Sure Dads appreciate wrapped presents (and if you are stuck on what to get him, check out our must-make DIY gift list) but we all know his favorite gift is family time. Here are 12 epic ways to spend Father’s Day together in and around LA that will knock his socks off and make him feel like the luckiest guy in the world.

photo: LeTania K. Smith

Baseball Buff

For some dads, a perfect day is a day (or two) at the ballfields. And this year, you're in luck! The Dodgers are playing the SF Giants this weekend in a showdown that is sure to go down in the memory books. Grab a night game on Sat. or a mid-afternoon one on Sun. (make sure to bring lots of sunblock). June 16-17. Dodgers Stadium. $37 & Up. All Ages. Event details.


photo: Meghan Rose

The Gearhead

The Rodeo Drive Car Show is one of the best car shows in the world, and it happens to take place in Beverly Hills every Father’s Day Weekend. Vintage, new, classic and racing cars line Rodeo Drive as far as the eye can see. Once you've seen all the cars here, head to the Petersen Museum for even more cars, cars cars. Sat., Jun 17. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Local Love

What makes LA so great? Get tickets to L.A. Invents: A Becoming Los Angeles Series that weaves nature, culture, and creativity in an exploration of how LA came to be. From the architecture of the homes to the pleasure and the mess of the cars we drive and what's made this city a sports paradise, send dear old Dad to this exhibit and he'll feel inspired to tackle his next project. Sun., June 18. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Exposition Park. $7-$15. All Ages. Event details.

The Camper

Whether your family camps every weekend or is ready to bust out the tent for the very first time, we have some amazing spots we’re willing to bet you haven’t visited. Treat dad to a back to nature weekend. Don’t forget the s’more makings! Check out our list of campsites (some of which don’t take reservations, so don’t worry if this is a last minute excursion).

First Mate

For sea faring fathers, this adventure at sea takes the family on a voyage on a real tall ship. First, kids and dad will join the crew in handling line and raising sail. You can also help steer the ship or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean. And when the ocean breezes have worked up a good appetite, enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the ship’s cook. Sun., June 18. 10:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Dana Point. $60-$80. Ages 4 & Up. Event details.

Art Smart

Hit the streets where art abounds at the Pasadena Chalk Festival. See amazing art created from mere dust before your eyes, while listening to live music and enjoying fun for the kids at Chalkland. Sat.-Sun, June 16-18. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.


If Dad likes nothing than getting back to nature and hitting the trails, but a getaway isn’t in the cards, there are still several ways you can get a hike in. Kick off the weekend on Friday night with a fabulous moonlight hike with TreePeople, high above the city lights. Or you can hike to a waterfall, take the tiniest tots on the trails or go spelunking (cave hiking!).

King of the Rails

If Dad or Grandpa loves BBQs and trains, then you’ll be on the right track at Fillmore & Western Railway Co.’s Father’s Day BBQ train. Hop a relaxing ride on a vintage train trip through Heritage Valley, during which the family will feast on country-cooked lunch of tri-tip, chicken, and all the fixins’ of a BBQ meal. Sun., June 17. Seatings at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Fillmore. $25-$50. All ages. Event details.

photo: LeTania Kirkland

Art History Buff

Head to the Miracle Mile on Father’s Day where you can decorate your own colorful mugs to give to Dad at the Zimmer Children's Museum. Make buttons at CAAM, and the Getty Villa goes waaaaaay back to Rome with ancient art, perfume making and even fortune telling.

photo: Meghan Rose


He’ll enjoy the tale of another legendary king: King Arthur! At this interactive, in-the-round outdoor theater, kids can cuddle on laps and enjoy the stories of Arthur, Guenevere and Merlin and the knights of the Round Table. Sun., June 17. 11 a.m. Topanga. $9. 3 & Up. Event details.

Athletic Appeal

If your dad likes to spike, set and play with his kids (or have them watch in awe at his athletic prowess) this volleyball tournament for the whole family is just the ticket. Sun., June 17. 9 a.m.-noon. Manhattan Beach. $50-$100. Ages 5 & up can play, all can watch. Event details.

BBQ Bruncher

The word is out that Dad likes his meat with fresh grill marks on it. You can treat him like the King of the BBQ in a whole variety of ways: You can take your train enthusiast dad for a ride into the past on the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway, followed by a BBQ meal at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Or if Dad’s more of a fisherman, head to the Aquarium of the Pacific to surround yourself with sea life and BBQ. Finally, if he’s more of a chill and grill in the back yard, take him to the prettiest back yard in town, the Huntington Gardens for some beer and BBQ.

What will you do to delight Dad this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Meghan Rose & Andie Huber


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