SO CAL PHOTO OPPS
Through April 7 - Butterfly Jungle - Wild Animal Park --
Butterfly Jungle at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido opened on
March 16th. It's a small exhibit so it's best to get there early before the
lines form. When it gets busy they only allow so many in at a time. Opens 9 AM
to 7 PM, Usually many varieties of butterflies makes it easy for images.
Through April 21 Santa Anita Race Track - Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice. Get great close up shots and images of the horses running the track. Also on weekends FREE tram tour, Board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take a tour of the stable area, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens. See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn, areas used during the filming of the movie Seabiscuit, the jockeys room, silks room, saddling paddock and walking ring with its topiary and statuary. Meet the equine star of Seabiscuit, Fighting Furrari, who played the primary role in the film. See the carriage horses in their home under the grandstand. Truly a unique experience you will not soon forget. Tours depart at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday during the Santa Anita season, excluding Derby Day. Season ends April 21st. http://www.santaanita.com
Through May 2 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County:
Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com for more information. Hours 9-6.
April 4-7 - Redlands Classic Bicycle Race - Redlands
Looks like an interesting race from images on the website but few details. Start line is on Citrus Ave. between 5th and 6th in Downtown Redlands. http://www.redlandsclassic.com/ Top rated riders will be in the race, many events every day including events for men, women and handicap events.
April 6 - Riverside Airport Air Show - Riverside
9AM-4PM at the Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Road. Now in its 18th year, the Riverside Airshow continues to be one of Riverside’s two largest family entertainment events. Free Admission. This one-day show attracts 90,000 spectators from Riverside and the Inland Empire to see the most exciting aerial performers in the airshow business today. With more than 200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. http://www.riversideca.gov/airshow.
April 5 - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance - La Jolla
More than 150 classic vehicles including horseless carriages, woodies, vintage motorcycles and British, Italian and German marques. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard. www.lajollamotorcarclassic.com
April 6-7 - Prado Civil War Re-Enactment - Chino
This large re-enactment covers a large part of the Prado Regional Park, Battles are at 1PM and 5 PM on Sat.; 11AM and 3 PM Sunday. Battles are on rolling hills that make for a realistic background and helps block distractions in the background. You can visit the camps and lots of food for sale. The park charges $10.00 to park and the event is $10.00. http://sccwa.com/pradopublicflyer11.pdf
April 6-May 19 Weekends- Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.
April 13 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The 2012 show is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2011. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 5 PM. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie meet will be held at the south end of the park. $15.00 park entry fee, no charge for the show. http://socalwoodies.com/doheny.htm
Apr 21 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
19th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 425 pre-1975 custom, classic, hot rod and street rods will be on display. There is no admission fee for spectators. Time: 8 am to 3 pm. Location: Chapman and N. Glassell. firstname.lastname@example.org. 425 pre-1975 Street Rods, Custom and Classic vehicles will be on display. The show is estimated to bring out 15,000+ spectators to the beautiful Plaza area in the City of Orange. It is a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy. Local restaurants and shops will welcome all in attendance. There is no admission fee for spectators. http://www.orangesunriserotary.org/orangeplazacarshow/abouttheshow.html
April 20-21 - Scandinavian Festival - Thousand Oaks
Folk dancing, music, dames, kids activities, food vendors and a Viking Encampment and Sami village. 10AM-5PM California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Rd. www.scandinaviancenter.org
April 18-21 - Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Real Cowboys show off their poetry, storytelling, music, food and trick roping. Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, 24715 Oak Creek, Newhall. www.cowboyfestival.org
April 19-21 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
Probably not good for serious photography as they do not allow lens longer than 3 inches! I just found out when I called to get tickets.
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview. 12584 Mapleview St.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM Sat and Sun., gates open at 12:30. also Fri and Sat. at 7:30 PM. www.lakesiderodeo.com
April 20 - Veterans Parade - Riverside
Floats, bands, equestrians, marching units, military veterans and a flyover begins at Magnolia Ave and Ramona Drive 10AM-Noon. Staging area is the lower Riverside City College Parking lot. www.asalutetovetrans.com
April 20-21 - California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Live entertainment, exhibits, arts and crafts, food and kids activities. Lancaster City Park. www.poppyfestival.com
April 27 - Doo Dah Parade - Pasadena
Daring to go where no parade has gone before, this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will again bring its own brand of raucous eccentricity East. The 2013 Parade takes place on Saturday, April 27th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard. http://pasadenadoodahparade.info/
April 27-28 - San Bernardino Railroad Days - San Bernardino
Amtrack and BNSF trains, a steam engine, railroad artifacts, reenactors, food, music and vendors.
On April 27th and 28th, 2013, a steam powered excursion train will be operated to San Bernardino Railroad Days, sponsored by the San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum.
Saturday, April 27th: The steam special will be operated from Los Angeles to San Bernardino, departing at 10:00 am, over the Metrolink San Gabriel Subdivision.
Sunday, April 28th: The train will return to Los Angeles, departing San Bernardino at 3:00 pm. San Bernardino Depot, 1170 W Third St. www.sbdepotmuseum.com
April 22-26 - National Park Week - USA
If you are traveling this week, entrance fees into the National Parks will be free for all 392 National Parks. In addition, many national park concessions are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
April 27-28 - Pierce College Heritage Days (civil war reeanactment) Woodland Hills
This even has been canceled!
Through May 20 - Renaissance Pleasure
Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area
for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages.
Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisians in
period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal
May 13 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition
of flowers. I drove by here on March 3rd and didn't see any blooms.
years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to
photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as
special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside
looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a
hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift
shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los
Angeles and Orange County:
Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road
exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn
left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit http://www.theflowerfields.com/ for
more information. Hours 9AM-6PM.
Through Sept. 2 - Butterfly
Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a
landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los
Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900
Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.
May 4 - Kernville Rotary Car Show - Kernville
Pre 1975 cars, trucks and street rods, vendors and raffle, Riverside Park. www.rotarycarshow.com
May 4 - Pug Party - Del Mar
Pug Super Hero is the theme for this years event. Sponsored by the Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Pug contume contest, food vendors, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Infield Pavilion Area. www.pugbutts.com 10AM-4PM $10.00 Admission
May 5 -
Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance - Beverly
Pre 1975 Classic and exotic vechicles including motorcycles. Food and Drink. Greystone Estate. http://www.greystoneconcours.org/ 10AM-4PM.
Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
May 5 - Antique Truck Show and Swap Meet - Perris
Pre 1987 vintage trucks ranging from 12-ton pickups to big rigs and restored military vechicles, fire trucks and farm tractors. Orange Empire Railway Museum, www.oerm.org. 2201 S A St. Perris CA
May 5 - Rancho Days
Fiesta - Lake Forest
See what it was like to live in California in
the mid 19th century. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Food, music, dance, crafts and reenactors. Heritage Hill
Historical Park. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill 25151
Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630. 11AM-3PM
May 4-5 - Romance of the Ranchos Festival - City of Industry
Costumed living history reenactors, music and tours of historic houses, blacksmithing, petting zoo and crafts. Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Road. http://www.homesteadmuseum.org/sites/default/files/2013Rancho_web.pdf 1PM-5PM
May 4-5 - 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 airshow will feature nearly 40 historic aircraft performing for your
enjoyment as well as a salute to the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Planes of Fame
Air Museum is proud to present Air Show 2013:
"Lightning Strikes Chino". We invite you to Airshow
2013 to celebrate the history and contributions of this great aircraft. In
addition to many other fantastic airplanes performing, there will be panel
discussions with our honored veterans. http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=general-info.
$20.00 at the Gate, Parking is Free.
May 4-5 - Escondido Renaissance Faire & Pirates in the Park - Escondido
The festival will feature people in period costumes, re-enactments of battle scenes, archery and weapons demonstrations and games, The Queen's Parade, Pirates Cove, a children's treasure hunt and games, and more, in the Vilage of Falconbridge during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. 10AM-Dusk each day. 12:00 Parade, 2:00PM Main Battle. 742 Clarence Ln., Felicita Park, Escondido. http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-inland/events-escondido-renaissance-faire.html
May 11 - June 16 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; $13 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+;
Children under 5 Free. Discounted tickets on-line,
11 - Cruisin' Back to the '50s Car Show - Culver
400+ Classic Cars, Hot Rods and muscle cars, live music, food and vendors.
Culver and Washington Boulevards between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd. http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/ 9AM-3PM
11 - Battle of the Mariachis - San Juan
Performers vie for cash prizes plus mariachi vocal and folkloric
dance workshops, kid's art and food. At Mission San Juan Capistrano. http://www.missionsjc.com/ 11AM-4PM
May 11 -
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*
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/ 11AM-4PM
11 - Warbirds, Wings and Wheels (Air and Car Show) - Paso Robles
and trucks, military airplanes and vehicles, music, food. Estrella Warbirds
Museum. http://www.ewarbirds.org/ 4251
Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 10AM-4PM
May 11-12 - Streak 40 Car Show - San Diego
More than 400 cars, raffle, live music and bonfire. Mr and Miss Hot Rod Contest. Campland by the Bay, Mission Bay, over 8,000 attendence in past years. www.overthehillgang.com
May 11-12 - Madness Over Minter Air Show - Shafter near Bakersfield
The Minter Field airshow that everyone knew as one of the premier airshows on the west coast in the 1990's is being resurrected. The show formerly produced by the Minter Field Air Museum knows as "Warbirds in Action" is being revamped, retooled and under new management.
It will be known as "Madness Over Minter," produced by the Minter Field Airport District. The inaugural Madness over Minter Air Show will be held Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th at Minter Field Airport, 201 Aviation St., off of Lerdo Hwy in Shafter, Calif.
The show will be action packed with spectacular performances by Kirby Chambliss, one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the nation; Melissa Pemberton in her edge 540, Skip Stewart with his "muscle bi-plane" named Prometheus, just to name a few. www.minterairshow.com Gates open at 9AM, Show starts at 11AM.
May 18 - Optimist Club's Car Show and Chili Cook - Redlands
The Optimist Club of Redlands will hold its 22 annual Car Show and Chili
Cook-off May 18 at Sylvan Park on University Street in Redlands. This year's car show will feature 250 or more antique and unique automobiles
including vintage muscle cars, street rods, special interest and foreign cars.
The event also includes the chili cook-off, 11 food trucks, live music, vendors
and beer garden. 9AM-4PM, suggested donation $5.00
May 18 - Hanger 24 Air Fest - Redlands
Aerial acrobats, vintage warplanes, nighttime fireworks shot from
aircraft, food trucks, musical acts and special archival beer releases will be
the order of the day as Hangar 24
Craft Brewery celebrates its fifth year anniversary in an event billed as
the Hangar 24 AirFest and 5th
To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 18 from 9 AM to 10PM, $8.00. http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/
18-19 - Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration - Long
Live entertainment on multiple stages, dancing, food and vendors.
Large Parade along Ocean Blvd on May 19th at 10:30AM. Downtown Long Beach. http://www.longbeachpride.com/ Over
the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has
become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000
participants over two days. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance
areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists. 11 AM-11 PM along
May 18-19 - Pirate Days - San Diego
Swashbuckling event includes carnival games, cannon firings, sword fights, mermaids and a hunt for pirate treasure. Maritime Museum of San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org 10AM-4PM 1492 Harbor Drive.
May 18-19 - Rail Festival - Perris
At Orange Empire Railroad Museum, 2201 A Street, 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
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. http://www.oerm.org/
May 18 -
Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
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. Muckenthaler Cultural
Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday. http://themuck.org/s/motor-car-festival
18-19 - Western Days - Temecula
Chili cook-off, gunfight
comptition, costomued characters, music, roping lessons. Old Town Temecula. http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/
21-26 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 25-26 -
Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
More than 60 clans, Celtic music,
piping and drumming, Scottish athletics and Highland dancing. Scottish Food,
sheepherding demos and kid's activities. Orange County Fair & Event
Center, 88 Fair Drive 9AM-5PM http://www.scotsfest.com/ General Admission $15, $13 for Seniors. Parking $5.
May 31-June 1 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
Come join us for a car and motorcycle show in remembrance of Steve McQueen and in support of Boys Republic; a school dedicated to troubled teens. The event takes place June 01, 2013. This year’s event is themed from the movie The Great Escape and will feature special touches based on the classic film. 1907 Boys Republic Drive Chino Hills. http://stevemcqueencarshow.com 8AM-3PM parking is free, $10.00 donation to the event.