It’s Daddy day!  He’s your kiddo’s hero (yours too), and this weekend should be all about him.  What’s Dads favorite way to celebrate?  Probably spending time with his kids (and his better half) doing something that brings a smile to every face.  Might that be visiting a new park, seeing a classic movie outside, heading to a fiesta downtown, eating BBQ (in the garden or on a train) touching some trucks or even taking an ocean adventure? We’ve got plenty more suggestions so you can find the perfect way to celebrate.  And best wishes for the happiest of Father’s Days from all of us at Red Tricycle.



Fiesta de las Flores at Olvera Street
Flowers and food, music and dance are everywhere.  Bring your camera, as this is photo op heaven. Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Echo Park Lake Reopens
After two years of work, Echo Park Lake officially reopens today with a new playground, paths around the lake, a restored boathouse and yes, those iconic lotus blossoms are growing again. Sat., 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. Echo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Dress Up Daddy
Daddies are the best, so they should look their best.  The Zimmer Museum is offering every Dad a funky new makeover, courtesy of your kids. Do you trust their sartorial sense?  Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Mid-City. $5-$8. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Peter Pan at Oscars Outdoors
The boy who wouldn’t grow up is 60 (in Disney years…) and seeing the movie outside at night is the perfect way to celebrate Peter’s Birthday.  It’s also the perfect excuse for a family snuggle and popcorn party.  Sat., Sunset. Hollywood. $5 adults, kids free. Ages 3+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Father’s Day BBQ and Concert in the Garden
Who else but The Dadbeats could rock the garden today? Patina is grilling up some hearty Q for Daddy, too. Sun., 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. La Canada. $3-$8, plus food. All ages. Event details.


The Story Pirates Toddler Show
Does your kiddo have trouble sitting still? This silly show, full of stories and songs based on suggestions from kids in the audience, is specially calibrated for the tiniest of attention spans. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Westwood. $13. Ages 2-5. Event details.


Touch a Truck
How many toddlers (and plenty of big kids too) do you know that LOVE trucks?  Come see, touch, explore, and honk the horns of  trucks and emergency vehicles.  (And if Dad prefers cars, don’t miss the Concours D’Elegance tomorrow on Rodeo Drive.) Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Father’s Day Adventure at Sea
It’s an exciting voyage on a real tall ship. Kids and dad (mom, too) will join the crew in handling line and raising sail, steering the ship, listening to stories of legend and lore and then have a yummy meal prepared onboard by the ship’s cook. Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Dana Point. $35-$45. Ages 4+. Event details.

Father’s Day BBQ Lunch Train
Treat Dad to a relaxing vintage choo-choo ride while traveling through the scenic Heritage Valley and feasting on a country-cooked BBQ lunch.  Sun., 11:00 am & 3:00 pm. Fillmore. $22-$47. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate this weekend?

–Meghan Rose

Still want more fun for dad?  How about these:
20 Father’s Day adventures for every dad
Think outside the box, and give dad these fabulous outings
Think inside the box, and give dad these amazing wrapable gifts
An awesome playlist for Father’s Day

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