DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS AUGUST 7-22

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August 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County features an evening bird walk, movies by a lake, a rocking outdoor concert and a Sip of Julian. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a cabaret-style show, the Commodores in concert, a star fest, and Julian’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

THIS WEEK'S MAJOR EVENTS:

MOVIES BY THE LAKE IN SANTEE AUGUST 7

Santee Lakes (9310 Fanita Pkwy Santee 92071) will be hosting “Movies by the Lake.” On Friday, August 7th, you can watch the movie “Maleficent” (rated PG) at 6:00 p.m. For more information, you can  join Facebook page “Santee Lakes.” Then, click on “Movies by the Lake – Maleficent” in order to join event. For more details, go to www.santeelakes.com/special-events.

DINNER & A CONCERT WITH THE MIGHTY UNTOUCHABLES AUG. 7

El Cajon’s popular Friday night Dinner and outdoor Concert on August 7 will feature the Mighty Untouchables.  Bring a picnic basket or eat at one of the many restaurants in El Cajon before the show starts.  The Mighty Untouchables perform around the world, entertaining audiences with everything from Motown to classic rock, along with pop and country.  You can also enjoy dancing at this cool and classy scene at Prescott Promenade Park Friday Night Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.DowntownElCajon.com.

WINE, MEAD AND CIDER AT “SIP OF JULIAN” AUGUST 8

Saturday August 8 marks the first annual "Sip of Julian."  Eight participants are included in this event, highlighting Julian-area wineries and other tasting rooms.  Joining the traditional wine producers are a craft brewery, hard cider, and a mead producer. Starting at 11 a.m., visitors have 6 hours to enjoy their sips, paired with locally produced appetizers.

For tickets or more information contact Julian's Chamber of Commerce at www.julianca.com.

EVENING BIRD WALK AUGUST 8 AT MISSION TRAILS

Trail guides and birdwatching experts will lead a special evening bird walk at Mission Trails Regional Park on August 8th at 7 p.m. As day transitions into night, you might be treated to some nighttime birds including owls toward the end of the walk. Bring binoculars and sign up by calling the Visitor Center at 619-668-3281.

NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE CIRCLE AUGUST 9 AT MISSION TRAILS

On Sunday, August 9, Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) will have a San Diego Native American Flute Circle. The free concert begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. It will take place at the Visitor’s outdoor amphitheatre. You can listen to flute players who honor Native American music in a beautiful natural setting. For more details about this event, go to www.mtrp.org/events.

NOW FOR PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS:

COMMODORES AT SYCUAN AUG. 12-13

The Commodores are coming to Sycuan’s Live and Up Close Theatre on August 12 and 13 at 8 pm.  From Motown to the Grammy Awards, the Commodores have been a force in the music industry for more than three decades. For tickets, visit www.Sycuan.com.

SUPPORTING CAST AT LAMPLIGHTERS IN LA MESA AUG. 14-SEPT. 13

Lamplighters Community Theatre continues its 78th season with “The Supporting Cast,” a comedy to be staged August 14 through September 13, when Ellen, the wife of a successful author, writes a sizzling novel her friends are thrilled — until she invites them to her Malibu beach house and reveals that they are the characters! For tickets visit www.lamplighterslamesa.com.

TRES CABARET-STYLE DEBUT AUGUST 14 AT VISIONARY PERFORMANCE SPACE

Mounarath-Powell Productions presents the premier of a new girl group, Tres, at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego) on August 14th at 7 p.m. 

This cabaret-style production features three powerhouse vocalists: Nicole Isablele, Caliope Marin, and Sophia Rogers. Listen to these young divas as they sing some of today's and yesterday's popular hits by artists such as Adele, Beyonce, Tina Turner and many more.

Also enjoy food, drinks and music along with the premier of Tres. For tickets and details, visit www.VisionaryDanceTheatere.org.

JULIAN STAR FEST PARTY AUGUST 15

Julian hosts its annual Star Fest in mid-august with a public Star Fest Party on August 15th at the Menghini Winery from 7 to 10:30 p.m.  Telescopes and astronomy experts will be on hand. Bring a  red flashlight or flashlight with red tape over it – please no white lights in the viewing area to distract from your astronomical viewing pleasure.

KUMEYAAY ON THE COAST

Thursday August 13, 2015 the Barona Cultural Center and Museum will present KUMEYAAY ON THE COAST from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Richard Carrico teaches at SDSU and is the author of Strangers in a Stolen Land.  Mr. Carrico has focused his research on the overlooked aspects of native Kumeyaay life – fishing and maritime activity including boat making and deep water fishing.  The Kumeyaay lived along the ocean and part time in the mountains and foothills.  Mr. Carrico will peel back history 3000 years for a glimpse into life as an original native ancestor of San Diego.

The Barona Community Center is adjacent to the Barona Museum on Wildcat Canyon road one mile past the casino.  Admission is Free to the public. 

JULIAN FILM FESTIVAL AUGUST 21-22

The 4th annual Julian Film Festival will showcase environmental movies by up and coming filmmakers on August 21 and 22. This year’s theme, a Watershed Year, focuses on the Volcan Mountain Range and related waterways in San Diego County and Baja. All proceeds benefit the Volcan Mountain Foundation’s preservation efforts. For tickets and details, visit www.VolcanMt.org.

 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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