It’s Father’s Day weekend and we’re happy to tell you there’s no shortage of things to do with dear ol’ Dad. From airplanes to pirates, peach picking to BBQ, and even a fishing derby, there’s plenty of ways to let Pop unleash his inner kid (and still leave time for naps). For even more ideas on what to do, check out our Bay Area Father’s Day guide here. Photo credit: Erin Feher
Grillin’ in the Mo’ at Hamilton Rec Center
Bernard Anderson and Alabama Mike headline this year’s Grillin’ in the Mo’, the Fillmore Summer Fest Kick-Off . This free blues concert and family BBQ includes lots of fun for the kids, like giant bubble making, bouncy houses, face painting, and plenty of great music. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Lower Pac Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Saturdays Unplugged at the JCCSF: Alison Faith Levy
This series is back for the summer. Head over for a play date with other families and friends; unplug from the screen and enjoy live music and tons of kids activities. Happy hour for the grown-ups too! This Saturday Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Rock Band performs. Sat., 3-6 p.m. Laurel Heights. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Fog City Outdoor Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox in high def on a 26-ft. screen under the stars (or under the fog, it’s the Richmond after all) at Rossi Park. Bring your blankets, picnic dinner, and plenty of warm layers and get cozy on the baseball field. Low chairs are permitted. Sat., 6-10 p.m. (movie shows at sunset/dusk, around 8 p.m.) Inner Richmond. Free. All ages. Event details.
Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise
Treat dad to an enticing buffet, free-flowing beer and a keepsake pint glass on this two hour yacht cruise. There’s also champagne and mimosas, soda, OJ, coffee and tea along with the brunch, live entertainment, and breathtaking SF views. Seats are assigned and you even get a keepsake photo. Sun., noon-2 p.m. Embarcadero. $83/adult;$49.80/child 4-12; children 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Norcal Pirate Festival
Swords, check. Giant turkey legs, check. Canons and mermaids, check and check. Take Dad to the biggest pirate playground in the West. There’s a whole kids zone, too, with a School of Piracy, giant slides, crafts, and more. Save a few pieces of eight by buying your tickets here. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Vallejo. $10/adults; children 11 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Peach Pickin’ Fest at Smith Family Farms
What’s better than a fresh farmer’s market peach? One you’ve picked right from the tree yourself. Join Red Tricycle at an awesome day at this beloved Brentwood farm, where hayrides, garden tours, animals and u-pick peaches and nectarines make this the stickiest, yummiest day around. Advance tickets required. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Brentwood. $15/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Summer Solstice and Father’s Day BBQ Festival
Food, face painting, music, games, and more; this is a great way for Dad (and Mom) to relax while the kids enjoy the gym. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Berkeley. $12/child; $10/sibling. Adults are free. All ages. Event details.
Open Cockpit Day at Oakland Aviation Museum
Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out at Open Cockpit Day! 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, too so you can grab lunch before or after exploring. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Oakland. $10/adults; $7/Military & Teens; $5/Kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Father’s Day Weekend at the Hiller Aviation Museum
Treat your family’s number one maverick to a day of jets, flight and all things air transport at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, where this weekend Dads enjoy free admission with advance purchase. Climb in a cockpit, explore more than forty unique and innovative aircraft on display, plus get busy with interactive games, models and even a Flight Sim where Dad can pilot across the Bay. Bomber jackets not included. Advance tickets purchased through this link include one free dad ticket. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. San Carlos. $14/adult; $9/child 5-17; children 4 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Elkhorn Slough Safari
Join the Marine Science Institute on an Elkhorn Slough Safari to learn first-hand about one of California’s most spectacular estuaries, on a pontoon! The slough is a migratory bird flyway, otter and seal habitat and home to thousands of other plant and animals. A great way to spend Father’s Day on the bay! Sat., 9-11:30 a.m. Moss Landing. $40/adults; $30/child 3-10. 3 and up. Event details.
Hear it Live in Redwood City
Enjoy the Redwood Symphony perform classical music as this free, outdoor concert in downtown Redwood City’s beautiful Courthouse Square. Sat., 6 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Mateo Summerfest
Downtown San Mateo celebrates Summerfest, a great spot to explore with the kiddos. There’s plenty of kids activities, arts and crafts, a classic car show, and live entertainment. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Mateo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Historic Transportation Day
Come and celebrate Father’s Day at History Park at the annual Historic Transportation Day! In addition to the trolley, families will be able to ride on our antique Horse Car, pump a railroad hand car, hop in the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, and participate in a pony express relay around our plaza. Sun., noon-4 p.m. San Jose. $5; free for HSJ members and children 2 and under. All ages. Event details.
The Aristocats Kids
Playful People’s production of Disney’s The Aristocats Kids is perfect for your little theater-goers. Featuring all the hit songs from the movie, it’s the story of the rag-tag bunch of alley cats coming to the rescue of Duchess and her Aristokittens. The best part? You’re supporting local kids in theater! Advance tickets recommended. Fri., 10 a.m. & 7 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. San Jose. $12/adult (12 and up); $8/child 2-11 seat; $6/child 2-11 floor; children 23 mos. and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Curiosity Friday at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Your little ones love to tinker and experiment in the kitchen, the bath, and sometimes even in the middle of the hallway. Give them a chance to harness that creativity energy at Curiosity Fridays. Inspired by the antics of Curious George (who will be there to read the kids stories!), this event will have your kids exploring and creating until the sun goes down. Includes museum admission, after-hours fun, Blues Whale performance, a puppet show, and a parade. Fri., 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sausalito. $13.95/general; $12.95/babies 6-11 mos. All ages. Event details.
Hands-On LEGO Play with Dad
Join Play-Well and the Poppy Store for a special dad and kids day of LEGO building. Bonus: this is happening during the Marin Country Mart’s Saturday Farmer’s Market so you can still get fresh veggies and enjoy all the other market fun for kids! Sat., 10:30-2 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.
Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby
Tell Dad to grab his fishing pole and then head over to Paradise Beach Park for a fishing contest. Park rangers will help judge and award prizes for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish. There will be a limited number of fishing poles and bait provided on a first-come, first-served basis but if you have your own pole you can bring that. If you want to fish from the shore you’ll need to get a valid California fishing license but if you fish from the pier, no license required. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details.
Peter Pan at Mt. Play Deluxe Package
Turns out, the second star to the right leads right to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, at least this year, where you can spoil dad with a trip to the Mountain Play’s production of Peter Pan. Treat Dad to this lively play in an epic outdoor amphitheater carved at the top of the mountain where stunning views, wine, and a day of fun with his own little Darlings will let him know he’s got you hooked. Pixie dust not needed: we’ve even arranged the transit. And lunch! Advance tickets required. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mill Valley. $375/per family of four; 3 and up. Event details.
Let us know how you #rockedtheweekend with Dad!