July explodes on the scene

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July explodes on the sceneBy DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

July explodes on the scene with fireworks of course, as well as fabulous festivals and shows. Find some new favorites in this monthly round-up of trips around California and beyond.

To the northwest over the July 24-26 weekend, the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival returns with the pungent fragrance of its gourmet alley, competitions, entertainment, children’s areas, shopping and souvenirs (VisitGilroy.com; 408-842-6436).

In San Francisco, “Hamilton” continues its national tour at the SHN Orpheum Theatre through Sunday, Sept. 8 (Hamilton.shnsf.com; 888-746-1799); and at the prestigious de Young Fine Arts Museum Saturday, July 13 to Sunday, Oct. 6, experience “Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin,” a tribute to extraordinary tattoo art (deyoungmuseum.org/ed-hardy; 415-750-3600).

Down below, the Hollywood Bowl’s jaw-dropping lineup includes Tuesday, July 4’s fireworks spectacular; Tony Bennett on Wednesday, July 10; Cyndi Lauper with orchestra Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13; Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of Dvorak and Prokofiev on Tuesday, July 16 and of Rachmaninoff on July 18; and Hugh Jackman July 19 and 20 (hollywoodbowl.com and hollywoodbowl.com/getting there; 323-850-2000).

For culinary “grazing” on Tuesday, July 23, 5-9 p.m., Los Angeles’ Taste of Farmers Market affords a strolling gastronomic adventure of delicious food and live music. Summer-long on Friday evenings 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 30, Friday Night Music at the Market delivers free concert performances (farmersmarketla.com; 323-933-9211).

South from there through Sunday, July 14, Anaheim’s Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center displays the stunning and gripping “Papel Chicano Dos,” 65 artworks by 24 established and emerging artists from the collection of Cheech Marin. Themes range from pre-Hispanic to Chicano and revolutionary (www.muzeo.org; 714-765-6450).

Also in Anaheim and perhaps making headlines throughout the known universe, Disneyland’s long-awaited “Star Wars” park Galaxy Edge has opened (disneyland.disney.go.com; 714-781-INFO).

In Irvine, the internationally acclaimed authentic Cantonese dim sum masters of Tim Ho Wan have unveiled the “cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant,” with nothing on the menu priced over six dollars and located at Diamond Jamboree, a unique Southern California retail destination (timhowanusa.com; 262-888-8828).

In Costa Mesa, the Orange County Fair Friday, July 12 through Sunday, Aug.11, offers classic rock tributes, reggae, rides, games, petting zoo, dining options, and plenty more (ocfair.com; 714-708-1500).

Fuel for your wanderlust: In New Mexico, the huge Gallup Native Arts Market, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, provides an opportunity for highly skilled artists from the region to display exceptional talent while making an economic impact (gallupnativeartsmarket.org; 505-863-1227).

If your journeys take you through the Midwest: Springfield, Ill., recreates the strange history surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s life, death and legacy through Saturday, Aug. 10, with strolling costumed period actors, photo ops, free walking tours, Lincoln’s Ghost Walk and events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home National Historical Site, Lincoln Depot, the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb (VisitSpringfieldIllinois.com, 800-545-7300, and springfieldwalks.com).

Story First Published: 2019-06-28