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Julian StarFest 2019

August 1st - 3rd, 2019  Menghini Winery, Julian, CA

Brought to you by the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) and the town of Julian

StarFest 2019 Latest News!

Julian StarFest will be back in 2019!

Come and enjoy the largest public star party in Southern California at the Julian StarFest on August 1-3, 2019. The event is hosted by the San Diego Astronomy Association, under the dark skies of Menghini Winery near the mountain resort of Julian (think fine wine and fresh baked hot apple pie)!

  • Free public star party on Saturday night, August 3
  • Camping availability for tent and RV campers
  • Exhibits by major telescope and accessory vendors
  • Food and beverage vendors
  • Astronomy games and crafts for kids
  • Raffle for donated astronomy equipment on Saturday
  • Optional behind the scenes tour of the world famous Palomar Observatory on Saturday

The Star Party runs from dusk to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Primitive camping is available for tent campers and RVs for up to three nights at the beautiful Menghini Winery. Camping fees, are $40 per adult, $20 per teen and free for those 12 and under. Send emails to or visit the Julian StarFest web page for more information about camping, schedule of speakers, the Palomar Observatory tour, and other activities:

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Free Public Star Party Saturday Night, August 3, 2019!

Anyone can enjoy the naturally dark skies of Julian by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Arrive in Julian between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and find the Library and Post Office on Highway 78 on the east side of town. There will be plenty of parking at the Library, and a free bus to drive you a short distance to Jess Martin Park, just south of the Post Office on Highway 79. 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 you are looking at and about the telescopes. We suggest you bring a red light flashlight to guide yourself to the observing area. Please, no white lights in the observing area. This event is FREE. Daylight Activities for Nature Lovers Start at 4pm. Star Party starts at dusk. More information.
Crowd at StarFest
Entrance to Winery

Drone's eye view of Julian StarFest 2014 (YouTube Video)

Our 2019 Exhibitors

Meade Instruments/Coronado

Julian Lions Club


Homemade Candles and Jewelry Craft Booth

U.S. Bank