Happy Father’s Day weekend! Whether you’re toasting dad at a family-friendly brewery or enjoying one of our fave Father’s Day events, we hope your weekend is full of love and fun. Events on tap include an epic art installation opening at The New Children’s Museum, a father-daughter date at a chocolate factory, an international beer festival, sailing excursions, car show, beach BBQ and so much more for dear dad. Read on for the details.

photo: The New Children’s Museum

Del Mar

San Diego International Beer Festival
What does dad want even more than a cold brew in the backyard? A whole festival dedicated to his beverage of choice. The San Diego International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has hundreds of beers for dad to sip, sample and find new favorites. Don’t forget to check the Beer Stage schedule for some hands-on events. Kids are welcome. In fact, the festival takes place within the San Diego County Fair. Tickets to the Beer Festival include admission to the Fair. Win-win! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Chuao’s Father & Daughter Date
Make this year’s Father’s Day extra sweet by making the best chocolate in town. Dads and daughters will enjoy some refreshments including luscious drinking chocolate. They will roll their own Wild Truffles to take home and receive a personal corsage and boutonniere and cherish a sweet dance to end the night. The night will start promptly at 5 p.m. All attendees must wear flat, closed-shoes in order to be admitted to the factory. Those not wearing proper footwear will not be able to fully participate. Due to health regulations and safety restrictions, chocoholics under the age of 10 are not permitted on the tours. Fri. Event details.

Balboa Park

San Diego’s Gods of Comedy
A special pre-show event for the closing weekend of Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy. AXIS will present a free clean comedy show on our plaza featuring some of the best comics in town. A very fun evening for the whole family! Sat. Event details.


It’s the opening weekend of Whammock! an interactive, three-dimensional textile environment that resembles a giant hammock of colorful crocheted circles, open pockets and dangling pendulums. To be installed on the Museum’s Upper Level with a view of the two floors below, Whammock! will allow kids (and adults) to climb, swing, crawl or simply choose to lay in the netting and relax. Designed by internationally renowned textile artist, Toshkio Horiuchi MacAdam, The New Children’s Museum will be the home of MacAdam’s first large-scale work at a Museum in the United States. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego Bay

Father’s Day Sail
Set sail with dad on an epic Father’s Day adventure. The Maritime Museum of San Diego invites you to climb aboard the Californian or San Salvador for a special voyage in honor of dad’s day and enjoy lunch and beer or soft drinks during the three-hour sail on San Diego Bay. Crews will board guests for the three-hour sailing trip at 11:30 a.m. and return to the Maritime Museum of San Diego at 3 p.m. Passengers have the option to join the lively crew and trim the sails or simply relax and enjoy the weekend sail on San Diego Bay. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Junior Nature Ranger
Share family time while connecting with nature! Docents lead kids through a series of activities allowing them to experience nature while having fun in the outdoors. A Nature Ranger certificate will be issued upon completion of activities. Limited to 15 kids. Suitable for ages 6-10 years-old. Sat. Event details.


Father’s Day BBQ & Concert
Join The Del for their annual Father’s Day Concert & BBQ supporting America’s veterans and military through the Gary Sinise Foundation. The show will open with a spectacular skydiving show from Skydiving Innovations. Attendees will enjoy delicious BBQ and drinks as they listen to Gary Sinise & the LT. Dan Band cover hits from Bruno Mars, The Police, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, the Zac Brown Band and more. EVENT SCHEDULE 11am: Beach opens to ticketed guests (sand chairs are available for $20 while supplies last) 12-7pm: Drinks are available for purchase 2-7pm: Food is available for purchase. Outside food and drinks are not permitted. 5-7pm: Skydiving show & live concert with the Lt. Dan Band. Sun. Event details.

Mission Bay

Belmont Father’s Day Fest & Car Show
Celebrate dad this Father’s Day at the beach with over 100 classic cars on display, live music, Father’s Day brunch and a cornhole tournament; plus, crafts for the kids and raffles with giveaways. For boardwalk brews and views, treat dad to a Father’s Day brunch at Draft with classic American fare and 69 beers on tap. For competitive spirits, head to Beach House for the Father’s Day cornhole tournament or watch from the sidelines with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand. The fun extends into the park with free crafts for kids where they can make dad a handmade gift. Plus, a special perk for Insider Club members where dads can choose a free ride of choice with purchase of any single ride ticket. The free ride offer is valid for Insider Club members only. Anyone can join the Insider Club and receive deals www.belmontpark.com Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea