DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MAY 23-JUNE 8

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May 19, 2015 (El Cajon)--This week’s Destination East County includes a street fair and craft beer festival in Santee, an arts and crafts fair in Julian, a Concert on the Green and a Tea Party for Mother goose.  Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including a production of Shakespeare’s 12th Night, a fiddle contest,a wildlife artists reception, the Taste of La Mesa and more.  So stay tuned for all of these events and much more!

SOUL PERSUADERS MAY 22 IN EL CAJON

El Cajon’s Concerts on the Green will feature the Soul Persuaders this Friday night, May 22nd from 6-8 p.m. The free outdoor concert will be held at 201 East Main Street in El Cajon. For details see www.DowntownElCajon.com.

 SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 23

The Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival organized by Santee’s Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  This large festival features local breweries from around San Diego County, live music and entertainment, a crafter row and artist alley, over 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides and games for the family. In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, there will also be a tribute to veterans. Admission is free, though there is a fee for beer tasting.  The location is at the junction of Riverview Parkway and Town Centre Parkway. For details visit www.SanteeStreetFair.com.

JULIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR

Julian hosts its Arts and Crafts fair on Saturday, May 23rd  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Organized by the Julian Fire Plugs, the event benefits the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and will be held at 2033 Main Street in Julian.

MOTHER GOOSE TEA PARTY MAY 23

The 16h annual Royal Tea Party will benefit the Mother Goose Parade and scholarships.  The tea will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foothills Christian Church, 365 W. Bradley Avenue in El Cajon.

A fashion show by Glamour Girlz and More will be held.  Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed tables. The event is sponsored by Mother Goose Parade Association, Foothills Church and Alpine Stagecoach Lions. For reservations  call 619 726 6488.

LIVING LEGENDS ART AND PHOTO EXHIBIT OPENS MAY 29 IN LEMON GROVE

San Diego Legends is an annual recognition of San Diego elders who lead by example. The Legends exhibit is comprised of paintings by famed local artist Mona Mills and photography by San Diego County Library Director José Aponte.

This year’s legends are former county director of Social Services Cecil Steppe, Renaissance man John Howard,  UCSD ethnology professor Robert Alvarez, author Jacqueline Gmach and Filipino Press writer/activist Aurora Cudal.

The exhibit debut and reception will be held Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lemon Grove branch of the County Library. The reception will include meet and greet with the legends, music by Richard Favale,  a dance performance by the County’s Filipino-American Employees’ Association, and refreshments.

FIDDLE AND PICKING CONTEST MAY 30 IN JULIAN

Also in Julian the California State Old Time Fiddlers Asssociation’s District 7 presents the Julian Fiddle & Pickin’ Contest on Saturday, May 30th at Julian’s town hall in the historic gold-mining town of Julian.  Building on the decades-long history of the former Julian Banjo and Fiddle Contest, the Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest provides fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin player and banjo players an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a festive and friendly atmosphere.  For details visit SanDiegoFiddler.org.

CRIMSON RIVER CHRISTIAN MUSIC MAY 30 IN LAKESIDE

The Crimson River quartet will perform a free concert featuring a rich blend of harmony on Saturday, May 30th at 6 p.m.  The concert will be held at the Lakeside Christian Church (13739 El Monte Road) in Lakeside as the church celebrates 60 years at the site.

WILDLIFE ARTISTS’ RECEPTION MAY 31 IN MISSION TRAILS

The art exhibition "Wild Graces” features photography from two award-winning photographers; Jodie Hulden and Robert Treat. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery from May 23 through June 19. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, May 31st from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the visitors center. For details, you can visit www.MTRP.org.

SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT JUNE 4 AND 5 AT VALHALLA JUNE 4-5

Upstart Theatre Company presents its inaugural production, William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, hosted by the Valhalla Theatre Arts Department on June 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Valhalla High School Theatre (1725 Hillsdale Road) in El Cajon. Upstart, founded in 2015, is comprised of and run entirely by students from schools throughout the Grossmont Union High School District, dedicated to keeping classical works of theatre alive on the modern educational stage.

This is the first time ever that a fully student-run play has been produced at Valhalla, and the first time students from multiple schools have collaborated to perform a play. This rollicking comedy takes us on a hysterical romp through 1930s Illyria, featuring mistaken identity and found love.

For tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for children 5 and under/senior/military) visit www.valhallatheater.com .

BLOOD DRIVE JUNE 30 IN LA MESA

The Red Cross will be holding a blood donation drive to help save lives on June 30th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Grossmont Center in La Mesa, in the Walmart parking lot.  Giving blood is a simple thing to do that can make a big difference in the lives of others.

GUATAY COMMUNITY YARD SALE JUNE 6

Attention, bargain hunters! The rural community of Guatay will hold its third annual community yard sale on Saturday, June 6th starting at 7 a.m. The sale will be held at 26835 Old Highway 80 in Guatay, located 1 mile west of Hilltop Supply.

TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 8

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to “eat your heart out” at the 7th annual Taste of La Mesa, featuring tastings from 29 local restaurants.  This year’s delicious event will be held on Monday, June 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Community Drive).

Discount tickets are available before June 4th. For tickets and details visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.

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!