Research shows that experiences make you happier than things, so show your dad how much you appreciate him this Father's Day by treating him to an awesome adventure in Los Angeles in 2018. There's something for dads with every taste and in every price range.
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If your dad is a car buff, you'll want to get him out to the Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance in Beverly Hills for Father's Day. During the Concours, that most famous three-block shopping strip, Rodeo Drive, will be closed off to display more than 100 specialty cars. Every year there is a different theme, which can include luxury, classic and racing cars, and motorcycles of all kinds. It happens on Jun 17, 2018, in the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. This year is the 25th anniversary of this event, and to honor that silver milestone, there will be an entire block filled only with silver cars.
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The whole family can enjoy some cowboy fun at the Autry Museum Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend, June 16 and 17, that includes panning for gold and guided tours. June 17 is the Western Music Association Showcase, where cowboy musicians and poets perform stories and songs of the West and the American cowboy.
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Take your dad on a 2 1/2-hour vintage train ride through Heritage Valley with an onboard barbecue on the Fillmore & Western Railway. Your journey begins in Fillmore, about an hour north of Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Downtown LA. There are two train runs, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 3 p.m. on Father's Day.
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Father's Day coincides with the public open day at Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn at Griffith Park, which happens on the third Sunday of the month, and the weekly gathering of mini steam train enthusiasts at the same location. The barn was Walt Disney's own creative space where he worked on his miniature railroad. It was moved to the Los Angeles Live Steamers area at Griffith Park as a museum, which is staffed once a month by volunteers, including Disney veterans.
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If your dad has a bit of the pirate or adventurer in him, a sail on one of the Southern California tall ships might make his day.
The Ocean Institute in Dana Point will be hosting its annual Father's Day Adventure at Sea aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point on Saturday, June 16. First, you'll get breakfast on the institute's historic wharf and then you'll join the crew in handling lines and raising sails on a 2 1/2-hour trip at sea.
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If dear old dad has an appreciation for art, you could take him to one of the many LA art museums or you could enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, where the sidewalk becomes the canvas for hundreds of artists. Advance registration is required to participate, and a registration fee is required for first-time participants. It's free to watch. It happens on both Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend, June 16 and 17.
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Horse-racing affords some of the most exciting few minutes in sports as you wait tensely to see if your horse is first over the finish line. It's a good bet that your dad would love a day at the races at Santa Anita Park on Father's Day. Options include various brunches, including a whiskey-tasting brunch, or a trackside barbecue package. You can also get a barbecue package for the kids.
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If your dad is the king of trivia, useful, and useless facts at your house, he'd love to gather a team (of other dads) and test his mettle against other trivia buffs on Father's Day. Teams of up to six people compete for prizes at several Southern California bars on Sundays (and at other bars on other nights).
Participating locations on Father's Day Sunday include Busby's West and Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, Barnacles Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach, The Garage in Ventura, Simmzy's in Burbank, The Oaks Tavern and The Woodman in Sherman Oaks, and The Nickel Mine in LA.