Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS APRIL 2016

I will no longer be posting SoCal Photo Opps.  It's been a labor of love to post photogenic events for Southern California during the last 5 years.  I will be moving to Arizona very soon.  Who knows, maybe I will start posting in that area.

To all that have visited this site in the past, thank you for your support.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SO CAL Photo Opps February 2016

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2016
Feb. 6th  Special Event PSA (Photographic Society of America) Round-Up Chapter Meeting
Free to all PSA Members

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring photography event on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (8am - 4:30pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Jeff Sullivan, will share "Little Known California Photo Opportunities". The event will also include an opportunity to:  checkout some of the latest software and related products available for digital manipulation, receive discounts to purchase these products. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register, http://www.psa-socal.org/registration.html

If you are not a PSA Member, you can join PSA for $45.00 prior to the event and register to come.  To join PSA contact Larry Cowles, cowtech@earthlink.net

This event will be held at Crown Plaza 3131 S. Bristol St. Costa Mesa CA  Visit http://www.psa-socal.org/2016-photo-event.html for more info.

 SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2016

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
Borrowing 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

La Jolla Pelicans are in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area.  Also if you are into birds, check out Balsa Chica by Huntington Beach

Elephant Seals at San Simeon
This is the time of the year the Elephant Seals come to a beach area north of San Simeon, just north of Hearst Castle, about 7 miles.  This time of the year they are having babies and then the males come in to mate--lots of action.  http://www.elephantseal.org/
You can get pretty close on the boardwalks provided.

Through July 10th  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Feb 6 -  CARe Show 2016  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  7:30 AM-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.

Feb 7 - Surf City Marathon and Lifestyle Expo  -  Huntington Beach
Annual oceanfront marathon, half marathon and wheelchair marathon.  Also surf rock-inspired bands.  Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Street.  www.runsurfcity.com

Feb 12-21 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy 111

Feb 12-14 - Cathedral City Hat Air Balloon Festival - Cathedral City.
Tethered balloon rides, sunrise launches, evening balloon glow.  Art  Show, Dance Party.  Approx 30 balloons.  Cathedral City Town Square 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero Cathedral City, CA 
Valentines Weekend.  www. discovercathedralcity.com.


Feb  12-15 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville, www.kernvillechamber.org  Feb 12 - 11AM Whiskey Flat Encampment.  Feb 13 - 11AM  Parade, 1PM Rodeo.  Feb. 14 - 1PM Rodeo, 2PM Frog Jumping.

Feb 13-14  - Civil War Days - Calico Ghost Town
Relive the battle between North and South in this authentic Civil War Re-enactment. The weekend includes drills, music, living history displays, and much more! 9AM-5PM.
Reenacters take over the the old Ghost town with several battles during the day and you can visit the encampments between the action. Because Calico is in the hills, you get a whole different type of background for the battles than others in the area.  http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

Feb 12-14 - Tet Festival - San Diego
Vietnamese celebaration of the Lunar New Year, cultural village, entertainment, food, vendors, lion dance, games.  Mira Mesa Community Park, www.sdtet.com

Feb 13-14  - Tet Festival - Costa Mesa
The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year. Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh. www.tetfestival.org Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Admission $5.00.  Fri. 3PM-10PM, Sat. 10AM-10PM, Sun. 10AM-9PM  This even use to be held in Garden Grove.

Feb. 13 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com 9AM-3PM

Feb 13 - Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival  -  Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival.  Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St.  www.alhambranewyearfestival.com

Feb 13 - Sweetheart Car Show - Temecula
Classic and Custom Cars and street rods, food vendors and mucis.  St. Thomas of Canterbury Espiscopal Church, 44651 Avenida del Missiones.

 Feb 20 - Kids Pet Parade - San Juan Capistrano
Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).  10AM-1PM. Zoomars Petting Zoo
31791 Los Rios Street.


Feb 20-21  -  Strathearn Museum Civil War Encampment - Simi Valley
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is hosting a Presidents’ Day weekend Civil War encampment. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilians.
 On both February 20th and 21st, there will be “Living History” presentations throughout each day which provide insight into the daily activities of Americans on both sides who served in America’s greatest trial by fire.  The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend – pitching tents, cooking, cleaning, firing muskets and pistols and telling their stories in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history. Highly regarded Lincoln impersonator, (to be announced), will be delivering the “Gettysburg Address” both Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to encampment activities, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information.  The public is invited on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Daily admission is $5 for anyone over age twelve - $3 for children five to twelve years old. Children under five are free

 Feb 27 - Race on the Base - Los Alamitos
The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family! For more info, 562-430-1073. http://www.raceonthebase.com/

Thursday, January 7, 2016

SO Cal Photo Opps - January 2016

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - January 2016

January 2016

Through July 10th  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th  Hawk Watch -- Ramona
Observe Hawks with experts from the Wildlife Research Institute.  10AM  Begent Ranch at the Ramona Grasslands, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065  www.wildlife-research.org

Jan  9-10 - Cable Airport Air Show - Upland
Aerobatics, parachute teams, car show, aircraft displays and food. Cable Airport is located at the North West corner of 13th and Benson in the very west end of San Bernardino County in the city of Upland, 1748 W 13th St. www.cableairport.com. Gates open at 8 AM-4:30PM show starts at 10AM, Free Parking, $10.00 admission.  This is a great little air show, I have photographed it twice.

Jan 9-10  -  Gathering of the Gunfighters - Yuma
Yearly event of reeanactments of gunfights at the Yuma Territory Prison, Giss Parkway and Prison Hill Road.  9:30AM-5PM.

Jan 15-18 - Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival - Morro Bay
Photograph and learn about the area's native and transitory bird species. Experts lead more than 110 field trips during the festival including boat trips and kayak trips. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org. (866) 464-5105

Jan 17-18  - Asian American Expo - Pomona
At the Fairplex. Lunar New Year celebration with more than 1000  exhibitors, live music, folk art and Asian food. www.asianamericanexpo.com. Hours 10AM-7PM in Halls 4,5,6,7 & 8. Admission $9.00, Seniors 7.00, $1.00 off coupon on website. Mainly a food festival.

Jan 23-24  Food and Water Bowl - Cat Show  -  Del Mar
An all-breed cat show, feline agility competition, adoptions and vendors.  Presented by the San Diego Cat Fanciers.  Del Mar Fairgrounds.  www.sandiegocat.org.

Jan 29-31 - Grand National Roadster Show - Pomona
Indoor car show with more than 500 vechicles, music and famous cars from TV and films. Fairplex Pomona. www.rodshows.com $25.00 + parking.

Jan  30-31 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment - Yuma
There were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California. Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198. Open 9AM-5PM,
Jan  30 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Goat. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays and parade. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

February 2016

Feb. 6th  Special EventPSA (Photographic Society of America) Round-Up Chapter Meeting
Free to all PSA Members

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring photography event on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (8am - 4:30pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Jeff Sullivan, will share "Little Known California Photo Opportunities". The event will also include an opportunity to:  checkout some of the latest software and related products available for digital manipulation, receive discounts to purchase these products. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register, http://www.psa-socal.org/registration.html

If you are not a PSA Member, you can join PSA for $45.00 prior to the event and register to come.  To join PSA contact Larry Cowles, cowtech@earthlink.net

This event will be held at Crown Plaza 3131 S. Bristol St. Costa Mesa CA  Visit http://www.psa-socal.org/2016-photo-event.html for more info.
Feb 6  -  CARe Show 2015  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  7:30 AM-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.

Friday, December 4, 2015

SO CAL Photoopps - December 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - December 2015 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 and Pelicans in La Jolla

Through-Jan 18 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  For Hours and events www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com

Through-Jan 6 - 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 18 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal ice-skating rink (8000 sq ft)  plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Through-Dec 13 - 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.  See Facebook page for hours.
Through Dec. 26 - Northpole Express Trains

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

Dec 5 - 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 5-6 - 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 11-13 - Winter Gathering Powwow - Coachella
The Twenty Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians celebrate Indian culture with dance and drum contests, displays, arts and crafts.  Sat. 1pm-11pm, Sun. 1pm-7pm   Spotlight 29 Casino,  46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella.  http://www.spotlight29.com/concerts.html

Dec 12 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel.  Fireworks 5:50 PM. Parade 6PM-8PM.  Popular viewing locations:  Burton Chance Park and Fisherman's Village.

Dec 11-12 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers. Horse drawn carriages, bonfires and carnival rides and Santa! La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd. www.lmvma.com 5pm-10pm

Dec 12 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and large boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.
6:00PM, www.Naplesca.com

Dec 30 - 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 10AM downtown San Diego

So Cal Photo Opps - January 2016
 Happy New Year!  This is my 6th year of publishing Photogenic Events for Southern California.  Sometimes it seems like a chore to keep it up to date but it has been a labor of love.

PLEASE!       If you like having and use this blog to find events to photograph, please subscribe so I know you are out there or just drop me a line at cowtech@earthlink.net and let me know.

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
Borrowing 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

La Jolla Pelicans should be in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area.  Also if you are into birds, check out Bolsa Chica by Huntington Beach

January 2015

Through July 10th  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th  Hawk Watch -- Ramona
Observe Hawks with experts from the Wildlife Research Institute.  10AM  Begent Ranch at the Ramona Grasslands, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065  www.wildlife-research.org

Jan  9-10 - Cable Airport Air Show - Upland
Aerobatics, parachute teams, car show, aircraft displays and food. Cable Airport is located at the North West corner of 13th and Benson in the very west end of San Bernardino County in the city of Upland, 1748 W 13th St. www.cableairport.com. Gates open at 8 AM-4:30PM show starts at 10AM, Free Parking, $10.00 admission.  This is a great little air show, I have photographed it twice.

Jan 9-10  -  Gathering of the Gunfighters - Yuma
Yearly event of reeanactments of gunfights at the Yuma Territory Prison, Giss Parkway and Prison Hill Road.  9:30AM-5PM.

Jan 15-18 - Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival - Morro Bay
Photograph and learn about the area's native and transitory bird species. Experts lead more than 110 field trips during the festival including boat trips and kayak trips. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org. (866) 464-5105

Jan 17-18  - Asian American Expo - Pomona
At the Fairplex. Lunar New Year celebration with more than 1000  exhibitors, live music, folk art and Asian food. www.asianamericanexpo.com. Hours 10AM-7PM in Halls 4,5,6,7 & 8. Admission $9.00, Seniors 7.00, $1.00 off coupon on website. Mainly a food festival.

Jan 23-24  Food and Water Bowl - Cat Show  -  Del Mar
An all-breed cat show, feline agility competition, adoptions and vendors.  Presented by the San Diego Cat Fanciers.  Del Mar Fairgrounds.  www.sandiegocat.org.

Jan 29-31 - Grand National Roadster Show - Pomona
Indoor car show with more than 500 vechicles, music and famous cars from TV and films. Fairplex Pomona. www.rodshows.com $25.00 + parking.

Jan  30-31 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment - Yuma
There were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California. Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198. Open 9AM-5PM,
Jan  30 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Goat. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays and parade. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

February 2016

Feb. 6th  Special EventPSA (Photographic Society of America) Round-Up Chapter Meeting
Free to all PSA Members

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring photography event on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (8am - 4:30pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Jeff Sullivan, will share "Little Known California Photo Opportunities". The event will also include an opportunity to:  checkout some of the latest software and related products available for digital manipulation, receive discounts to purchase these products. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register, http://www.psa-socal.org/registration.html

If you are not a PSA Member, you can join PSA for $45.00 prior to the event and register to come.  To join PSA contact Larry Cowles, cowtech@earthlink.net

This event will be held at Crown Plaza 3131 S. Bristol St. Costa Mesa CA  Visit http://www.psa-socal.org/2016-photo-event.html for more info.
Feb 6  -  CARe Show 2015  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  7:30 AM-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

So Cal Photo Opps - November 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2015

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 18 - 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 6-8  Palm Springs Pride Festival  -  Palm Springs
LGBT event with entertainment, dancing, food vendors and drink.  Parade on Nov. 8th at 10AM downtown on Palm Canyon Drive.  www.pspride.org

Nov 7 - French Valley Air Show - Temecula/Murrietta
Nice small air show with plenty of action.  www.fvairshow.com/performers Free event.  9AM-3PM 37600 Sky Canyon Dr., Murrietta

Nov 8  -  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

Nov 15 - 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 7-8  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Thousand Oaks
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.  California Lutheren University, North Side, 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks  www.civilwaralliance.com/cwa/moorpark 3 battles on Sat and 2 on Sunday.

Nov 7 - 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 12-Jan 18  - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com for hours.

 Nov 27-Jan 6 - 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 28-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 29   -  Hollywood Christmas Parade  -  Hollywood
Celebrities, Marching Bands, civic leaders, floats and Santa.  Parade route starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Blvd.  www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.org.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SO CAL PHOTO Opps - October 2015

SO CAL PHOTO Opps - October 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2015

Sept 25
 - Oct 25 - 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 3 - Fire Service Day - Anaheim
Great way to see Fire action up close, demos, lots of equipment, get some nice PJ shots.  North NET Training Facility, 2400 E Orangewood Ave.  next to Angel Stadium. 11AM-2PM.  http://www.anaheim.net/DocumentCenter/View/9268
 
Oct 3-4 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

Oct 3-4 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 3-4 - 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 gates open at 8:15AM

Oct 4  -  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 4  -  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 10 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-3.

Oct 10-11  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, Bearded Scot Contest, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 17 - SBD Fest and Air Show - San Bernardino
Air show, car show, and concert.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and free for active military with ID.  9:00AM to 6 PM at SBD International Airport, 1601 E Third St.  http://www.sbdfest.com/

Oct 17 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 17-18 and Oct 24-25 - 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 17-18 - 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 17-19  Civil War Battles - Corona
Civil War Reeanactment with battles at 11:30 and 2:30 Sat and Sun at Tom's Farm, 23900 Temescal Canyon Road, off the 15 Fwy.  FREE.

Oct 16-17-18 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 16-17 and 18th, 2015 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 15-18 - 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 24 - LA Day of the Dead - Los Angeles
Claimed to be the largest "Day of the Dead" celebration in California.  Photograph dance rituals, musical performances, arts and crafts, horror costume contests, parades through the cemetery, food vendors.  Once in, you can stay after 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $20; free to seniors.  Limited parking in the area.  12 noon to 4:00 PM.  Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.  http://www.ladayofthedead.com/event-info/

Oct 25 - 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

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2015 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 18 - 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 6-8  Palm Springs Pride Festival  -  Palm Springs
LGBT event with entertainment, dancing, food vendors and drink.  Parade on Nov. 8th at 10AM downtown on Palm Canyon Drive.  www.pspride.org

Nov 7 - French Valley Air Show - Temecula/Murrietta
Nice small air show with plenty of action.  www.fvairshow.com/performers Free event.  9AM-3PM 37600 Sky Canyon Dr., Murrietta

Nov 8  -  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

Nov 15 - 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 7-8  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Thousand Oaks
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.  California Lutheren University, North Side, 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks  www.civilwaralliance.com/cwa/moorpark 3 battles on Sat and 2 on Sunday.

Nov 7 - 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 12-Jan 18  - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com for hours.

 Nov 27-Jan 6 - 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 28-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 29   -  Hollywood Christmas Parade  -  Hollywood
Celebrities, Marching Bands, civic leaders, floats and Santa.  Parade route starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Blvd.  www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.org.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps - September 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps - September 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015
 

Through- Sept 7 - 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. 7 - 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.
 
September 4-27 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Sept 27. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2014/
 
Sept 4-5 - Festival of Sail - San Diego
A parade on Sept. 4th of 20 tall ships and vessels, petting zoo, pirates, cannon battles on the bay, sunset cruises.  Maritime Museum.  www.sdmaritime.org
 
Sept 5 - Ventura Nationals Hot Rod Show - Ventura
Car, motorcycle and truck show.  pre-1968 American vehicles.  Ventura Fairgrounds.  www.venturanationals.com

Sept 12 - 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 Barker Park, 1280 Poplar Ave.
 
Sept 12 - Back to School Chalk Art Festival - Redondo Beach
Hundreds of artist showcase their take on the theme Pier Sunset.  Redondo Beach Pier.

Sept 13 - 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 12-13  - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 31th 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. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Sept 13 - 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 12-13 - 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.  Parade 10 AM Sat.  Jr Rodeo Sat 8 AM  www.stagecoachdays.net  

Sept 12-13  -  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  10AM

Sept 12-13 - 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 12-13 - Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival - Ventura
Artists decorate sidewalks with street paintings.  Ventura Harbor Village.  www.venturaartfestival.com

Sept 19 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 19, 2015. This year’s theme is Automotive Standards of the World. 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 at Los Verdes Golf Course on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. www.pvconcours.com.
 
Sept 19 - Pageant of the Thunderbird - Anaheim
Car Show of all Thunderbirds, modified and custom.  Music.  Twila Reid Park, 3200 Orange.
www.thunderbirdssocal.com

Sept 19-20 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
79th 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 19-20 - 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/ 12 Noon

Sept 18-19 - 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 19-220  -  Route 66 Crusin' Reunion - Ontario
Crusing car show of classics, customs, and hot rods.  Downtown.  www.route66cruisinreunion.com

Sept 23- Oct 4 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activities including a rodeo and livestock exhibits.  Has a photography exhibit.  Kern County Fairgrounds.  www.kerncountyfair.com.

Sept 26 - Cruisin' for a Cure - Costa Mesa
Charity car show with more than 3500 vehicles, live entertainment, 200 vendors, exhibitors. Proceeds benefit City of Hope prostate cancer research.  OC Fair and Event Center.  www.cruisinforacure.com
88 Fair Drive.
 
Sept 26 - Grand Woofstock Pet Festival - Escondido
1970's theme pooch party, pet parade with costumes and contests.  More than 70 pet vendors.  Grape Day Park, 321 N Broadway.  www.thegrandwoofstock.com

Sept 25-26 - 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, Sun rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd. http://www.powayrodeo.com Fine Print says no telephoto Lens or professional equipment.

Sept. 25-27 Los Alamos Valley Old Days - Los Alamos
Celebrations of Western heritage with a classic car show, entertainment and parade.  Bell Street downtown.  www.losalamosvalleyolddays.com

Sept 26-27 - 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 26-27 - Carlsbad ArtSplash - Carlsbad
Three-dimensional chalk art, fine art.  Fern Street Circus.  Armada Street between Cannon and Palomar Airport Road.  www.carlesbadartsplash.org.

Sept 27 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake
Weekends through October 225th.  Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food.  Big Bear Lake Convention Center.  www.bigbearevents.com  42900 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Sept 27 - Ponies at the Pike - Long Beach
California's largest Mustang Show.  More than 400 vehicles on display.  Shoreline Park in Long Beach.  www.bcmc.net
 
Sept. 27 - Cabrillo Festival - Point Loma
Music, dance and children's activities.  Reenactment of the visit by 16th century explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo.  Naval base Point Loma.  www.cabrillofestival.org.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2015

Sept 25
 - Oct 25 - 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 3 - Fire Service Day - Anaheim
Great way to see Fire action up close, demos, lots of equipment, get some nice PJ shots.  North NET Training Facility, 2400 E Orangewood Ave.  next to Angel Stadium. 11AM-2PM.  http://www.anaheim.net/DocumentCenter/View/9268
 
Oct 3-4 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

Oct 3-4 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 3-4 - 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 gates open at 8:15AM

Oct 4  -  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 4  -  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 10 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-3.

Oct 10-11  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, Bearded Scot Contest, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 17 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 17-18 and Oct 24-25 - 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 17-18 - 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 16-17-18 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 16-17 and 18th, 2015 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 15-18 - 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 25 - 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