Monday, July 26, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps Aug 2010

AUGUST 2010 last update 8-27-10

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 5-8 - Norco Valley Fair - Norco
This looks like a fun fair with a lot of photographic possibilities. Located at the Polly's Pie Fairgrounds, Raahauges Sport Club, 14995 River Road which is at Hellman and River Road. Livestock Shows, Xtreme Rodeo Games Sat 8-10PM, Sunday 2-4PM. Motorcross, 3 shows daily Sat and Sun. Civil War Re-Enactment shows 2 shows daily, Fri, Sat and Sunday. Horses and Hotrods Carshow Sat. 10-3PM, Bull Riding Competition Sat 8PM and Sun 2 PM. Junior Bull Riding, Sat 5:30-7PM and Sun 11:30-1PM. Tug O War Competition on Sat at 3PM. Pet Parade Sat 7PM Plus all the usual Fair type stuff. Daily Admission $8.00.

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 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 14 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 10th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show will exhibit over 600 cars from muscle cars, hot rods, customs, antiques, and restored classics. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st place category. The Car Show will be held Saturday, August 14th, 2010, in Historic Uptown Whittier, along Greenleaf Ave. and Philadelphia St., beginning from 9:00am to 7:00pm. Bring the whole family for a full day of fun in the picturesque Uptown Whittier.

Aug 15 - Civil War Re-Enactment Invitational - Ft. Tejon
Sunday battles are at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Approximately 30-45 minutes each.) Guided tours of the camps are offered between the battles. (There are no public demonstrations on Saturdays.) Arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure a good spot in the spectator area. Bring a blanket or chair if you do not wish to stand. The area is in the sun, so sunscreen and/or hats are recommended. Amateur photography of all kinds is welcomed.

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 20-22 - Pt. Magu Surfing Contest at Pelican Point - Pt. Magu
NBVC will host the 2010 NBVC Point Mugu Surf Contest Presented by Quiksilver. This is an exciting opportunity for the surfing community to access one of the best waves Southern California has to offer, and for NBVC to showcase our award winning stewardship of the environmentally sensitive beach and wetlands area inside our gates. This is a community engagement event for NBVC. Proceeds from this event will benefit the MWR Single Sailor/Liberty program. They will have a photo contest.

Aug 20-21 - Woodies At The Beach - Santa Barbara
The President of the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, Bill Sampson, invites you to join us at the 10th Annual - Woodies at the Beach! It’s a great show located at one of the most beautiful venues on the California coast, with Woodies displayed on a large grassy knoll overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. The views just don’t get any better than this! Special parking area on the lawn for all other cars of interest, no moderns please. The 2010 show activities will be held August 20-21. Friday night, August 20, will start out with no-host Welcome Party at Cody’s, located at 4898 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, phone 805-683-5141

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 - 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.

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 21-22 - Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
A great airshow with many events and static displays. The morning of the event gives attendees the chance to see a variety of experimental aircraft in flight. Starting at 9:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday, you will enjoy a range of ultralight and homebuilt aircraft. An announcer will provide you details and exciting commentary on each aircraft. The Goodyear Blimp will fly over the area both mornings. This year we have more aircraft than ever taking to the skies during the air portions of the event, both Saturday and Sunday. Many of these planes are privately owned and maintained. Many are flown by the owner pilot. This is a rare chance to see these beautifully maintained aircraft flying. Airplane and helicopter rides, food, entertainment. 9AM-5PM Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way. $10 admission.

Aug 28 - 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.

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. 2-6 - Festival of Sail - San Diego
The Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone. The event is held over Labor Day weekend each year and starts with a bang! Cannon fire will salute the entrance of the tall ships from all over the world as they parade around San Diego Bay passing by Harbor Island, Shelter Island, Seaport Village and the Coronado Bridge ending up at the Maritime Museum's docks.

The five day event includes live entertainment from a variety of genres including; Contemporary Rock, Sea Chanteys, Mariachi's, Steel Drum Bands, local community groups, etc. We will have a petting zoo where kids can get up close and pet a variety of animals. Cruises on San Diego Bay, cannon battles, sailing on racing yachts, over 150 arts and craft vendors, multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more...Cannon Battle Sails: Sail a Tall Ship into battle! Fight the Enemy from a Tall Ship available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Historic Bay Cruises on the 1914 Pilot Boat: Enjoy a 30 minute guided tour of San Diego Bay on our historic Pilot Boat. Tickets are $5.00 per person (in addition to the passport purchase). America's Cup Boat Sails: Cruise the bay on America's Cup boats! Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra will be heading out for a sail to view the tall ship's cannon battles and Festival of Sail from an on-the-water perspective.

Sept. 4 - October 3 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Oct. 3. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit.

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 12 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar
Humans and dogs catch the waves to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Canine custume contests. North Beach

Sept 11-12 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston-San Luis Obispo County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat events start at 1PM, Sun Mutton Bustin at 11AM, events start at 1PM.

Sept 10-12 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 26th 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.

Sept. 9-11 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for sale, arts and crafts, food and entertainment.

Sept 12 - 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.

Sept 11-12 - Stagecoach Days - Banning
Parade, carnival, ranch rodeo, hisgtorical 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. $4.00

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

Sept 16-19 - Route 66 Rendezvous - San Bernardino
Crusing car show of pre-1975 classics, customs and hot rod contest, poker run, 5K run on Sunday and Firefighter competition, vendors and lots of entertainment. Downtown. From I-10 head North, exit 2nd Street and tuen right at the light.

Sept 18 - Route 66 Parade and Car Show - Duarte
The Duarte Route 66 Parade & Classic Car Show features a variety of beautifully restored vintage cars, marching bands, equestrian units, costume characters and much more! It’s a parade filled with excitement and fun for all ages.Duarte, things to do in duarte, City of Duarte, Duarte parade. Even when the parade ends, Duarte’s Salute to Route 66 continues with an old-fashioned American hometown picnic and vintage car show at nearby Royal Oaks Park. 10AM.

Sept 18 - 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 in this living ghost town.

Sept 18-19 - Port of LA Lobster Festival - San Pedro
Lobster meals, dancing, parades, street performers, pirate camp, tall ships and live music. Ports O'Call, 6th and Harbor, Opens 11 AM each day.

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.

Sept 18-19 - Goldcoast Pirate Faire - Lake Casitas, Ojai
Pirate encampments, performers, reeactments, treasure hunts, food and grog. Lake Casitas recreation Area.

Sept 18-31 - Pumpkin Festival - Temecula
Commercial Pumpkin Patch. Pig races, corn maze, pony rides, train rides, petting farm, John Deere Tractor collection, and the star--the pumpkin. Peltzer Farm, 39925 Calle Contento. Open 9-8

Sept 19 - English Motors Car Show - Fallbrook
More than 300 British cars are shown on a 25 acre horse ranch. Benefit for Meals-on-Wheels. Fairbrook Farms, 4949 South Mission Road.

Sept 19 - Brazilian Street Carnival - Long beach
Noon-8PM. The big event with a Rio-Style Parade, a Trio Electrico Parade, Brazilian food, goods, and bands and performances all day in the new downtown Long Beach Amphitheater, 210 The Promenade North.

Sept 19 - All Chevy Car Show - Van Nuys
Date: September 19, 2010 Hours: Show | 8am-3pm Set-up | 6am
Location: Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406
The Los Angeles All Chevy Car Show is being hosted by Corsa West LA ( and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. We have created an all-ages family show that has a little something for everyone. If you’re a true car enthusiast, you know there’s no such thing as too many shows. We wanted something to celebrate the history and heritage of Chevrolet through the years, so this show made sense. Created by gear-heads for gear-heads, the All Chevy Car Show is a celebration of the American automobile.

Sept 19 - Mustangs At The Queen Mary - Long Beach
14th Annual Mustang & Ford Car Show takes place SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010, at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. Join us for California's LARGEST Mustang Event with 375+ Mustangs & Fords! With so many vehicles, we have over 100 Show & Award Classes and over 200 Trophies Will Be Given Out! Queen Mary Events Park – 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802 Event Hours: 10am – 4pm FREE to spectators!!

Sept 19 - Civil War Reenactment - Ft Tejon - Lebec
Union and Confederate army encampments and battles at this historic Fort and State Park. Sunday battles are at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Approximately 30-45 minutes each.) Guided tours of the camps are offered between the battles. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure a good spot in the spectator area. Bring a blanket or chair if you do not wish to stand.

Sept 19 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 18th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 18 and 19, 2010. This year’s theme is German Fest with Mercedes-Benz as the marque. The ever-popular Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye starts the weekend off on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Grand Marshal’s Reception. Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance returns again to the spectacular Trump National Golf Club on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Sept 24-25 - 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, Sunday gates open at 6 PM, rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd.

Sept 25-26 - Viking Festival - Vista
Helmeted reenactors 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 11-8 and Sun 11-6.

Sept 25-26 - ArtSplash - Carlsbad
Chalk art paintings, entertainment, strolling performers, food and local artists. 10am-6pm. Armada Drive above the flower fields.


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.

Oct 23-24 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authenic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. Last year 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