Welcome to Ramona, California, the Valley of the Sun!

EVENTS

Event Listings (January - August)

JANUARY 2019

Saturdays: Hawk Watch See Page 12
10: Piano Concert with John Nilsen See Page 50

FEBRUARY 2019

Saturdays: Hawk Watch See Page 12
9: Ramona Concert Association See Page 50

MARCH 2019

1-3: Desert Safari Off-Road Event  See Page 14
9: Ramona Concert Association  See Page 50

APRIL 2019

6: San Vicente Valley Club Hometown Hoedown www.sanvicentevalleyclub.org
13: Ramona Music Fest See Page 50
13-14: Ramona Artists Open Studios Tour See Page 29
27: Garden Club Plant Sale See Page 55

MAY 2019

17-19: Ramona Rodeo & Parade See Page 20 

27: Memorial Day Services See Page 17

JUNE 2019

TBD: Bow Wow Pow Wow www.kiwanisramonaca.org
22: BBQ Rib & Chicken Fest See Page 30

JULY 2019

4: Fourth of July Ramona Community Fireworks www.ramonarotary.org
13: Ramona Junior Fair Pie Auction www.ramonajuniorfair.com
27: National Day of the Cowboy See Page 23
July 27-Aug. 4: Ramona Junior Fair events take place at Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Ln. www.ramonajuniorfair.com

AUGUST 2019

3: Ramona Junior Fair Livestock Auction www.ramonajuniorfair.com 
TBD: Ramona Country Fair events take place at Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. www.ramonachamber.com

Ongoing Activities

2Create Gallery at 438 Main St. exhibits the artwork of local San Diego County artists. Open Fri., Sat. and Sun. 12– 5. First Friday Art Party each month. www.2creategallery.com

Collier County Park at 626 E St. Tennis and basketball courts, children’s play areas, garden path, picnic tables.

Dos Picos County Park at at 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. Hikes, camping, science and nature walks, free Sat. events. 760-789-2220  

Guy B. Woodward Museum tours Thurs. and Fri. 1-3; Sat. and Sun. 1-4; and by appointment at 645 Main St. 760-789-7644 woodwardmuseum.net

Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail along Hwys. 78 and 79 and other roads in Ramona, Santa Ysabel, Julian and Warner Springs. Look for painted wooden “quilt” blocks on homes and businesses. 
julianbackcountryquilttrail.org

Ramona Library activities and enrichment programs daily at 1275 Main St. Library Book Store open 10-4 Mon.-Sat., special sale every third Sat. 760-788-5270

Ramona Senior Center open weekdays from 8:30-4 offers lunch at 11:30 am, exercise classes, bingo, activities and more at 434 Aqua Ln. Menu and schedule at: ramonaseniorcenter.com.

Ramona VFW Post 3783 offers Fri. and Sat. dinners and Sun. breakfast at 2247 Kelly Avenue. Call 760-789-7888 for details.

Hawk Watch
Jan
19
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

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Hawk Watch
Jan
26
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

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Hawk Watch
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

View Event →
Hawk Watch
Feb
9
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

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Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Ramona Concert Association - Gliadkovsky Family

  • Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ramona Concert Association brings a variety of top musical acts to Ramona, including the Gliadkovsky Family on Feb. 9, and The Fitzgeralds on March 9. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln. Call 760-789-7474 or visit www.ramonaconcerts.com.

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Hawk Watch
Feb
16
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

View Event →
Hawk Watch
Feb
23
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

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TDS Desert Safari
Mar
1
to Mar 3

TDS Desert Safari

  • Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area’s Truckhaven 4x4 Training Area, off S-22 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 57th TDS Desert Safari, set for March 1 to 3, will offer an exciting weekend of off-road adventures hosted by the Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club. 

Desert Safari’s fun and challenging trails and rides, vendors and a popular opportunity drawing will originate from event headquarters in the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area’s Truckhaven 4x4 Training Area, off S-22. Visit www.tdsdesertsafari.com to register and purchase merchandise.

Event co-chairs Bo Neece and Justin Ashley invite everyone to, “Come out and have some off-road fun with TDS!”

Photo Courtesy of Tierra Del Sol

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Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Ramona Concert Association - The Fitzgeralds

  • Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ramona Concert Association brings a variety of top musical acts to Ramona, including the Gliadkovsky Family on Feb. 9, and The Fitzgeralds on March 9. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln. Call 760-789-7474 or visit www.ramonaconcerts.com.

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Open Studios Tour
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Open Studios Tour

Local artists open their private studios for public viewing during the annual Ramona Open Studios Tour. From April 13 to 14, they will share their creative process and invite the public to view and purchase art directly from their studios. For information, visit RamonaChamber.com/ramona-open-studios-tour. 

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Ramona Garden Club Spring Plant Sale
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Ramona Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

— Annette Williams

Ramona Garden Club will hold its Spring Plant Sale on April 27, with a variety of plants and garden-related items available for purchase.

Selections traditionally include succulent and container gardens, air plants and crafts, along with individual succulents, cacti, bulbs, perennials, fruits and vegetables, cuttings and native-grown plants. Gently used garden décor and tools will also be offered, and vendors will have booths on-site.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Visit www.ramonagardenclub.com.

Ramona Garden Club President Maggie Crane says, “Come and join us for a fantastic plant sale, and kick-start your garden!”

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Ramona Rodeo
May
17
to May 19

Ramona Rodeo

  • Ramona Outdoor Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

— Megan Peralta

For those with a Wild West side, Ramona Rodeo is your chance to be a part of one of
the West’s most exciting exhibitions.

From May 17 to 19, spectators can cheer and gasp, as cowboys and cowgirls compete in bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, mutton busting and much more. 

The events are held in an Olympic-size equestrian arena with a big-screen scoreboard that plays 
the buck-by-buck reruns, and rodeo clowns and queens will be on hand to make sure the competition doesn’t get too tame. 

The rodeo grounds are located at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. 

Visit ramonarodeo.net for information.

Photos by John Jones

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Memorial Day
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Memorial Day

— Annette Williams

Members of the United States Armed Forces who have given their all in service to their country will be honored at three Memorial Day ceremonies, to be presented May 27 by local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783. 

The first service will be at 10 a.m. at Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St., where veterans’ graves will be marked with individual American flags. Other ceremonies will follow at the World War II Memorial at the ball field on Ninth Street, and at the Vietnam War Memorial at Schwaesdall Winery, 17677 Rancho de Oro Dr., off Highway 67.

Services and events are open to all, according to Post Commander Alexis Henshaw, who says, “The VFW always encourages anyone from the Ramona community to come to any of our ceremonies 
honoring our veterans.” 

After the services, a picnic at the Post, 2247 Kelly Ave., will conclude the day of remembrance.

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National Day of the Cowboy
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

National Day of the Cowboy

The spirit of the American cowboy is celebrated each year during the National Day of the Cowboy, with local festivities hosted by Kiwanis Club of Ramona. 

Traditional cowboy songs, dances and artisan trades are just some of the things you’ll see at this family-friendly event, set for Saturday, July 27, from noon to 6 p.m., at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78.

The Shirthouse Band will provide musical entertainment, and vendors, opportunity drawings, demonstrations and food for purchase will also be available.

Admission is free. Proceeds are earmarked for the club’s local charitable projects. Visit www.kiwanisramonaca.org for information.

Dig out your Western wear and come on down to this down-home Ramona celebration!

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Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

Ramona Music Fest

Live music and dancing are on the agenda at the Ramona Music Fest April 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the event will also offerraffles, food and beverages for purchase. Visit www.ramonamusicfest.org.

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Hawk Watch
Jan
12
9:30 AM09:30

Hawk Watch

Though raptors soar high above Ramona and the backcountry, it’s a rare opportunity when humans come face to face with local birds of prey and masters of the sky. 

These fascinating creatures are celebrated every Saturday in January and February at Hawk Watch, hosted by the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute, which aims to educate the public about conservation and wildlife appreciation. 

Those who attend the free event at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., are sure to enjoy a morning in the great outdoors, observing wintering and resident raptors, such as golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls from a distance — and close up. 

WRI biologists are eager to share their knowledge during this special outreach event. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, and spotting scopes will also be available. 

Programs begin at 10 a.m., with a recommended arrival time of 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.wildlife-research.org

As a special treat, several trained raptors will be on-site for demonstrations — offering a unique chance to see these birds of prey up close.  

Hawk Watch offers an opportunity to appreciate the inhabitants of our environment, many of which soar 
with feathered fervor in Ramona’s big, blue skies.

View Event →