Father's Day

Father’s Day Activities in Southern California

Father’s Day is just around the corner and let’s face it: Dad has one too many ties and enough golf balls to last a lifetime. Although receiving gifts is always enjoyable, the greatest gift you can give your Father is moments he can treasure. This Father’s Day, why not show appreciation for your Dad in a different way? Whether your dad is into cars, a sports lover, adventurer or historian, here are some Father’s day activities taking place in Southern California that are sure to be one for the books!

Orange County

Pretend City

Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 949-428-3900

If you will be in the Orange county area this Father’s Day and have children, there is no better way to celebrate than at Pretend City children’s museum in Irvine. On June 15th, Pretend City will be hosting a special Father’s Day event equipped with guided activities that involve father’s and their children. Some of these Father’s Day themed activities include a fun and safe shaving cream contest, a “Tie-riffic” tie decorating activity, and many more fun filled activities. The idea behind these Father’s Day activities is to help support children’s development and creativity while enjoying each other’s company and creating memories. There is a small fee of $12.50 for this event, and no RSVP required. Building memories with your children is priceless!


Father’s Day Sunset Live Music Dinner Cruise Dana Wharf Sportfishing / Dana Point Harbor 34675 Golden Lantern Dana Point

Looking for a night on the water this Father’s Day? Come aboard the Dana Pride for a special Father’s Day Cruise, complete with live classic rock and a delicious BBQ dinner, including BBQ chicken and beef brisket. This 95 foot flagship has indoor and upper deck seating, a cash bar, and of course a breathtaking view of the Laguna Beach sunset. The Dana Pride cruise lasts for approximately 2 hours and costs $49 per person; tickets can be booked by clicking here. There is no better way to relax this Father’s day than to take part in this evening of fun on the water!

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary Annual Father’s Day Brunch 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA

What better way to spend this Father’s Day than to visit one of Long Beach’s most historical sites, while enjoying a scrumptious champagne brunch? This year, The Queen Mary will be hosting its annual Father’s Day Brunch with over 50 different dishes from around the world, endless champagne and live music. The Queen Mary has been celebrating Father’s Day since 1936 and each year perfects this event with its worldwide culinary dishes. Some of these dishes include made-to-order omelets, southwestern Albondigas soup, Asian style ribs, imported tuna nicoise and many more delectable choices! Family members of all ages are welcome to enjoy this event; tickets are $59.95 per adult and $19.95 for children 12 years and younger. This Father’s Day, aboard The Queen Mary and show your father a great time!

Inland Empire

Drive-in Movie Theater

Drive-in Movie Theater

Did you know there are still Drive-in theaters? Well, this Father’s Day, the Inland Empire has you covered. There are several drive in theaters located all over the inland empire for you and your family to enjoy. Make your Dad’s drive in theater experience even more special by creating a customized gift basket with all of his favorite snacks! Sometimes the simplicity of sitting back and watching a movie with your loved ones is the best way to spend a holiday.

Please see below for some local drive-in theaters:

  • Van Buren: 3035 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92503 Phone: (951) 688-2360
  • Rubidoux: 3770 Opal St., Rubidoux, CA 92509 Phone: (951) 683-4455
  • Smith’s Ranch: 4584 Adobe Rd., Twenty-nine Palms, CA 92277 Phone: (760) 367-7713
  • Mission Tiki: 4407 State Street, Montclair, CA 91763 Phone: (909) 628-0511


Orange Empire Railway Museum

If your Father has a love for history, he is guaranteed to have a grand old time at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The 90-acre Empire Railway Museum located in Perris, CA consists of over 200 train cars, where visitors are able to ride the trains and the trolleys. This Father’s Day, bring dad by the museum to enjoy a full parade as well as display of the museum’s collection of Pacific Electric Railway Company cars. Along with the parade, there will also be a southern BBQ lunch, consisting of BBQ chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob and peach cobbler for dessert! Admission and parking to the museum is free and riding the trolleys and trains is $12 for 12 and up, $8 for 5 to 11; four or younger is free. Ride away!

Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach Father’s Day 5K 10 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, California 90266

There is no better way to start off your summer than with an exciting Manhattan Beach 5k race- Father’s Day addition. Your entire family is welcome to take part in this race, which will be held on June 15th, from 7:00am-9:30am. This event will be divided into various age groups, therefore families of all ages can take part in the fun! All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a “cool beachy T-Shirt” to wear during the race which will take place and finish under the Manhattan Beach Pier. After the race, feel free to enjoy the innumerable fine bars and restaurants in downtown Manhattan Beach that you will undeniably deserve! Registration will be held on June 14th from 10:00am to 7:00 pm at Village Runner on 1840 Sepulveda Blvd.

Beer Flight

Father’s Day CollaBREWtive Brunch 2600 Colorado Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

On Saturday, June 14th, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Food GPS are excited to be hosting their second annual Father’s Day CollaBREWtive Brunch. This fun-filled brunch features a lineup of eight brewery-roaster pairings, as well as delicious bites offered by a dozen incredible chefs at individual food stations. This event is a fusion of local craft brewers, coffee roasters and chefs all in one exhilarating menu, perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Some exciting pairings include a creation called “Rice and Beans”, which is essentially a beer inspired by coffee-infused horchata, brewed with sweet rice, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee that was roasted by Tierra Mia in L.A. This is just one of the exciting tastings that are available at the CollaBREWtive Brunch this Saturday! General admission tickets cost $65 per person. Children ages 7-12 are $30 and children six and under are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

San Diego

If you’re planning to visit San Diego over your Father’s Day weekend, The Viejas Casino in Alpine will be hosting an extraordinary Father’s Day Weekend buffet. That’s right, a buffet that will last the entire weekend! This buffet special includes traditional favorites as well as special dishes such as prime rib, oysters, New York steak and more, all for $29.99. For a detailed menu, please click here. As a friendly reminder, there is a complimentary shuttle available at the Ayres Lodge Alpine if you are in need of transportation to and from the casino and hotel. Happy Brunching! Whether your father is keen on museums and history or simply catching a film at a drive-in theater, we hope you’ll find one of these activities something he might enjoy. Instead of adding that 100th tie to your father’s collection, we hope you are able to spend some quality time creating memories this Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to our lovely readers!

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