Things to Do in Julian CA and Local Community Services

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Julian CA, located in the beautiful San Diego backcountry, Things to do in Julian CAis known for fantastic seasonal activities targeted towards tourists from Southern California. Some of these activities include apple picking through century old orchards, hunting in the San Diego County mountains, vineyard and farm tours, historic gold mine tours and camping around Lake Cuyamaca, but what do the Julian locals like to do? Here’s a list of great things to do in Julian CA as well as local community services, clubs, groups and regular community meetings.

The Local’s Guide to Julian Attractions and Activities

As a seasonal Southern California mountain town, Julian has plenty of things to do for both families and adults year-round. Here are a few of the lesser-known activities in Julian CA – if you want to read up on more typical Julian events and activities, check out our blogs on Julian Apple Picking, Lake Cuyamaca Camping, and tours of the pear and apple orchards.

Julian Picnic Sites

One of the best parts about living in Julian is getting to experience the beautiful scenery and mild weather year-round. You’ll find many Julian residents out on the trails, at parks and local grounds enjoying a picnic or barbecue. Here are the popular state parks and picnic grounds in the area.

  • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – 14674 CA-79, Julian, CA 92036
  • Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures – 4425 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
  • Inaja Memorial Picnic Ground – 30829 CA-79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
  • Jess Martin County Park – 2955 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
  • William Hese Park – 4945 Heise Park Rd, Julian, CA 92036

Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding in Julian

The town of Julian is nestled in the Peninsular Mountain Ranges making it perfect for nearby hiking, biking and horseback riding. All these great trails are very accessible with Volcan Mountain to the North and Mt. Laguna to the South. In between the two is Lake Cuyamaca State Park, a popular location for boating and fishing. Integrity Stables is a popular locale for horseback riding, lessons, trails and horse leases. Looking to buy a horse property for sale? Contact us and we’d be happy to help you find the perfect place.

  • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – 14674 CA-79, Julian, CA 92036
  • Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve – 1209 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036
  • Laguna Mountain Wilderness Preserve – Monument Peak Rd, Mt Laguna, CA 91948
  • Horseback Riding – P.O. Box 1841, Julian, CA 92036

Things to do in Julian CAThe Taste of Julian

The Taste of Julian is a local favorite when it comes to “foody” things to do in Julian. This self-guided culinary adventure happens in May every year, allowing patrons to sample Julianrestaurants, wineries and breweries for only $25.00. Read more about the event here.

Spas, Wellness and Fitness Centers

Interested in a bit of self care? Julian has you covered when it comes to fitness, yoga, wellness, barbers and salons. You’ll find your new favorite barber or stylist right here in Julian!

  • Julian Fitness Center –  2216 Main St, Julian, CA 92036 (760) 765-1576
  • Julian Yoga – 4367 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, Ca 92070  (310) 770-2998
  • Backcountry Barber & Beauty – 1933 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
  • Julian Mountain Spa – 2122 Main Street, Ste. C, Julian
  • Ohana Health and Wellness Services – by appointment: 951-581-2231
  • Soul of Touch – by appointment: (619) 894-4507
  • Wisdom Within – by appointment: (760) 310-8974
  • San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center – 5049 CA-78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
  • Julian Storm Academy of Martial Arts – Julian Elementary School, Julian, CA 92036
  • Inner North Star – by appointment: 619-643-5694

Live Music!

We can’t talk about Julian events and activities without mentioning Live music! You’ll find bands playing throughout the Julian backcountry area from Julian Beer Co. and Volcan Mountain Winery to Cafe Aroma and Wynola Pizza & Bistro. Keep your eye’s out for Bree Jones Band from our very own – Donn Bree!

Things to do in Julian

Local Meetings & Community Clubs

Some of the best things to do in Julian include getting involved with the local clubs and communities. Whether you are looking for family or adult-oriented groups, Julian has plenty of great clubs and organized meetings to help get you involved with the local happenings.

Julian Basketball (JYB)

Julian Women’s Club

  • Date: Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the Month at 1 PM
  • Board Meeting: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10 AM is the board meeting
  • Location: 2607 C Street, Julian, CA 92036

Julian Triangle Club

  • Date: January / March / May / July / September & November on the 2nd Monday of the Month at 6 PM
  • Location: The Julian Women’s Club

Lions Club

  • The Lions Club is an international non-political service organization established in 1916. It has over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.7 million members.
  • Website
  • Date & Location: 2nd Thursday of the Month at the Town Hall at 7 PM
  • Date & Location: 4th Thursday of the Month at Poncho Villas at 7 PM

Julian Arts Chorale

  • Date: Mondays at 6 PM

Live Poet’s Society

  • Date: Meets the 1st Thursday of the Month at 6 PM
  • Location: Julian Library

Friends of the Julian Library Board Meetings

  • Date: Usually the 1st Friday of the Month at 9 AM
  • Location: Julian Library Community Room


  • Date: The 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 12:30 PM
  • Location: Julian Elementary School

Julian Bible Club

  • Date: Tuesdays 5:30 – 7 PM for Ages 4 -12
  • Including: Games, songs, bible verses, yummy snacks
  • Location: Hillside Church

Camp Julian Oaks Youth Group

  • Date: Tuesdays at 6 PM at the Julian Oaks Camp
  • Date: Every other Friday at Hillside Church
  • For: Junior High & High School Age

Santa Ysabel / Julian 4-H Club

  • Date: First Monday of the month at 6PM
  • Location: Wynola Pizza & Bistro in the Red Barn

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