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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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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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‘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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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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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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