This weekend is all about celebrating your #1 guy—DAD! Whether he wants to rock out at Stern Grove or dress up as a pirate, we’ve got loads of options to show Dad how much he means to you!

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San Francisco

Kidstage at Stern Grove
From noon to 1:30 p.m. before every Sunday concer, kids of all ages can experience hands-on art projects, a musical instrument exploration station and dance workshops with local teaching artists at KidStage in the West Meadow. Today brings hip-hop dance with Jessica Recinos. Sun. Event details

Family Art Making 
Family Art Making offers a free, drop-in art project led by professional teaching artists at the de Young. Projects change every 3-4 weeks and connect to our permanent collections or highlight the special exhibiton. Make sure to pick up a Discovery Guide to explore the galleries. Artists of all ages are welcome to join and SF residents get in free this weekend. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Northern California Pirate Festival
Let Dad be captain for the day at the Northern California Pirate Festival. Dress in your scallywagging best and ship off to enjoy pirate encampments, gourmet food, four stages of continuous entertainment and a special kids’ area complete with a School of Piracy and a 30-ft. slide. Plus you just gave him carte blanche to eat a turkey leg while gazing at mermaids. Epic win, pirate style. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Bug Day Family Day at the Garden
The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley explores the world of insects from plant-eating bugs to bug-eating plants, “good bugs” and “bad bugs.” Visit a variety of stations featuring live insects, butterfly crafts, honey tasting and more! Sun. Event details


Palo Alto World Music Day
There’s music for everyone on this traditional Dad’s and Grad’s Day. Professional and amateur musicians alike make up the day-long concerts and musicians of all levels are encouraged to sign up. Enjoy all varieties of music including classical, jazz, rock, marimbas, choral, original works, children’s music, Punjabi, French, Balkan, African and Funk. Sun. Event details

San Mateo County Fair
The nine-day San Mateo County Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations and rich agricultural, and artistic heritage. Highlights of the fair include the animals including the kangaroos in the Aussie Kingdom. Cheer on the racing pigs. Visit the 4-H & FFA barn. And of course, there are carnival rides! Climb aboard the Ex-Scream Machine for a thrilling trip over the tracks. Fri.-SunEvent details

South Bay

Summer Sunset Skate
This summer Aloha Roller Rink will take over Roosevelt Park Roller Hockey Rink every weekend to offer public skate sessions. They will have skate rentals, music, parties, snacks and beverages. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Father’s Day Overnight
Grab your tent and sleeping bags and drive down to Gilroy Gardens for an overnight camp with Dad. Arrive at the Gardens Saturday afternoon, enjoy dinner in the picnic grove, stroll the grounds in the evening and then spend the next day romping around the park. Price includes three meals (Saturday dinner, breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and unlimited soft drinks and water, a docent tour and education activities on Sunday morning and access to the theme park. Sat.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Music of Grateful Dead for Kids
Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement and stories and an opportunity to rock out. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Sat. Event details

Mountain Lion Day: Father’s Day Weekend
Learn all about our mountain lion neighbors and their role as top predators in our natural communities. Guided hikes plus kids’ activities and materials to explore more about lions will be offered. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth