It’s Father’s Day weekend so go ahead and treat pop to a weekend of exploring. Does dad like to fish? Or maybe camp? How about flying a kite? There are plenty to take him from a pirate festival to open cockpit day and even a rocking Friday night on the beach. No matter where you end up, just know he’ll be happy to be hanging with his best buddy.

photo: Charity Vargas/Presidio Trust

San Francisco

Go Soaring at the Presidio Kite Festival
Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity and fun of modern flying will take your breath away! The free, all-day event features a build-your-own kite booth, hands-on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers and food trucks. Sat. Event details.

Everything is Awesome at Brickfest
The exhibit will feature a large LEGO city plus other displays and models that will include a medieval display and LEGO Friends to name just a few. Many hours have been invested over the years and this is the opportunity you can see it. Besides the exhibit, there is a playroom where young and old can build with LEGO bricks. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

East Bay

Walk the Plank to this 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 kid’s area complete with a School of Piracy and a 30-foot 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.

Unleash Your Inner Earhart at Open Cockpit Day
Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out at Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Aviation Museum. Get a glimpse of flight training in a simulator and let the imagination run wild in the Navy A-3 Sky Warrior. You can even tour the Solent Flying Boat from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s a food vendor area on site so you can even grab lunch. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Friday Night Bands on the Beach
It starts this weekend! What could be better than sunset, surf and song? The Santa Cruz Boardwalk continues its annual classic beach concerts with shows from Berlin, Smash Mouth, Starship, Los Lobos and so many more. Stretch out your blanket and watch the kiddos rave. Your tiny dancers are guaranteed to sleep during the car ride home. Friday nights, June 15 through Aug. 31. Fri. Event details. 

Camp at Gilroy Gardens With Dad
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. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to check out the upgraded Water Oasis. Price includes three meals (Saturday dinner and 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. Win! Sat. Event details.


Barn Dance and Work Day at Pie Ranch
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds and cutting plants (at 1 p.m.). At 2 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows. Sat. Event details.

Sherlock Bones
Deer are a very common sight at Hidden Villa. Come put your puzzle skills to the test as you reassemble a real life deer skeleton! This is a great chance to see how a deer’s bones help it to survive and thrive. Sat. Event details. 

North Bay

Help Dad Reel in a Big Fish
Get hooked on fishing at the pier with tips and tricks from a ranger and local anglers during Father’s Day weekend. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don’t forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Sat. Event details.

Peter Rabbit Visits the BADM
Peter Rabbit will be on-site for meet-and-greets, daily story times, photo opportunities and visits with children at this fun children’s museum. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

—Kate Loweth