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

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This week’s Destination East County features a grape stomp, a pow-wow an art show and a deep pit barbecue.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a production of the hit show Hairspray, Santee’s bluegrass festival, a dinner theatre show and as the season turns to Indian summer, yet another pow-wow.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

THIS WEEK'S MAJOR EVENTS:

BARONA POW-WOW SEPT 4-6

The 45th annual Barona Pow-Wow will be held at the Barona reservation’s sports park in Lakeside from Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6.  A grand procession will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday featuring representatives of all tribes participating. There will be competitions all weekend long, as well as craft and vendor booths.  (For more information, visit barona-nsn.gov)

JULIAN GRAPE STOMP FESTA  SEPT 5

Fall is harvest time at East County wineries across East County and on September 5th , the Julian Grape Stomp Fiesta will be held at Menghini Winery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  There will be tons of grapes to stomp, plus wine-tasting from local wineries, food and craft vendors and more.  For tickets and details, visit www.JulianCA.com.

FALL ART SHOW IN JULIAN SEPT. 5

Talented artists from Julian and nearby communities will present their paintings, photography, mosaics, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and other works of fine art at the Fall Art Show in Julian on September 5th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the show is free and many of the artists will be available to discuss their work. Visit www.JulianCa.com for more info.

DESCANSO DEEP PIT BBQ SEPT. 6

The 78th annual deep pit barbecue in Descanso will be held on Sunday, September 6th, hosted by Our Lady of Light Parish church.  The preparation starts the night before, with the slow-cooking of seasoned beef using two cords of oak firewood. The Sunday BBQ and festival takes place starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, also including crafts, games and vendor booths as well as prize drawings. For all the juicy details, you can visit www.ChurchBarbecue.com.

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

HAIRSPRAY TAKES STAGE SEPT. 10-19

Visionary Community Theatre and Visionary Youth Theatre of east San Diego present Hairspray at the Performing Arts Center at Point Loma High School (2335 Chatsworth Blvd, San Diego, 92106) on September 10-12 & 17-19 at 7 p.m. Enjoy as the diverse and talented Visionary cast and crew welcome you to the 60’s!

It’s 1962 - the ‘50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do?

 This production features Matthew Anderson, a physics professor at San Diego State University, as Wilbur Turnblad and Visionary’s own Artistic Director Spencer John Powell as Edna Turnblad.  For tickets visit: Visionary Community Theater .com

OFF BROADWAY LIVE IN SANTEE PRESENTS “ONE HIT WONDER” SEPT. 11-12

Off Broadway Live in Santee will present “One Hit Wonder”, a dinner theater production about a group that sang other peoples songs, until they had their own hit . . . Just one hit! This story brings to life the music of Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbit, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Olivia Newton-John, The Eagles and so many others.

The event includes a fully catered dinner and beverages.  The live combo plays great dinner music, then Bob & Steve, with musical guests, singing the songs of the best singers and songwriters of all time. 

Off Broadway Live is on Cuyamaca Street in Santee – See more at: OffBroadwayLive.com

SYCUAN POW-WOW SEPT. 11-13

The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will host its 26th annual pow-wow September 11-13 at the tribe’s pow-wow grounds, behind the casino on the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon.

Dancers from across the nation will compete for $125,00 in prize money at the pow-wow, which also features  bird-singing and for Native American children, peon games.  Crafts, food and vendors will  be on hand at the pow-wow, which is free and open to the public. For details, see the Sycuan pow-wow page on Facebook.

SANTEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL SEPT.12

The twang of banjos and fiddles will again fill the air, while delicious food and beverages fill appetites, at the 6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 12 from 5:30 t 9:30 p.m.

The one-night festival is a fundraiser that benefits local teen programs, park improvement projects and the city’s recreation scholarship program that subsidizes fees for less fortunate children, families and seniors. The event takes place at Town Center Community Park East. 

This year’s lineup features two talented bluegrass bands, Box Canyon and High Mountain Road. Admission includes wine and beer sampling plus tastes of food prepared by local restaurants. This event usually sells out quickly, so organizers advise music lovers not to fiddle around! Tickets are available at the City of Santee’s website or at Santee’s City Hall.

 

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 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!

 

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