Father's Day Events

Silicon Valley

Trophies and Crowns – Kids ages 3 and up can make a special gift for Dad. Wed., June 13. 6pm. Check website for dates at other branches of the San Jose Public Library. Alviso Branch Library, 5050 N. First St., San Jose.

Hats Off to Dad – Salute Dad on Father's Day with a steam train ride and a Chuck Wagon barbecue platter. An old-fashioned train robbery performance during event is not recommended for people sensitive to noise. Sun., June 17. 11am. $23-29. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton.

Father's Day BBQ – Ribs, hot dogs and other items are on the menu for this special barbecue. Sun., June 17. $12-17, plus admission. Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway. 

Men of Big Basin – Celebrate Father's Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin. Living history reenactments bring you back in time. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, 1.5 hour guided walk. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at park headquarters. Sun., June. 17.  FREE. $10 vehicle fee. 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek.

SF, Marin & Peninsula


Father’s Day Lunch Sail – Come aboard the schooner Freda B. Sail the bay, viewing Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy gourmet sandwiches. Sun., June 17. 11am-2pm. $69-75. Slip 907, 100 Bay St., Sausalito. 415-331-0444.

San Francisco

Father’s Day Zoo BikeAbout – This 90-minute bike tour will focus on what paternal care looks like in the animal kingdom. Enjoy a continental breakfast afterward. Sun., June 17. 8:30am. $45 per cyclist. San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway. 415-753-7080.

Stern Grove Big Picnic: Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson – This kickoff of the Stern Grove concert series features a soulful concert starring two R&B greats. Seating is first come, first served. Series runs through Aug. 19. Sun., June 17. 2pm. FREE. 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. 415-252-6252.


Quincy Jones Presents Justin Kauflin – After losing his sight at age 11, Justin Kauflin gravitated to jazz piano. He has since received top jazz honors across the country. Sun., June 17. 1:30pm. $75, includes timed entry to tennis court, complimentary drink ticket and snacks at the table. Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. 650-364-8300.

Palo Alto World Music Day – Fifty professional and amateur musical groups perform a variety of genres on street corners and plazas. Featured music includes jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer and more. Sun., June 17. 3-7:30pm. FREE. University Avenue.

East Bay

Alameda County

Dad’s FREE Day – Fathers will get into the Alameda County Fair free until 5pm and can enjoy special events along with an evening concert by En Vogue. Sun., June 17. 11am-11pm. $10-15 ages 13-61, $8-10 ages 6-12, under 6 FREE; carnival wrist bands $28-35. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. 925-426-7600.

Father's Day Zoo – Bring Dear Ol’ Dad to the Oakland Zoo to get a free ride on the train and see the resident animal dads get special treats. Sun., June 17. 10am-4pm. $22 adults, $18 ages 2-14, members and under 2 FREE. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. 510-632-9525, ext. 100.

Fabulous Fathers – Venture into the mud and rocks during low tide to find fishy dads who protect with pouches and other means. Wear old shoes or boots. Sun., June 17. 10-11:30am. FREE. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187. 

Contra Costa County

King of the County BBQ – This annual festival over Father’s Day weekend will feature live music, professional and amateur barbecue challenges, shopping and fun activities for kids. June 16-17. 11am-5pm.  FREE. Martinez Waterfront Park, N. Court Street and Joe DiMaggio Drive, Martinez. 925-228-2345.

Solano County

Pirate Festival – Arrrr! Help Dad tap into his inner pirate during Father’s Day weekend and invade the Vallejo waterfront for pirate encampments, treasure of all kinds and mischievous entertainment for all ages. June 16-17. 10am-6pm. $12 admission, ages 12 and under FREE. Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 866-921-9277.


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