August 2015 So Cal Photo OppsThrough- Sept 7 - 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/
Through Sept. 7 - 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.
Aug 7-9 - Big Bear Lake Antique Car Show - Big Bear
More than 500 cars including roadsters, classics, antique and hot rods. Big Bear Village. www.antiquecarclub.org
Aug 7-9 - Oceanside Longboard Surfing Board Contest and Festival - Oceanside
Longboard surfing contest, vendors and live music. Pier Amphitheater and South Pier Beach. http://www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org/
Aug.8 - Dog Days of Summer -Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Canine event with fore than 250 vendors, dog contests, music and food. 9:30am-6pm Aberdeen Drive and Newcastle Ave. www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com New this year, Blessing of the Dogs.
Aug. 15 - Big Bear Air Fair - Big Bear
Vintage planes, skydivers, arts and crafts, food. Big Bear City Airport, www.bigbearairfair.com
Aug 15-16 - Great Sand Sculpture Contest - Long Beach
Sand castle contest, music, food, arts & crafts. 1 Granada Avenue Beach. http://www.greatsandsculpturecontest.splashthat.com
Sat 10-4, Sun 10-2 FREE
Aug 14-16 - 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 West Campus, 721 Cliff Dr. 9AM-3PM www.santacruzwoodies.com
Aug 15 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 14th 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 15th, 2015, 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 15 - Mountain Classic Car Show - Wrightwood
Showcase of pre 1973 American hot-rods, custom classics and muscle cars, trucks. Live music. Wrightwood Village, www.wrightwoodchamber.org.
Aug 15-16 - 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 40,000 attend, with the attendance growing each year. Get out of the heat and join us for some good family fun. Philip Marx Central Park, 311 East D St. http://www.tehachapimountainfestival.com/
Aug 21-30 - 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 22-23 - 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 21-22 - 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: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. http://www.lapurisimamission.org/
Aug 22-23 - Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
An expanded Air Show flight demonstration features many popular aerobatic routines with 60-70 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. Shows start at noon
12 noon-4:30 PM gates open at 9 AM Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way. $15 at Gate admission free parking. http://www.wingsovercamarillo.com/
Aug 22-23 - World Bodysurfing Championships - Oceanside
Bodysurfers from around the world compete in different divisions for trophies and prizes. Oceanside Pier. http://www.worldbodysurfing.org/
Aug 23 - Kite Festival - Costa Mesa
In association with the Orange County Museum of Art, Segerstrom Center is pleased to present high-flying family fun at our Kite Festival. This event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit: “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists.” Kite Building, Kite Flying demos, Martial Arts Demos and as always food. FREE. 600 Town Center, Costa Mesa, CA 2PM-6PM. http://www.scfta.org/Events/Detail.aspx?id=13346