In the Loop: August — bursting with opportunities


Most months have plenty going on, but August seems particularly ready to burst at the seams with re-enactments, fairs, festivals and so much more, as you can see in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California.

To the northwest at Fort Point, San Francisco, at the southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, the free Civil War Living History Day on Saturday, Aug 16, features infantry and artillery drills, medicine from the 1800s and demonstrations of daily life in the era (415-556-1693). Across the bay in Oakland, the free Chinatown StreetFest over the Aug. 23-24 weekend brings continuous live entertainment on two stages, plus everything from martial arts and Asian dances to food and 200 vendors (; 510-893-8979).

In Old Sacramento, Old West stage shows, re-enactments, wagons, children’s pioneer craft activities, mining camps and more add up to a series of free “Time Travel Weekends” through Sunday, Aug. 24 (; 916-808-7059).

Down below in Los Angeles, the Japanese American National Museum presents the Los Angeles International Tea Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17 (; 562-801-9600); the Tall Ships Festival fills the Port of Los Angeles with a dozen mighty vessels, the battleship Iowa, live entertainment, food, arts, crafts and the world’s largest rubber duck, Wednesday to Sunday, Aug. 20-24 (tallshipsfesti; and the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona is Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 28 (; 909-623-3111).

The range of festivals includes, farther south, Costa Mesa’s phenomenal OC Fair through Sunday, Aug. 10 (; 714-708-1501); to the west, the Paso Robles Olive Festival with tastings, cooking contests and free samples of olive-oil ice cream on Saturday, Aug. 16 (pasorob; 805-238-4103), and on the coast in Ventura, the Ventura County Fair with carnival, midway, exhibits, games, art and food through Sunday, Aug. 10 (; 805-648-3376).

Also in Ventura, Latin sounds, jazz, rock, blues, zydeco and more distinguish “Music Under the Stars” at the Historic Olivas Adobe house on Saturdays through Sept. 6 (; 805- 654-7800).

To the south in San Diego Zoo Safari Park, have breakfast with the Sumatran tigers on Saturdays through Aug. 16 and visit the recently opened 5.2-acre Tiger Trail forested habitat (; 760-747-8702). .

Closer to home just over the Sierra, the Aug. 16-17 weekend Tehachapi Mountain Festival combines a parade, rodeo, 5K/10K run, car show and carnival (; 661-822-4180) and, north on Hwy 395, the Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 14-17, Mammoth Festival of wine, music, food and art wraps around the Aug. 15 Mammoth Lakes 30th Anniversary Celebration community party (www.VisitMammothcom/events; 760-934-8989).

Until Thursday, Aug. 28, the Mammoth Village Concert & Movie Series offers concerts Friday and Saturday evenings and movies on Thursday and Sunday evenings (; 760-924-1575).

Olives and tigers and fairs, oh my! Have a fabulous August.

Story First Published: 2014-08-06