Father’s Day happens to be the longest day of the year (Happy Summer Solstice, too!), so you’ve got plenty of time to squeeze in loads of activities celebrating Dad. And to get you started, we’ve found the most unusual things in town, from movies in the cemetery to music everywhere, baseball to Bowl openings, Daddy dates to Cajun jazz, and festivals for truck touching, car oogling, chalk drawing and Obon dancing.
Make Music LA
Make Music Los Angeles is an all day celebration that takes place on city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards. Make some music, hear some music, experience some music and go celebrate! Sat. Various times. Multiple locations. Free. All ages. Event details.
Tiny Dancers (and Big Ones) Dance Downtown
Learn a little line dancing and two-step, tonight at the Music Center at this giant dance party for everyone. Beginner lessons take place all evening. Fri., 7 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Baseball and a Movie
There’s something for everyone, starting with an evening game, where you can (hopefully) watch our boys in blue crush the Giants. Then the stadium turns into a theater, and The Lego Movie will be shown in the outfield. Sat., 4:15 p.m. Elysian Park. $30 & up. All ages. Event details.
Hollywood & Mid-City
Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
Break out the picnic baskets, it’s opening night at the Hollywood Bowl! And you can have it “any way you want it” as long as you “don’t stop believin’” because rock superstars Journey launch the season this year. Sat., 8 p.m., Hollywood. $30 & up. All ages. Event details.
See Oz in a Cemetery
Follow the yellow brick road to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This year they’re screening some family friendly shows, starting with The Wizard of Oz, so you don’t have to miss one of the most atmospheric outdoor screening series of the summer just because you have wee ones. Sat., 9 p.m. Hollywood. $15. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Date with Daddy
Dads have a delightful day out with their daughter with a delicious meal, fun games and making a colorful keepsake picture frame craft together for the photo they’ll take of you. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mid-City. $45. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance
This Father’s Day tradition is not to be missed for any and all car lovers as Rodeo Drive shuts down for some of the coolest cars you’ll ever see. This year’s show pays tribute cool roads like Route 66, the Autobahn and the Autostrade. Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
Summer Solstice Hike
Welcome the arrival of summer in Franklin Canyon with a hike to look at seasonal changes and identify plants and constellations. Sat., 7 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Pasadena Chalk Festival
Artists come from everywhere to create spectacular chalk murals on concrete areas in every style imaginable. Plus live music, Chalkland for kids and even a Pasadena Police Classic Car Show on Sunday. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
An Obon Festival
Celebrate Japanese culture with exhibitions in Judo, Karate, Kendo and tea ceremonies. There will be games for kids, concerts and taiko drumming shows and of course, plenty of Bon Odori dances. Sat & Sun., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
This is the day for little gearheads to touch every truck they can imagine, and also take part in the kids construction zone, power wheel course, wash-a-truck, jolly jumps, and cool demonstrations. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousand Oaks. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bayou by the Beach
Catch Cajun, Zydeco and Blues artists on three stages, take dance lessons, take part in crawfish and watermelon eating contests as well as making costumes, masks and umbrellas for the Mardi Gras Parade. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Long Beach. $20-30/adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.
Photo credits: Meghan Rose