In the Loop

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

Favorite attractions have returned as we inch closer to normal, as you’ll see in this roundup of tips for short hops in and around California. Even so, don’t let your guard down. Check in advance before leaving home. Many restrictions will still apply and some may have increased.

Down below, the Hollywood Bowl dazzles on Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, with the “Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks.” Enticements follow on Tuesday, August 10, when “Dudamel Conducts Gershwin;” Thursday, August 12, when “Dudamel Conducts the ‘New World’;” Saturday, August 21 for “Sing-A-Long ‘Sound of Music’;” Sunday, August 22, for the 32nd Annual Mariachi with Fireworks; and on Saturday, September 11, when Marvel Studios add to the excitement with “‘Black Panther’ in Concert” (; 323-850-2000).

In Pasadena, the Pasadena POPS 2021 Summer Concert Series continues through Saturday, September 11 for fully vaccinated audiences: August 14, Michael Feinstein Sings Sinatra’s Songbook; August 28, Classical Mystery Tour; and September 11, “100 Years of Broadway” (; 626-793-7172).

In Anaheim, Disneyland announces, “Certain theme parks, hotels, restaurants and other locations may be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure. Certain attractions, experiences, services and amenities may be modified, have limited availability or may remain closed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed…. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations, admission media or purchases and provide applicable refunds. As a result of the impact of COVID-19 on operations, FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass services are suspended for the time being and are not available for purchase or use…. Select attractions and certain experiences—such as parades and nighttime spectaculars—will return at a later date. While character meet-and-greets are temporarily unavailable, characters are in our parks in new ways to entertain and delight our Guests” (; 714-781-4565).

In Laguna Beach through Friday, September 3, the unique and always popular Pageant of the Masters offers 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces, all in an outdoor amphitheater with a professional orchestra, original score, live narration, and intricate sets. Each pageant ticket includes unlimited access to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show all summer long (; 800-487-3378).

Closer to home up Hwy 395, Bishop’s Laws Railroad Historic Site has opened, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week; masks required for unvaccinated individuals in all indoor space, and for everyone when riding the Death Valley Brill Car. The only restored narrow gauge Brill car in North America and built in 1927, it provides rides during the summer months on select weekends through Labor Day (; 760-873-5950).

Looking four years ahead: San Bernardino County Transportation Authority approved a project with Elon Musk’s Boring Co. for a tunnel from the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station to the Ontario Airport.

Story First Published: 2021-07-23