Father’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time to start planning how you’re going to celebrate the top pop 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!

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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 19 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.), 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 19 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.) 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 be hosting a Classic Car Show in conjunction with its Summer Concert Series on Sun., June 19. Dad can ooh and ahh over cars from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s before or after the Elliott Bay Pipe Band plays at 2 p.m. or while the kiddies are checking out the fish ladder and big and small locks.

Fenders on Front St

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 17-19) 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, the festival is open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday, with Friday night for the 21+ crowd only. Treat dad to a Washington Beer Lovers (W.A.B.L) pass which includes admission and two additional tasting tokens, plus a tasting glass and W.A.B.L. beer. He can go with his dad buddies on Friday night, and then you can go as a family on Saturday or Sunday for some fun (the kids will love the keg toss, the Root beer Garden, free face painting and the kids’ craft tent!). Purchase tickets online for the best prices.


photo: Erin Cranston

Where to Take the Dad Who Has His Head in the Clouds
The Museum of Flight is honoring dads this Father’s Day with an entire day of family activities and FREE admission for all dads (accompanied by children), 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. Dad and kids can enjoy this summer’s big, interactive exhibit, Above and Beyond, the Boeing Centennial exhibits throughout the Museum, the recently restored Boeing 727 prototype and the 1932 Boeing 247D airliners, plus the newly remodeled Flight Zone fun gallery for younger children. Psst! Don’t miss the “Paint the Ave to the Pav” sidewalk painting project. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyone is invited to help be a part of art history and decorate the sidewalk bordering the new Aviation Pavilion (that opens June 25). All materials—nontoxic and easily washable—will be provided.

Museum of Flight

photo: The Museum of Flight

Where to Take the Sea-Loving Dad 
If Dad prefers dinner with his sea adventure, consider a Tillicum Village Sightseeing Tour Cruise and Native American Salmon Bake and Performance. This four-hour adventure will include a cruise to Blake Island aboard the Goodtime II, a delicious salmon meal prepared over open alder wood fires and a one-of-a-kind stage performance that combines Coast Salish storytelling and live traditional Native American dance. Book your tickets online and get ready to knock Dad’s socks off with this one!

Families near the city, who want to stay on land, can treat dad to a classic yacht show on Pier 66 (Sat.-Sun., June 18-19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Since there are plenty of kid-friendly activities and exhibits to explore at the Seattle Aquarium, dad can have a moment to himself to really inspect those classic yachts.

tillicum village

photo: Kristina Moy

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 18-19). In addition to tons of strawberry goodness, there will be live entertainment, rides, games, a pancake breakfast, 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 Freemont) to take in the three-day Fremont Fair (Fri.-Sun., June 17-19). 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 produced by the Fremont Arts Council and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus”—Freedom to be Peculiar. View the event schedule online. Other festivals to consider include the Edmonds Arts Festival, HONK! Fest West and the Biringer Farm Strawberry Festival.

Taste bud alert! Jam-packed with all your favorite strawberry indulgences, the 30th Annual California Strawberry Festival serves up homegrown goodness and good times with proceeds benefiting charities. Amid 15 acres, enjoy yummy berry delights like strawberry pizza, strawberry nachos, and even strawberry beer from 50+ food booths, as well as concerts on two stages, Strawberryland For Kids with free rides and attractions, 250+ Arts & Crafts booths, gooey contests, celebrity chef demonstrations, attractions like the new Berry Zipline, Navy Seals Underwater Dive Tank, and more.

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 meet the trio of rare clouded leopard cubs, just a few months old, on exhibit in the Cub Den at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. as well as stroll through the open air Budgie Buddies exhibit to feed the friendly birds or touch a stingray and a sea star. 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 18-19), all dads ride FREE with a paying child aboard an antique steam train. If Dad likes museums, take him to KidsQuest Children’s Museum where all dads and grandads will receive FREE admission on Sun., June 19 from noon-4 p.m. Or consider A Day of Play with Dad (Sun., June 19) at the South Bellevue Community Center. Treat Dad to a yummy pancake breakfast and then challenge him to the climbing wall, challenge course and game of disc golf 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 on Sun., June 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 point defiance zoo and aquarium

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