Through November 6 - Spider Pavilion - Los Angeles
Hundreds of free-roaming arachnids spin beautiful webs in an enclosed habitat. Gallery interpreters on hand to answer questions. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition Park. www.nhm.org
Oct 1-2 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd, 2011. 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
Oct 2 - Cabrillo Festival - San Diego
Annual Event commemorates JUan Rodriquez Cabrillo's contribution to the exploration of California. Reenactment of Cabrillo's landing on the shores of San Diego Bay, music, folk dancing, crafts and food. Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma. www.cabrillofestival.org.
Oct 1 - Nov 6 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 6th. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.
Oct 7 - Photo Day at the Race Track - Santa Anita
Whether you are a beginner or a professional, historic Santa Anita Park is hosting a one of a kind photography day. Be at Santa Anita Park by 7:30am to register and then shoot at Clocker’s Corner. With the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and hundreds of horses working out, it’s the perfect setting. When workouts conclude, breakfast will be served followed by a Q & A with track photographers, trainers and management. Each person will have one of a kind access to the paddock and Winner’s Circle. Photos from the day will be posted on the SantaAnita.com web site. Cost $20.00 and includes general admission, general parking, breakfast and press credentials for the day. You must register ahead for this event. Buy Tickets: http://santaanitaevents.wagticketing.com/photography.html
Oct 9 - Japan America Kite Festival - Seal Beach
Hundreds of kites of all colors and sizes, sport kites, show kites and other demos. Kite Making Workshop. North side of Seal Beach Pier. www.jas-socal.org 11AM-4PM
Oct 15-16 - Pumpkin Festival - Pomona
Pumpkin Patch, insect fair, Cal-Poly grown produce and plants, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment and food. Cal Poly Pomona Campus. www.csupomona.edu/-agri.
Oct 21-22-23 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 21, 22 & 23, 2011 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armoured knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armouries Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com
Oct 22-23 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. 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
Oct 23 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alimitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net
Oct 29 - Long Beach Zombie Walk - Long Beach
Thousands of undead will shuffle along the streets of Long Beach trying to smash the current worlds record of zombies on the move at one time. Current record is in Seattle with 4800 zombies. All day event, bands, art, food,vendors, zombie makeup stations. Begins at 8PM on third St at Pine Ave. www.zombiewalklb.com
Oct 29-30 - Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance - Santa BarbaraSalute to the Mille Miglia tour, car corrals, wine tasting, Italian and American Classic Car Show. Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. www.elegantcars.com 10AM - 4 PM.
Oct 29-30 - Comic Con - Long Beach
Comic Book Convention and pop culture exhibition. Artist, panels, meet and greet, celebrities, autograph signings, vendors, costumed fans (cos-players). Long Beach Convention Center. www.longbeachcomiccon.com.
Oct 30 - Trick or Treat Festival - Costa Mesa
More than 50 classic, vintage and restored hearses will drive Costa Mesa's streets in a 4 mile cortege that ends at a Halloween festival. Festival includes costume contest, concert and sideshows. Orange County Market Place. www.ocmarketplace.com