Special thank you to Oakland Athletics for sponsoring our 2023 Father’s Day Guide. It’s always a good time to go to an Oakland A’s game as a family, especially on Father’s Day.
Ready or not, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, 2023, and there are as many fun ways to spend a day with Dad as there are dads. We’ve rounded up local destinations to create this guide and packed it with ideas for East Bay families looking for together time.
Father’s Day Activities
Oakland A’s Game. Cheer for the Athletics against the Phillies on Saturday or Sunday at 1:07 pm. Sunday’s early arriving fans may receive a a commemorative button-down Hawaiian shirt (sponsored by Sprite).
Outdoor adventure. There are dozens of ways to play outside with your family. Pick your favorite hike or outing and force the kids into a gentle “No whining, it is Father’s Day” agreement. Choose a route that allows you to splash in the local creeks together or plan an all-day adventure to Angel Island.
Visit the farm. The East Bay is filled with family-friendly farms. Enjoy visiting with goats, chickens, and cows. There may even be special activities and crafts, animal feeding opportunities, or pony rides to make the day even more memorable.
Hike to a pancake breakfast. Enjoy Father’s Day breakfast at Mt. Tam’s historic West Point Inn. The hike is fun, the views are spectacular and the pancakes are tasty.
See planes and dance. The Oakland Aviation Museum is hosting a specialOpen Cockpit Day in honor of Father’s Day. There will also be live musical performances and food for purchase.
Cool Car show. Join the second annual Blackhawk Museum Father’s Day Car Show with a “thrilling and wholesome” event for the whole family. Learn more >
All aboard! Families can ride the rails on a unique Father’s Day Steam Train ride through the Santa Cruz forest. Learn more >
Take a bike ride together. Here are a bunch of spots to ride your two wheels.
Embark on a cruise. Sail around the Bay on a special Father’s Day Brunch Cruise with City Cruises.
Do something together on Sunday, June 18 (more family-friendly happenings)
As long as you’re hanging with dad, you’re doing it right. Do any of these sound like the right way to be together?8:00 am - 2:00 pm Father's Day Car Show at Blackhawk Museum
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Albany Juneteenth Celebration at 1251 Solano Avenue
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Open Cockpit Day at Oakland Aviation Museum
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Berkeley Juneteenth Festival at Ashby BART Station
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Drop-In Art Making at BAMPFA at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Father's Day Celebration at Crab Cove Visitor Center
11:00 am - 6:00 pm King of the County BBQ Competition & Music Festival at Martinez Waterfront Park
11:00 am - 6:00 pm Ride Tilden Steam Trains (Summer Schedule) at Tilden Park Steam Train
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Father's Day on Fourth Street at Fourth Street Shops
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Solano Avenue Stroll-ish Summer at Solano Avenue
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tilden's Miniature Trains You Can Ride at Golden Gate Live Steamers (miniature trains)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Drop-In Craft Workshop: Woodburned Father's Day Keychain at Michaels, San Leandro
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Science Storytime at Lawrence Hall of Science
Special Food on Father’s Day
Favorite Restaurant. To help dad enjoy the day, order a giant family-size meal or something tasty from one of the many Black-owned East Bay eateries. You could also pick up cool merch as gifts or gift cards to be used later.
Delicious Dessert. The weather on Father’s Day can get warm, so enjoy a cool treat with dear dad. See our Guide to Best Ice Cream Places in the East Bay.
Gifts you can make at home
Dad Rocks. Use your custom-painted Dad Rocks rocks as paperweights or hide them in your neighborhood to bring smiles to others.
Kid-crafted Father’s Day card. Made with love and their own messy handwriting, adorable craft projects. #1 Dad, and done!
Kid-painted portrait of Dad. Here’s a coloring page template you can use as a jumping-off point to frame a kid’s drawing or painting of Dad.
Handmade tee shirts. This one is pretty easy: grab some WASHABLE markers and write a message of love on the kids’ clothes or hers: I love Dad, Dad Rules, I love Tacos & Dad, etc.
If you have more terrific ideas to spend the day with Dad, let us know in the comments!
Special thank you to Oakland Athletics for sponsoring our Father’s Day Guide. It’s always a good time to go to an Oakland A’s game as a family, especially on Father’s Day.