DESTINATION EASTERN COUNTY: OCTOBER 2021
By Miriam Raftery
September 19, 2021 (East County of San Diego) – This week’s East County destination features exciting and spooky October events including Oktoberfests at La Mesa and El Cajon, Sunflower Festival and Bazaar baths at Jacumba Hot Springs, a fall jubilee in Santa Ysabel, the new El Cajon Foodie Fest, dinner and flamenco dancers at Lemon Grove, the Borrego Days parade and festival, the Lakeside River terror trail Park Conservancy titled “Curse of the French Quarter” and Haunt Fest on Main in downtown El Cajon.
THE MESA OKTOBERFEST OCT. 1-3
The 48e The annual Mesa Oktoberfest returns October 1-3 with all the traditional activities of the event. These include three beer gardens, Gluckglich games, the village of Dackeldorft Daschsund, a Ferris wheel, Kinder Karneval, a craft fair, over 100 vendors, live music including oompah bands, dancing, traditional and international dishes and more.
Schedules are :
Friday October 1 – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday October 2 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday October 3 – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
For tickets and more information visit https://www.lamesaoktoberfest.org/.
OKTOBERFEST EL CAJON CONTINUES THE FIRST WEEKEND OF OCTOBER
The German American Societies invite the public to celebrate Oktoberfest at El Cajon on the weekends of September 24-26 and October 1-3.
The festivities include Oom-Pah music by Germany’s Guggenbach-Buam, German beers, food and desserts, dancing, children’s activities, vendors, and a raffle with round-trip flight for two to Germany as a grand prize.
Hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event takes place in the parking lot of the German American Societies (1017 S. Mollison Ave.) in El Cajon. Parking is limited, so the use of carpooling or a taxi from the house or a transit center is encouraged.
For ticket costs and more information visit www.OktoberfestElCajon.com.
SUNFLOWER AND BAZAR FESTIVAL BAZAR OCT. 2 IN JACUMBA HOT SOURCES
Festival of Sunflowers is an annual exhibition featuring works by local artists. This year, the event will be hosted by Gilliam Gallery (44555 Old Highway 80) at Jacumba Hot Springs on October 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Also on October 2 in Jacumba, the monthly Bathhouse Bazaar / Street Market with collectibles, crafts, tools, music, food, jewelry, clothing and more will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jacumba’s Bathhouse in downtown next to the recently restored Jacumba Lake, where visitors can now kayak.
THE AUTUMN JUBILEE IN SANTA YSABEL CONTINUES THE WEEKEND UNTIL OCT. 30
Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel (4425 highway 78) invites you to their 5e Annual fall jubilee. The fall festivities take place on Saturdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sundays (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) until October 30.
Activities include hay walks, digs, cider pressing, fall crafts, candle soaking, and a reptile experience. You can also try your hand at archery, tomahawk throwing or the Ghost Town slingshot gallery, visit a pumpkin patch, create a fairy or dinosaur for your backyard, walk through a lilac maze and more. Again.
Advance reservations are recommended. For tickets and details visit www.fortcross.com/jubil-automne.
EL CAJON GOURMET FESTIVAL OCT. 9
Foodie Fest aims to revive the restaurant and food service industry in the town of El Cajon while celebrating the diversity of the community.
The event will take place Saturday, October 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Prescott Drive in downtown El Cajon.
The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will offer up to 40 restaurants, food services and food trucks to offer tastings.
El Cajon’s downtown shopping partners will provide entertainment, while St. Madeline Sophie Center will offer free arts and crafts activities for all ages.
Pre-event ticket sales for the El Cajon Foodie Fest are available on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/el-cajon-foodie-fest-tickets-167003430757.) Tickets for the day of the event will also be offered, subject to availability.
FLAMENCO DINNER AND DANCERS OCT. 9 IN THE LEMON TREE
The Lemon Grove Historical Society invites you to savor a gala dinner with live flamenco dancers on Saturday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the H. Lee House, (3205 Olive in Lemon Grove).
The event celebrates Treganza Heritage Park, the new name for the cultural landscape that includes the H. Lee House and Parsonage Museum, and reflects the region’s Spanish heritage. Guests can also compete for auction prices.
For tickets for the Lemon Grove Historical Society’s dinner and flamenco event, visit https://lghistorical.square.site/events.
BORREGO DAYS OCT. 23-24
The 55e The Borrego Days Desert Festival takes place October 23-24 at Christmas Circle Community Park on Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance and parking are free.
The festive weekend includes a flyby, parade, performances, dance floor, art exhibitions, children’s area, food vendors, outdoor cafe for adults, car show, an amateur talent show and more.
The theme for this year is âWelcome! According to event sponsor, Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
For more information on Borrego Days, you can visit borregodays.com.
TERROR TRAIL AT LAKE RIVER PARK
Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy presents “Trail of Terror: Curse of the French Quarter” the last two weekends of October from 7pm to 11pm on October 22sd, 23rd, 29e and 30e.
The people of New Orleans awake want you to join in the fun. The swamp people want you to leave their land and everyone wants you to get out – but will you come out unscathed?
The Terror Trail is located on the Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy Walking Trail (10204 Channel Road) across from the Lakeside Fire Department. You can find more information on https://lakesidetrailofterror.com/.
HAUNTFEST ON THE MAIN OCT. 28 IN EL CAJON
The 9e Annual HauntFest on the Main takes place in downtown El Cajon on Friday, October 29e from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This family-friendly event features live music on two stages as well as costume contests, carnival rides and games, a car show, candy challenge activities, a Kidz zone, face painting, and performances. of TNT dancers, Arts in Motion & Jr. Crew. There’s also a pumpkin patch, craft and game stalls, LED rock wall, inflatable jumps for kids, and a surprise movie in the park. Find all the scary and exciting details on http://hauntfest.org/.