In the Loop

Fun destinations for July travel


Fireworks, food, freebies and a concert series dominate this month’s roundup of travel and transportation tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around the state.

Down below at the Hollywood Bowl, the LA Phil continues its summer season with a July 4th Fireworks Spectacular headlining Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers; Bernstein and Gershwin favorites on Thursday, July 10; “Grease” sing-along Sunday July 13; DreamWorks Animation in Concert celebrating 20 Years, Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19; Gloria Estefan, Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26; and much, much more (; 323-850-2000).

In Los Angeles at Farmers Market for one evening only, Tuesday, July 15, 5-9 p.m., merchants conduct a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure distinguished by delicious fare, merchandise specials and live music (; 866-993-9211).

In San Luis Obispo, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Factory has introduced the “first interactive, themed ice cream parlor in the country.” Burnstein worked with entertainment industry professionals such as Disney and Universal Studios to create gadgets mounted on walls and giant fiberglass cartoon sculptures (; 805-474-4068).

On the coast in Oxnard, the “Gondola Paradiso” offers relaxing Venice-style cruises through the canals of Channel Islands Harbor under the guidance of a professional gondolier (; 805-385-7545).

To the south San Diego lights up the sky with the Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show at multiple locations along the bay at 9 p.m., and SeaWorld follows with an amazing celestial extravaganza at 10:10 p.m. (; 800-350-6205

Up Highway 395 the Mammoth Food and Wine experience takes place July 11-13 (; 760.934.3781) and Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes rolls out the Chamber Music Unbound music festival that opens Wednesday, July 23, with a gala “Serenade at Sunset” program featuring Israeli clarinetist Ron Selka and closes Friday, Aug. 8, with a “Festive Finale” of Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn selections (www.ChamberMusicUnbound. org; 760-934-7015).

Way out East: In 1963, “Superman” publisher DC Comics collaborated with the Kennedy White House on a narrative promoting the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. In the story, JFK calls upon Superman to inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger. “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” was in production when the president was assassinated, and the project was set aside. Eight months later, with the encouragement of President Lyndon Johnson, it came out as a special tribute to JFK. Boston’s JFK Presidential Library and Museum presents the book and drawings for the first time through Monday, Sept. 1 (; 617-514-1600).

Free Slurpees: Participating 7-11 stores will distribute free small frozen treats in a choice of flavors on Friday, July 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,  to celebrate the company’s 87th birthday. Find locations at

Story First Published: 2014-07-02