June explodes with travel opportunity

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June explodes with travel opportunityBy DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

June explodes with some long-awaited treats. For some, check out this month’s roundup of travel and transportation tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around the state and beyond.

Down below in Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, Disney’s “Aladdin” doesn’t simply fill the large screen through Sunday, June 16. It sparkles in the company of live action on stage, the “Cave of Wonders” for a magical photo op, an interactive magic lamp photo op, and costumes and props from the actual movie (elcapitantheatre.com; 1-800-DISNEY6); at the L.A. Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, James Conlon conducts Verdi’s “La Traviata” and the cast revels in “glitz, glamour, and gold” for sumptuous performances through Wednesday, June 20 (LAopera.org; 213-972-8001).

At L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center through Sunday, Sept. 1, enjoy an eyeful of the “Fearless Fashion” of Rudy Gernreich, the visionary style icon who emphatically made a difference (skirball.org/fearless-fashion; 310-440-4500).

Just outside Los Angeles in San Marino on Friday, June 7, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, presents the Sixth Annual “An Evening Among the Roses,” an elegant garden party with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and entertainment (huntington.org/amongtheroses; 626-405-2100).

In Pasadena the immense Rose Bowl Flea Market packs in thousands of vendors and buyers on the second Sunday of every month – June 9 this month (www.rgcshows.com/rose-bowl; 323-560-7469).

To the southwest near Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon, June 8, the Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival brings together the best of local wineries, jazz musicians and 30 different olive-themed dishes prepared by local chefs (jazzandolivefestival.org; 800-325-9280). This sells out quickly. Consider booking your ticket in advance. In Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday, June 27, Kim Steinhardt delivers an inspiring photographic journey through the fascinating life of sea otters – as well as a look into the fast-evolving legal and policy side of this story. Today, the Endangered Species Act itself is endangered and the survival of the southern sea otter and many other vital creatures could hang in the balance (aquariumofpacific.org; 562-590-3100).

Farther southwest along the coast, the San Diego County Fair continues through Thursday, July 4, with animals, contests, exhibitions, food and such attention-getters as Toby Keith on Friday, June 14; Smokey Robinson on Saturday, June 15; a Spirit & Cocktail Festival on Friday, June 22; Trace Adtkins on Tuesday, July 2; and Dionne Warwick on Wednesday, July 3; culminating with fireworks and a luau dinner on July 4 (sdfair.com; 858-755-1161); on June 22, the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off Festival features tastings, a burger-eating competition, artwork and kids’ zone (oceanbeachsandiego.com; 619-224-4906).

To the east in Las Vegas, the revamped Las Vegas Pass now includes admission to a choice of more than 20 different shows as well as tours, attractions and activities. It provides access to the Grand Canyon, high-speed NASCAR experiences and helicopter flights (www.lasvegas pass.com).

Story First Published: 2019-06-07