Julian Gold Rush Days commemorates the historical events of the winter of 1869, when former slave Fred Coleman discovered gold in a small creek just outside of Julian. Within weeks of that discovery, more than 800 prospectors from all over the country headed to town in search of the precious metal, setting off a frenzy that became San Diego’s own Gold Rush that lasted for about 30 years.
Sponsored by the Julian Chamber of Commerce, the celebration will be hosted by Ryan and Gina Cross — owners of Julian Mining Co. and Julian Farm & Orchard — at 4381 Highway 78, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Call the Chamber at 760-765-1857 or visit juliangoldrushdays.com.
Visitors are invited to learn about the town’s history and participate in free gold panning, gem mining, old fashioned skits, games and music. Adding to the fun, Civil War re-enactors will capture the spirit of the soldiers who came west after the war to seek their fortune.
Tickets are available for extra activities, which usually include a hayride, farm animal visit, archery, tomahawk throwing and candle making. In addition, a beer garden and food trucks will be on-site to feed hungry guests, who may also visit the vendor market and take home a memento of their visit.