This blog is to help local photographers find events that are photogenic, a possible opportunity to get the camera out and get a few great shots. If you know of upcoming events in Southern California, Email them to email@example.com
July 6 - Cops and Rodders Car
Show - San Diego Cars of all makes and models including police
and fire service vehicles, live music and vendors. Mission Valley Scottish Rite
Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S. www.sdpolicemuseum.com
- Kardboard Kayak Race - Santa Barbara Novice and skilled
boat builders test their skill and creativity as they try to build the most
seaworthy kayaks from corrugated cardboard, tape and markers, racing on a 200
foot ocean course. West Beach, Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org. 1PM-3PM
July 14 - San
Diego Jaguar Club Concours d'Elegance - San Diego More than 60 Jaguars old
and new on display. Spanish Landing Park across from Lindbergh Field. www.sdjag.com.
July 13-14 -
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. Flag raising at 10:10 AM. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com or www.ftmac.org This is a great event with many
unusual photographic oppertunities with the wide range of eras
July 12-Aug 11 - Orange County Fair - Costa
Mesa Live entertainment, livestock exhibits, arts & crafts, Photography
Exhibit, rides and food. OC Fair and Event Center, www.ocfair.com
July 17- Sept 4 - Horse Racing - Del Mar Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th 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/
July 19-21 -
Children of Many Colors Powwow - Moorpark Saturday July 20
11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow. Everyone Welcome 2PM Prayer
for the Children by Margaret Morin, Chumash Nation All Children
Welcome Sunday July 21 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal
Powwow-Everyone Welcome DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura
County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on
the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins
Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile
to Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left. www.redvirdvision.org/manycolors.htm.
20-21 Ocean Festival - San Clemente Full weekend of family
events Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach
Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Surfing Contest and Great
rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org
- Central Coast Renaissance Festival - San Luis
Obispo Music,entertainment,food,drinks and games. Also the usual jousting,
street performers and craftsmen. Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd. www.ccrenfaire.com Over 500 costumed
July 20-21 - Long Beach Civil War Reeanactment
- Long Beach Live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures,
battles and encampments. Location: El Dorado park, 7550 E Spring St., Hours
10am-5pm. $14.00 adults/$12.00 Seniors. Parking $7.00 www.goldcoastfestivals.com
- July 28 - Vans US Open of Surfing - Huntington
Beach 8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, a 14-acre Festival Village that
allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports
industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is
free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach
July 21 - Ventura Motorsports Gathering
- Ventura More than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and wooden boats.
Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Dr., Somis CA., www.venturamotorsportsgathering.com
26-28 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula Let
your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus
orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Fourth Annual
Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event
closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor
dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the
Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family
summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los
Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air
ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen
balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage
car and Indian motorcycle rally. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon.
Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band.
Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula.
5:00PM-11PM Friday, 5:30AM-11:00PM Saturday, 5:30AM-4:30PM Sunday. www.citrusclassicballoons.com
27-28 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach Dragon
Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, music.
Marine Stadium. www.lbdragonboat.com
- Main Street America People's Choice Car Show - San
Diego More than 350 cars in 24 classes. Embarcadero Park North. www.cocsd.com
Through- Sept 5 - Horse Racing - Del Mar Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th 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 4 - Lowrider Nationals - Bakersfield Urban car culture and lifestyle show with more than 500 custom-designed cars. Hop contest, car audio sound off and live music. Kern County Fairgrounds. http://www.lowridernationals.com/ 11AM-5PM $20.00 at gate 1142 South P St.
Aug 10-11 - Great Sand Sculpture Contest - Long Beach Sand castle contest, music, food, arts & crafts. 1 Granada Avenue Beach. http://www.lbsandcastle.com/ Sat 10-4, Sun 10-2 FREE
Aug 16-25 - Antelope Valley Fair - Lancaster Usual fair activity but they have a very nice judged photographic print display that is worth seeing. Antelope Vally Fairgrounds. www.avfair.com
Aug 16-17 - Mountain Man Days at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. http://www.lapurisimamission.org/
Aug 17-18 - World Bodysurfing Championships - Oceanside Bodysurfers from around the world compete in different divisions for trophies and prizes. Oceanside Pier. http://www.worldbodysurfing.org/
Aug 17-18 - Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo An expanded Air Show flight demonstration features many popular aerobatic routines with nearly 90 aircraft; including vintage planes, experimental, and WWII fighter, bombers and transports. The Air Show features public access to the planes, pilots, and crews. Come for the day to watch and walk among the planes; take photos and ask questions of the pilots and air show volunteers.Be part of the classics of aviation! See restored aircraft from the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's flying while you can. You may not get another chance! These airplanes are what inspired young people decades ago to get into aviation and aerospace in Southern California. What you'll see at our air show contributed to the evolution of propeller aviation into the jet age. Kids under 12 are free. Kids - Bring your parents! 9AM-5PM Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way. $15 at Gate admission free parking. http://www.wingsovercamarillo.com/
Aug 17 - Woodies At The Beach - Santa Barbara The President of the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, Bill Sampson, invites you to join us at the 13th Annual - Woodies at the Beach! It’s a great show located at one of the most beautiful venues on the California coast, with Woodies displayed on a large grassy knoll overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. The views just don’t get any better than this! Special parking area on the lawn for all other cars of interest, no moderns please. phone 805-683-5141 Event at Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr. 9AM-3PM
Aug 17 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 13th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show will exhibit over 600 cars from muscle cars, hot rods, customs, antiques, and restored classics. 1976 and older. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st place category. The Car Show will be held Saturday, August 18th, 2010, in Historic Uptown Whittier, along Greenleaf Ave. and Philadelphia St., beginning from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Bring the whole family for a full day of fun in the picturesque Uptown Whittier. http://www.whittieruptown.com/
Aug 17-18 - Tehachapi Mountain Festival and Rodeo - Tehachapi Tehachapi Mountain Festival® has been providing quality family entertainment for the community for 48 years. Traditionally held on the third weekend in August, it is the largest family event within the community and includes fun for the entire family. The Festival includes an arts and crafts show, food, entertainment, carnival, 5K & 10K run, Mountain Festival Parade, car show, PRCA rodeo, pet parade, Gem & Mineral show, Quilt Show, VFW dinner and dance, pancake breakfast and much more. An estimated 30,000 to 50,000 attend, with the attendance growing each year. Get out of the heat and join us for some good family fun. Rodeo 7PM Friday, 5PM Sat. Car and Truck Show downtown 9am-3pm Sunday. Philip Marx Central Park, http://www.tehachapimountainfestival.com/
Aug 21-23 - Big Bear Cowboy Gathering - Big Bear Lake Wild West weekend of cowboy music, poetry, reenactors, storytellers, merchants and barbecue. Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (909)866-4970. http://www.bigbearcowboygathering.net/
Aug 24-25 - Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano The rodeo will take place at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata on the western border of the Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Gates open at 2PM Sat, rodeo starts at 4PM and gates open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, rodeo starts at 1:30 PM. While I have not photographed at this rodeo, I have heard it is a good one. http://www.rmvrodeo.com/
Aug 24 - 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/
Most all avid photographers are always looking for places to go to get new and good pictures. I have put together this blog to try and get the word out of upcoming events. Having been a member of many camera clubs over the years I know how it is, looking for someplace to photograph at the last moment.
This Blog is intended to list events of a photographic nature. It is not for listing classes, training or commercial ventures.
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Information posted on SoCal Photo Opps is gathered from personal observations, venue websites, web searches and information provided by other photographers. While every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the information posted here, the operaters can not be held responsible for errors in dates and times posted.