It’s Daddy Day this weekend, and man oh man are there loads of ways to celebrate the man in your life! You can head to the first of Chinatown’s Summer Nights, celebrate the opening of the Bowl, go mad for science, building or fairies. Catch a new movie the whole family will love, grab some po’ boys while listening to zydeco, set sail or dance with Dad. Whatever you do, Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Red Tricycle!

pasasdena chalk festivalphoto: Daniel via Creative Commons


Chinatown Summer Nights
Great food, art and music all come together at these joyous evenings that celebrate all that Chinatown has to offer. There are cooking competitions and entertainment along side plenty of hands-on, Chinese cultural activities for the kids. Sat., 5 p.m-midnight. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl
Break out the picnic baskets—it’s opening night at the Hollywood Bowl with Steely Dan in a fundraiser for the LA Phil education program that ends in fireworks and starts the summer spectacularly. Sat., 8 p.m. Hollywood. $10 & up. All ages. Event details.

Dory’s Back
Something’s fishy in Hollywood. Finding Dory opens this weekend at the El Capitan and before the movie The Bubble Guy performs live on stage.  After the movie experience an interactive and educational exhibit from Aquarium of the Pacific. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $15-$28. Rated PG. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Moonlight Hike or Summer Solstice Hike
Start the weekend with a hike in the moonlight with the Treepeople on Friday at 7 p.m. or celebrate the Summer Solstice (Dad has to share his weekend with the sun) with a Saturday evening walk in the mountains. Both are in Beverly Hills, are free and are for anyone who can walk (or be carried!).

San Gabriel Valley

Chalk Festival
Watch artists create spectacular chalk murals on concrete while listening to music; kids can get creative themselves in Chalkland (by making Dad cards) and have faces painted. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mad Science Day
Let your lil’ genius go wild on this day of science and fun. Play with bots in the robot petting zoo, meet real scientists and learn how they work and see exciting chemistry and physics demonstrations. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $13. Ages 3-10. Event details.

Beer, BBQ and The Great Outdoors
Take Dad to the Huntington for Father’s Day.  If you think of the Huntington as all tea and roses, you’re missing quite a bit!  There’s also the desert landscapes, an exhibit on the National Parks and this weekend, beer and BBQ and a prize drawing for a chance to win a smoker. Sat. & Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. San Marino. $10-$25. All ages. Event details.


Build Memories (Brick by Brick)
Build memories of working together to make art. Visit the Hammer to mix, stomp and mold adobe clay to create bricks and contribute to an art installation. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Catalina Adventure
Take an all-day hands-on scientific collection trip to Catalina Island. Keep peepers peeled for marine birds, dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and wide variety of other marine animals while pulling in traps and getting up-close looks at animals while experts identify, teach and answer questions. Sat., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. San Pedro. $99. All ages. Event details.

Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament
Can you spike and set on the beach?  Soak up some sun and take part in this tournament for the whole family, or just come and watch! Sun., 9 a.m-noon. Manhattan Beach. $50-$100. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

A Faery Hunt
Find the magic at this fun and gentle quest with the Faeries where kids follow the show through the park to meet and play with Faeries. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Tarzana. $12.50. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Daddy Daughter Ball
Princess Rose invites fathers and their young daughters to experience a fairy tale evening with hors d’oeuvres, a dessert bar, sing-along, Princess fashion show, face painting, live music, photos, goodie bags and a special daddy-daughter dance lesson. Sat., 4-7 p.m. Burbank. $60-$75. Ages 3-9. Event details.

Long Beach

Long Beach Bayou Festival
They say if you love someone (Dad) set them free to eat all the beignet they can while listening to amazing zydeco music. Or something like that. There’s a parade, dance lessons and crafts for kids in addition to all the food and music. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. Long Beach. $20-$30/adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Looking for more ways to celebrate Dad? We’ve unearthed the perfect outing for every kind of dad. We also have the most amazing and adventurous gift ideas, perfect for the last minute!

—Meghan Rose