Where: Ventura, CA. When: October 27. What: At the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, the only perogative is to be outlandish. Entrants battle armed with the ingenuity of their vehicles, which -- besides being able to travel over mud, sand, and water -- must be entirely powered by people (preferably in costume). Past sculptures included fanged warthogs, plumed firebirds, and a giant Sponge Bob. Tips: The race launches in Ventura Harbor, then moves to land, giving you time to regroup and change lenses. For glamour shots, kayak out on the water at the beginning of the race. The sand race offers the best action shots, as the vehicles move super slowly; the mud race gives you the closest access (though by then the racers are pretty messy). Info: www.kineticrace.com; 805-652-0000.