Father’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time to start planning how you’re going to celebrate the big guy in your life. Since we know the Dad’s Day vibe is all about having fun (and maybe a beer and a backyard barbecue), we’ve come up with 15 ways to honor Dad with things he loves to do. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fantastic dads who read Red Tricycle!
photo: Marcy Grantor
Where to Take the Car-Obsessed Dad
Naturally, Father’s Day weekend is full of car shows – it’s really the only weekend they can get away with convincing the entire family to walk around ogling at cars! Lucky for dads who have the need for speed, there are multiple car shows in the Seattle area over Father’s Day Weekend… and all three are FREE.
Dads on the south end of Seattle can flock to the Father’s Day Car Show in downtown Burien (Sun., June 18), which will feature tons of lean, mean, cruz’n machines. There’s also a Chili Cook-Off for those who want to show off their chops or even get a little nibbly. And speaking of food, before or after the car show cruise by the Wild Strawberry Festival on the adjacent streets for lots of strawberry goodness and maybe a few carnival games and rides.
Fenders on Front Street located in downtown Issaquah (Sun., June 18) is great for dads on the Eastside. Start at the Triple XXX Drive-In for either breakfast or lunch and then stroll down Front Street oohing and ahhing at the collection of vintage and classic cars before grabbing a curbside seat to watch the Cruise at 3 p.m. For those dads who prefer to stick close to the city, the Ballard Locks will also be hosting a Classic Car Show (Sun., June 18) in conjunction with its Summer Concert Series. Dad can ooh and ahh over cars from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s before or after he enjoys Sound & Fury Morris and Sword play at noon or the Elliott Bay Pipe Band play traditional pipe and drum music at 2 p.m.
photo: Fenders on Front Street website
Where to Take the Beer-Loving Dad
Raise a pint to Dad this Father’s Day! It’s no coincidence that the Washington Brewers Festival is held on Father’s Day weekend (Fri.-Sun., June 16-18) every year, because if the dad in your house loves beer, you know that he’s going to want to spend Father’s Day drinking some. Held at Marymoor Park in Redmond, this festival is open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday, with Friday night for the 21+ crowd only. Dad can go with his dad buddies on Friday night, and then you can go as a family on Saturday or Sunday for some fun. Psst… the kids will love the keg toss, the root beer garden, the free face painting and the kids’ craft tent! Purchase tickets online for the best prices.
photo: Jennifer B. Davis
Where to Take the Dad Who Has His Head in the Clouds
The Museum of Flight is honoring dads this Father’s Day Weekend with a Drone-stravaganza, an event designed for drone pilots of all skill levels, making it the perfect place to go even if you have to go to brunch first. The Museum is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Father’s Day and a visit is an especially good idea if you have grandparents or family members in town to celebrate – it appeals to every age and you don’t have to be obsessed with planes to enjoy yourself here. Hollywood drone pilot/cinematographer instructor, Skip Fredricks, headlines the Father’s Day events with programs June 17-18 at 2 p.m. Fredricks has worked in the film business for over 20 years, and more recently specializes in drone cinematography and instruction, and will share his work and tips of the trade. The weekend events also offer hands-on drone demonstrations and family workshops at the Museum’s new drone cage, and drone company representatives will be on site with their newest products. The best part? All dads get free admission into the museum on Father’s Day.
photo: The Museum of Flight
Where to Take the Sea-Loving Dad
If Dad (or Grandad) prefers a sea adventure this Father’s Day, consider taking him on the Hops With Pops on the Harbor cruise (Sat., June 17). Kick back with Argosy Cruises and enjoy classic views of Seattle’s historic waterfront and surrounding mountain ranges while dad sips on a variety of local beers. This all ages cruise will feature Northwest breweries, including Reuben’s Brews, Schooner Exact Brewing Company, Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Silver City Brewery and Pike Brewing Company. Psst… cruise only tickets, without the beer tastings, are also available for this event. If Dad prefers a barbecue lunch with his sea adventure, treat him to a delightful afternoon aboard a beautiful Waterways yacht (Sun., June 18). During this special Dad’s Day cruise, nosh on a delish barbecue buffet and enjoy stunning views of Seattle’s skyline and waterfront estates, as you cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Families near the city who want to stay on land can treat Dad to a classic yacht show at Bell Harbor Marina (Sat.-Sun., June 17-18). This year, 50 Classic Yacht Association motoryachts will be on display and most will be available to board. If you’ve got tots in tow, they can build boats with the folks from the Center for Wooden boats or explore the many kid-friendly activities and exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, and Dad can have a moment to himself to really inspect those classic yachts.
Where to Take the Festival-Loving Dad
Father’s Day Weekend brings a bunch of fun, summer festivals to the Emerald City. If Dad likes strawberries, be sure to hit the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival (Sat.-Sun., June 17-18). In addition to tons of strawberry goodness, there will be live entertainment, rides, games, a Father’s Day car show and chili cook off, plus a Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, craft vendors and more. If Dad likes all things eclectic, journey to the “Center of the Universe” (aka Fremont) to take in the Fremont Fair (Sat.-Sun., June 17-18). This beloved neighborhood street fair will have activities for all ages that celebrate the quirky community of Fremont. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, the free-spirited Solstice Parade and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus” (Freedom to be Peculiar). Other festivals to consider include the Edmonds Arts Festival (Fri.-Sun., June 16-18) and the Biringer Farm Strawberry Festival (Sat.-Sun, June 17-18).
photo: California Strawberry Festival
Where to Take the Dad Who Likes to Explore
If Dad is an animal lover, take him to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Father’s Day. In addition to receiving half-price admission, he can see the new live animal show at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, stroll through the open air Budgie Buddies exhibit and feed the friendly birds, touch a stingray and much more. If Dad is a train buff, he and his little choo-choo fanatic can satisfy their love for trains at the Northwest Railway Museum. Over Father’s Day Weekend (Sat.-Sun., June 17-18), all dads ride FREE with a paying child. Or consider A Day of Play with Dad (Sat., June 17) at the South Bellevue Community Center. Here, you can treat Das to a yummy pancake breakfast and then challenge him to the climbing wall or to a game of disc golf, race him on the challenge course or take him on an orienteering trek through Eastgate Park. If Dad would rather stick closer to the city, the Seattle Children’s Museum will be offering all dads and dad-like adults FREE admission with a paying child on Sun., June 18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Where to Take the Nature-Loving Dad
Looking for other simple Seattle activities and places where dads love to go? Try a hike down to the lighthouse and beach at Discovery Park, a picnic and a stroll at the Center for Wooden Boats or an afternoon in the sunshine exploring one of our area’s awesome parks.
How does your family like to celebrate Father’s Day? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla