Another neck tie or a pirate festival? A pair of socks or a beer cruise on the Bay? If you want to really wow the dad in your life, take a look at our list of 15 incredible adventures to embark on this Father’s Day weekend. From fishing to roller skating to a kite festival, there’s not a sock or a tie in sight.

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San Francisco

Presidio Picnic
Unfold your blanket for Father’s Day and enjoy games, arts and crafts for kids and even an e-bike demo. Over 25 food trucks will be in attendance, offering up tasty food cart nibbles. There are yoga classes and cool staff-led, nature-based arts and crafts activities featuring materials found at the Presidio, too. Riding your bike? There is free bike valet!

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m
Cost: Free

Main Post Lawn
Lincoln Blvd. and Anza Street
San Francisco, CA

Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise 
Gather the whole family for Hornblower’s Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise. Treat dad to an enticing buffet, free-flowing beer and a keepsake pint glass on this two hour yacht cruise. There’s also champagne and mimosas, soda, OJ, coffee and tea along with the brunch, live entertainment, and breathtaking SF views. Seats are assigned and you even get a keepsake photo.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Cost: $91/adult; $55.40/child 4-12; children 3 and under are free


Departs from Pier 3
Embarcadero at Washington St.
San Francisco, CA

Go Soaring at the Presidio Kite Festival
Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity, and fun of modern flying will take your breath away! The free all-day event features a build-your-own kite booth, hands-on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers and food trucks.

Date/Time:Sat., June 16, noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Main Parade Ground
103 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

East Bay

Walk the Plank to this Pirate Festival
Let Dad be captain for the day at the Northern California Pirate Festival. Dress in your scallywagging best and ship off to enjoy pirate encampments, gourmet food, four stages of continuous entertainment and a special kid’s area complete with a School of Piracy and a 30-foot slide. Plus you just gave him carte blanche to eat a turkey leg while gazing at mermaids. Epic win, pirate style.

Date/Time: Sat. & Sun., June 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $12/general admission; free for children 12 and under

Vallejo Waterfront Park
298 Mare Island Way
Vallejo, CA

Show Dad You’re Grateful
Jam to Grateful Dead hits with your best dad buddy at this concert where kids can be kids (and dads can be kids, too). Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement and stories and an opportunity to rock out.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, `11:30 a.m.
Cost: $17.50/person

UC Theatre – Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA

Dads and Jazz at the Historic Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate
Dad can put one of those annual neckties to good use at this swanky jazz concert located on a beautiful, historic estate and features perks like a BBQ buffet and cigar lounge. Be sure and tour the mansion after the concert and take in the beautiful grounds. This event encourages families with father figures of all kinds—stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers—so book your spot and enjoy a day with dad.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, 2-6 p.m.
Cost: $30/adults; free/children 12 and under

Dunsmuir Hellman Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA

Father’s Day Weekend at Playland Not-at-the-Beach
Head with Dad into Pinball Alley for his special day where he can play all the pinball he wants. Let him win at skee-ball, arcade games or Fascination or treat him to peeks in the Penny Arcade. Dad gets $2 off admission this weekend.

Date/Time: Sat. & Sun., June 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $15/adult; $10/child

Playland Not-at-the-Beach
10979 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA

Make Like Maverick Open Cockpit Day
Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out at Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Aviation Museum. Get a glimpse of flight training in a simulator and let the imagination run wild in the Navy A-3 Sky Warrior. You can even tour the Solent Flying Boat from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $10/adults; $7/Military & Teens; $5/Kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free.

Oakland Aviation Museum
5252 Earhart Rd.
Oakland, CA

photo: Kate Loweth

South Bay

Pick the Berry-Best With Dad
It’s berry season in California and Swanton Berry Farm is bursting with strawberries. Make sure to pop into the market to play board games or read stories. Don’t forget to check out the treats including fresh berry pies, strawberry shortcakes, delicious hot soup, strawberry lemonade, strawberry apple cider and more. The farm accepts cash and check only.

Date/Time: Open every day, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free; berries per pound

Swanton Berry Farm
25 Swanton Rd.
Davenport, CA

Camp at Gilroy Gardens With Dad
Grab your tent and sleeping bags and drive down to Gilroy Gardens for an overnight camp with Dad. Arrive at the Gardens Saturday afternoon, enjoy dinner in the picnic grove, stroll the grounds in the evening, and then spend the next day romping around the park. Price includes three meals (Saturday dinner and breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and unlimited soft drinks and water, a docent tour and education activities on Sunday morning, and access to the theme park. Win! 

Date/Time: June 16-17, starting at 4 p.m.
Cost: $50-65

Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Rd.
Gilroy, CA

Get Your Skate On
It’s roller disco time at the Aloha Roller Rink so grab your dad partner and lace up for some retro good fun! Rent skates there (both regular and in-line skates are available) or bring your own. Enjoy music and get dad to teach you how to shoot the duck!

Date/Time: Sat.-Sun., June 16-17, starting at 6 p.m.
Cost: $10/person, $2/roller skate rental, $4/in-line skate rental

Aloha Roller Rink
Roosevelt Park
901 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA


Barn Dance and Work Day at Pie Ranch
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at 1 p.m.). At 2 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers.

Date/Time: Sat., June 16 at 1 p.m.
Cost: $12-$20/per person

Pie Ranch
2080 Cabrillo Hwy.
Pescadero, CA

Palo Alto World Music Day
Take dad on a trip around the world without leaving the Peninsula! Check out musical acts and performers from across genres and around the world at the 10th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day. University Avenue and King Plaza are filled with the sounds of jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian, World Music, choral, dance and more. Musicians of all ages and levels are invited to join in.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, 3-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

King Plaza
250 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA

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Marin County

Help Dad Reel in a Big Fish
Get hooked on fishing at the pier with tips and tricks from ranger and local anglers during Father’s Day weekend. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don’t forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Date/Time: Sat., June 16, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Paradise Beach Park
3450 Paradise Dr.
Tiburon, CA

Give Dad a Break at the BBQ
It’s Dad’s day, so let someone else flip the burgers. Grab dad’s hand and cruise over to the Marin Country Mart Courtyard for Belcampo BBQ, Paella and Beer and the Folkish Fest. Tunes are by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Looking Through You and The Hippy Hill Band. So, dig in!

Date/Time: Sun., June 17 at 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Marin Country Mart
2257 Larkspur Landing Cir.
Larkspur, CA

—Kate Loweth