Cars and carnival rides, surfboards and water skis, movies and mountain getaways — you name it and there’s probably a festival for it in Southern California this summer.
PADDLEBOARD RACE & OCEAN FESTIVAL
June 6: Sixth annual event celebrates the long history of the Santa Monica Pier plus the sports of surfing and paddleboarding. Races have competitors paddling into the ocean on courses that stretch more than 5 miles before returning to the beach for the finish. On the pier deck, manufacturers will show off paddleboards and equipment; exhibits will feature historic surfboards and vintage cars that were tied to the local beach culture.
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica; www.pierpaddle.com
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
June 10-18: Nine days of screenings of everything from short films submitted by high school students to feature films. Back for a second year is a Funny or Die talent contest to promote up-and-coming comedic voices.
L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; www.lafilmfest.com
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
June 11-28: Hundreds of productions are presented by local, national and international arts companies and independent performers.
More than 24 venues in Hollywood and Los Angeles;www.hollywoodfringe.org
June 13-14, 20-21: Eleventh annual celebration of the start of the lavender harvest season promises family fun, including guided tours in horse-drawn wagons, demonstrations on how lavender oil is extracted, opportunities to taste lavender-inspired dishes, and live music. It takes place at a 2,400-acre historic landmark in the San Gorgonio Pass that was used as a stagecoach stop in the mid-1800s.
Highland Springs Resort, 10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley;www.123farm.com
L.A. ROADSTERS SHOW
June 20-21: A Father’s Day tradition, hundreds of 1936 and older open cars of all types and makes will be on display along with a swap meet and trade show.
Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $20 per day, $35 for a two-day pass; www.fairplex.com
LONG BEACH KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW
June 27-28: Dog show featuring breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach; 323-727-0136;queenmary.com
RIVIERA VILLAGE SUMMER FESTIVAL
June 27-28: An international food court and ocean-view beer garden, with more than 300 arts and crafts booths, music acts performing on two stages, and carnival rides for the kids. Event is celebrating its 37th anniversary.
Riviera Village, South Catalina Avenue and Avenue I, Redondo Beach; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 310-531-8939; www.rvsummerfestival.com
CARS & STRIPES FOREVER
July 2: Seventh annual celebration of cars and Americana with more than 100 vintage vehicles and also the 2015 Ford Mustang, live music on two stages and food trucks. Fireworks over the water start at 9:15 p.m.
Harbor Boulevard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro; 5-10 p.m.;www.portoflosangeles.org
AX ANIME EXPO
July 2-5: Billed as the largest anime and manga convention in North America, scheduled events include panels, workshops and guest speakers, plus an exhibit hall with more than 240 vendors and exhibitors of Japanese culture goods, and concerts featuring Japanese music acts.
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles;www.anime-expo.org
FAM JAM AT THE ZOO
July 11: Up-close encounters with some of the zoo’s smaller residents, plus music, dancing and other family-friendly entertainment. Food trucks, too.
Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles; 323-644-6042; 6 p.m.;www.lazoo.org/familyjam
LEMON LILY FESTIVAL
July 11-12: Sixth annual event features local arts and crafts, bluegrass music, educational exhibits, speakers and other activities — all to raise awareness about a native wildflower that is an important part of the ecosystem of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Idyllwild Nature Center, 54000 County Park Road, Idyllwild; 951-659-3850; www.lemonlilyfestival.com
CHILDREN OF MANY COLORS INTERTRIBAL POWWOW
July 17-19: Native American arts and crafts, bird singing, cultural presentations, food, gourd dance and storytelling.
Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark; 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 805-217-0364;www.redbirdsvision.org
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
July 17-Aug. 16: With “One Big Party” as the theme, the Orange County Fair turns 125 with its traditional lineup of competitive exhibits, carnival rides, shopping, food and concerts, plus some special surprises planned for the milestone anniversary. Concert headliners include Gabriel Iglesias, Willie Nelson & Family, Steve Miller, Echo & The Bunnymen and The B-52s.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa; www.ocfair.com
CATALINA SKI RACE
July 18: Water skiers from around the globe speed from Long Beach to Catalina and back for the 67th annual Catalina Ski Race. With the start and finish line near the Queen Mary, the luxury liner will offer a great vantage point for spectators. Competitors range from novice to expert, and the race for the group starts at 7 a.m.
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach; queenmary.com
BIG BEAR CYCLING FESTIVAL
July 25-Aug. 2: A week’s worth of action on two wheels, highlighted on Aug. 1 by the Tour de Big Bear with rides of 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles. Other activities include a bike rally, poker ride and movie nights.
INTERNATIONAL SURF FESTIVAL
July 30-Aug. 2: The 54th annual event promotes lifeguard service and physical fitness with competitions that include a lifeguard medley relay, volleyball and sand soccer matches, surfing and bodysurfing contests. Other activities include youth swims and a sandcastle contest.
Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo beaches; www.surffestival.org
DOWNTOWN BURBANK CAR CLASSIC
Aug. 1: More than 200 pre-1974 classic and restored cars will be on display along six blocks during the fourth annual event. Also, automotive-related vendor booths and music. Preview event 7-9 p.m. July 31.
Downtown Burbank, San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard; 3-9 p.m.; free; 818-238-5180;www.downtownburbankcarclassic.org
BIG BEAR RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Aug. 1-16: 14th annual faire is a throwback to Elizabethan times, featuring an Enchanted Shire with shows on six stages, jousts, pirate battles, maypole dances and other activities happening every Saturday and Sunday. Also, crafts and food.
Historic Pederson’s Mill, 39115 Rim of the World Drive, Fawnskin; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $15 single day, $26 weekend pass; 909-237-0448;www.bigbear.com
Aug. 7-8: A parade, street dance, crafts, chili cook-off, food and games for the whole family highlight this community event.
2627 Whispering Pines Drive, Running Springs; 909-867-2411;www.runningspringschamber.com
Aug. 9-10: Free public tours of U.S. Navy vessels, each one taking 90 minutes to two hours to complete. Also in the area, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will have special exhibits, there will be live entertainment and a S.T.E.M. Expo for children.
Main Channel, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro; www.portoflosangeles.org
ASICS WORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Aug. 18-23: The world’s top beach volleyball players will compete during an FIVB-sanctioned event that also serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. NBC Sports will be broadcasting some of the action. In addition to the pro competition, there also will be open tournaments for all ages and experience levels.
Alamitos Beach, 386 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach; free general admission; www.wsobv.com
BIG PROUD PICNIC
Aug. 22: First in a series of events for the LGBT community to celebrate and connect with each other. Families and children may enjoy music, games and other activities.
Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave. (between Grand and Hill), Los Angeles; 1-5 p.m.; free; 213-972-8080; grandparkla.org
WINGS OVER CAMARILLO AIR SHOW
Aug. 22-23: Aerial acrobatics and static ground displays, plus opportunities to meet and talk to pilots. Performers include Vicky Benzing, an accomplished pilot, aerobatic competitor and skydiver (with more than 1,100 parachute jumps); Dr. D, who will be doing old-time aerobatics in a 1946 clipped-wing Taylorcraft; and Chuck “Malibu” Aaron, the first civilian pilot licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S.
Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way; noon to 4:30 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.); $10 through July 31, $15 at the gate; www.wingsovercamarillo.com
LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR
Sept. 4-27: One of the largest fairs in the United States boasts an array of entertainment options and exhibits, including carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, products for sale, farm animals, diet-busting foods (Deep-fried Twinkies! Bacon-wrapped turkey legs!), plus a wine, beer and spirits marketplace. The End of Summer Concert Series draws top acts from today and yesterday.
Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; 909-623-3111;www.lacountyfair.com
ROUTE 66 CRUISIN’ REUNION
Sept. 18-20: Classic cars and hot rods will be rolling through the streets of Ontario during the third annual event, which attracted 200,000 car enthusiasts and spectators in 2014. Most of the octane-fueled activities take place along tree-lined Euclid Avenue.
Along Euclid Avenue and surrounding streets, downtown Ontario; 800-867-8366; route66cruisinreunion.com
— Compiled by Linda Gold, Elaine Lehman, Mariecar Mendoza and Jerry Rice. Daily Breeze