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. www.wrightwoodchanber.org.
July 4 - Mr and Mrs Muscle Beach Competition - Venice
Bodybuilding competition at the city's iconic Muscle Beach, Venic Beach Recreation Center. www.musclebeachvenice.com
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 www.sfvhbt.org
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. www.pasadenaheritage.org.
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. www.bigbearpaddlefest.com
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. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com/ or www.ftmac.org
July 11 - Concours d'Elegance - Dana Point
Weekend car show overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific. Lantern Bay Park.
www.porsche356club.org. 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. www.surfinpaws.com
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. http://www.oceanfestival.org
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. http://www.lanevictory.org
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. www.citrusclassicballoons.com
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. www.surffestival.org
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. http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/civil-war-reenact-events.html
July 31 - Aug 1 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, mucic. Marine Stadium. www.lbdragonboat.com
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. http://www.usopenofsurfing.com
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. www.lowridernationals.com
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 www.usopensandcastle.com
Aug 7-8 - Naval Base Ventura Air Show - Pt. Mugu near Oxnard
This is the 10th Anniversary of Naval Base Ventura County. The show will feature the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron the “Thunderbirds”. The Thunderbirds operate the Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter/strike aircraft.
The air show will also feature aviation simulators, current and vintage aircraft on static display, food and beverage booths and souvenirs. Also, Seabees and their construction equipment will be on display to show the role the Seabee play supporting operations through out the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gates opens at 8:00am and show begins at 10:00am. Admission and parking is FREE. Brings your hat, chair, water and photo equipment and enjoy the show. There will be long lines of cars at the gate entrance, so for best photo location, I recommend you arrive no later than 7:15am. Directions: North on Ventura Freeway (Hiway 101) to Camarillo, Exit on Los Posas Road turn left and follow the signs to Point Mugu.
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. www.bigbearcowboygathering.net
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, www.wrightwoodchamber.org.
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. http://www.rmvrodeo.com
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 www.tallshipsfestival.com.
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. http://sandimasrodeo.com