SO CAL PHOTO OPPS
Through Sept. 1 - 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.
July 5-6 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, bed races, parade, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contests. Old West reenactments and more. www.wrightwoodchamber.org. 10AM-4PM Free.
July 6 - Ventura Motorsports Gathering - Ventura
More than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and wooden boats. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Dr., Somis CA., www.venturamotorsportsgathering.com
July 12 - 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, across from Sambo's Restaurant, east of Condar Express. Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org. 1PM-3PM
July 13 - San Diego Jaguar Club Concours d'Elegance - San Diego
More than 60 Jaguars old and new on display. Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay. www.sdjag.com.
July 11-13 - Pechanga Pow Wow - Temecula
Celebrate American Indian culture at the Pechanga Pow Wow. Participants from across the US perform flag songs and gourd dances. Pechanga Reservation Festival Grounds. www.pechanga.com
July 12-13 - Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel Gate Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. Flag raising at 10:05 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 covered.
July 11-Aug 10 - 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 3 - 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 18-20 - 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.
July 19-20 - Obon Festival - Culver City
Traditional Japanese summer festival honoring one's ancestors. Folk dancing. Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. www.vhbt.org 12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City
July 19-20 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
July 19-20 - 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 participants. 10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun.
July 26 - Aug 3 - 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 festival!
July 25-26 - 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. 6:00PM-11PM Friday, 6:30AM-11:00PM Saturday. www.citrusclassicballoons.com
July 26-27 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, music. Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way Long Beach. www.lbdragonboat.com
July 26-27 - Obon Festival - Vista
Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming, music, kid's games and more. Buddhist Temple. www.vbtemple.org 150 Cedar St. Vista CA
July 27 - Main Street America People's Choice Car Show - San Diego
More than 350 cars in 24 classes. Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive. www.cocsd.com