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January
Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is televised all over the world. The parade is held every January first unless the first falls on a Sunday then it is held the following day. The Rose parade is one of the most beautiful and largest in the world. The 2012 parade featured 44 floats, 16 marching bands and 22 equestrian units from all over our nation plus many other parts of the world. Watching the parade on Television but being there is unforgetable. www.tournamentofroses.com. Just after the parade is the Rose Bowl football game. Of all the bowl games the Rose bowl is above the rest.
www.rosebowlstadium.com

The 2012 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Daring to go where no parade has gone before, this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will again bring its own brand of raucous eccentricity East, after its successful relocation last year. The 2012 Parade takes place on Saturday, April 28th, stepping off at 11:00AM in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard. Last year, dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats accompanied a legion of frolickers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets, including many first-time entries like the League of Steam, Machina Candeo, Conehead Rocket Sled, Hippie Cream, Easy Acres Chicken Sitters, Wisdom Arts Laboratory, combined bands of the 35th Dragoon Guards, Mile High Bed, Cheesus Chrust Pizza Company, 2011 Queen Red Rosie, Balkan Brass Band, and the Ladies Auxiliary for Cultural Enrichment, among others.

February
INDIO – The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival With over 100 days per year of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, you’ll understand why the Date Festival, Indio’s largest, most popular event is held in February. The average temperature during this month is around 75 degrees, give or take 10 degrees. With sun most every day (rain is rare), the Coachella Valley desert region in which Indio is located in Southern California, is world’s apart from the beaches and their cooler temps. Indio is located about 70 miles east of Palm Springs or 125 miles east of Los Angeles in Riverside County.
www.datefest.org

L.A Boat show
The 56th annual boat show. One of the biggest of its kind held in the L.A. Convention center. This year’s show will feature everything from affordable family-oriented boats, to the most luxurious motor yachts, speed boats, fishing boats, family cruisers and more. Highlights of the Los Angeles Boat Show will include: Classic and modern race boats courtesy of The Southern California Speedboat Club (SCSC) featuring 15 classes of boats racing including Hydroplanes, Offshore, Outboards, and Inboard Racing with one hull packed with an authentic engine from a WWII P51 Mustang.
www.losangelesboatshow.com

March
San Juan Capistrano Mission
The 7th mission to be built in Southern California in 1776, San Juan Capistrano has the distinction of having one building (Serra Chapel) called the oldest standing in California. This one is our favorite mission as the stories told about the mission are clearly seen as you walk around the grounds. It is told that during the huge earthquake of 1812, a mass was in progress as the ground started to shake. The priest giving the mass called for the congregation to take shelter under the vestibule, as it was a sound structure. Some did while the others perished when the church collapsed. The archway held up. The swallows fly to the mission from Argentina on St Joseph’s day, March 19. There is a week of festivities to honor the birds’ arrival. Turn north off the 5 freeway on Ortega Highway just a half a mile. The mission is on your left. (949) 248-2049 PS. There are some great Mexican food take out places in the area. This is one is our favorite missions.

April
Ramona, the long annual outdoor play is on the 21 and 22. Then the 28 and 29. This is a wonderful play done in the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater. It is not to be missed as it is a truly great event. It is based on Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel. (951) 658-3111 or (800) 645-4465
www.ramonabowl.com

May
The 54th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the community. This year 13 charities received a combined total of over $121,000.00 from 2011 profits. Scholarships to local school students are also awarded. The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Association has raised more than $6 million for local charities since its inception in 1958. In addition, charities are permitted to sell food at the event to raise money for their organizations. The festival also treats over 2,000 special needs kids to a day of free rides and food. The festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 25th through Monday, May 28th, 2012. Friday hours are 1:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Special wristbands for one price to ride all day will be offered for all festival days at $25 per wristband on Friday and $30 each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tickets for individual rides can also be purchased separately at $1 per ticket. The four-day event, which is the second largest city festival in the Western United States, will be held at the Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Garden Grove. Last year’s attendance was over 250,000.
www.strawberryfestival.org

June
Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts
Located in laguna Beach, the Pageant of the Masters is the essence of living art. Living is the key word for this event. The Pageant is held outdoors in a beautiful theater set in laguna Canyon. Local residents dress up as famous paintings or sculpture and sit, stand or lay down in settings exactly like the original. With highly technical lighting and modern makeup techniques and great sets, you can’t tell the living sets from the original paintings or sculptures. This is done with volunteers both on stage and behind. Hundreds of hours go into this production each year. This is not to be missed. Held in early July and usually lasting into late August. Reservations are a must, call early. Along with the pageant is the Festival of Arts, this means close to 150 artists exhibiting their works just outside the theater. The artists must be living within twenty miles or so, of the festival. The art work is second to none and just walking though the area is an uplifting experience. Across the street is the Sawdust Art Festival. This is unique paintings, crafts and unusual items, for sale. We stress the word unusual as some of the art work is unbelievable. The Sawdust Festival runs from late June to early September. Getting to both Festivals-from the Pacific Coast Highway, take Broadway Street from downtown Laguna Beach east to Laguna Canyon Road. From the 405 or the 5 freeways, take Laguna Canyon Road west. It is easy to find the Festivals once you get in the area. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Phone Numbers Pageant (949) 497-6582 or (800) 487-3378 Sawdust (949) 494-3030

July
Orange County Fair
Located in North Costa Mesa on Fair Drive and the 55 freeway, Go south on 55 to Del mar/Fair Drive, turn right on Fair Drive. The fair runs from early July for seventeen days. Lots of food and rides enhance this yearly fair. New products and great Art play a large part along with exhibits from schools and young peoples groups. Big name entertainment is held every day at the fair. Motorcycle races, a large farm animal and agricultural area add to the fun at the fair. This is a good size fair and the people that run it do a great job keeping you entertained. (714) 708-fair {3247}

Fire works in Southern California
Due to some dry conditions in some areas, fire works show may be cancelled. Click on one of these cities that have fireworks show. Or to the city of your chose and check out their web site to find out if they have a show. Such as www.burbank.com

Alhambra
Almansor Park
800 S. Almansor St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Ca 92315
On the lake at 8:45

Burbank
Starlight Bowl
1249 Lockheed View Drive
Burbank, CA 91505

Calabasas
Calabasas High School
22855 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

Carson
Home Depot Center
18400 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746

Castaic Lake
Castaic Lake Recreation Area (Lower Lake)
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Castaic, CA 91384

Culver City
Culver City High School
4601 Elenda St
Culver City, CA 90230

Diamond Bar
Diamond Bar High School
20955 Pathfinder Road
Diamond Bar, CA

El Segundo
401 E. Sheldon St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Fullerton
Fullerton Union High School Stadium
N Berkeley Ave. and N Lemon St.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Hansen Dam
11770 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach Pier
Main Street
Huntington, CA 92646

Long Beach
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Los Angeles
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
3911 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pacific Palisades
Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin Street
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Pasadena
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103

Porter Ranch
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street
Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Redondo Beach
Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

San Pedro
Cabrillo Beach
3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Studio City
CBS Studio Center
4200 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

Yucca Valley
Yucca Valley High School
7600 Sage Ave
Yucca Valley Ca 92284

The Rose Bowl has a great one and the Hollywood Bowl has a huge one on July third!

San Diego area
Coronado: Glorietta Bay
9 p.m.
63rd Annual Independence Day Parade: A Salute to America’s Heroes on Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m. Fireworks over Glorietta Bay (part of Big Bay Boom) 9 p.m.

Ocean Beach Pier
9 p.m. Ocean Blvd. & Newport Ave.

Mission Bay: Sea World
9:30 p.m. (July 3-July 5) Viewing also available along Crown Point, and all around the Sea World and Mission Bay area.

El Cajon: Kennedy Park
9 p.m. The fun begins Monday at 12 noon with the annual 4th of July Picnic at Kennedy Park, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. Kennedy Park, a “smoke and alcohol free” park, is located at 1675 East Madison Avenue in El Cajon.

North San Diego County
Rancho Bernardo: Bernardo Heights Middle School
9 p.m.
Community Fair at Webb Park- including Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, Art Walk, Quilt Show, children’s games, RB Idol competition, patriotic dog contest, and great drinks and food. Evening Entertainment with the Eve Selis Band & Fireworks at Bernardo Heights Middle School.

Poway: Poway High School
9 p.m.
Bring your family and friends and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-twentieth-century-style” at the Old-fashioned Fourth of July at Old Poway Park. Fireworks display at Poway High at 9 p.m.

Carlsbad: Legoland
8:30 p.m. included with admission.
San Diego County Fair: Del Mar Fairgrounds
9 p.m. included with admission.

South Bay
National City: Kimball Community Park
Annual Fourth of July Carnival, 1 to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m.

August
Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines
World-renowned jazz and blues artists—headlined by swingin’ Big Bad Voodoo Daddy—take to multiple stages amid the tall pines and shady oaks of the San Jacinto Mountains to raise scholarship funds for the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. Now in its 18th year, the popular festival complements its musical lineup with arts and crafts, food and drink, wine tasting, dinners, and jazz jams. Idyllwild Arts campus, Idyllwild. 1-951-500-4090.

September
Chrysler Classic Speed Festival
September 22-23, 2012: The 15th annual race that takes over the runways of Naval Air Station North Island is part of Fleet Week San Diego. This vintage auto race features over 200 classic cars racing on a spectator-friendly 1.6 mile course. Sneak-peek parade down Orange Ave is on Sept 20. This is held on the “island” of Coronado.

October
Saturdays: 12 noon – 12 midnight
Sundays: 12 noon – 5:30 p.m.
The 41st Annual Oktoberfest is a family event loaded with festivities including stein holding matches, log sawing competitions, safe slam beer drinking contests, the annual queen stein carrying contest, clogging and polka dances performed by various dance troupes, a children’s fun-zone, and a huge dance floor in front of the stage. Revelers can take a break from the action to stroll along the Budenstrasse (avenue of the Booths) and shop for handmade arts, crafts and collectibles. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is held at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, California. Advance tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices for adults are $14-$12 Saturdays, $7-$6 Sundays; seniors (65 and older) $11-$9 Saturdays, $5-$4 Sundays; children $8-$6 Saturdays and free on Sundays. Group and tour package pricing is also available. pre-purchase your Saturday Adult/Senior tickets online now and save $2 per ticket! Receive a discount and go straight to the door, with no waiting in line! Pick up your tickets at will call. You may also purchase tickets in advance by calling 800-424-4232.

November
Starting in mid-November, put on your ice skates and glide across the frozen rink in Pershing Square, located in downtown Los Angeles. It’s the largest outdoor skating rink in Los Angeles and offers a family-friendly environment with holiday-themed concerts and refreshments. As of 2010, one-hour sessions start at $6 per person. Skate rental is $2 per person. On special days, you can even check out championship skating exhibitions by professional skaters. It’s easily accessible by bus and Metro rail.
Also
From Nov. 5 to 14, 2010, grab a pint and enjoy San Diego’s Beer Week. Nearly 300 events around the city celebrate the city’s vibrant craft beer culture. Enjoy beer dinners, rare bottle tastings, brewery tours and beer classes. This 10-day festival helps spread the knowledge of the regional brewing heritage and showcases San Diego’s pubs, breweries and restaurants. Events are listed on the Beer Week official website. San Diego Beer Week
sdbw.org

December
Holiday Celebration
December 7, 2012: The holiday season in Coronado starts when Santa arrives by ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing at 3:20pm. A festive parade follows, merchants keep their doors open late for shopping. Santa lights the central 75-foot star pine Christmas tree as the community band plays holiday music. The evening finishes with fireworks over Glorietta Bay.

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