DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 16 - MAY 4

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April 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes Lakeside’s Western Days parade and rodeo, a harp concert at  Mission Trails and Fun with Physics in La Mesa.   We’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including a spring garden festival, garden tours, a concert at the Desert View Tower, and Vintage Alpine, a wine tasting experience in the country. So stay tuned for all of these events and more!

LAKESIDE RODEO APRIL 17-19

Yeeha! The 51st annual Lakeside Rodeo takes place on April 17th through 19th.  The event features Western-style entertainment and events including bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping competitions, bull riding, and for youngsters, stick horse riding. As added attractions, world champion trick roper Rider Keisner will be performing, In addition, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses will make an appearance at some rodeo performances.

For tickets ($5 to $20) and more information, visit www.LakesideRodeo.com.

LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE APRIL 18

The 50th annual Lakeside Western Days Parade will roll out on Saturday, April 18th starting at 9:30 a.m. down Lakeside’s Maine Street.   This year’s theme is “There’s no place like home” and the grand marshal is Gita Morena, granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  For the full parade lineup and route, visit www.LakesideChamber.org.  

FUN WITH PHYSICS IN LA MESA APRIL 18

The City of La Mesa invites you to Fun with Physics Day on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Teen Club and Highwood Park (7775 Junior High Drive). Experiments include: Bubbles, Sink or Float, Oobleck, Dry Ice Experiments, Barges and more.  For more information, visit  http://lamesaparks.org/

HARP CONCERT APRIL 19 AT MISSION TRAILS

The San Diego Harp Society concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Visitor Center theater at Mission Trails Regional Park. For accomplished young, local harpists will represent the San Diego Harp Society for the concert.  The performers include Stefano Colmignoli,  a 16 year old who has been playing harp since he was eight years old. He has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall,  Kennedy Center, and the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia.

Admission is free. More information about the concert, as well as the park, can be found at www.mtrp.org

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES OPENING NIGHT APRIL 22

Get ready to rev up!  Cajon Classic Cruises is rolling out its 2015 season starting Wednesday, April 22nd with a full street closure for opening night.  The cruises will continue all summer long on Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.

The second week, April 29th will celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Other  highlights include Jimmie Johnson night,, a Military Tribute, and Thunder on Main Street. For the full Cajon Classic Cruises’ season line-up, visit www.downtownelcajon.com.

Now for a preview of coming attractions….

A CONCERT WITH A “TWIST”: CHUBBY CHECKER AT SYCUAN APRIL 23

Rock and roll superstar Chubby Checker will perform a concert with a “Twist” on April 23rd at 8 p.m. in Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theater. 

Checker rocketed to fame in 1960, when his recording of “The Twist” was the number one song in the nation, sparking a new dance craze and variations such as the “Peppermint Twist” and “Twist and Shout.”   He is the only artist ever to have 5 albums in the top 12 at one time and the only artist to have a song hit #1 twice-- “The Twist.” He won a Grammy for best rock performance and went on to record more hit songs such as “Limbo Rock”, attracting a new generations of fan.  For tickets, visit www.Sycuan.com.

 SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE APRIL 25

Source: Cuyamaca College

April 13, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway) each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.  This year, the 22nd annual free event takes place on Saturday, April 25th from  9 a.m to 3 p.m.

From urban farming to water-conserving landscaping ideas, the festival is the place to go to learn about sustainability. The event showcases the college’s Ornamental Horticulture program, as well as the Water Conservation Garden and Heritage of the Americas Museum on campus. Over 50 vendors, craftspeople, and artisans will be present. In addition, activities, exhibits, tours, and demonstrations of sustainable gardening and landscaping will be offered.

(For more information go to http://web2.cuyamaca.edu/springfest/2015/)

EAST COUNTY GARDEN TOUR APRIL 25

Friends of East County will host a garden tour on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The tour features five gardens with an amazing variety of settings including water-wise gardens, themed gardens, flowering plants including a one-acre rose garden, and vendors offering crafts and garden creations.

Friends of East County Arts, Inc. is a non-profit philanthropic organization that supports the performing and fine arts in East County. For garden tour tickets ($15 in advance, $18 at th4e door) call Christy Klock at 619-442-8515 or visit: http://www.friendsofecarts.org/

SAGE AND S ONGBIRDS MAY 1-3

The 18th annual Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour on May 1-3 will feature five private home gardens plus a hummingbird haven and a raptor rehabilitation facility for close-up viewing of wildlife.

The tour includes water-wise plants such as succulents and native plants from Australia, the Mediterranean and California, as well as garden-related vendors, plant sales, music, , live butterfly releases plus Kruisin’ Kritters Reptiles & Insects. For tickets ($20 at the door, or $17.50 by April 15)  and a schedule visit http:/www.Chirp.org.

INKOPAH CLASSIC DESERT CONCERT MAY 2

The second annual In-Ko-Pah classic desert concert will be held  on May 2nd .   This outdoor high-desert concert will be held at the Desert View Tower, a state historical monument perched on a rocky hillside overlooking the Anza-Borrego Desert. The In-Ko-Pah offers music lovers and naturalists alike a chance to experience an overnight event  featuring multiple bands within our Southwest region. For tickets and details visit http://inkopah2.brownpapertickets.com/.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA CONCERT MAY 3

The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present “Two for the Show” on Sunday, May 3rd at 3 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Avenue, San Diego). The concert features two major choral works:  Gioacchino Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” and John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit.”  For tickets ($17 at the door, discounts for advance purchases from $5-$15) visit www.SanDiegoFestivalChorus.org.

VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 3

The 25th annual Vintage Alpine will be held on Sunday May 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs. Vintage Alpine will feature tastings of 40 wines plus foods from fine restaurants across our region.  This event attracts over 500 people annually, with all proceeds used to benefit services and programs for the children of San Diego.

Vintage Alpine, a wine experience in the country, is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Alpine Foundation.. This event is limited to persons 21 years of age and up. Tickets ($70 in advance, $80 at the door) can be reserved at http://www.VintageAlpine.org.

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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!