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So Cal Photo Opps May 2013

Lot's of stuff to photograph for May.  If you know of an event that is not listed or have corrections, please E-mail me at  If you use and like this monthly listing, please subscribe or shoot me a note that you use this blog.  I've been doing this for over 3 years and just want to know if anyone is actually using it.

MAY 2013 So Cal Photo Opps

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 artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale.
Through May 13 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. I drove by here on March 3rd and didn't see any blooms.
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 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. 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.

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 costume contest, food vendors, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Infield Pavilion Area. 10AM-4PM $10.00 Admission

May 5 - Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
Pre 1975 Classic and exotic vechicles including motorcycles. Food and Drink. Greystone Estate. 10AM-4PM.
905 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 vehicles, fire trucks and farm tractors. Orange Empire Railway Museum, 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. 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. 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. $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 Village 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.

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,

May 11 - Cruisin' Back to the '50s Car Show - Culver City
400+ Classic Cars, Hot Rods and muscle cars, live music, food and vendors. Culver and Washington Boulevards between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd. 9AM-3PM

May 11 - Battle of the Mariachis - San Juan Capistrano
Performers vie for cash prizes plus mariachi vocal and folkloric dance workshops, kid's art and food. At Mission San Juan Capistrano. 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*
•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. 11AM-4PM

May 11 - Warbirds, Wings and Wheels (Air and Car Show) - Paso Robles
Classic Cars and trucks, military airplanes and vehicles, music, food. Estrella Warbirds Museum. 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 attendance in past years.

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. 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 Anniversary Celebration.
To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 18 from 9 AM to 10PM, $8.00.

May 18-19 - Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration - Long Beach
Live entertainment on multiple stages, dancing, food and vendors. Large Parade along Ocean Blvd on May 19th at 10:30AM. Downtown Long Beach. 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 Shoreline Drive.

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. 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 extra charge 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.
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.

May 18 - 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. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday.

May 18-19 - Western Days - Temecula
Chili cook-off, gunfight competition, costumed characters, music, roping lessons. Old Town Temecula.

May 21-26 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop
Over 700 mules compete in 14 shows, plus a country music concert, parade, barbecue 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, sheep herding demos and kid's activities. Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive 9AM-5PM 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. 8AM-3PM parking is free, $10.00 donation to the event.

JUNE 2013

June 1-2 - 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 - 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm., Saturday - 6:00 am to 10:00 pm., Sunday - 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Photographers revel in the visuals from dawn mass balloon ascensions to evening balloon glows. The Festival kicks off Friday, June 1 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 1    -    Gilmore Heritage Auto Show   -   Simi Valley
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 1  -  R C CLassic Antique Car Show and Chili Cook-Off  - Huntington Beach
Classic Cars, chili, crafts, entertainment.  Huntington Beach Elks Lodge, 7711 Talbert Ave. 

June 2 - Valley Mustang Club Car Show - Simi Valley
More than 115 classic and modified cars and Ford Mustangs. Sycamore Community Park.  1692 Sycamore Drive.  10AM-3PM

June 1-2 - 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 $10.00.

June 1-2      - Wings Over Gillespie Air Show - El Cajon
The sequester will have little to no effect on our June 1 & 2, 2013 air show as it has on the Miramar Air Show and many others around the country. This year's “Wings Over Gillespie” new features are a representative collection of San Diego designed and built aircraft: PBY Catalina, PB4Y-2 Privateer, Ryan STM, Ryan PT-22, Ryan L-17 Navion, Vultee BT-13. Also new this year will be performances by Silver Wings Wingwalking. Back by popular demand, John Collver's War Dog T6/SNJ aerial display plus the only Northrop N9M Flying Wing will return. Other WWII aircraft include: C-53 "D-Day Doll", F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, F4F Wildcat, P-51D "Lady Alice," NA-50, P-63 King Cobra, and many more “Flying Museums.” Numerous aircraft, Navy SEALs will be on ground display in addition to military re-enactors, paratroopers, and a mock battle with "Pyro." Flying and mock battle performance days will be weekend of June, 1 & 2. Gates open 9 am to 4 pm, at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. Charge for tours and flights. Other aricraft displays, live entertainment and food.

June 6-July4  -  San Diego County Fair  -  Del Mar
Entertainment, car shows, livestock shows, contests.  Del Mar Fairgrounds.

June 8-9      - 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.

June 8 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
The 14th 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.  100 to 120-classic cars and 50 motorcycles to be on display. Rods and Rails 2011 also includes free admission and free parking.

June 8-9          - San Luis Rey Indian Powwow - Oceanside
At the San Luis Rey Mission Grounds. Arts and Crafts, food, dancers and drums.
Sat. 9AM-10PM, Sun. 9AM-6PM. No photography during the Grand Entrance. 4050 Mission Ave.

June 15    -   Fathers Day Car Show     -     Murrieta
Up to 400 classic and speciality vehicles on view in a park setting.  California Oaks Sports Park.

June 15  -  Basset Hound Spring Games - Arcadia
Howling contest, synchoronized swim, tail painting, treat catching, games.  Arcadia Park, 405 S Santa Anita Ave.,

June 15-16     - Pismo Beach Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast and "one of the finest." Pismo Beach, California, is the host city for this classic car show, now coming up on its 26th year. This show, held annually on the 3rd full weekend of June, pulls in 1000 classic cars and street rods and over 125,000 spectators over three days. www.the Location down by the pier.

June 16 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "The Art of Italian Motoring" on June 16, 2013. 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.

June 15-16              - Irish Fair and Festival - Irvine
Celebrating its 38th 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.

June 15-16 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 20th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Art, will be held once again June 15 and 16, 2013 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)

June 21-23 - 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.  Fri 6PM-9PM, Sat. 7AM-9PM, Sun 8AM-4PM

June 21-23  -  Dana Point Concours d'Elegance  -  Dana Point
More than 400 elegant classic automobiles on display.  St Regis Monarch Beach Resort,  1 Monarch Beach Resort N,

June 22 - Loews Coronado Surf Dog Competition - Imperial Beach
See Spot surf at the Loews Dog Surfing Competition – the nation’s original surfing competition for man’s best friend. Each year, dozens of canines from across the U.S. hang 10 (errr, 20) for a great cause. Dunes Park/Beach 700 Seacoast Drive. 10AM-2PM,

June 22 - Juvenile Diabetis Charity Car Show - Ontario
Last years show had over 400 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. 8AM-3PM

June 22-23      - San Diego Scottish Highland Games - Vista
Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, athletic compeitions, food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. 9AM-5PM.

June 23 - Old Town Newhall Car Show - Newhall
Model T's, street rods, and pre 1975 classics, food, vendors.  Main Street, Old Town, Newhall.

June 29  -  Rods & Roses  -  Carpinteria
More than 160 classic cars, race cars and hot rods, featuring Grand Marshall, Andy Granatelli.  Linden Ave, downtown.

June 30 - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 16th 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. Redhill Community Park

June 26-July 3 - NSSA National Surf Championships - Huntington Beach
Young surfers compete at the National Scholastic Surfing Association event. South of Huntington Beach Pier.

June 29 - Obon Festival - West Covina
Demos and exhibitions of Japanese culture, martial arts, classic Japanese dance, taiko drumming, folk dancing. East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center.  1203 West Puente, 2PM-9PM 

June 29-30 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, parade, bed races, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contest. Also old west reenactments and dance. Downtown.  10AM

June 29-30 - Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier - Long Beach
Pirate battles, encampments, pirate ship rides, grog and food. Pirate costume contest. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.  Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM.

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