Attractions & Activities

Attractions & Activities in Julian

Julian has a wide variety of activities for families as well as adults. Enjoy the cool evenings outside riding in a horse-drawn carriage or explore the many gems that dot Main Street. You can take one of our fascinating tours, sample wines from the local wineries, visit the historical museums, ride a horse through serene meadows or hike to the top of Stonewall Mountain for a panoramic view that goes on for miles. We have something for everyone’s taste.

GOLD MINING

Explore the tunnels of a real gold mine, take a guided tour of some secluded mines, take a scenic train ride up to an authentic mine, or try your hand at gold panning and discover gold and minerals.

PICNIC SITES

For centuries, people have been combining the pleasures of sunshine and fresh air with another of life’s great pleasures: food. A half-dozen scenic parks surrounding Julian provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable picnic.

ORCHARDS

Wander through century-old apple and pear trees at one of our numerous orchards and pick fresh fruit from mid-August through September, learn how to make apple cider, or enjoy a picnic under large shady oak trees.

HIKING TRAILS

With numerous scenic trails to choose from ranging from easy to moderately strenuous, the state and county parks and preserves in the Julian area offer thousands of acres to discover and explore its unique natural resources.

BOATING/FISHING

Boaters can explore the 110-acre Cuyamaca Lake in kayaks, pontoons, rowboats, motorboats or peddle boats.

TASTE OF JULIAN

Sample the very best of Julian cuisine with this self-guided tour of numerous restaurants, wineries and breweries during this one-day event which typically takes place in April.

GOLD RUSH DAYS

Celebrating the discovery of gold, this free weekend event features entertainment, gold panning, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, children’s pioneer games, a petting zoo, historic skits, candle dipping and plenty of family fun.

GRAPE STOMP

Held the first Saturday in September, this old world-style festival celebrates the harvest and the rich local wine industry with wine tasting, gourmet food, kids activities, bocce ball and, of course, grape stomping.

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Originally a banjo fiddle competition and more recently known as the Julian Bluegrass Festival, the Julian Music Festival bring together a variety of music including bluegrass, Western ballads  and contemporary music every September.

APPLE DAYS

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival is held the last weekend of September at Menghini Winery.  The celebration features apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie. The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, both Saturday and Sunday. The admission is $5 for adults with children 12 and under free of charge.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

An annual tree lighting ceremony takes place in Pioneer Park the Saturday after Thanksgiving and marks the beginning of Julian’s Country Christmas which runs until the new year. Strolling Victorian carolers, hot apple cider, horse-drawn carriage rides, brunch with Santa, living nativity displays, theatrical performances and more mark this enchanting time of year and there’s always the possibility of snow.