Unleash your inner star-gazer at the Julian StarFest!
Julian StarFest, a three-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian on August 13-15. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing.
The event will be held at Menghini Winery where a large grassy area and plenty of parking can accommodate the anticipated crowd. The festival includes a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet, and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes.
Anyone can enjoy the Julian StarFest by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 15. Arrive in Julian between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM and you can enter the StarFest grounds (1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian) for free. Take a star tour of the heavens using the many telescopes set up in the viewing area. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about what your looking at and about the telescopes. Parking is available nearby and you should bring a red light flashlight to guide yourself to the observing area. If you don’t have a red light flashlight, red film will be provided to cover a white light flashlight. Please, no white lights in the observing area. If you wish to take part in the drawing at 5:00 PM, you must arrive before 5:00 PM and pay regular admission prices.
Camping, adjacent to the observing site, is available to astronomers on a first come-first served basis.
The Julian StarFest Committee has taken it upon themselves to put astronomy back into public education. One way of doing this is to have the necessary equipment available for the students to use. With this in mind, they are committed to use the proceeds from the Julian StarFest for astronomy educational materials for schools and public outreach through the efforts of the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA), a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. You can help by participating in the event, or through your donations to Julian StarFest and the SDAA. All donations are tax deductible.
The SDAA is a non-profit educational organization established and incorporated in 1963. The purpose of the SDAA is to further the education of its members and the general public in the subjects of astronomy and the related space and physical science, and to increase public awareness and enjoyment of these sciences.
The membership is composed of people from all walks of life who share a common scientific interest. Many have built their own telescopes. Some are involved in school and civic activities. Some conduct research for professional organizations, while others just enjoy the serenity of a night under a canopy of stars. Whatever a member’s interests, all share a common fascination for the mysteries of our universe and a willingness to exchange and share the results of practical observational experience.
The SDAA holds regularly scheduled activities. On the third Wednesday of each month, an educational lecture program and general meeting is presented for its members and the general public at the theatre at the Mission Trails Regional Park. Regular Sky Observing sessions are held at the 10-acre site in the East County at Tierra del Sol. The Club’s 22-inch reflector and 8-inch refractor are available for use by any member trained in their operation. “Star Parties” are held for schools and youth groups, and members meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park for presentations and public stargazing. Members conduct astronomy seminars for educators, mirror and telescope making classes, and seminars in observing and astrophotography. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate in all SDAA activities.