Through Sept 4 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 4th 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 30-Sept 2 - 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. 9-7 daily www.sdmaritime.org/festival-of-sail
Aug 30 - September 29 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Sept 29. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/
Aug 31-Sept. 1 - Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park on Talbert between Slater and Talbert. 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
Aug 31 - Ventura Nationals Hot Rod Show - Ventura
Pre 1965 American cars and trucks and pre 1969 American and British motorcycles on display. Ventura County Fairgrounds. 10 West Harbor Blvd, www.venturanationals.com.
Sept 7 - La Habra Highlanders Car Show - La Habra
Hot rods, street rods, antique and custom cars on display. Marching band, food and vendors. La Habra High School. 801 Highlander Ave.
Sept 8 - 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. www.surfdogsurfathon.org.
Sept 7-8 - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 29th 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 8 - 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 8 - 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 6-8 - Stagecoach Days - Banning
Parade, carnival, ranch rodeo, historical 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 13-15 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston--Near Paso Robles
County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat events start at 12:30 PM, Sun Mutton Bustin at 12:30 PM, events start at 1:00 PM. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org
6180 Webster Rd., Creston.
Sept 15 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 15, 2013. This year’s theme is The Age of Elegance. 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 14-15 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake
Weekends through October 26th. Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food. Big Bear Lake Convention Center. www.bigbearevents.com
Sept 14-15 - Mexican Independence Days Celebration - Los Angeles
Live Music, dancing, entertainment, carnival, historical displays, El Pueblo de Los angeles, Olivera Street. www.elpueblo.lacity.org
Sept 20-22 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
77th annual festival in "Little Denmark" Solvang includes Danish food, folk dancers, parades and Old World artisan marketplace. There will be Viking encampments and cultural demonstrations. www.solvangusa.com
Sept 21 - 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 21 - 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 at 8AM.
Sept 21-22 - Do'ynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
Polish harvest festival eith Polish food, folk dancing, reenactments by Polish winged hussar knights and military. At Pope John Paul II Polish Center. www.polishcenter.org. 3999 Rose Drive.
Sept 18-29 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activities including a rodeo and livestock exhibits. Has a photography exhibit. Kern County Fairgrounds. www.kerncountyfair.com.
Sept 21 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 several years ago and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and re-enactors 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 Berth 49 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 28 - 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 28 - Japanese Classic Car Show - Long Beach
More than 400 pre 1985 Japanese cars and motorcycles on display. Includes toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Honda etc plus some rare racing cars. At Queen Mary.
Sept 28-29 - Viking Festival - Vista
Helmeted re-enactors 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.
Sept. 28-29 Calico Days - Yermo
A Western parade, burro run, gunfighters, barbecue, miner's triathlon, 1880's era contests. Calico Ghost Town, www.calicotown.com 9AM-5PM
Oct 3 - Nov 3 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. 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 5-6 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.
October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com
Oct 6 - Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night - Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $25.95 per person, $19.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.
Oct 12 - 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. Starts at 10 AM.
Oct 12 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.cms,sbcounty.gov.airports. 21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00
Oct 13 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com
Oct 12-13 - 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 19-20 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org 10460 Heather Ave. $5.00
Oct 18-19-20 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 18, 19 & 20, 2013 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored 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 Armories 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 26-27 - 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 27 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net