It’s Father’s Day weekend and Souther California has lots of fun events ready for your family!  Bring the entire family out to join former San Diego Chargers running LaDainian Tomlinson in a 5k benefit walk. Experience reptile fun at County-wide Petco stores. Channel your inner-Irish at the Irish Fair and Music Festival in Orange County. Or head north to the Antique Engine and Tractor Show. What dad wouldn’t love that? Happy Father’s Day!

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San Diego

Reptile Rally
Family-friendly Reptile Rally activities include a Meet and Greet where guests will be able to interact with not only the bearded dragon but various reptiles such as the Russian tortoise and ball python. Petco staff will host fun reptile matchmaking games that will help kids become acquainted with a new forever friend that is just right for them. Sat., 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Petco locations throughout San Diego County, Free. All ages. Event details.

LT5K
Come join former San Diego Chargers running LaDainian Tomlinson in a 5k benefiting his Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, which engages in a number of programs designed to promote educational, social and cultural awareness and positive self-esteem to enhance the lives of children, families and communities. Sat., 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, Liberty Station, $20 – $50 for walk registration. All ages. Event details.

Creative Dance
Creative dance is an exciting way for young children to develop their motor and social skills, channel their energy, stimulate their imagination, and promote creativity and healthy self-esteem in a fun-filled and positive dance environment. Sat., 9:00 am, Malashock Dance, Prices vary. Ages 3 – 4 years.  Event details.

Sunday Lawn Programs
Bring the family to Balboa Park and enjoy the member houses of the House of Pacific Relations. Designated houses will feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods. Sun., 2:00 pm, House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Antique Engine and Tractor Show
Bring the family and experience 50 acres of all-day fun including Antique Equipment & Tractor Parade, N scale model railroad exhibit, a weaving and spinning exhibit, and a blacksmithing demonstration. Tractor games for the children, arts and crafts, train and wagon rides, and more. Various vendors along with food, drinks and snacks. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, $7 – $10 (kids 12 and under free). All ages. Event details.

East County

El Cajon Concert Series
Celebrate summer with music during this weekly concert series performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants.  Every Friday night through September 27, a different local band performs, offering attendees music from every genre throughout the season. Fri., 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Prescott Promenade, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Kumeyaay Supermarket Scavenger Hunt
Join the Ranger as he leads a fun scavenger hunt. Kids will learn how the native people of San Diego survived without grocery stores as we look for the plants they used for everyday needs. Kids will make connections between modern conveniences and ancient ways. Sun., 12:30 pm, Otay Lakes Park, Free. Ages 8 – 12. Event details.

Orange County

Irish Fair and Music Festival
The Great American Irish Fair and Music Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the Western United States. The Fair highlights multiple entertainment areas featuring the very best in the music, song, dance and sport of the Irish, along with Irish, Scottish and English import shops and arts and crafts vendors along with sheepherding shows, Irish horse shows, Irish dog shows and one of the largest Irish Step Dancing competitions in California. Sat. & Sun., Oak Canyon Park, Prices vary (kids 12 and under are free). All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Celebrating Father’s Day at an event?

–Leah R. Singer

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