Spring Lilac Festival
Apr
20
to May 27

Spring Lilac Festival

Adventures Abound at Spring Lilac Festival

— Annette Williams

The spring lilac blooming season is hard to predict. But when it arrives, the Lilac Festival at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures is ready to offer its unique brand of fun and adventure.

Once the season gets under way, mountain lilac stems will be available for purchase every day, along with potted lilacs to take home and plant.

“The cold weather makes them bigger and more fragrant,” says Doreen Cross, owner of Fort Cross with her husband, Jesse.

But the festival itself — located at Fort Cross, 4425 Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel — has much more to offer besides the vibrantly colored blooms. Advance reservations may be made for activity and adventure packages. Depending on the package, guests may enjoy candle dipping, vase painting, a petting zoo and reptile show, hayrides, jug band show, archery, tomahawk throwing and a slingshot range. 

Visit www.fortcross.com/lilac-festival for lilac season updates and to sign up for specific packages, or call 951-847-1904 for information.

Cross invites lilac-lovers to take a walk through their five-acre grove of organic lilacs and enjoy the “sweet smells and beautiful views of the Julian area.”

Photos Courtesy of Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures

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Heritage Quilt Show
Jun
19
to Jul 4

Heritage Quilt Show

Quilters Sew Up a Show

— Annette Williams

The Heritage Quilt Show, to be presented June 23 to July 4 by Julian Woman’s Club, is the place to come and appreciate the town’s long heritage of quilt making.

The show has been one of the club’s signature events for 28 years, and will be open at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

“This year’s opportunity quilt is a rich design from Eleanor Burns’ newest how-to book,” says event chair Jennifer Jones. “It’s a unique take on the Log Cabin pattern.”

A special feature will be the June 22 Eleanor Burns Quilting Show, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Town Hall. It’s always an adventure when Burns, who is a world-famous quilter and host of the “Quilt in a Day” TV show, offers her entertaining presentation. This year’s show, “41 Fabulous Years,” will celebrate her longevity in the industry. 

Admission is $20. Call 949-556-7441 for reservations and visit www.julianwomansclub.org for information. 

The Heritage Quilt Show puts the focus on this traditional American craft and attracts guests from all over the world. 

The 2019 Heritage Quilt Show opportunity quilt was designed by well-known quilter Eleanor Burns, pictured, and is being created by Julian Woman’s Club members.       

PHOTO BY JENNIFER JONES

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Fourth Of July
Jul
4
9:00 AM09:00

Fourth Of July

Party for Patriots                             

242 Reasons to Celebrate 4th of July

- Ann Reilly Cole

If you want to celebrate civic pride with fellow patriots on Independence Day, then make your way to town center before Julian’s historic Main Street is closed to through traffic at 9 a.m. 

The Julian Historical Society has been named the grand marshal for the hour-long parade that starts right at noon. 

The show begins much earlier, though, as folks stake their spots along the sidewalks and storefronts, and talented performers come out to celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday. 

Fourth of July-themed merchandise in the windows of the Main Street merchants will put you in a patriotic mood. And if you forgot to dress for the occasion, you can buy an official 2019 parade T-shirt and help fund next year’s parade. 

Before the parade steps off, vintage bi-planes and military training planes will fly over the town decked in red, white and blue to celebrate America’s history and the town’s past, which dates back to the Civil War era. Performances by the comical and flirtatious Julian Doves and Desperados acting troupe are sure to entertain the crowd. Patriotic music presented on three stages will lend a high note until the pre-parade show concludes with the unfurling of a giant American flag.

After the parade, American Legion Post 468 on Washington Street will continue the celebration with a delicious pit barbecue, a live band and a floor for dancing.

Culminating on the Fourth of July, the Julian Woman’s Club quilt show opens June 23 in Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St. The show will offer a colorful array of stitched handiwork on exhibit, along with a chance to win a quilt designed by renowned quilter Eleanor Burns and made by the club’s members. 

A patriot’s party like no other, Julian’s Independence Day celebration is both heartwarming and exciting. 

Free public restrooms are available next to the brick building on Main Street and in the parking lot on B Street. Visit  www.julianparade.com and www.facebook.com/julianjuly4thparade for event updates.

Photo Courtesy SMX Photography & Design

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Sip of Julian
Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sip of Julian

Sip and Savor ~ Words to Live By

— Megan Peralta

Julian Chamber of Commerce will present its fifth annual Sip of Julian on July 27. It’s an opportunity for participants 21 and older to sip and savor some of the finest alcoholic beverages Julian has to offer. 

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests may lounge in the shade at a local vineyard or cheer for their team while enjoying hard cider. Ten tasting rooms around town will offer locally grown or crafted drinks, with selections that will include wine, beer, mead, cocktails and hard cider. Each venue will serve a variety of beverages, paired with small bites, and many will offer samples of new specialty drinks making their debut. 

Visitors may either take a self-guided, self-paced tour of the participating venues, or sign up for a professional shuttle service that takes care of transportation and lets you sit back and relax. Tickets are limited, and the first 150 registrants will receive a 
commemorative Sip of Julian wine glass along with a map. Check-in opens at 10 a.m. at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St. For information, visit www.visitjulian.com or call 760-765-1857. 

This annual event not only brings out some of the best flavors in Julian and the surrounding area, but also brings out the best in its guests.

Photo Courtesy of CGCG Media

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Apple Days
Aug
1
to Oct 31

Apple Days

An Apple a Day is Never Enough

For the second year, Julian’s traditional Apple Days event is stretching into a full season of activities and fun.

From August to October, visitors and residents might just find themselves building an original scarecrow masterpiece, crafting at Julian Town Hall or giving their inner artist a chance to come out and play. For updates, visit www.visitjulian.com or call the Julian Chamber of Commerce office at 760-765-1857. 

Among the many Apple Days events will be Julian’s Old-Fashioned Country Fair, a pie baking contest, specialty Apple Time Teas and more — plus, an opportunity to enjoy the brilliant burst of fall colors in the trees. 

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Julian Natural Wonderfest - Scoping Out the Dark of Night
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Julian Natural Wonderfest - Scoping Out the Dark of Night

— Ann Reilly Cole

There is not much to do in Julian once the sun goes down, and that’s just the way people like it. After the shops and restaurants close, locals and intrepid tourists get treated to one of the best parts of rural nightlife: a dark sky illuminated by the moon and the stars. 

One of the few places left in Southern California where one can see the Milky Way with the naked eye, Julian is home to many public and private stargazing activities throughout spring and summer.

The annual Julian Natural Wonderfest will be held in the midst of the Perseid meteor showers. Set at Jess Martin Park on Highway 79 from 4 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 3, this free event with exhibitions and presentations about the local backcountry environment includes workshops on astrophotography and an opportunity to look deep into space through some high-powered telescopes. 

Curiosity Peak Observatory regularly hosts free star parties for the public by reservation, while the Observer’s Inn offers guided sky tours for a fee. Visit www.curiositypeak.us and www.observersinn.com.

Those interested in associating with like-minded star-lovers to protect the area from light pollution are invited to join the Julian Dark Sky Network, www.juliandarkskynetwork.com.

Julian is one of the best places in the county to enjoy the night sky, and there’s plenty of room to sit back and enjoy outer space.

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Taste of Julian
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Taste of Julian

That Country Taste

— Megan Peralta

The 11th annual Taste of Julian is happening on May 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. This delectable event welcomes visitors who want to put their taste buds to the test on a culinary tour that includes some of Julian’s finest restaurants, cafes, diners, bakeries, confectioneries, breweries and tasting rooms. 

There are approximately 15 stops on the tour, offering everything from appetizers and entrees, to desserts and beverages. 

Tickets are $25 per person in advance, and $30 the day of. Check in at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St., to validate tickets purchased online or to buy tickets on the day of the event. Visit www.atasteofjulian.com or call the Chamber at 760-765-1857 
for information.

Participants may either take a self-guided trip around town to the different venues, or opt for a professional shuttle service for an additional $10 per person. Free parking will be available in the lot on the corner of Fourth and B Streets. 

Come out for the Taste of Julian and enjoy a rural dining adventure!

Photo Courtesy Julian Chamber of Commerce

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That Country Taste
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

That Country Taste

— Megan Peralta

The 11th annual Taste of Julian is happening on May 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. This delectable event welcomes visitors who want to put their taste buds to the test on a culinary tour that includes some of Julian’s finest restaurants, cafes, diners, bakeries, confectioneries, breweries and tasting rooms. 

There are approximately 15 stops on the tour, offering everything from appetizers and entrees, to desserts and beverages. 

Tickets are $25 per person in advance, and $30 the day of. Check in at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St., to validate tickets purchased online or to buy tickets on the day of the event. Visit www.atasteofjulian.com or call the Chamber at 760-765-1857 
for information.

Participants may either take a self-guided trip around town to the different venues, or opt for a professional shuttle service for an additional $10 per person. Free parking will be available in the lot on the corner of Fourth and B Streets. 

Come out for the Taste of Julian and enjoy a rural dining adventure!

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Enjoy a Local Dinner Theater Show
May
10
to May 11

Enjoy a Local Dinner Theater Show

Enjoy a Local Dinner Theater Show

Julian Triangle Club will bring a Julian-centric performance of “You Have the Right to Remain Dead” for its fourth annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater show at 6 p.m. on May 10 and 11.

The plot involves the cast of a local theater company that takes to the stage, only to quickly lose one of its members to a murder. But who did it? Was it the frazzled director, the over-the-hill diva, or a disgruntled audience member? 

The show’s organizers promise a family-friendly event like no other, with plenty of audience interaction and opportunities to win prizes.

Tickets for dinner and the show, which will take place at Julian Beer Co., 2315 Main St., are $35. To reserve a seat, call Julian Beer Co. at 760-765-3757.

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‘Jewels of the Backcountry’
May
3
to May 5

‘Jewels of the Backcountry’

‘Jewels of the Backcountry’

— Annette Williams

Wildflowers aren’t just nature’s gift to the landscape — offering effortless enjoyment to all who pass by. They also serve a purpose in supporting the efforts of home gardeners.

The “Jewels of the Backcountry” Wildflower Show, to be presented May 3 to 5 by Julian Woman’s Club, will help the community discover which wildflowers grow best in the area, learn how to conserve them for future generations, and appreciate their unique charms.

“We don’t just display beautiful wildflowers,” said event chair Karen Kincaid. “We educate the public about our region, and how all of us can have a little bit of this Garden of Eden in our own backyards.”

The show will feature related art and science projects from local students, in addition to raffle drawings and sales of books and plants. 

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St. Admission is free. Visit www.julianwomansclub.org.

Because of this year’s abundant rainfall, organizers anticipate an increase in the number of flowers on display, which are sure to delight gardeners and non-gardeners with their beauty and vitality.

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Rolling British Car Day
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Rolling British Car Day

On Sunday, April 28, members of the San Diego British Car Club Council will make their way to the backcountry in style — parading first through Ramona and then moving on to Julian as part of the Rolling British Car Day event.

According to club president Joanie Berkwitz, more than 125 cars of British make will participate, including Jaguars, pre-war MGs, Land Rovers, Jensens, Triumphs and Minis, to name a few.

At 10:30 a.m., the cars will gather at the intersection of Highway 67 and Dye Road, drive together down Main Street, and then turn right on Third Street.

They will continue on to Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., in Julian, where participants will have a picnic lunch. 

“Don’t miss the parade,” says Berkwitz. “It’s a treat to see these beautiful automobiles being driven by their passionate owners.”

She suggests that those who wish to view the cars at the winery should plan to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit www.sandiegobritishcarday.com for information.

“We’ve run this event for over 20 years,” shares Berkwitz. “Wherever we end up, people do enjoy the spectacle.”

Vintage British cars, like this Ford Thames Van, will parade through the backcountry on April 28, during the Rolling British Car Day event.

Photo by Shona Richards

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Julian Family Fiddle Camp
Apr
10
to Apr 14

Julian Family Fiddle Camp

Julian’s Hills are Alive With the Sound of Music

By Charlene Pulsonetti

Music will soon echo through the mountains, as students and professional musicians take the stage at the eighth annual Julian Family Fiddle Camp, from April 10 to 14, at Camp Cedar Glen, 743 Farmer Rd.

Fiddle Camp founder Avery Ellisman shares that top-notch instructors and students will perform a mix of bluegrass, acoustic, soul, swing and more. 

Headlining the concerts will be The Page Turners at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and the husband-and-wife duo Dean! at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. 

Each concert, Ellisman says, “Is a component for our annual scholarship for the camp.” 

Two ticket options are available: general admission for the performance only, and a VIP ticket that includes a pre-show dinner and preferred seating. 

Flash Jam 

On April 14 at 2 p.m., the Fiddle Camp will host a Flash Jam at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St., where the public is invited to bring acoustic instruments and join along for a jam session. 

For information, visit www.familyfiddlecamp.com or call 760-522-8458.

Photo Courtesy of Dean!

 

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Julian Daffodil Show
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Julian Daffodil Show

Daffodils ‘Make Life More Beautiful’

Since 1990, daffodils have blossomed all over Julian, thanks to the efforts of volunteers under the direction of resident Sally Snipes. 

Inspired by her late father, who sought to “Make life more beautiful,” by planting and watering trees in his own hometown, Snipes decided to request donations from local community members so she could plant daffodil bulbs in the flowerbeds at Julian Town Hall.

With an unexpectedly large influx of donations, she was able to accomplish this and more, eventually leading to the creation of the annual Daffodil Show.

The 15th Annual Daffodil Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, from noon to 5 p.m., at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St. For updates, visit the “Julian Daffodils” page on Facebook.

American Daffodil Society experts will be on hand to answer questions, and guests can view flowers submitted for competition. Art from local students will also be on display.

With more than 1,000 entries expected, the free event is sure to please those who enjoy nature’s beautiful blossoms.

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