May brings a feast for all senses!

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

Everyone seems to want to feed us in May. But other delights await as well, as you will read in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California.

Down below in Los Angeles, you could spend all of May 1-31 at the multi-site Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, enjoying 200-plus events including Grand Park’s Wednesday-Sunday May 16-20 Night Market with more than 50 favorite restaurants, food trucks, DJs, and experiences (LAfoodbowl.com). Lasting well into the month on weekends, the Wild for the Planet celebration at the L.A. Zoo & Botanical Gardens wraps up on Friday, May 18, Endangered Species Day (lat.ms/wild4the planet; 323-644-4200). From Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 27, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock: The Musical” dazzles at the Pantages (hollywoodpantages.com; 800-982-2787).

In Exposition Park the California Science Center’s “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” is the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured. More than 150 artifacts commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the monarch’s famous tomb. Sixty have never left Egypt before. The multimedia format provides an immersive journey into the quest for immortality (californiasciencecenter.org; 213-744-2019 for member discount, otherwise 213-744-7504). Member Appreciation Days, Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, mean free general admission and discount shopping, on site and in conjunction with California museum partners.

Every Sunday to the northwest in San Francisco through Oct. 21, the Presidio offers one massive picnic of gourmet food trucks, free yoga classes, music, booths, and activities for kids. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Avoid crowding by taking public transportation (free admission; www.presidio.gov/presidiopicnic; 415- 561-5300). Across the bay Oakland debuts its inaugural Art Month paired with its first annual Oakland Mural Festival. For the Saturday-Friday, May 12-18 Mural Festival, artists will paint at least seven works simultaneously in Jack London Square. Among other Jack London Square treats: the Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo Festival with a dance battle and Saturday, May 19, Art & Wine Festival, noon to 5 p.m. (www.visitoakland.com/oakland-art-month).

Over the Sierra in Bakersfield, “Little Shop of Horrors” runs through Saturday, May 5, at Stars Theatre restaurant (www.bmtstars.com; 661-325-6100). A week later, CALM holds the Beastly Ball on May 12, its elegant annual evening fundraiser complete with zoo tour, close encounters with ambassador animals, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music and silent auction. The 35th Birthday Bash follows on Saturday, May 19, featuring Keeper Chats, animals from around the world, the new California Condors in the raptor exhibit and the challenge to conquer the Climbing Tower (calmzoo.org; 661-872-2256).

Up north on Hwy 395, May 22-27’s extended Memorial Day weekend Bishop Mule Days promote the legacy, heritage and talents of the mule, drawing crowds as large as 30,000 to Wild West tests of skill, parade, country music, barbecues, arts & crafts and cowboys galore (muledays.org; 760-872-4263).

Story First Published: 2018-05-04