Thursday, August 27, 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps - September 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps - September 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015
 

Through- 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.
 
September 4-27 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Sept 27. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2014/
 
Sept 4-5 - Festival of Sail - San Diego
A parade on Sept. 4th of 20 tall ships and vessels, petting zoo, pirates, cannon battles on the bay, sunset cruises.  Maritime Museum.  www.sdmaritime.org
 
Sept 5 - Ventura Nationals Hot Rod Show - Ventura
Car, motorcycle and truck show.  pre-1968 American vehicles.  Ventura Fairgrounds.  www.venturanationals.com

Sept 12 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for purchase.  5K and 10K run and walk.  www.ci.wasco.ca.us Barker Park, 1280 Poplar Ave.
 
Sept 12 - Back to School Chalk Art Festival - Redondo Beach
Hundreds of artist showcase their take on the theme Pier Sunset.  Redondo Beach Pier.

Sept 13 - 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 costume contests. North Beach http://animalcenter.org/events/surfdog  Starts at 8 AM at Dog Beach

Sept 12-13  - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 31th 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. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Sept 13 - 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 12-13 - 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.  Parade 10 AM Sat.  Jr Rodeo Sat 8 AM  www.stagecoachdays.net  

Sept 12-13  -  Mexican Independence Day Celebration - Los Angeles
Live music, dancing, entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays.  El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olvera Street.  www.elpueblo.lacity.org  10AM

Sept 12-13 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston--Near Paso Robles
County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat/Sun events start at 12:30 PM,  events start at 1:00 PM. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org
 6180 Webster Rd., Creston.
 
Sept 12-13 - Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival - Ventura
Artists decorate sidewalks with street paintings.  Ventura Harbor Village.  www.venturaartfestival.com

Sept 19 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 19, 2015. This year’s theme is Automotive Standards of the World. 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 at Los Verdes Golf Course on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. www.pvconcours.com.
 
Sept 19 - Pageant of the Thunderbird - Anaheim
Car Show of all Thunderbirds, modified and custom.  Music.  Twila Reid Park, 3200 Orange.
www.thunderbirdssocal.com

Sept 19-20 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
79th 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 19-20 - 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/ 12 Noon

Sept 18-19 - 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 19-220  -  Route 66 Crusin' Reunion - Ontario
Crusing car show of classics, customs, and hot rods.  Downtown.  www.route66cruisinreunion.com

Sept 23- Oct 4 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activities including a rodeo and livestock exhibits.  Has a photography exhibit.  Kern County Fairgrounds.  www.kerncountyfair.com.

Sept 26 - Cruisin' for a Cure - Costa Mesa
Charity car show with more than 3500 vehicles, live entertainment, 200 vendors, exhibitors. Proceeds benefit City of Hope prostate cancer research.  OC Fair and Event Center.  www.cruisinforacure.com
88 Fair Drive.
 
Sept 26 - Grand Woofstock Pet Festival - Escondido
1970's theme pooch party, pet parade with costumes and contests.  More than 70 pet vendors.  Grape Day Park, 321 N Broadway.  www.thegrandwoofstock.com

Sept 25-26 - 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, Sun rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd. http://www.powayrodeo.com Fine Print says no telephoto Lens or professional equipment.

Sept. 25-27 Los Alamos Valley Old Days - Los Alamos
Celebrations of Western heritage with a classic car show, entertainment and parade.  Bell Street downtown.  www.losalamosvalleyolddays.com

Sept 26-27 - 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 26-27 - Carlsbad ArtSplash - Carlsbad
Three-dimensional chalk art, fine art.  Fern Street Circus.  Armada Street between Cannon and Palomar Airport Road.  www.carlesbadartsplash.org.

Sept 27 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake
Weekends through October 225th.  Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food.  Big Bear Lake Convention Center.  www.bigbearevents.com  42900 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Sept 27 - Ponies at the Pike - Long Beach
California's largest Mustang Show.  More than 400 vehicles on display.  Shoreline Park in Long Beach.  www.bcmc.net
 
Sept. 27 - Cabrillo Festival - Point Loma
Music, dance and children's activities.  Reenactment of the visit by 16th century explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo.  Naval base Point Loma.  www.cabrillofestival.org.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2015

Sept 25
 - Oct 25 - 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 3 - Fire Service Day - Anaheim
Great way to see Fire action up close, demos, lots of equipment, get some nice PJ shots.  North NET Training Facility, 2400 E Orangewood Ave.  next to Angel Stadium. 11AM-2PM.  http://www.anaheim.net/DocumentCenter/View/9268
 
Oct 3-4 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 3-4 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.
http://sandimasrodeo.com

October 3-4 - 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 gates open at 8:15AM

Oct 4  -  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: $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 4  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.  www.newportbeach.com

Oct 10 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-3.

Oct 10-11  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, Bearded Scot Contest, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 17 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 17-18 and Oct 24-25 - 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 17-18 - 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 16-17-18 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 16-17 and 18th, 2015 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 15-18 - 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 authentic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. A few years ago 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 25 - 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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - August 2015

August 2015 So Cal Photo Opps

Through- 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