel Brothers family including juggling, magic and more.

 

For reservations and more information, you can visit www.CamelDairy.com and click on the events tab.

 

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.

 

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!