Father's Day is Sunday, June 17, and there are as many fun ways to spend a day with Dad as there are dads. We've rounded up local events to create this guide, packed with ideas for East Bay families looking for together time.
Father's Day Activities
New this year! Father's Day Grateful Dead-themed Concert for Kids
Presented by Rock and Roll Playhouse, this event is designed to welcome kids to the world of classic rock through a fun concert experience.
When: Sunday, June 17 at 11 am
Where: UC Theater on University Ave in Berkeley (details are here >)
West Point Inn Pancake Breakfast
Outdoorsy dads can lead a family hike towards an outdoor Pancake Breakfast in West Marin.
When: Sunday, June 17 between 9 am and 1 pm
Where: Mt. Tamalpais (details here >)
Celebrate African-American culture experience with family-friendly activities including art projects for kids, live music, and a 2-on-2 basketball tournament.
When: Sunday, June 17 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: South Berkeley’s five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor (details here >)
Dads and Jazz
Cultured dads can share Jazz with their family at Oakland's Historic Dunsmuir Hellman Estate Dads & Jazz Fest. Kids 12 and under are free.
When: Sunday, June 17 from 2 to 6 pm
Where: Dunsmuir Hellman Estate, Oakland. Buy tickets in advance
As vs Angels
Sporty dads might spend their afternoon at the A's game. The Athletics are hosting the LA Angels and the A's sell Sunday Funpacks of four tickets at a discount.
When: Sunday, June 17 at 1:05 pm
Where: Oakland Coliseum
Northern California Pirate Festival
Streets and stages teaming with colorful sea folk, British naval officers, swimming mermaids, marauding pirate encampments, black powder cannons, and a dedicated children’s area with a 30-foot slide, a zip line, Children’s School of Piracy, treasure hunts and costume contests. General admission is $12, kids 12 and under are FREE. (Purchase tickets in advance & save $2!)
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18
Where: Vallejo Waterfront, CA
Dads ride the train for free on Father's Day at the Zoo.
Alameda County Fair
Held at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, this is a classic fair with carnival rides, games, fried food, and farm animals. More details >
When: 11 am til 11 pm
Where: Pleasanton Fairgrounds
Make a gift
Want to help the kids make something, but don't know where to start? There's still time to make a kid-powered personalized gift.
Father's Day Frame
At Michaels stores, drop-in craft sessions enable kids to make a card. Ages 3 and up. All supplies are included for $2.
When: Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Michaels in Pinole, Alameda, and Emeryville
Dad's Day Craft-Stick Card
Lakeshore Learning stores offer a Father's Day project. They'll help you with it in the store, or you can download the PDF with instructions and do it at home.
When: June 17
Where: Lakeshore Learning stores are in Walnut Creek and San Leandro
More things to do on Sunday, June 17, 2018
|2:00 pm - 3:00 pm|| Build, Make, Play!|
Melrose Branch Library, Oakland
|9:00 am - 1:00 pm|| Father's Day Pancake Breakfast|
West Point Inn, San Anselmo
|10:00 am - 2:00 pm|| Bug Day - Explore the World of Insects!|
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, Berkeley
|10:00 am - 5:00 pm|| Explore Lindsay Wildlife Experience|
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek
|10:00 am - 4:00 pm|| Father's Day Free Train Ride|
Oakland Zoo, Oakland
|10:00 am - 3:00 pm|| Jack London Square Farmers' Market|
Jack London Square, Oakland
|10:00 am - 6:00 pm|| Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo|
Vallejo Waterfront Park, Vallejo
|10:00 am - 5:00 pm|| Playland-Not-At-The-Beach Father's Day Weekend|
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito
|10:30 am - 6:00 pm|| The Island Jam Carnival Kicks Off!|
Historic Webster Street, Alameda
|11:00 am - 11:00 pm|| Alameda County Fair 2018|
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
|11:00 am|| Once Upon Your Mind: Interactive Storytelling|
All Out Comedy Theater, Oakland
|11:00 am|| The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids – Father’s Day|
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, Berkeley
|12:00 pm - 4:00 pm|| Open Cockpit Day|
Oakland Aviation Museum, Oakland
|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|| Free Intro Sail with Cal Sailing Club|
Cal Sailing Club, Berkeley
|1:00 pm - 6:00 pm|| LEGO Brickshow 2018|
Bay Area Family Church, San Leandro
|1:00 pm - 6:00 pm|| Water Park & Slide|
East Oakland Sports Center, Oakland
|2:30 pm - 6:00 pm|| Salsa Sundays Music Series!|
Bay Street, Emeryville
|3:00 pm - 4:00 pm|| Rockridge Ice Cream Tour (rsvp)|
Dreyer’s Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe, Oakland
|3:15 pm - 5:15 pm|| Ice Skating - Bucket Session|
Oakland Ice Center, Oakland