The annual end-of-summer celebration, Julian Bluegrass Festival, has been a tradition in the area for over 40 years. Among other genres, this year’s celebration included Americana, contemporary jazz, and folk. Although there are plenty of trees that provide shading for festival attendees, the shade moves with the sun, sun people are encouraged to bring umbrellas with them. This should accompany other supplies like lawn chairs, beach chairs, blankets, sunscreen, and a hat. You can bring snacks and soft drinks, but it more than this is discouraged since there are food vendors present that offer food and drinks (including beer). While there is a winery on the festival grounds, it is not a part of the enclosed area. You can also bring well-behaved pets. However, be warned that if your pet shows any kind of aggressiveness toward people or other pets, you will be asked to remove him or her.
The events of the day start at noon. The free parking is available long before this time, but the event grounds don’t open until the appointed time. The grounds also have an area in which children can play. At this time the festival does not have any vendors that cater directly to children.
The Julian Bluegrass Festival depends on the financial support and participation of area businesses. This year’s festival was supported by the Julian Chamber of Commerce, The Julian Journal, Butterfield Bed & Breakfast, Julian Cuyamaca CERT/Teen CERT, and Ramona Disposal Service. Come and join us with a celebration in music.