Through Sept. 5 - Pavilion of Wings - Los Angeles
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 Blvd. www.nhm.org
May 7 - June 19 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.
May 7 - National Train Day - Los Angeles
Downtown Union Station, 800 N Alameda St. Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more: •The Railroad Braceros Exhibit* •Train Equipment Displays* •Model Train Displays* •AmtraKids Depot Go-Green Express: Eco Exhibit*
•National Park Service Trails & Rails Exhibit* •Snapshot Station •Trains Move our Economy Exhibit* •Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way* exhibit and culinary demonstrations, featuring Chef Marcel Lagnaz •Amtrak Brand Display - Enjoy the journey®* •Amtrak California: A Winning Partnership* •Live performances. http://www.nationaltrainday.com
May 14 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. http://www.moonridgezoo.org/map/programsevents.html
May 14-15 - Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino
7000 Merrill at the Chino Airport. Gates open 8AM-5PM, Show 11AM to 4PM.
Come experience the excitement! This year’s show will feature over 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment as well as a salute to 100 years of Naval aviation. U.S. Naval Aviation Centennial events honor a century of mission-ready men and women and recognize their unique aviation-related achievements. During this yearlong, national celebration of Naval Aviation, Planes of Fame Air Museum, in conjunction with the County of San Bernardino, is proud to present "Air Show 2011: Celebrating 100 years of U.S. Naval Aviation". http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=general-info. $20.00 at the Gate, Parking is Free.
May 14-15 - Rail Festival - Perris
A weekend of fun for the whole family with live music, children's activities and special exhibits. Ride trains and trolleys all day plus a special mini "Run One where you can "take the throttle" on a real locomotive (there is an extracharge for this activity. 9AM-5PM. There will be live bluegrass music, a special parade of Los Angeles trolleys on our "Loop Line", children's bouncy tents, handcar rides, exhibits from the Knott's Berry Farm railroad as well as other special features.
There will also be food vendors on site for lunch. Both trolleys and diesel powered trains will operate on the mainline! This is a gated event, admission is $12 for adults, $8 children 5-11. This price includes unlimited rides on the trains and trolleys*. www.oerm.org
May 14-15 - Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
The oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours D’Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns. While enjoying the cars, feast on Heroes’ Deli ribs and beer and listen to live music. Make sure to visit our special gallery exhibits featuring Pinewood Design ‘11 and car themed artwork in the main gallery. Proceeds benefit our childrens art programs. There will also be a special performance on Sunday, May 15, by Janet Klein and her Parlour Boys. They wowed us last year with their bawdy songs from the 1920s. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday. http://themuck.org/s/motor-car-festival
May 14-15 - Pierce College Heritage Days (civil war reeanactment) Woodland Hills
Visitors will view exciting cavalry charges, artillery barrages, and infantry assaults that were part of America's watershed event, one that transformed a mere union of states into a nation! Throughout each day, demonstrations and presentations will take place, including Victorian dancing, military drill, and skills and crafts from the era. Historical notables from the past will address all of those present, and President Lincoln will give his famous Gettysburg Address as part of a grand "Living History" program. After seeing reenactors and historical personages who appear as if they have leaped from the pages of history books, visitors will leave the event with a far better appreciation of the political issues, the aspects of daily life, and the great sacrifices and hardships endured by both sides in this greatest of American conflicts, the consequences of which still affect our country today. 10 AM-5PM, 6201 Winnetka Avenue,http://www.civilwaralliance.com/CWA/PierceCollege.html
May 14-15 - Bug Fair - Los Angeles
Interactive educational booths, pet insects, displays, vendors and music, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 Exhibition Blvd. www.nhm.org
May 15 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. http://www.forttejon.org/progcw.html
May 21 - Ranch Tour - Norco
Self-guided tour of seven ranches, horse drawn wagon and carriage rides, lunch and performances by equestrian groups. 11AM-4PM Start at any ranch and spend as much time as you like at each. Visit www.friendsofnorcohills.com for locations. $10.00 for adults, children under 12 free.
May 21 - Battle of the Mariachi Festival - San Juan Capistrano
The festival includes "Battle of the Mariachis", live musical entertainment, cultural merchandise, children’s art workshops, mariachi vocals and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers compete for cash prizes. At the Mission
May 22 - Japanese Festival - Van Nuys
Taiko drumming, a tea ceremony, origami, ikebana, bonsai and storytelling. Japanese Tea Garden,6100 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406. 10AM-3PM. Admission $5.00. www.thejapanesegarden.com.
May 24-29 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop
Over 700 mules compete in 14 shows, plus a country music concert, parade, barbacue and dances. 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! Highlights of the Celebration include the Thursday night concert, featuring Country Music stars, 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.
May 28-29 - Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
Celtic music, piping and drumming, Scottish athletics, Highland Danceing, Scottish Food, sheephearding demos. Orance County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive. 9AM-5PM. www.scotsfest.com
June 2-5 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. - Santa Maria
68th Annual rodeo and parade lineup features a three-hour performance you will enjoy six adrenaline-rushing PRCA events, including bull and bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, WPRA barrel racing, local team roping, and mutton bustin'. You will also experience rodeo's top announcers, bull riders, barrelmen and stock contractors. Rodeo each day is at 7 PM. The Sunday June 5th rodeo is at 2 PM which is the best bet for photography. June 4th is the parade with beautiful floats, show horses. Location: Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA. http://www.smelksrodeo.org/
June 3-5 - 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 4 - 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. http://www.mcqueenonline.com/thefriendsofstevemcqueencarshow2011.htm
June 4 - Gilmore Heritage Auto Show - Los Angeles
To celebrate the rich history of Gilmore Gas and its extraordinary impact on the car culture of California, Farmers Market hosts one of the most entertaining casual car shows in the West. Typically featuring more than 100 vintage and classic American cars – old cars, modified hot rods, unique brands and models – the show is always held on the first Saturday in June. More than a decade old, the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show is a great celebration of cars and those who drive them.
11AM to 5pm 6333 West 3rd. St., 3rd and Fairfax. FREE
June 4 - Sand and Surf Festival and Car Show - Yorba Linda
Pre 1976 cars, 9AM-4PM. 16850 Basthachury Rd, at Prospect. 150 Cars. Vendors, Live Music and Food.
June 4-5 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Hours 9 AM - 5 PM .Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA www.hbconcours.org $10.00.
June 4-5 - Antique Wooden Boat Show - Lake Arrowhead
This magnificent boat show features sixty of the finest antique and classic wooden boats which are displayed on the dockside of Lake Arrowhead Village where visitors can view these wonderful boats. www.lakearrowhead.net
June 11 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
The 12th Annual Rods and Rails Extravaganza, always a huge hit with lovers of classic cars, trains and Perris history, promises something for everyone who drops by the Orange Empire Railway Museum to take in the show. The City of Perris once again is teaming up with the Railway Museum and the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association on the Rods and Rails Festival. Event organizers expect 4,500 to 5,000-visitors for the June 11 event, another in series of festivals and celebrations highlighting Perris 100th birthday. 100 to 120-classic cars and 50 motorcycles to be on display. Rods and Rails 2011 also includes free admission and free parking. http://www.cityofperris.org
June 10-12 - Ink-N-Iron Festival and Car Show - Long Beach
Queen Mary, $35.00. People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustoms, Live music, burlesque, art shows, 50’s fashion, and of course the tattoo show covering three floors inside the ship. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets, full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the gigantic Queen Mary, the beautiful water, and the amazing Long Beach skyline quite a task to take in all at once, but all the fashion statements and lavishly adorned people are quite a spectacle as well. This convention will be both a sort of art gallery and community festival. Seven years ago the ship was overtaken by the underground subculture of all things Kustom and modified. From tattooing to pin striping and tantalizing show goers with tight corsets the 8th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival is laced up and racing for port! http://ink-n-iron.com/
June 12 - Classic Car Show - San Clemente
The Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of San Clemente, proudly presents the 16th Annual Car Show. Sunday June 12th from 10:00-3:00. Free Spectator admission. 300 cars will be on display on Del Mar in the heart of historical Downtown San Clemente. Come on down to our fabulous family event packed with entertainment, vendors, and food. http://www.villagesanclemente.org/carshow.htm
June 12 - LA Pride Parade - Hollywood
One of the largest and most inclusive parades in Los Angeles, the LA PRIDE Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 12 and travels westbound along Santa Monica Blvd., from Crescent Heights Blvd., to the main entrance of the LA PRIDE Festival at San Vicente Blvd. Over 400,000 will participate in this emotionally charged gathering showcasing the colorful diversity and creative community participation of the LGBT community. Attendees should plan to arrive early. Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday June 12. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the Parade, which may be as late as 4:00 p.m.
June 18 - Classic Car Show - Los Angeles
Heritage Park, 3800 Homer Street. Vintage Automobile and Classic Show, Saturday, June 18, 11 am.—4 pm. Bring your Dad or favorite car enthusiast to enjoy an up-close look at rare and beautifully crafted automobiles over a 40 year time span, from the Model T to the 1950s hotrods. If you would like to exhibit your classic car, call the museum offices, 323-225-2700, for more information. http://www.heritagesquare.org/calendar_of_events.htm
June 19 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "The Art of Italian Motoring" on June 19, 2011. The annual event will take place as the country of Italy marks an important milestone with the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In celebration, Rodeo Drive will pay tribute to some of the most famous names in Italian design and lifestyle. "The annual Father's Day event will highlight a WORLD CLASS combination of automobiles, motorcycles and designers featuring Italian makes and models," says Bruce Meyer, Chairman of the annual event. "We hope to curate the best selection of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maseratis from Southern California and the Western United States for this year's tribute to Italy."
10AM-4PM in the 200-400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/CNC/CNC_2011.html
June 18-19 - Irish Fair and Festival - Irvine
Celebrating its 36th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Western America. With 16 entertainment areas featuring the best in Irish music and numerous events and display, the fair visitor will be hard pressed to take it all in. On the left is a list on the many attractions the fair has to offer and over the years the fair has brought the best Ireland. Entertainers such as Tommy Makem, the Clancy Brothers, Hal Roach, Andy Cooney, The Chieftans, the Irish Rovers, Carmel Quinn, Dennis Day and in recent years The Fenians and Young Dubliners just to name a few. We are proud of this tradition and promise to continue it. Irvine Meadows, 8808 Irvine Center Drive. http://www.irishfair.org/html/irish_fair.html
June 18-19 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 19th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Art, will be held once again Father’s Day Weekend June 18 and 19, 2011 at Paseo Colorado. Each year thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s outdoor setting with fountains and garden promenades provides a venue for the Pasadena Chalk Festival to continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the works of art come to life. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/
June 24-26 - Tall Ships Festival - Oxnard
Tall Ships® converge on Channel Islands Harbor in a magnificent display of seafaring power and beauty. Stroll harborside and enjoy these beautiful ships close up, or climb aboard to explore the decks and hear first hand their history – and a few good yarns! You might even choose to set sail and be part of a sea-battle re-enactment – if you dare! Step aboard and explore our site, order tickets, or download our children's pages. Whether you're a landlubber or a sea-farer, set sail for Channel Islands Harbor this summer for a voyage you'll never forget! Channel Islands Harbor.
June 24-26 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
More than 100 artist create works of art on the asphalt canvas of Main Street. There will be space for amateurs to creat their own art work. Music and food.
June 25 - Juvenile Diabetis Charity Car Show - Ontario
Last years show had over 300 autos representing over 40 clubs and individuals and over 2,000 spectators in attendance. The car show takes place at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario , with a lake setting and parking on the grass. Music, live auction and vendors. www.jdrfinlandempire.com
June 26 - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 14th Annual Car Show to benefit local burn survivors through the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute - Inland Empire. 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. 9AM - 2 PM. http://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp
July 9-10 - Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
Location: Echo Park. The mission of the Lotus Festival is to develop, promote and create an atmosphere of understanding in which Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California are brought together for two (2) days of cultural sharing. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., to earmark the celebration of the 33rd Lotus Festival, which includes live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands. This year, the Festival will highlight the people and cultures of Thailand with the support of the Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles. Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, is located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north of the Hollywood (101) and Pasadena (110) freeway junction, near Dodger Stadium. http://www.laparks.org/calendar/lotus/lotus.htm Dragon Boat races are one of the major events for photographers.
July 9-10 - 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 30-31 - 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.