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Julian Apple Days

Julian Apple Days is a two month celebration dedicated to the fall harvest of the “famous Julian apples”! The Apple Days festivities also include a 2 day Apple Days Festival located near Menghini Winery. However, the Apple Days harvest celebration and festivities last from mid-September through October – or “whenever the apples are gone”.

Julian is located in San Diego County and part of the Cuyamaca Mountain range in Southern California.

Although Julian is known for their “famous Julian apples”, the town is also known for its quaint old fashioned downtown atmosphere, antique shops, and multiple historical landmarks.

What you need to know before you go to Julian Apple Days!

During the Apple Days celebration you will find activities almost every weekend in downtown Julian. Some examples are craft fairs, art exhibits, melodrama performances, live music, and the famous historical skits by the Julian Doves and Desperados!

The Apple Days harvest celebration has been held for over 100 years and is the way Julian recognizes the harvest of their “famous Julian apples”. Come and enjoy the local entertainment, and of course enjoy some apple pie!

Apple Days in Julian is also the perfect time to pick apples – FRESH apples, straight off the tree and pesticide free!

Several local apple orchards offer apple picking to the public. Most u-pick orchards have guidelines, so know them before you go!

Some of the local Julian Apple Orchards are listed below.

Apples and Art Orchards

  • Reservations required and spots fill up fast
    • Call - 760-310-6368
    • Location – 1052 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
  • Group limits – 10 min. to 50 max.
  • Julian Apple Days U Pick Apple Orchard

    Julian Apple Days U Pick Apple Orchard

  • Minimum ½ peck purchase or 5 pounds of apples for $10.00
  • Take a tour of the orchard, get apple facts, and taste FREE apple cider
  • Wear tennis shoes, hat and sun screen
  • Bring lunch and have a picnic!!

Raven Hill Orchard
  • Call for available dates and times for u pick apples
    • Call - 760-765-2431
    • Location – 12842 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
  • Take a bag for apples and wander down the paths
  • Wear tennis shoes, hat and sun screen

Other u pick apple orchards are scattered near the town of Julian. Depending on how well the current apple crop is and the activity from the prior picking seasons, some orchards stay closed for a season to recuperate and let the trees rest.

When the Julian apple orchards are closed for a season, don’t worry! Keep them on your list for next year. Hopefully they will open the next apple harvest season and when you drop by - - you can pick your favorite apples again!

Main Street Downtown Julian

Main Street Downtown Julian

What you need to know before you go to Apple Days in Julian

  • Starts mid-September through October
    • OR whenever the apples run out!
  • Plenty of FREE parking
    • Be prepared to walk from your car to downtown Julian,
      it gets crowded during the Apple Days celebration
  • Many weekend activities and events
  • Don’t forget - Take a trip to a Julian u pick apple orchard

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