Fire up the grill! The fourth annual Long Beach Barbecue Festival is happening this weekend. KTLA’s Gayle Anderson will tell you where to go, plus what you can do this weekend across Southern California in the ‘Gayle On The Go’ report.
Admission is FREE!
Fiesta La Ballona
Culver City’s Party in the Park
4117 Overland Avenue
It’s time to “party in the park!” Veterans Park in Culver City is the place for Fiesta La Ballona, where you find live performances, carnival rides and games, more than one-hundred booths showcasing local groups, artisan wares, and other vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a food court, sustainability activities and other special activities. Admission is free.
Tall Ships Festival 2014
Los Angeles Waterfront
Port of Los Angeles
250 South Harbor Boulevard
We can see more than more than a dozen majestic domestic and international sailing ships, including the official Tall Ships of the City of Los Angeles: Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson and The Twin Brigantines at the Tall Ships Festival in San Pedro. Also, the historic Battleship USS Iowa and S.S. Lane Victory will also be open for tours with your tall ships ticket. The Port of Los Angeles is just one of three West Coast ports to host the Tall Ships this summer.
At the Port of Los Angeles, see the globally famous Rubber Duck art installation and only the second North American city to do so. The Duck project is the creative effort of internationally renowned artist Florentijn Hofman from The Netherlands. Hofman’s Duck has also appeared in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh. At 40-feet tall, Rubber Duck is bigger than a sail on a great sailboat, and is kept tethered to a heavy round barge to keep from blowing away. Just as with all works of art in a museum, people are not to touch it. Souvenir replicas will be available for purchase. Rubber Duck will be illuminated after dark, but in deference to those living near his latest over sized tub, the scene will go dark each night at 11 p.m.
Loads of family friendly entertainment and activities will pack the port during the Tall Ships Festival. Visitors can hear an eclectic taste of musical genres such as rock, jazz, Sea Shanty, Latin, Mexican, Big Band, Country and dance. If a slew of great music isn’t enough, a few Tall Ship’s sails will be creatively used as gigantic movie screens showing entertaining flicks throughout the duration of the festival.
Educational and children’s activities include cannon demonstrations, authentic privateer encampment, real sword fighting with live steel, knot tying, weapon demonstrations and sail training with real tall ship rigging. Youth visitors can also try their hand at creating one-of-a-kind treasures and handmade creations with projects lead by the Port of Los Angeles’s own, Crafted.
Also, find L.A.’s regional food trucks, California wine tasting and for the beer lovers, San Pedro Brewing Company will provide a curated, full craft brew menu featuring the region’s best brewers. In addition, local, regional, and national crafters will be on hand showcasing a wide variety of hand-made creations including maritime-themed artwork.
While we’re on the water, marine biologists say this is a great time to go whale watching. A lot of whales are reported in our area, including the rare Bryde’s whale along with endangered Blue whales. Harbor Breeze Cruises and Aquarium of the Pacific experts invite the public to three-hour whale watch excursions and then learn more about whale communication at the aquarium’s interactive Whales: Voices in the Sea exhibit.
Wings Over Camarillo Air Show
555 Airport Way
At the 2014 Wings Over Camarillo Air Show at Camarillo Airport is the only Ventura County air show this year.
Meet Chuck Aaron of Westlake Village, one of the few pilots to fly the Red Bull Helicopter upside down, who will be joined by National Air Racing veteran and aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing and 60-other experienced pilots to thrill the crowds.
The air show begins at 12 Noon and lasts through 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To start the air show, parachutists will jump out of a transport plane at 8,000 feet above the airport and glide down over the crowd below. Afterwards, the show will feature single aircraft demonstrations and aerobatic flying, formation flying, high speed runs down the fly zone, plus vivid descriptions, the history of the flying aircraft and their pilots over the PA systems.
In addition to the air show, the whole day is packed with family fun, entertainment, food booths, a variety of vendors and other ground displays to see before the flying starts. FREE programs will be distributed at the gates listing daily activities and maps of the event areas.
The All American Soap Box Derby makes its formal Long Beach racing debut at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. The gravity fueled cars compete in several classes including a novice class for first time competitors as well as first time builders.
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo
Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park
30753 La Pata Road
San Juan Capistrano
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo features the top 30 rodeo contestants in the business.
Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo says it is committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life. All proceeds from the rodeo will benefit local charities.
And, The Nominee Are…
The Hollywood Museum
1660 North Highland Avenue
323 464 7776
The Primetime Emmy Awards are Monday. You can get in the mood Sunday at the Hollywood Museum.
The exhibit “And The Nominees Are…” showcases the costumes, props, and more items from Emmy nominated programs including “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” and “Orange is the New Black.”
So, what’s going on in your world? Let us know! Please be sure to provide video with your request. The deadline for your information is Tuesday 5pm.
Have a GREAT Sunday!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.