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Julian StarFest 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19. Back in 2021.

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

StarFest 2021 Latest News!

The 2021 Julian StarFest is Canceled but should return in August 2022

These were the plans: The 2022 Julian StarFest will be held from Thursday afternoon, August 25, to Sunday morning, August 28, at the beautiful Menghini Winery.

The event features a free public star party on Saturday, August 25, 2022 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Tent and RV camping are available.  Please register in advance to ensure your spot. 

All attendees will enjoy nighttime astronomy and daytime solar viewing, 2-days of illuminating speaker presentations, day and night presentations at Woody’s mobile observatory, a raffle drawing, and on-site telescope, craft, and food vendors.

An optional behind the scenes tour of the world-famous Palomar Observatory is also available to a limited number of people.  Please follow this link to register.

In addition to the huge public outreach, all proceeds from the event are used to help fund the San Diego Astronomy Association’s ongoing community educational efforts.

Special thanks to the Menghini Winery for donating the venue.  Special thanks also to the SDAA Board, JSF Committee, Volunteers, Sponsors, and Exhibitors.  We hope to make the 2020 Julian StarFest the best event ever. See you in Julian!

To register please use this link or, for additional information, please contact us at

Here is a picture of M8, the Lagoon Nebula, taken on Thursday night at the 2019 JSF. 3 hours total exposure, with ten-minute RGB subs.  Telescope is an 8-inch PTO RC and the camera is a ZWO ASI 1600.  Processing was with PixInsight, Photoshop and Images Plus. – Scott Dixon.

Pictures from Julian Starfest 2019:

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Julian Weather

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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

San Diego Rock Shop

Dreamstyle Remodeling

Tong Liu 24" Dobsonian

Up-in-Smoke BBQ