In the Loop: Summertime adventures begin!

In the Loop: Summertime adventures begin!By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

June brings everything from fabulous eating to flying dinosaurs to Leonardo da Vinci to star-gazing. Find new favorites in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips in California and nearby.

To the northwest in Sonoma, for Father’s Day Pig Roast at Meadowcraft Wines Sunday, June 18, Master Griller Adam de la Montanya prepares a spit-fired whole suckling pig, accompanied by live music and house-made sides by Chef Darby Tarantino (; 707-934- 4090).

In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the interactive” Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” runs through January 7 at the California Academy of Sciences. View skulls, explore rare fossils, and walk beneath life-sized models of the largest animal ever to navigate the clouds (; 415-379-8000).

Not far from there, the 50th Anniversary Monterey International Pop Festival celebrates its first concert from the exact same stage on the exact same dates as in 1967, Friday-Sunday, June 16 – 18 ( ), while in the same spirit, the American Conservatory Theater offers the Bay Area premiere of the hit Broadway musical “A Night with Janis Joplin” at the Geary Theater (; 415-749-2228).

Up northwest at the south entrance of Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine steam railroad has opened for the season to chug through the Sierra National Forest. Popular “Moonlight Specials” on Wednesdays and Saturdays include the ride, barbecue dinner, and entertainment (; 559-683-7273).

In Sacramento’s Aerospace Museum, the “Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion” International Traveling Exhibit” through Monday, September 4, displays 40 replicas based on Leonardo’s visionary designs and notebook drawings. Meticulously constructed devices invite hands-on participation (; 916-643-3192).

Toward the coast, the Ojai Music Festival fills the Thursday-Sunday June 8-11 weekend with free concerts (Bach, Stravinsky, and more), talks, and premieres (; 805-646-2053).

Down below beginning Friday, June 23, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™ launches the all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at Universal Studios Hollywood (; 800-864-8377).

In Los Angeles in Exposition Park, the California Science Center presents two spectacular IMAX shows through Friday, June 30: “A Beautiful Planet 3D” with a unique perspective of our planet and galaxy as never seen before and “Dream Big 3D” venturing from the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia (; 323-SCIENCE).

Beyond California: Grand Canyon National Park hosts eight days of star-gazing June17-24 to take advantage of dark skies, high altitude, and clear air. Volunteers from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix will share their expertise and knowledge (; 928-638-7888).

For wherever you go: Just out, the 2017-18 issue of “California Road Trips” features 10 itineraries into mountains, beaches, deserts, and cities. Download the guide free from, or place a phone order with 877-CALIFORNIA.

Story First Published: 2017-06-02