Sure Dads appreciate wrapped presents (and if you are stuck on what to get him, check out our must-make DIY gift list) but we all know his favorite gift is family time. Here are 18 epic ways to spend Father’s Day together in and around LA that will knock his socks off and make him feel like the luckiest guy in the world.

photo: LeTania K. Smith

Baseball Buff

For some dads, a perfect day is a day (or two) at the ballfields. And this year, you're in luck! The Dodgers are playing the Chicago Cubs this weekend in a showdown that is sure to go down in the memory books. Take in the late afternoon game on Sun. (make sure to bring lots of sunblock) and then make sure to stick around after because there will be family-friendly, free event down on the field available for all ticketed fans in attendance following the game. 

When: Jun. 16
Cost: $37 & Up

Dodgers Stadium

photo: Meghan Rose

The Gearhead

The Rodeo Drive Car Show is one of the best car shows in the world, and it happens to take place in Beverly Hills every Father’s Day Weekend. Vintage, new, classic and racing cars line Rodeo Drive as far as the eye can see. Once you've seen all the cars here, head to the Petersen Museum for even more cars, cars cars. 

When:Jun. 16; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Beverly Hills

The Camper

Whether your family camps every weekend or is ready to bust out the tent for the very first time, we have some amazing spots we’re willing to bet you haven’t visited. Treat dad to a back to nature weekend. Don’t forget the s’more makings! Check out our list of campsites (some of which don’t take reservations, so don’t worry if this is a last minute excursion).

First Mate

For sea faring fathers, this adventure at sea takes the family on a voyage on a real tall ship. First, kids and dad will join the crew in handling line and raising sail. You can also help steer the ship or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean. And when the ocean breezes have worked up a good appetite, enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the ship’s cook. Best for ages 4 & up.

When: Jun. 16. 10:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Cost: $60-80

Dana Point

Art Smart

Hit the streets where art abounds at the Pasadena Chalk Festival. See amazing art created from mere dust before your eyes, while listening to live music and enjoying fun for the kids at Chalkland.

When: Jun. 15-16; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free



If Dad likes nothing than getting back to nature and hitting the trails, but a getaway isn’t in the cards, there are still several ways you can get a hike in. Kick off the weekend on Fri. night with a fabulous moonlight hike with TreePeople, high above the city lights. Or you can hike to a waterfall, take the tiniest tots on the trails or go spelunking (cave hiking!).

King of the Rails

If Dad or Grandpa loves BBQs and trains, then you’ll be on the right track at Fillmore & Western Railway Co.’s Father’s Day BBQ train. Hop a relaxing ride on a vintage train trip through Heritage Valley, during which the family will feast on country-cooked lunch of tri-tip, chicken, and all the fixins’ of a BBQ meal.

When: Jun. 16; 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25-50


photo: LeTania Kirkland

Art History Buff

Take dad on a culture trip on Father’s Day at CAAM, or at the Getty Center or to one of the best museums for families in LA

photo: Meghan Rose


He’ll enjoy the tale of another legendary king: King Arthur! At this interactive, in-the-round outdoor theater, kids can cuddle on laps and enjoy the stories of Arthur, Guenevere and Merlin and the knights of the Round Table. 

When:Jun. 16
Cost: $9



Athletic Appeal

If your dad likes to spike, set and play with his kids (or have them watch in awe at his athletic prowess) this volleyball tournament for the whole family is just the ticket. Ages 5 & up can play, all can watch. 

When: Jun. 16; 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $50-100

Manhattan Beach

BBQ Bites

The word is out that Dad likes his meat with fresh grill marks on it. You can treat him like the King of the BBQ in a whole variety of ways: You can take your train enthusiast dad for a ride into the past on the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway, followed by a BBQ meal at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Or if Dad’s more of a fisherman, head to the Aquarium of the Pacific to surround yourself with sea life and BBQ. Finally, if he’s more of a chill and grill in the back yard, take him to the prettiest back yard in town, the Huntington Gardens for some beer and BBQ.

Feature photo: Chris Benson via flickr

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—Meghan Rose & Andie Huber


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