Get ready for fall adventures

In the Loop


September offers so much that you wish you had another 40 days to fit it all in. Find some new favorite outings in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips around California, and one beyond.

Way up north, Palo Cedro’s Honeybee Festival includes a “live bee beard” demonstration and other bee-related events, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 (; 530-941-1558).

To the west, from Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22, the Annual Solvang Danish Days honor heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, live entertainment, family activities and a torchlight parade (; 805-688-6144).

Down below in Pomona, the L.A. County Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 22, generating a national economic impact of more than $25 million with music stage, Halloween Super Show, Retro City Arcade, Fun Zone, carnival games and rides, food and vendors (www.lacountyfair/com; 909-623-3111).

At L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl, Earth, Wind & Fire – one of the most celebrated bands ever – teams with a sky full of fireworks on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14 (; 833-215-5121).

On the coast, Long Beach Veterans Station Vintage Flea Market welcomes bargain-hunters rain or shine on Sunday, Sept. 29, with more than 700 sellers spread over 20 acres of collectibles, home décor, vintage clothing, jewelry and antiques (; 323-655-5703).

To the south in Balboa Park’s San Diego Air & Space Museum, a new permanent exhibit chronicles Wally Schirra’s life from military fighter pilot to Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronaut. Schirra played a key role in promoting NASA and the space program and earned an Emmy Award for his TV broadcast from space (; 619-234-8291).

For Saturday or Sunday transportation throughout Southern California, consider Metrolink Daycations to Hollywood, beaches, shopping, Mission San Juan Capistrano and more, for only $10. Enter on the website to win a trip for four, restaurant cards, and other prizes (; call or text 800-371-5465). The nearest trains leave from Lancaster.

Neighboring Randsburg on Hwy. 395 holds its 18th annual Old West Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, complete with pancake breakfast, reenactments, costume contest, car show, live music, food, vendors, and the Old West Mounted Law Men (

Planning ahead: The Lone Pine Film Festival, on the Oct. 10-13 weekend, fills up fast. To secure tickets to location tours, movies and panels, buy ticket in advance (; 760-876-9103).

News from Trona: The beloved annual Gem-o-Rama has been canceled because of earthquake damage.

Story First Published: 2019-09-06