Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - December 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - December 2014
Not much going on in  December except for the usual Holiday activities. If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to cowtech@earthlink.net

For Birds, check out the Salton Sea and Bolsa Chica

 Through-Jan 19 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Through-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgraounds. www.holidayoflights.com  Event cancelled for 2014 due to construction.
Through-Jan 4 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Through-Jan 29 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Through-Dec 26 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas aTree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.  See Facebook page for hours.

Through Febuary  -  Salton Sea
Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Burrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

Dec 6 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment. www.missionsjc.com 5:30-8:00PM

Dec 6 - Pearl Harbor Day Troop Train - Los Angeles
Journey back to the 1940's aboard a vintage steamliner railway car with reenactors in military and civilian attire.  Union Station to
San Diego.  http://overlandtrail.com/ride/pearl_harbor_day_troop_train.htm

Dec 6-7 - Indio International Tamale Festival - Indio
Contests for best Tamale and eating contest.  Parade, live music, food vendors, carnival rides and games.  Old Town Indio.  www.tamalefestival.net

Dec 12-14 - Winter Gathering Powwow - Coachella
The Twenty Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians celebrate Indian culture with dance and drum contests, displays, arts and crafts.  Spotlight 29 Casino,  www.spotlight29.com, http://www.spotlight29.com/entertainment/2014%20pow%20wow%20flyer%20web%20FB.pdf

Dec 13 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM.  Popular viewing locations:  Burton Chance Park and Fisherman's Village.

 Dec 12-13 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers. Horse drawn carrages, bonfires and carnaval rides and Santa! La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd. www.lmvma.com 5pm-10pm

Dec 13 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.
6:00PM, www.Naplesca.com

Dec 26 - Port of San Diego Balloon Parade - San Diego
Americas largest Balloon Parade includes giant charactor balloons, marching bands, drill teams and floats. Wiener National Finals (dog races) and a 5k run/walk. Downtown SD, www.holidaybowlgames.com/parade 3PM downtown San Diego

Friday, October 31, 2014

So Cal Photo Opps - November 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2014

If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to cowtech@earthlink.net


Nov 1-Jan 29 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal 8,000 sq ft ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Nov 7-9  Palm Springs Pride Festival  -  Palm Springs
LGBT event with entertainment, dancing, food vendors and drink.  Parade on Nov. 9th downtown on Palm Canyon Drive.  www.pspride.org

Nov 9  -  LA Zoo Photographers Day  -  Los Angeles
Presented jointly by Paul’s Photo and GLAZA, #LAZooPhotoDay is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all ages and skill levels. Paul’s Photo experts and representatives from the greatest brands in photography will be on hand to assist you. Participants may take advantage of limited-loan equipment from major manufacturers and enjoy a catered lunch, a t-shirt, and a full day of photography. (Guest receive lunch and early Zoo admission only.) 7:30 AM-4PM
Registration is closed on this event.

Nov 9 - Vettes for Veterans Car Show - Carlsbad
More than 100 Corvettes on display.  TGI Fridays, 850 Palomar Airport Road www.northcoastvettes.org
To benefit San Diego area Veterans Groups.

Nov 8-9  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Moorpark
More than 800 reenactors participate in the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  You can watch the battle unfold, visit the encampments and visit the period craft displays. New location this year.  From the 101 take 23 North to the 118 Fwy.  Exit Collins Dr and follow the signs.  Behing Moorpark College.  Moorpark, CA  www.civilwaralliance.com/cwa/moorpark

Nov 12 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, bands concerts, war birds and military vehicles, airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Flabob Airport 4130 Mennes Ave., Riverside.  www.flabob.org  9AM-4PM Free
Nov 13-Jan 19  - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  $6.00 to skate.  www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com for hours.

Nov 22-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar (TRACK CLOSED FOR REPAIR IN 2014)
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgrounds. www.holidayoflights.com WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2014

Nov 28-Jan 4 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Nov 29-Dec 26 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas a Tree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway. Check out the railroad Facebook page for hours of operation.

Nov 30   -  Hollywood Christmas Parade  -  Hollywood
Celebrities, Marching Bands, civic leaders, floats and Santa.  Parade route starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Blvd.  www.thehollywoodparade.org.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - October 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2014

Sept 26
 - Nov 2 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 4-5 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.
http://sandimasrodeo.com

October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com

Oct 5  -  Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night -  Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 5  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.  www.newportbeach.com

  Oct 11 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00

Oct 11-12  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 19 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 18-19 and Oct 25-26 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org

 Oct 18-19 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org  10460 Heather Ave.  $5.00

 Oct 17-18-19 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 17, 18 & 19, 2014 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armories Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the Southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com

Oct 25-26 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authentic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. A few years ago we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises 14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 26 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - September 2014

SO CAL Photo Opps - September 2014
SEPTEMBER 2014
 

Through September 28 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Sept 28. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2014/

Sept 6 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for purchase.  5K and 10K run and walk.  www.ci.wasco.ca..us

Sept 7 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar
More than 80 Humans and dogs catch the waves to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Canine costume contests. North Beach http://animalcenter.org/events/surfdog  Starts at 8 AM at Dog Beach

Sept 6-7  - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 30th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept 7 - Belmont Shore Car Show - Long Beach
Pre 1975 hot rods and custom cars, food. The show is held on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore which is part of Long Beach. A large number of blocks of 2nd Street are closed off for the day and the show takes place on the city street.  The show draws about 700 vehicles and boasts a huge number of street vendors selling automotive related goods as well as many other things. Because the show draws a huge spectator crowd, it has a terrific amount of excitement and energy. This one is not to be missed whether you have a car or just come to look at cars. The level of quality of the cars at this show is second to none. If you want to see a huge number of the finest rods, muscle cars, and customs to be found in Southern California, you don't want to miss this show. www.baycityrodders.com.

Sept 7 - Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
More than 200 vintage and dealer select automobiles, food and vendors. Big Corona del Mar State Beach. www.coastlinecarclassic.com 10AM-4PM.

Sept 6-7 - Stagecoach Days - Banning
Parade, carnival, ranch rodeo, historical encampments, Wild west gunfighter competition, blacksmithing contest, food and entertainment. A C Dysart Park, exit I-10 at 22nd St, turn South to end of road and follow the signs. www.stagecoachdays.net

Sept 13-14  -  Mexican Independence Day Celebration - Los Angeles
Live music, dancing, entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays.  El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olvera Street.  www.elpueblo.lacity.org

Sept 13-14 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston--Near Paso Robles
County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat/Sun events start at 12:30 PM,  events start at 1:00 PM. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org
 6180 Webster Rd., Creston.

 Sept 14 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 14, 2014. This year’s theme is Automotive Innovation. The ever-popular Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye starts the weekend off on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Grand Marshal’s Reception. Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance returns again to the spectacular Trump National Golf Club on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. www.pvconcours.com.

 Sept 13-14 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake
Weekends through October 28th.  Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food.  Big Bear Lake Convention Center.  www.bigbearevents.com

 Sept 19-21 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
78th annual festival in "Little Denmark" Solvang includes Danish food, folk dancers, parades and Old World artisan marketplace. There will be Viking encampments and cultural demonstrations. www.solvangusa.com

 Sept 20 - Old West Days - Randsburg
Each September the Rand Desert Museum hosts the RAND DISTRICT OLD WEST DAYS, which is a street fair held on the main street of Randsburg, It features Western and Bluegrass bands playing live, vendors of all sorts of items and other forms of entertainment including reenactments by the Old West Mounted Lawman. http://www.randdesertmuseum.com/

Sept 19-20 - Wavecrest Woodie Meet (car show) - Encinitas
More than 300 woodie Cars, live music and entertainment. This is the largest of the Woodie Shows. Events at several locations including Moonlight Beach. www.sandiegowoodies.com. Starts at 8AM.

Sept 19-21  -  Route 66 Crusin' Reunion - Ontario
Crusing car show of classics, customs, and hot rods.  Downtown.  www.route66cruisinreunion.com

Sept 17-28 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activities including a rodeo and livestock exhibits.  Has a photography exhibit.  Kern County Fairgrounds.  www.kerncountyfair.com.

 Sept 20 Cruise Aboard the Lane Victory, WWII Ship - San Pedro
The Lane Victory is a WWII Merchant Marine Ship built in 1945 and docked at San Pedro. Normally a museum, it sails out to Catalina Island and back several times a year. I did this cruise several years ago and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and re-enactors on board, German spy is captured and the ship will be attacked by WWII German aircraft on the way back and saved by the US planes. Lots to photograph and a fun day. Located at Berth 49 in San Pedro. LA Fire Boats greet the ship on the way into port--blowing water. http://www.lanevictory.com Start boarding 7:30 fir 8:30 departure.

 Sept 27 - Cruisin' for a Cure - Costa Mesa
Charity car show with more than 3200 vehicles, live entertainment, vendors, exhibitors. Proceeds benefit City of Hope prostate cancer research.  OC Fair and Event Center.  www.cruisinforacure.com

Sept 27 - Poway Rodeo - Poway
PRCA events, Bareback Riding, Tie Down roping, Bronc Riding, Bull Riding and more. Sat gates open at 11:30, rodeo at 1PM, rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd. http://www.powayrodeo.com.

 Sept 27-28 - Viking Festival - Vista
Helmeted re-enactors show off their fighting skills on the battlefield at this celebration of Norse and Scandinavian culture. Ax Throw, log toss, sword demonstrations, fish fling, food and live music. Norway Hall, 2006 East Vista Way Vista, CA. Sat 10-8 and Sun 10-6. www.vikingfestivalvista.com.

Sept. 27-28 Calico Days - Yermo
A Western parade, burro run, gunfighters, barbecue, miner's triathlon, 1880's era contests. Calico Ghost Town, www.calicotown.com 9AM-5PM


SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2014
Sept 26
 - Nov 2 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 4-5 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.
http://sandimasrodeo.com

October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com

Oct 5  -  Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night -  Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 5  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.  www.newportbeach.com

  Oct 11 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00

Oct 11-12  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 19 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 18-19 and Oct 25-26 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org

 Oct 18-19 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org  10460 Heather Ave.  $5.00

 Oct 17-18-19 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 17, 18 & 19, 2014 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armories Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the Southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com

Oct 25-26 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authentic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. A few years ago we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises 14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 26 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net

Monday, July 28, 2014

So Cal Photo Opps August 2014

August 2014 So Cal Photo Opps

Through Aug 3 - Vans US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
It's going on right now, all week.  Surfing championships on the South side of the pier.  You can get great pics with a 300-400mm lens.  I was their Sunday and while the waves were not big, the pros really put on a great show.  Check schedule as some days they have skate boarding and BMX.  http://www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/

Through- Sept 3 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

Through Sept. 1 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.

Aug 1-3 - Oceanside Longboard Surfing Board Contest and Festival - Oceanside
Longboard surfing contest, vendors and live music. Pier Amphitheater and South Pier Beach. http://www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org/

Aug.9 - Dog Days of Summer -Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Canine event with fore than 250 vendors, dog contests, music and food. 10am-5pm  Aberdeen Drive and Newcastle Ave. www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com New this year, Blessing of the Dogs.

Aug 16-17   - Great Sand Sculpture Contest - Long Beach
Sand castle contest, music, food, arts & crafts. 1 Granada Avenue Beach. http://www.greatsandsculpturecontest.splashthat.com
Sat 10-4, Sun 10-2 FREE

Aug 15-24  - Antelope Valley Fair - Lancaster
Usual fair activity but they have a very nice judged photographic print display that is worth seeing. Antelope Vally Fairgrounds. www.avfair.com

Aug 16-17  - World Bodysurfing Championships - Oceanside
Bodysurfers from around the world compete in different divisions for trophies and prizes. Oceanside Pier. http://www.worldbodysurfing.org/

Aug 16-17  - Woodies At The Beach - Santa Barbara
The President of the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, Bill Sampson, invites you to join us at the 13th Annual - Woodies at the Beach! It’s a great show located at one of the most beautiful venues on the California coast, with Woodies displayed on a large grassy knoll overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. The views just don’t get any better than this! Special parking area on the lawn for all other cars of interest, no moderns please. phone 805-683-5141 Event at Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr. 9AM-3PM www.santacruzwoodies.com

Aug 16 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show will exhibit over 600 cars from muscle cars, hot rods, customs, antiques, and restored classics. 1976 and older. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st place category. The Car Show will be held Saturday, August 16th, 2014, in Historic Uptown Whittier, along Greenleaf Ave. and Philadelphia St., beginning from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Bring the whole family for a full day of fun in the picturesque Uptown Whittier. http://www.whittieruptown.com/

Aug 16-17  - Tehachapi Mountain Festival and Rodeo - Tehachapi
Tehachapi Mountain Festival® has been providing quality family entertainment for the community for 48 years. Traditionally held on the third weekend in August, it is the largest family event within the community and includes fun for the entire family. The Festival includes an arts and crafts show, food, entertainment, carnival, 5K & 10K run, Mountain Festival Parade, car show, PRCA rodeo, pet parade, Gem & Mineral show, Quilt Show, VFW dinner and dance, pancake breakfast and much more. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 attend, with the attendance growing each year. Get out of the heat and join us for some good family fun.  Philip Marx Central Park, 311 East D St. http://www.tehachapimountainfestival.com/

Aug 23-24 - Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
The rodeo will take place at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata on the western border of the Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County.
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Gates open at 2PM Sat, rodeo starts at 4PM and gates open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, rodeo starts at 1:30 PM. While I have not photographed at this rodeo, I have heard it is a good one. http://www.rmvrodeo.com/

Aug 22-23 - Mountain Man Days at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. http://www.lapurisimamission.org/

Aug 23-24  - Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
An expanded Air Show flight demonstration features many popular aerobatic routines with 60-70 aircraft; including vintage planes, experimental, and WWII fighter, bombers and transports. The Air Show features public access to the planes, pilots, and crews. Come for the day to watch and walk among the planes; take photos and ask questions of the pilots and air show volunteers.Be part of the classics of aviation! See restored aircraft from the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's flying while you can. You may not get another chance! These airplanes are what inspired young people decades ago to get into aviation and aerospace in Southern California. What you'll see at our air show contributed to the evolution of propeller aviation into the jet age.
Kids under 12 are free.  Shows start at noon
9AM-5PM Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way. $15 at Gate admission free parking. http://www.wingsovercamarillo.com/

Aug 23 - Cruise Aboard the Lane Victory, WWII Ship - San Pedro
The Lane Victory is a WWII Merchant Marine Ship built in 1945 and docked at San Pedro. Normally a museum, it sails out to Catalina Island and back several times a year. I did this cruise several years ago and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and reeanactors on board, German spy is captured and the ship will be attacked by WWII German aircraft on the way back and saved by the US planes. Lots to photograph and a fun day. Located at Pier 94 in San Pedro. LA Fire Boats greet the ship on the way into port--blowing water. http://www.lanevictory.com/ Boarding time 7 AM, return about 4:00 PM

Monday, June 30, 2014

SO CAL Photo Opps - July 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS
JULY 2014

Through Sept. 1 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.
 July 5-6  -  Mountaineer Days  -  Wrightwood
Live music, bed races, parade, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contests.  Old West reenactments and more.  www.wrightwoodchamber.org.  10AM-4PM Free.

July 6   - Ventura Motorsports Gathering - Ventura
More than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and wooden boats. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Dr., Somis CA., www.venturamotorsportsgathering.com

July 12  - Kardboard Kayak Race - Santa Barbara
Novice and skilled boat builders test their skill and creativity as they try to build the most seaworthy kayaks from corrugated cardboard, tape and markers, racing on a 200 foot ocean course. West Beach, across from Sambo's Restaurant, east of Condar Express.  Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org. 1PM-3PM

July 13   - San Diego Jaguar Club Concours d'Elegance - San Diego
More than 60 Jaguars old and new on display. Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay. www.sdjag.com.

July 11-13   -  Pechanga Pow Wow  -  Temecula
Celebrate American Indian culture at the Pechanga Pow Wow.  Participants from across the US perform flag songs and gourd dances.  Pechanga Reservation Festival Grounds.  www.pechanga.com

July  12-13 - Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel Gate Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. Flag raising at 10:05 AM. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com or www.ftmac.org This is a great event with many unusual photographic oppertunities with the wide range of eras covered.

July 11-Aug 10 - Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
Live entertainment, livestock exhibits, arts & crafts, Photography Exhibit, rides and food. OC Fair and Event Center, www.ocfair.com

July 17- Sept 3 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

July 18-20       - Children of Many Colors Powwow - Moorpark
Saturday July 20 11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow. Everyone Welcome
2PM Prayer for the Children by Margaret Morin, Chumash Nation All Children Welcome
Sunday July 21 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow-Everyone Welcome
DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.
www.redvirdvision.org/manycolors.htm.

July 19-20  -  Obon Festival  - Culver City
Traditional Japanese summer festival honoring one's ancestors.  Folk dancing.  Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.  www.vhbt.org  12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City                                                        

 July  19-20 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org

July 19-20  - Central Coast Renaissance Festival - San Luis Obispo
Music,entertainment,food,drinks and games. Also the usual jousting, street performers and craftsmen. Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd. www.ccrenfaire.com Over 500 costumed participants.  10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun.

July 26  - Aug 3 - Vans US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

 July 25-26 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula
Let your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Fourth Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage car and Indian motorcycle rally. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon. Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band. Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula.  6:00PM-11PM Friday, 6:30AM-11:00PM Saturday.   www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 26-27 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, music. Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way Long Beach. www.lbdragonboat.com

July 26-27  -  Obon Festival  -  Vista
Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming, music, kid's games and more.  Buddhist Temple.  www.vbtemple.org 150 Cedar St.  Vista CA

July 27   - Main Street America People's Choice Car Show - San Diego
More than 350 cars in 24 classes.  Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive. www.cocsd.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS June 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS JUNE 2014

Through Sept. 1 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles

More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.

Through June 15 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona

This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 Baron Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; Children under 5 Free. Discounted tickets on-line,
www.renaissanceinfo.com/riverview

May30-June 1  -  Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival  -  Temecula
Hot air balloon flights at dawn approx. 6:30AM, evening 8:00 PM, see the balloon glow.  Lake Skinner Recreation Area.  www.tvbwf.com  37701 Warren Rd., Winchester CA  92576.  Gates open at 6:00 AM Sat. and Sun.

June 1 - Valley Mustang Club Car Show - Simi Valley
More than 115 classic and modified cars and Ford Mustangs. Sycamore Community Park. http://www.valleymustangclub.com/ 1692 Sycamore Drive. 10AM-3PM

 May 31-June 1 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Hours 9 AM - 5 PM .Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA www.hbconcours.org   $10.00.

June 6-8  -  LA Pride  -  West Hollywood
LGBT celebration with vendor booths, entertainment, dance pavilions and a parade on June 8th along Santa Monica Blvd.  West Hollywood Park.  www.lapride.org.

June 7 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
Come join us for a car and motorcycle show in remembrance of Steve McQueen and in support of Boys Republic; a school dedicated to troubled teens. The event takes place June 01, 2013. This year’s event is themed from the movie The Great Escape and will feature special touches based on the classic film. 1907 Boys Republic Drive Chino Hills. http://stevemcqueencarshow.com 8AM-3PM parking is free, $10.00 donation to the event.

June 7  - Basset Hound Spring Games - Arcadia
Howling contest, synchoronized swim, tail painting, treat catching, games. Arcadia Park, 405 S Santa Anita Ave., www.bhrsc.com 10AM-3PM

June 7-8      - Air Group One Air Show - El Cajon

The sequester will have no effect on Air Group One's June 7 & 8, 2014 air show as it has on the Miramar Air Show and many others around the country. This year's "AirShow San Diego" (formerly known as "Wings Over Gillespie") will feature a representative collection of aircraft and acts to support the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of "D-Day," the invasion of Normandy. Our show headliner will be the "D-Day Doll," a C-53 that actually flew three missions in the invasion.
Back by popular demand will be John Collver's War Dog T6/SNJ aerobatics. Experience the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car as it races a WWII Warbird! Gates open 9AM-4PM,  www.agicaf.org Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Dr. El Cajon.

 June  7-July 6  - San Diego County Fair - Del Mar
Entertainment, car shows, livestock shows, contests. Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.sdfair.com

June 7-8      - Antique Wooden Boat Show - Lake Arrowhead
This magnificent boat show features sixty of the finest antique and classic wooden boats which are displayed on the dockside of Lake Arrowhead Village where visitors can view these wonderful boats. http://www.lakearrowhead.net/

June 14 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
The 15th Annual Rods and Rails Extravaganza, always a huge hit with lovers of classic cars, trains and Perris history, promises something for everyone who drops by the Orange Empire Railway Museum to take in the show. The City of Perris once again is teaming up with the Railway Museum and the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association on the Rods and Rails Festival. Event organizers expect 4,500 to 5,000-visitors. 100 to 120-classic cars and 50 motorcycles to be on display. Rods and Rails 2011 also includes free admission and free parking. http://www.cityofperris.org/

June  14-15          - San Luis Rey Indian Powwow - Oceanside
At the San Luis Rey Mission Grounds. Arts and Crafts, food, dancers and drums.
Sat. 9AM-11PM, Sun. 9AM-6PM. No photography during the Grand Entrance which is at noon. 4050 Mission Ave. http://www.slrmissionindians.org/Site/Events.html

June 15 - Fathers Day Car Show - Murrieta
Up to 400 classic and speciality vehicles on view in a park setting. California Oaks Sports Park. www.murrieta.org 6:30 AM-2PM

June 15 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "100 years of horsepower" on June 15, 2014.  In celebration, Rodeo Drive will pay tribute to some of the most famous names in Italian design and lifestyle. "The annual Father's Day event will highlight a WORLD CLASS combination of automobiles, motorcycles and designers featuring Italian makes and models," says Bruce Meyer, Chairman of the annual event. "We hope to curate the best selection of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maseratis from Southern California and the Western United States for this year's tribute to Italy."
10AM-4PM in the 200-400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/CNC/CNC_2014.html

June 14-15              - The Big Irish Fair -  Long Beach
 Celebrating its 39th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Western America. With 16 entertainment areas featuring the best in Irish music and numerous events and display, the fair visitor will be hard pressed to take it all in. On the left is a list on the many attractions the fair has to offer and over the years the fair has brought the best Ireland. Entertainers such as Tommy Makem, the Clancy Brothers, Hal Roach, Andy Cooney, The Chieftans, the Irish Rovers, Carmel Quinn, Dennis Day and in recent years The Fenians and Young Dubliners just to name a few. We are proud of this tradition and promise to continue it. New location this year, El Dorado Park III, 7550 E Spring St., Long Beach. http://www.irishfair.org/html/irish_fair.html

June 14-15 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 22th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Art, will be held once again June 14 and 15, 2014 at Paseo Colorado. Each year thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s outdoor setting with fountains and garden promenades provides a venue for the Pasadena Chalk Festival to continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the works of art come to life. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/ 10AM-7PM

June 20-21  -  Run Whatcha Brung Car Show  -  Rialto
The Rialto Rotary Club hosts its annual charity car show and cruise featuring hot rods, food trucks and a June 20th cruise along Route 66.  Foothill Blvd. (Route 66) and Riverside Ave.  www.rialtorotary.org

June 20-22 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
More than 100 artist create works of art on the asphalt canvas of Main Street. There will be space for amateurs to creat their own art work. Music and food. Fri 6PM-9PM, Sat. 7AM-9PM, Sun 8AM-4PM http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

 June 20-22     - Pismo Beach Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast and "one of the finest." Pismo Beach, California, is the host city for this classic car show, now coming up on its 26th year. This show, held annually on the 3rd full weekend of June, pulls in 1000 classic cars and street rods and over 125,000 spectators over three days. www.the pismobeachclassic.com Location down by the pier.

 June 22  - Old Town Newhall Car Show - Newhall
Model T's, street rods, and pre 1975 classics, food, vendors. Main Street, Old Town, Newhall. www.otna.org 9AM-2PM

June 28 - Obon Festival - West Covina
Demos and exhibitions of Japanese culture, martial arts, classic Japanese dance, taiko drumming, folk dancing. East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center. 1203 West Puente, 2PM-9PM http://www.livingdharma.org/

 June 29 - Rods & Roses - Carpinteria
More than 160 classic cars, race cars and hot rods.. Linden Ave, downtown. www.rodsandroses.com
10AM-3:30PM

 June 29  - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 17th Annual Car Show to benefit local burn survivors through the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute - Inland Empire. Enjoy beautifully restored classic cars, opportunity drawings and Oldies music in this lakeside park setting. Public admission is free so bring the kids, family and pets to check out this event in support of local burn survivors. 9AM - 2 PM. http://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp Redhill Community Park

 June 28-29      - San Diego Scottish Highland Games - Vista
Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, athletic compeitions, food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. 9AM-5PM.
http://www.sdhighlandgames.com/

June 28-29 - Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier - Long Beach
Pirate battles, encampments, pirate ship rides, grog and food. Pirate costume contest. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/ Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS

JULY 2014

July 5-6  -  Mountaineer Days  -  Wrightwood
Live music, bed races, parage, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contests.  Old West reenactments and more.  www.wrightwoodchamber.org.  10AM-4PM Free.

July 6   - Ventura Motorsports Gathering - Ventura
More than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and wooden boats. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Dr., Somis CA., www.venturamotorsportsgathering.com

July 12  - Kardboard Kayak Race - Santa Barbara
Novice and skilled boat builders test their skill and creativity as they try to build the most seaworthy kayaks from corrugated cardboard, tape and markers, racing on a 200 foot ocean course. West Beach, across from Sambo's Restaurant, east of Condar Express.  Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org. 1PM-3PM

July 13   - San Diego Jaguar Club Concours d'Elegance - San Diego
More than 60 Jaguars old and new on display. Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay. www.sdjag.com.

July 11-13   -  Pechanga Pow Wow  -  Temecula
Celebrate American Indian culture at the Pechanga Pow Wow.  Participants from across the US perform flag songs and gourd dances.  Pechanga Reservation Festival Grounds.  www.pechanga.com

July  12-13 - Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel Gate Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. Flag raising at 10:05 AM. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com or www.ftmac.org This is a great event with many unusual photographic oppertunities with the wide range of eras covered.

July 11-Aug 10 - Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
Live entertainment, livestock exhibits, arts & crafts, Photography Exhibit, rides and food. OC Fair and Event Center, www.ocfair.com

July 17- Sept 3 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

July 18-20       - Children of Many Colors Powwow - Moorpark
Saturday July 20 11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow. Everyone Welcome
2PM Prayer for the Children by Margaret Morin, Chumash Nation All Children Welcome
Sunday July 21 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow-Everyone Welcome
DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.
www.redvirdvision.org/manycolors.htm.

July 19-20  -  Obon Festival  - Culver City
Traditional Japanese summer festival honoring one's ancestors.  Folk dancing.  Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.  www.vhbt.org  12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City                                                         

 July  19-20 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org

July 19-20  - Central Coast Renaissance Festival - San Luis Obispo
Music,entertainment,food,drinks and games. Also the usual jousting, street performers and craftsmen. Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd. www.ccrenfaire.com Over 500 costumed participants.  10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun.

July 26  - Aug 3 - Vans US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

 July 25-26 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula
Let your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Fourth Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage car and Indian motorcycle rally. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon. Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band. Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula.  6:00PM-11PM Friday, 6:30AM-11:00PM Saturday.   www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 26-27 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, music. Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way Long Beach. www.lbdragonboat.com

July 26-27  -  Obon Festival  -  Vista
Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming, music, kid's games and more.  Buddhist Temple.  www.vbtemple.org 150 Cedar St.  Vista CA

July 27   - Main Street America People's Choice Car Show - San Diego
More than 350 cars in 24 classes.  Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive. www.cocsd.com