SO CAL PHOTO OPPS
Through Sept 5 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 5th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/
Aug 31-Sept 3 - 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 four 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.
Aug 31 - September 30 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Sept 30. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/
Sept. 1-2 - 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. FREE
Sept 1-2 - Ventura Nationals Hot Rod Show - Ventura
Pre 1965 American cars and trucks and pre 1969 American and British motorcycles on display. Ventura County Fairgrounds. www.primernationals.com
Sept 8 - Brazilian Day in LA - Los Angeles
Rio style parade, trioelectrico parade, live entertainment, samba dance and drum clases, food. La Brea Tar Pits, Hancock Park. www.carnaval.org
Sept 9 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar
More than 80 Humans and dogs catch the waves to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Canine custume contests. North Beach http://surfdog.kintera.org.
Sept 7-9 - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 28th 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. www.tallshipsfestival.com.
Sept 9 - 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. www.baycityrodders.com.
Sept 9 - Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
More than 200 vintage and dealer select automobiles, food and vendors. Big Corona del Mar State Beach. www.coastlinecarclassic.com 10AM-4PM.
Sept 7-9 - 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. www.banningstagecoachdays.com
Sept 14-16 - 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. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org
6180 Webster Rd., Creston.
Sept 15-16 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
75th annual festival in "Little Denmark" Solvang includes Danish food, folk dancers, parades and Old Wolrd artisan marketplace. There will be Viking encampments and cultural demonstrations. www.solvangusa.com
Sept 15-16 - Navy Fleet Week Sea Festival - San Diego
At the Broadway Pier featuring ship tours, military static displays, in-water demonstrations, live entertainment, and a children’s fun zone. Tentatively-scheduled ships available for tour are the USS Princeton (CG-59) a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Rushmore (LSD-47), a dock landing ship. For more information on the Family Festival or any of the events, visit www.fleetweeksandiego.org
No Tripods or lens longer than 100mm allowed. Hours 10AM-4PM.
Sept 15-16 - Rendezvous in Poway - Poway
Historical encampments, gunfighting reenactments, mock train robberies, Gatling gun and cannon demos, blacksmiths, train rides and panning for Gold. Old Poway Park. www.poway.org 14134 Midland Rd.
Sept 13-16 - 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. www.route-66.org
Sept 15-16 - Mexican Independence Days - Los Angeles
Live music, dancing, entertainment, carnival, historic displays. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olivera Street. www.elpueblo.lacity.org.
Sept 15-16 - Do'ynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
Polish havest festival eith Polish food, folk dancing, reenactments by Polish winged hussar knights and military. At Pope John Paul II Polish Center. www.polishcenter.org.
Sept 15-16 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake
Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food. Big Bear Lake Convention Center. www.bigbearevents.com
Sept 15-16 - 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 by the Old West Mounted Lawman. http://www.randdesertmuseum.com/
Sept 15 - 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. www.sandiegowoodies.com. Starts 8AM
Sept 15-16 - 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. http://www.englishmotorsatfairbrook.org/
Sept 15-16 - 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. www.forttejon.org.
Sept 16 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 16, 2012. 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. www.pvconcours.com.
Sept 19-30 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activites including a rodeo and livestock exhibits. Has a photography exhibit. Kern County Fairgrounds. www.kerncountyfair.com.
Sept 22-23 - Fiesta Days - Morongo Valley
Western reenactments, chili cook-off, hayrides, live music, etc. Covington Park.
Sept 25 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. I did this cruise 2 years 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.com Start boarding 7:30 fir 8:30 departure.
Sept 22 - 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. http://duarteroute66parade.com
Sept. 28 - Santa Anita Racetrack Photographers Day - Santa Anita It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an expert, come practice your skills in photography with a stunning subject. You will have the opportunity to take up-close pictures of the horses while they workout in the crisp morning air. The backdrop is beautiful Santa Anita Park with an amazing view of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The day will begin at 7:30am at historic Clocker's Corner. A hangout for owners, trainers, and horseman as they watch the workouts unfold. After your film or memory cards are full of great photos, breakfast will be served at 10:00am. Next, you will get the inside information with a Q&A with our track photographer, trainers, and management. Finally, you will gain exclusive access to the paddock and the Grey Goose Winner's Circle to have some images that will last a lifetime. We will also include some of the best photos on Santa Anita's website. Click here to see some photos from last time! Tickets are $20
Sept 28-29 - 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. http://www.powayrodeo.com.
Sept 29-30 - 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 10-8 and Sun 10-6. www.vikingfestivalvista.com.
Oct 1 - Nov 4 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 4th. 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 6-7 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7th, 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.
Oct. 6-7 - Calico Days - Yermo
A Western parade, burro run, gunfighters, barbacue, miner's triathlon, 1880's era contests. Calico Ghost Town, www.calicotown.com
October 12-14 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wingwalkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com
Oct 13 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.cms,sbcounty.gov.airports.
Oct 13-14 - Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo - City of Industry
PRCA Rodeo events, live music and entertainment. Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Ave. www.industryhillsprorodeo.org Gates open 4PM, event starts 6PM on Sat. Gates open at 12 Noon, event starts at 2PM on Sun.
Oct 14 - 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 14 - OctoberWood - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com
Oct 20-21 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org
Oct 20-21 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the frounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org
Oct 27 - Day of the Dead Celebration - Los Angeles
Community festival honoring the departed. Elaborate altar displays, music and dancing. Autry National Center, Griffith Park. www.theautry.org
Oct 26-27-28 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 26, 27 & 28, 2012 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 27-28-29 - Day of the Dead - Olivera Street Los Angeles
Nine nights of Novenario processions through the Olvera Street Mexican market at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site followed by free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado(a Mexican hot beverage).
When: Processions Oct 25 -, Nov 2, 2011, 7 - 9pm; Fiesta Muertos Oct 28-29, 2011, 10 am - 8 pm
Where: The Gazebo Plaza on Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA
Oct 27-28 - 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 28 - 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 28 - Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance - Santa Barbara
Salute 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 28 - 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