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 10 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 events 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 or rides.

Fenders on Front Street located in downtown Issaquah (Sun., June 21 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.

Fenders on Front St

photo: Fenders on Front Street website

Families near the city can treat dad to a car and yacht show on Pier 66 (Sat.-Sun., June 20-21 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 shiny fenders and classic yachts.

Where to Take the Dad who Loves to Groove
Does Dad love cranking up the tunes on Saturday mornings while he makes pancakes? If so, he’s going to have a great time jammin’ out with his kiddos at the KEXP Father’s Day Kids Dance Party at EMP (Sun., June 21 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.). KEXP is providing the family-friendly DJs so the whole crew can rock out together, plus there will be kid-friendly crafts and activities along with break dancing. Tickets are $10 each (non-walkers are free) and available online. The best part? The kiddos will be so worn out afterwards that they’re sure to take a great post-dance party nap! Bonus: Apply your Dance Party ticket toward EMP admission on Father’s Day to receive an extra $5 off EMP general admission or $10 off EMP + Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume special exhibition combo admission.

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 19-21) 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 weekend pass (available online in advance for $50), which includes admission for all three days of the festival, plus a tasting cup and beer sampling tokens. 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 watching the keg toss!). Purchase tickets online for the best prices.


photo: Erin Cranston

Where to Take the Baseball Fanatic Dad 
Well, planned, Seattle sports teams! Father’s Day weekend in Seattle has the Mariners playing the Houston Astros on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Safeco Field. We’re pretty sure that if Dad is a sports fan, this is a dream come true weekend for him! There are still tickets available for the game, but we suggest snapping them up fast, as this is sure to be a popular weekend to see the Seattle team play. Psst! Friday night is Star Wars Night, so come dressed as your favorite character from the movie and be sure to stay after the game to catch the Star Wars-themed fireworks show. On Sunday, the first 10,000 dads will receive a new Mike Zunino BBQ Apron and everyone can watch the Little Leaguers participate in a special pre-game parade on field in honor of Youth Baseball Day.

Bonus: On Saturday and Sunday (June 20-21) any dad who visits Hard Rock Cafe Seattle before or after the M’s game and shows their ticket will receive a FREE Java Lava Burger (with an entrée purchase). This delish burger showcases the flavor and ingredients found in the Seattle-area and features a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Tillamook Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño. We couldn’t think of a better way to cap off Father’s Day if we tried!

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photo: Kristina Moy

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-friendly 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. Plus, Dan “The LEGO Man” Parker will have his interactive Play Zone set up in the Great Gallery (starting at 10 a.m.) for anyone who wants to come by and play. And for the first time, the Museum’s World War II B-17 bomber will be open for summer tours in the Airpark ($10/person or $5/museum members).

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 an open fire 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!

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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 20-21). 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, Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, craft vendors and much 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 19-21). 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.

Where to Take the Dad Who Likes to Explore Exhibits
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 four endangered clouded leopard quadruplets, just a few weeks old, on exhibit several times daily in the Cub Den as well as take in the Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure show put on by the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater and view the new Jammin’ with Jellies exhibit. If Dad is looking for an exhibit closer to the city, the Seattle Children’ Museum will be honoring dads (and grandads) with free admission on Father’s Day. Explore the many hands-on learning exhibits, listen to a special Father’s Day story time, make a paper tie card and create memories with dear ol’ Dad in the Construction Zone.

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photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Where to Take the Dad Who Loves Magic
If you really want to blow Dad’s mind, The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible will playing at The 5th Avenue Theatre over Father’s Day Weekend. Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show will feature mind-blowing spectacular showcases and the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show will be packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions—possibly making Father’s Day 2015 the best one yet.

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, a Father’s Day train ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley (Sat.-Sun., June 20-21) or an afternoon in the sunshine exploring one of our area’s awesome parks.

How does your family like to celebrate Father’s Day? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla