Friday, May 28, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps June 2010

JUNE 2010 last update 6-25-10

Through - 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. 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 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; $12 Military with valid ID; Children under 5 Free.

June 4-6 - Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
FESTIVAL LOCATION: Lake Skinner Recreation Area 37701 Warren Rd. Winchester, CA 92596
GATES OPEN: 5:00 pm FRIDAY, 6:00 am SATURDAY AND SUNDAY HOURS: Friday - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm., Saturday - 6:00 am to 11:00 pm., Sunday - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Photographers revel in the visuals from dawn mass balloon ascensions to evening balloon glows. The Festival kicks off Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. with a country music concert on the main stage, arts and craft fair, wine tasting and the luminescent extravaganza known as the "Balloon Glow." The Glow is created when balloon pilots synchronize igniting burners of the balloons. The burner is what creates the “hot” in the air. Whether done to a musical beat or the crowd’s demand to “Glow,” the balloons appear to dance as they flicker and shine against the hues of dusk and nightfall. Held both Friday and Saturday nights around 8 p.m. (after dusk), the Glow is one of the most popular entertainment options of the Festival. Saturday and Sunday mornings are spectacular at the Festival when colorful hot air balloons dot the pastel dawn skies of Temecula. The mass balloon ascension takes place between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as hot air balloons need the cool morning air to fly.

June 5 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
On June 5th, we will again gather for the 3rd Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. Once again, all Show proceeds will benefit the Boys Republic in Chino Hills.
Chad McQueen shows off his fathers cars alongside more than 200 Porsches, Ferraris, Cobras and Mustangs on the grounds of the Boys Republic.

June 5 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade. - Santa Maria
67th Annual rodeo and parade lineup features a mini rodeo and PBR performance on June 3, followed by rodeo performances on June 4, 5 and 6. Opens at 9 AM, Horse race, the famous mutton bustin’, Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including bull riding, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, local team roping and specialty acts. The rodeo parade, featuring marching bands, beautiful floats, show horses and more will be held on June 5 along South Broadway from Mill to Enos. Location: Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA. Call: (805) 922-6006

June 5-6 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA 9AM-2PM

June 6 - Lowrider 2010 Tour - San Bernardino
Over 700 customized rides and 20,000 fans, Bikini Contest and entertainment. Sponsered by Low Rider Magazine. 11-5pm at the National Orange Show, 689 S. "E" St.

June 12 - Optimist Car Show - Redlands
Time: June 12, 2010 from 7am to 3pm Location: Sylvan Park, Redlands.

June 12 - Cowboys, Heros and Outlaws Festival - Ventura
A 19th Century fair with hands-on exhibits, food and entertainment. We transform the park grounds into a nineteenth century fair. Designed for families with children,
but everyone is welcome. Hands-on Exhibits, Food, Entertainment! 10AM-4PM. 4200 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, CA 93003

June 12-13 - Dewey Webber Longboard Classic and Surf-a-Rama - Dana Point Weekend surfing contest for longboard surfers of all ages, surf expo, live music and food. Doheny State Beach.

June 12-13 - Special Olympics Summer Games- Long Beach
June 12 noon-5, June 13 8am-3pm. Opening ceremony 10Am in the track stadium. Over 1100 athletes to compete in several sports including track and basketball. Cal State Long Beach.

June 17 Muzeo Photographers Night (Photograph Frogs) - Anaheim
The MUZEO Museum engages the community by exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. Photographers can get an up-close-and-personal view of the live frogs currently on exhibit at MUZEO located in the heart of downtown Anaheim. On Thursday, June 17th from 5PM to 9PM MUZEO will host a special photographer’s “after hours event” giving shutter bugs full access to the visually stunning amphibians who are featured in MUZEO’s current exhibition Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. This exhibition features over 100 live frogs from all over the world. The zookeeper will also be on hand to open habitats and answer any questions. The Frog Exposure evening will also include mini workshops, presentations and displays for photo loving guests. Tickets are $20 and must be pre-purchases online prior to arrival. MUZEO is located at 241 South Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim, CA. Parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. For more information or to order tickets please go online to

June 18-20 - Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
Nearly 1000 classic cars and street rods, car cruise, music and vendors. 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 25th 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. Downtown.

June 20 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
More than 100 exotic cars will be on display in the 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. The 2010 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2010 and is presented by the Rodeo Drive Committee in association with the City of Beverly Hills. The annual Father¹s Day event will highlight a superb combination of automobiles and entries will include, Classic Cars 1925 ­ 1948, Pre-1975 American Cars, Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, European Cars, Woodys, Hot Rods, Customs, Race Cars, Vintage Motorcycles and special interest vehicles from throughout Southern California and the Western United States.

June 19-20 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 18th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado will celebrate Father’s Day Weekend on June 19 and 20, 2010 from 10am to 7pm, as thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s interconnected mix of retail, entertainment, housing and garden promenades helps the Pasadena Chalk Festival continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the artworks come to life. Over 500 artists come from all across Southern California to spend two days on their hands and knees creating 175 spectacular chalk murals on concrete areas in every style imaginable. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) in the heart of Pasadena’s historic downtown Civic Center.

June 19-20 - Surf 24 - Huntington Beach
24 hour surfing competition features surf celebrities, actor Ed Begley, Jr.,Celebrity surfers include Sam Trammel (True Blood), Dylan Bruno (Numb3rs), Jesse Spencer (House), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Chad Lowe (24), Michael Munoz (Amazing Race), Eric Balfour (24), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), David Chokachi (Beyond the Break), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD), Chris Bruno (Dead Zone) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget).
Time: 11 a.m. to Sunday, June 20 at Noon. Event includes surfing, vendors, a breakfast, silent auction, speeches, etc. Location: South side of Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA. Registration for surfing event: or call 424-781-0865.

June 26-27 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
Fine artists create giant works of aart on the asphalt canvas of Main Street, live music. Chance for amateurs to create their own chalk drawings. Main Street, Old Town.

June 26-27 - Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans - Vista Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheep dog trials, atheletic competitions and Scottish food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park. 760-726-3691.

June 27 Firefighters Benefit Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
13th Annual Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters Benefit Car Show on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Hill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard. 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. Money raised will benefit the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute-Inland Empire.

JULY 2010

July 3-4 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, bed races; a parade, nail driving contest, cowboy quickdraw, watermelon and pie eating contests, good panning, and food. Wrightwood Village.

July 4 - Mr and Mrs Muscle Beach Competition - Venice
Bodybuilding competition at the city's iconic Muscle Beach, Venic Beach Recreation Center.

July 4 - Obon Festival - Pacoima
Japanese cultural festival with traditional dances, taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, food, arts and crafts. Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street
Pacoima, CA., 91311

July 10 Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
2-day Asian/Pacific Islander event which provides entertainment, foods, arts, crafts, children's entertainment, dragon boat racing, health & community information. 75,000 attendees expected. At Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave. Starts at 10AM. If you are not into the festival, this is the time of the Lotus blooms that make great pictures. You might want to go here on another day just to photograph the blooms.

July 10 - Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge - Pasadena
This bridge is photogenic anytime but may have some special possibilities at this evening celebration with live music, dancing, antique cars, and food.

July 10-11 - Big Bear Lake Paddlefest - Fawnskin
Beginner through advanced clinics and races for kayaks and canoes, boat demos and an outdoor sports exhibit. North Shore, Big Bear Lake.

July 10-11 Old Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel State Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. or

July 11 - Concours d'Elegance - Dana Point
Weekend car show overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific. Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Rd

July 11 - Surfin Paws Dog Jam - Huntington Beach
Competition for surfboard riding pups. Benefit for the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelity to Animals. Huntington Beach Dog Beach at Goldenwest Street and PCH.

July 17-18 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Watch for Woodies parading down from Ave. Del Mar and onto the pier both mornings! There will be a different set of 15 each day in a wide variety of colors and styles to see! Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race.

July 24, Aug 21-22 and Sept 25-26 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. This is the first cruise of the year. I did this cruise last year 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.

July 30-31 - 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 Third 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 motorcycle show. 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. $10.00 at the gate, 5PM-10PM Friday,
5AM-10PM Saturday.

July 30-Aug 1 - International Surf Festival - Beach Cities - Southbay
Lifegard competitions, aquatic sports competitions, volleyball tournaments and two mile beach run. Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches.

July 31- Aug 1 Long Beach Civil War Reeanactment - Long Beach
Location: El Dorado park, 7550 E Spring St., Hours 10am-5pm. $10.00 adults/$8.00 Seniors.

July 31 - Aug 1 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, mucic. Marine Stadium.

July 31 - Hurley US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm After a record-breaking 2009 event, the Hurley US Open of Surfing is back in Huntington Beach. In addition to great surfing, you’ll find the Hurley Walk the Walk Fashion Show, 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 31-Aug. 8 - US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
Welcome you sand lovers! US Open of Surfing & Beach Games isn't just surfing. It's music, sand, limbo, spray on tattoos, freebies, cute guy & girl poster signings and a whole lotta xtreme sports.

Aug 1 - Lowrider Nationals - Bakersfield
Urban car culture and lifestyle show with more than 500 custom-designed cars. Hop contest, car audio sound off and live music. Kern County Fairgrounds.

Aug 6-8 - US Open Sand Castle Competition - Imperial Beach
Creative teams of amateurs and professionals sculpt sand masterpieces for cash prizes. Also street fair and live entertainment. Competition starts 9 AM on Aug. 8th and jusging begins at 2PM. Viewing till 4 PM

Aug 19-22 - Big Bear Cowboy Gathering - Big Bear Lake
Wild West weekend of cowboy music, poetry, reenactors, storytellers, merechants and barbecue. Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (909)866-4970.

Aug 20-29 - Antelope Valley Fair - Lancaster
Usual fair activity but they have a very nice judged photographic print display that is worth seeing. Antelope Vally Fairgrounds.

Aug 21 - Mountain Classic Car Show - Wrightwood
Pre-1973 American hot-rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Live music, food, poker walk and lowrider trike drag race. Wrightwood Village,

Aug 28-29 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.


Sept. 4-5 Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park 18000 Goldenwest St. Visit and tour large scale Confederate and Union encampments as more than 200 re-enactors stage famous battles of the Civil War. The two-day event includes live canon and weapon demonstrations, actors in full costume, food vendors and a Civil War-era band. On Saturday the first battle will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. Sunday features a church service at 9 a.m. then a battle at 11 a.m. and another one at 2 p.m.

Sept. 11-13 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point Harbor
The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. 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. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. The festival begins on Friday evening as the tall ships parade into Dana Point Harbor. On the weekend, visitors can enjoy maritime displays and demonstrations, music concerts, Polynesian dancing, pirates, and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Visitors can also explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Inside the Ocean Institute guests can experience live parrot shows, pirate games, music, wood carving, ship models and special presentations. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the area's rich maritime history. Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride. Visiting ships are subject to change. For complete information about the festival visit


Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.

1 comment:

  1. This is an absolutely wonderful list of photographic opportunities. Thanks very much for the extended effort you put into compiling the list and sharing it with interested photographers.