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Happy Father’s Day weekend! We’ve found the best events happening around the city that dads are sure to love! From setting sail after eating bratwursts and beer or enjoying train rides and a BBQ lunch to watching a professional soccer match or attending the first-ever InterGalactiCon, read on to see where to show pop he’s tops!


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.

Pacific Beach

Albion Soccer Club vs. Temecula SC
Cheer on San Diego’s own Albion Soccer Club as they play a home game against Temecula SC. This year, the team will donate at least $1 of every ticket sold to a local San Diego-based nonprofit organization. One partner will be selected for each game. In addition, the team will recognize San Diego’s greatest community leaders inspiring greatness throughout the region. Sat. Event details.

City Heights

Music en la Calle Music Festival and Street Fair
Bodhi Tree Concerts presents Music en la Calle, a new, free music festival and street fair for the San Diego community. Confirmed performers include Tom Cunningham Bluegrass, Music and Dance of Burma, Somali Bantu Association, Genbu Daiko, Kukui Nuts Ukulele Group, Fern Street Circus, Opera de Tijuana, and Irving Flores Latin Jazz. Food, vendors, fun for the kids and more. Sat. Event details.

Mission Valley

InterGalactiCon San Diego
Calling all gamers, geeks, streamers, cosplayers, trekkies and larpers! The first-ever InterGalactiCon is coming to a galaxy near you. InterGalactiCon is a new San Diego comic convention made by the fans, for the fans. Come Free Your Fandom™ at a con where you can relax, interact, and participate without the stress of larger shows. You’ll have the opportunity to geek out on the coolest stuff from every known universe. It’s a place for all kinds of fans to gather, see the things they want to see, and have some crazy imaginative fun together. What you can expect:
Special guest star panels with celebrities from Babylon 5, designers from Star Wars, independent filmmakers, professional gamers and more. Workshops with professional makeup artists, filmmakers, gamers and musicians, exhibitors from the top anime, comic art, Star Wars podcasts and tabletop game companies, cosplay contests with exclusive InterGalactiCon prizes, VIP costume parties, celebrating every type of fandom. Sat. Event details.


Summer Sundays at Village Walk
At Summer Sundays at Village Walk you can catch a different beat from live music performances and cruise a different car club every week. There will also be food and product samples and fun activities for the kids including free crafts, balloon sculptures and face painting. Click here for the band, car club and craft line-up each week. Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

SEA Days: Surfing Into Summer
Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure. Locals and visitors alike agree that nothing says summer in San Diego more than sun and surf. Celebrate the season at this family-friendly event focused on what makes SoCal a great summertime destination. Sunscreen not required! Sat. Event details.


Father’s Day Sail: BRATS & Beer
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 Salvadorfor a special voyage in honor of dad’s day. Before you venture out to sea, from 10-11:30 a.m. dad will dine on a bratwurst sandwich, chips and beer while the kids eat hot dogs. Then the 3 hour sailing trip begins boarding at 11:30 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. The museum’s experienced crew will make your Father’s Day celebration unforgettable while working the lines and handling the sails as you sail around the beautiful calm waters of San Diego Bay. Guests are welcome to enjoy the museum before and after the sail. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Pacific Electric Weekend & Father’s Day BBQ
Ride into the past on the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway with a full parade and display of the Pacific Electric Railway collection. This is a great way to spend Father’s Day weekend––enjoy a BBQ lunch ($14 for ages 12 & up and $8 for ages 2 – 11) with an all-day ride pass for train and trolley rides. Ages 4 and under are free. Call the museum for BBQ reservations, 951-943-3020 or Sun. Event details.

Carmel Valley

Day of the Dad
Searching for the perfect way to spend Father’s Day? The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is doing it up this Father’s Day with an event that honors all dads! The Mint Studio DIY craft terrace will be set up in the Village Square, where loved ones can choose to make exciting gifts for dad such as custom wood-burnished grill boards, hand-stamped metal and leather items, personalized aprons and oven/grill mitts, plus a handsome variety of wood signs. Take your pick of your gift and enjoy a crafting session. As for eats and drinks, restaurants in The Village will provide a celebratory selection of $5 tastings for dads. He is invited to sample bourbon from Westroot, sake at Wokou, tequila at Casa Rustica, and frosty beer compliments of the new Breakfast Republic to help dad feel on top. End the day with a BBQ for the whole family hosted in the Village Square, featuring the signature tastes of Westroot Tavern cuisine and delicioso street tacos from Casa Rustica. Sun. Event details.

Where are you showing pops he’s tops this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea