Sunday, January 31, 2010

Feb 2010 SoCal Photo Opps

This is the first blog showing upcoming events that may be photogenic and allow you to get some great new images. If you know of events that you would like to share with other SoCal photographers, Email them to me at

Till April - Butterfly Exhibit -Living Desert Museum - Palm Springs
Fanciful Fliers is a 3,000 square foot walk-through exhibit filled with hundreds of fluttering butterflies and a dozen zippy hummingbirds within the setting of a tranquil garden. The thirty or so possible species of butterflies in the garden are all from North America, many from our Desert Southwest. They are as colorful as their names; Painted Lady, Tiger Swallowtail, Orange-barred Sulphur, Luna Moth and Zebra Longwing. The hummingbirds are all from the Desert Southwest and include the Anna�s, Costa�s, Black-chinned, Rufous and Broad-billed Hummingbirds. If you position yourself between the bird and the sun, you will be amazed at the iridescent colors of the male�s gorget. The garden includes over 60 species of butterfly and hummingbird friendly plants, many of which are in bloom. The exhibit is open from early October through the end of April, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Feb 6th and Feb 13th. Saturday Sunrise Car Cruisers - Huntington Beach
Billed as the Best Free Car Show in the World, this Saturday morning event has been a tradition for more than 20 years. Classic auto owners known as the Donut Derelicts meet at the parking lot on the corner of Magnolia and Adams near Adams Avenue Donuts to share stories and admire their classic beauties. 6am to 9am.

Feb 13-14 The 2009-2010 Western Surfing Association Gatorade Championship will be in Huntington Beach this weekend Feb.13 & 14. This event will be at Goldenwest Street & PCH - 2 miles north of Huntington pier (toward Bolsa Chica State Beach). The contest will begin Saturday at 7:00am for men and women over 18 years and Sunday for those under 18 years. Bring your longest lens and chair would be nice. Visit for additional information.

Feb 13-14 Queen Mary Scottish Festival - Long Beach
Piping and dancing competitions, Highland games, sheep herding demonstrations, parades, entertainment.

Feb. 14 Wings and Wheels - Chino Airport
This is a new event, an airplane and car show. Over 50 vintage cars on display, 9AM to 2PM. DJ on site for entertainment. 1900 Aviation Drive, Chino, CA

Feb. 14-15 Civil War Reenactment - Calico. This is a great event in the old Calico Ghost Town just north of Barstow off Hwy 15. Battles at 11:45 AM and 2:30 PM but for best pictures get there early when they open which I believe is 10 AM. You can walk into the camps between battles and the old town gives you different backdrops than most such reenactments.

Feb. 20-21 Golden Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival - Los Angeles
Chinatown ushers in the Year of the Tiger with parade and festival. 10-5 at Broadway and Hill Streets.

Feb. 27-28 Desert Classic Concours D'Elegance - La Quinta, CA
This Classic car show is in the Palm Springs area. Over 150 cars on display at the La Qunita Resort.

March 6-7 Vista Civil War Reenactment - Vista
Location: Antique Gas and Steam Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Time: 10AM-5PM each day. Visitors can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, authentic battles, meet with the soldiers in their camps, attend demonstrations and more during the two-day festival. Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment.

March 6-7 Los Angeles County Irish Festival - Pomona Fairplex
Hours 10-6, 1101 W. McKinley. Lots of Irish events, food and drink.

March 7 Del Mar Kiwanis Ugly Dog Contest - Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Contest has branched out from just plain ugly dogs to 14 categories including Best Mutt and Dog Who Most Looks Like Its Owner. Paddock Green at Del Mar.

March 7 - Acton Rangers Gymkhana (Barrel Raceing on Horseback) - Acton, CA
2 Miles South of Hwy 14, exit Crown valley, Welcome one and all to the beautiful Acton Ranger Arena! Gymkhanas are held on the first Sunday of every month starting in March and ending in October. The arena is located at Smith St and 2nd St next to the Acton Community Hall in Acton, CA. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 AM. Warm-ups are from 8:30 to 9:00 AM and the first event starts promptly at 9:00 AM.

March 12-14 Palm Springs Wild West Fest and Rodeo - Palm Springs
PRCA Rodeo Events, music festival, rodeo parade, food and chili cookoff. East Lawn of Palm Springs Convention Center. Rodeo 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. Rodeo Time, Friday 6PM, Sat and Sun. 2 PM.

March 13 El Centro Air Show - El Centro Navel Air Facility
Many photography hobbyist and several professional photographers take advantage of the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show to get some spectacular photographs. Visitors to the Air Show are welcome and encouraged to take photographs of the event. Gates open at 8AM. See the website for more info and lots of pictures of past shows.

March 13-14 Annual CSU Long Beach Pow Wow - Long beach
Admission is Free, Parking $4.00, event in the central quad.
dancing, Arts, Crafts and Food, starts at 11:00 each day with Gord dancing.

March 20 Civil War Reenactment - Anaheim. This event is held at St. Catherin's Military School, 215 N. Harbor Blvd. It's not as big as some but a lot of the students in military uniforms can make for great pictures. You are allowed to go in the camps between battles. Watch out for some of the buildings outside the campus that might get in your image. Parking is on the streets.

March 20 People's Day 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.

March 20-21 Palm Springs Old World Renaissance Festival - Palm Springs Sixteenth century living history village features costumed street performers, interactive encampments, stage plays, music, food and drink, and artisan wares. Francis Stevens Park 951-735-0101.

March 21 Hurst Car Show - Chatsworth
Hurst Car Show. 3rd Annual Car Show open to all American made cars (street rods, hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, etc.) Spectators get in FREE! Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Co Event will be held at 9142 Independence Ave, Chatsworth, Ca 91311. Call: :(818) 882-6422. or

March 27 Riverside Airshow - Riverside
This one-day show attracts 70,000 spectators from Riverside and the Inland Empire to see the most exciting aerial performers in the airshow business today. With more than 200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. And the best part is the admission is FREE! They charge for parking. 9am-4pm Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Road.

March 27-April 18 Butterflys at Wild Animal Park - Escondido
Every Spring the Wild Animal Park has a small Butterfly House, Butterfly Jungle. Get there when the park opens, by lunch the lines are a mile long. Good selection but very small.

April Butterflys at LA Natural History Museum - Los Angeles
Opening in April, Pavilion of Wings. More than 40 different butterfly and moth species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for our much-anticipated seasonal exhibit, the Pavilion of Wings. Wander through a unique changing and growing ecosystem. Witness wondrous free-flying creatures interacting with plant life and with each other and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals. Los Angeles Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Park, 9:30 AM- 5 PM.

April 9-11 Del Mar Nationals - (car show) Del Mar Fairgrounds
More than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. Hours 8-5 Friday and Saturday, Sunday 8-3.

April 10 Bakersfield Highland Gathering and Games Bakersfield
Scottish atheletics, Celtic Music, pipes and drume, dancers, food and dring, vendors, kid's games at the Kern County Fairgrounds. 661-753-3306

April 10-11 Civil War Reenactment - Prado Park - Chino. Prado Park is off Euclid, south of Chino. This is my favorite civil war reenactment. It is big, covers a lot of land and the battles are in a large field of rolling hills. Not much in the background to get in your way. Large camps with lots to shoot, lots of vendors.

April 10 - May 23 Weekends - Renaissance Pleasure Fair - Irwindale
This is the largest of the Renaissance Fairs, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy. Hours 10 AM - 7 PM.

April 18 Civil War Reenactment - Ft. Tejon. Ft Tejon was an actual Fort during the civil war days. It is between Bakersfield and LA in the Grapevine area on Hwy. 5
Battles are at 10:30AM and 1:00 PM on the 3rd Sunday during the Spring and Summer. Like all events, get there early to get the best images. battles are on the actual old Fort Tejon grounds among some of the old buildings. Bring lunch.

April 23-25 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM each day, gates open at 12:30.

April 24-25 Fun With Chalk, Street Painting Festival - Mission Viejo
Both Days 10AM-5PM. Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist's techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you. Norman P Murry Community Center, 24932 Vetrans Way.

April 24-25 Renaissance Faire - Escondido, CA
Location Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane. Hours 10-6 Daily

April 24-25 Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Big yearly event at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Tours, street shows, living history performers, buffalo soldiers and lots of music and food. For more information call 661-286-4021 or

April 24-25 California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Hours 10am-6pm, Lots of enteratinment, foot, crafts, etc. Location: Lancaster City park 43011 N 10th Street West. If you go, be sure to go to the Poppy Perserve where the real pictures are.

May 1-2 Renaissance Faire - Escondido, CA
Location Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane. Hours 10-6 Daily

May 2 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure 2010 - Long Beach
while this event is designed for cyclists, it sounds like it might be a great chance to get a lot of rider images, especially on the bridges.
The Tour de Cure offers cyclists a once a year opportunity to ride the Gerald Desmond and Vincent Thomas port bridges from Long Beach to Los Angeles. After pausing at our San Pedro Ports O Call rest stop, cyclists choose between a scenic ride to the southern bluffs of Palos Verdes; a metric century, which includes a breath-taking climb to the top of Palos Verdes East; or a relaxing return to the Queen Mary on a harbor cruise that cyclists young and less young will enjoy.

May 8 - June 20 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.

May 15 Moonridge Zoo Photographers Day and Photo Contest - Big Bear
This small zoo in the mountains has a photo day and contest to get pictures for their calender. Susan and I had 4 images in the 2009 Calender. View at the website. Photo Day is 10AM-4PM. Special photo ops with some of the animals.

May 15-16 Planes of Fame Airshow - Chino Airport
Great airshow with lots vintage planes. Warbirds from all over the US come to Chino for this event. The theme of Airshow 2010 is “A Salute To The Greatest Generation.” This year, the Museum will fly its aircraft to honor the men and women whose service and sacrifice during World War II has caused them to become known as the “Greatest Generation.”

May 15-16 All Nations Pow Wow - Acton, CA
Billed as a traditional pow wow. 9:30AM - 7PM each day. KOA Campground, 7601 Soledad Canyon Rd. Acton is on HwY 14 near Lancaster.

May 22-23 Ojai Renaissance and Pirate Faire - Ojai at Lake Casitas
Near Ventura, great rolling hill and Lake location, 10AM-6PM

May 25-30 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop, CA.
Every year during the Memorial Day Weekend, more than 700 mules compete in 181 events at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. There is no way to actually describe Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills, and part Wild West show.
Situated on the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, California, Mule Days has become an international world class event. Crowds have grown from 200 to more than 30,000 fans! The longest running non-motorized parade on Saturday morning, Steer roping and penning, an event normally reserved for quarter horses, and the Packer's Scramble – the wildest, noisiest and funniest event of the weekend.

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