Through June 28 - Santa Anita Race Track -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice. Get great close-up shots and images. Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens. See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room. Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season. www.santaanita.com
Through-May 10 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM.
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 www.theflowerfields.com for more information. Hours 9-6.
Through May 17 Weekends- 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. www.renfair.com/socal. Hours 10-7.
Through June 29 - Vintage Trailer Show - Oxnard
A selection of Unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia. Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd. www.murphyautomuseum.org.
May 2 - Kernville Rotary Car Show - Kernville
Pre 1975 cars, trucks and street rods, vendors and raffle, Riverside Park. Pet Parade starts at Noon. Event is 9 AM to 4PM. There is also a big Yard Sale on Sirretta St that starts at 8 AM.
May 3 - Kernville Rotary Pet Parade - Kernville
Starts at 10:45AM
May 2 - Wild West Days - Arcadia
Western Music, barbecue, panning for gold, roping horses. Los Angeles County Arboretum. www.arboretum.com.
May 2 - Pug Party - Del Mar
Sponsored by the Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Pug costume contest, food vendors, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Paddock Area. www.pugbutts.com 10AM-4PM $10.00 Admission. Over 500 pugs compete in themed costume contest.
May 2-3 Lilac Celebration - Idyllwild
Garden tours, art show, speakers on Lilacs, Various locations. www.idyllwildgardenclub.net.
May 3 - Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
Pre 1975 Classic and exotic vechicles including motorcycles. Food and Drink. Greystone Estate. http://www.greystoneconcours.org/ 10AM-4PM. Limited to 3,000 people attendance. Expensive to get in. 905 Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
May 3 - Orange County Marathon - Newport Beach Annual Orange County Marathon. With breathtaking scenic routes and fresh ocean air, the 26.2-mile run is an unforgettable journey. Embrace the California side of life as you trek through some of Orange County’s most pristine landscape. There is also a 13.1-mile half marathon run. Race weekend includes: The Allergan Health and Fitness Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center, the Kids Run and the OC Wahoo’s 5K run/walk. http://www.ocmarathon.com/RaceWeekend/RaceWeekend/ScheduleofEvents.aspx
May 3 - Riverside 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, www.oerm.org. 2201 S A St. Perris CA over 200 vehicles on display.
May 3 - 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. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630. 11AM-3PM
May 2-3 - Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino
7000 Merrill at the Chino Airport. Gates open 8AM-5PM, Show 11AM to 4PM.
May 1st is Preview Day and Twilight Show 10AM-8PM
Come experience the excitement! This year’s airshow will feature nearly 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment. Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present Air Show 2015: "Salute to Veterans". We invite you to Airshow 2015 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. http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=general-info. $25.00 at the Gate, Parking is Free. Special Sunrise Photo Access $75.00, get in at 5:30AM
May 2-3 - Escondido Renaissance Faire - - Escondido
The festival will feature people in period costumes, re-enactments of battle scenes, archery and weapons demonstrations and games, A children's treasure hunt and games, and more, in the Village of Falconbridge during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. 10AM-6PM each day. 12:00 Parade, 2:00PM Main Battle. 742 Clarence Ln., Felicita Park, Escondido. http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-inland/events-escondido-renaissance-faire.html
May 9 - June 21 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 Baron Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; Children under 5 Free. Discounted tickets on-line,
May 9 - 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. http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/ 9AM-3PM
May 9 - 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. http://www.missionsjc.com/ 11AM-4PM
May 9 - Norco Ranch Tour - Norco
Tour equestrian ranch facilities, horse drown wagon rides and pony rides. Various locations.
May 9 - Fiesta Charity Horse Show - Burbank
Display of Spanish and other horse breeds. Music and Dance, vendors and food. Los Angeles Equestrian Center. www.fiestacharityshow.com.
May 9 - 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. http://www.nationaltrainday.com/ 11AM-4PM
May 9 - Warbirds, Wings and Wheels - Paso Robles
Classic Cars, trucks and motorcycles and military airplanes on display. Estrella Warbirds Museum, www.ewarbirds.org
May 8-10 - Streak 42 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. www.overthehillgang.com
May 15-17 - Orange County Greek Festival - Anaheim
Greek Songs, Food and Dance. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim. www.ocgreekfest.com.
May 16 - 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 six year anniversary in an event billed as the Hangar 24 AirFest and 7th Anniversary Celebration.
To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 17 from 9 AM to 10PM, $8.00. http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/
May 16 - San Dimas High Car Show - San Dimas
Car Show and DJ. San Dimas High School. www.sandimashigh.com.
May 17 - All Corvette Car Show - San Diego
More than 300 Corvettes are on display. Seaport Village, www.ncocc.com Behind Embarcadero Park North.
May 16-17 - Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration - Long Beach
Live entertainment on multiple stages, dancing, food and vendors. Large Parade along Ocean Blvd on May 17th kickoff at 9:30AM at Bixby Park on Ocean Blvd. at Cherry. http://www.longbeachpride.com/ 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 - 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 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. http://www.oerm.org/
May 16-17 - 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 (Hotrods) Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday (Concours). http://themuck.org/s/motor-car-festival
May 16-17 - Western Days - Temecula
Chili cook-off, gunfight competition, costumed characters, music, roping lessons. Old Town Temecula, 11 AM. http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/
May 16-17 - Duck-a-Thon Rubber Duck Race - Huntington Beach
Arts and Crafts, games and rubber-duck races from pier to shore. www.duckathon.org.
May 19-24 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 23 - Chili Cook Off and Car/Cycle Show - Riverside
Food, local vendors, Chili, classic cars and cycles. On Magnolia Ave from Van Buren to Jackson Street. Arlington Village. 951-509-1100.
May 23-24 - 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 http://www.scotsfest.com/ General Admission $15, $13 for Seniors. Parking $5.
May 23-25 - Italian Painting Festival - Santa Barbara
Chalk street painting by local artists, live music, Old Mission Santa Barbara. www.imadonnarifestival.com.
May 25 - Elks Veteran's Car and Bike Show - Cathedral City
Contest for best muscle car, hot rod, motorcycle and sports car. Palm Springs Elks Lodge parking lot. 67491 E Palm Canyon.
May 26 - Vets Day Thunder XV Run - Riverside
Military-themed activities start at the Riverside Harley-Davidson include a 7000 bike themed parade to the Riverside National Cemetery and a concert at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto. www.westcoastthunder.com
May 29-31 - Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
Hot Air Balloon Flights at dawn, food and wine tastings, music concerts. At Lake Skinner Recreation Area. www.tvbwf.com.
May 30-31 - Civil War Reenactment - Lebec
Period Cooking Demonstrations, Reenactments of Lincoln/Davis Debate and battles. Fort Tejon State Park. www.forttejon.com.