Julian Attractions & Activities
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.
The natural beauty of Julian is an inspirational backdrop for visual artists, photographers, musicians, and writers. Those with a creative urge are invited to spend time here attending workshops and classes or immersed in the peaceful country life. Julian is also home to many talented artists whose works are available in local galleries; as well as musicians who perform at events such as the Julian Family Fiddle Camp and The Dance, on street corners, and in local eateries; in addition to authors, playwrights, actors, dancers and singers who add to the magic of our special community.
Explore the tunnels of a real gold mine, take a guided tour of some secluded mines, or try your hand at gold panning and discover gold and minerals.
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.
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.
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.
Boaters can explore the 110-acre Cuyamaca Lake in kayaks, pontoons, rowboats, motorboats or peddle boats.
Our community is part of the 1% of the U.S. that can still see the Milky Way. Our distance from the urban glow of San Diego’s skies and the surrounding mountains enable our sky quality. Julian has a number of Dark Sky events throughout the year as well as sky tours/talks that are available year-round.
1850 Highway 78, Julian. The Julian Branch Library features many events and activities for the entire family. Music on the Mountain, monthly. Check out the library calendar for all the details. http://www.sdcl.org/locations_JL.html
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.
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.
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.
Originally a banjo fiddle competition and more recently known as the Julian Bluegrass Festival, the Julian Music Festival bring together a variety of music.
Julian has long celebrated the Season when apples become abundant in Julian. Each year a series of special events are planned to help celebrate the season and delight visitors to our community.
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.