Father's Day in Los Angeles

21 Fun and Unique Things to Do for Father's Day in LA

Looking for fun things to do for Father's Day in Los Angeles? Research shows that experiences make you happier than things, so show Dad how much you appreciate him this Father's Day by sharing or treating him to one of these unique Father's Day events and activities. There's something for Dads with every taste and in every price range. 

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    Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance Car Show

    Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance
    ••• Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance. Photo courtesy of the Beverly Hills conference and Visitors Bureau

    If 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 over 100 specialty cars. Every year there is a different theme which can include luxury, classic and racing cars and motorcycles of all kinds.
    When: Annually in June on Father's Day, 9 am - 4 pm
    Where: 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive
    Cost: Free
    Info: lovebeverlyhills.com, (310) 248-1015

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    Cowboy Fun at the Autry Museum

    The Autry Museum of the American West
    ••• The Autry Museum of the American West. Kayte Deioma

    The whole family can enjoy some cowboy fun at the Autry Museum Saturday and Sunday including panning for gold and guided tours. Sunday is the Western Music Association Showcase, where cowboy  musicians and poets perform stories and songs of the West and the American cowboy.

    When: June 18, 2017, Sunday showcase 12-3 pm 
    Where: The Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Cost: Adults $14, Students & Seniors (60+) with ID $10, Children 3-12 $6, under 3 free
    Info: theautry.org

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    Fillmore & Western Father's Day BBQ Train

    Take Dad on a 2 1/2 hour vintage train ride through Heritage Valley with an onboard BBQ on the Fillmore and Western Railway. Your journey begins in Fillmore, about an hour north of Hollywood, Santa Monica or Downtown LA. 
    When: Annually in June on Father's Day, 11 am and 3 pm
    Where: Fillmore & Western Railway, 364 Main St., Fillmore, CA
    Cost: $50 adult, $29 youth 4-12, $25 child 2-3. Kids under 2 on a lap are free.
    Info: www.fwry-blog.com, tickets

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    Have a Theme Park Day

    Voyage to the Iron Reef
    ••• Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott's Berry Farm. Photo courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

    If Dad is just a big kid at heart, a day out at one of the many Los Angeles Theme Parks could be in order. They all have new rides, shows and attractions opening this season. Universal Studios has the new Wizarding World. Disneyland is still celebrating its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, and Disney California Adventure has a new ride and show. Knott's is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town. Magic Mountain's new hybrid Twisted Colossus will also be on line before Father's Day. 

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    Escape With Dad

    The Basement Logo
    ••• The Basement. Courtesy of The Basement

    No, really! If the Dad you're honoring is a fan of horror flicks, or even just solving puzzles, schedule a real life escape experience for/with him at any of these 25 cool escape experiences in the LA area or these 10 Escape Rooms in Orange County

    Goldstar.com sometimes has discount tickets.

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    The Other Kind of Escape

    Road Trip
    ••• Road Trip. Photo by Lisa Gagne/Getty

    OK, so maybe Dad would prefer a relaxing getaway rather than the adrenaline rush of an Escape Experience. Any of these Short Road Trips from LA might do the trick. 

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    Visit Walt Disney's Barn Museum and Ride a Mini Train at Griffith Park

    Los Angeles Live Steamers
    ••• Los Angeles Live Steamers at Griffith Park. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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.
    When: 3rd Sunday of the month, 11 am - 3 pm
    Where: Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn, 5202 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles
    Cost: Free.
    Info: carolwood.com/calendar/

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    Take Dad to a Guy-Centric Play

    Pantages Theatre
    ••• Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Jersey Boys is playing at the Ahmanson Theatre. Constellations, a romance between a beekeeper and a quantum physicist is playing at the Geffen. Hold These Truths is a drama about an American civil rights hero during the American Japanese internment. The apocolyptic musical parody, The Last Breakfast Club will be on stage at the Rockwell Table and Stage.

    Check Goldstar.com (review) for discount tickets to these and other performances and events on Father's Day.

    You can also check out the dozens of shows participating in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which will be in full swing that weekend, with Sunday shows starting at 10:30 am. Click the Family tag if you want to bring the kids.

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    Have a Father's Day Tall Ship Adventure

    Tall Ship Irving Johnson
    ••• Tall Ship Irving Johnson sailing off the coast of Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    If 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 their annual Father's Day Adventure at Sea aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. Join the crew in handling lines and raising sails. ($80 adult, $60 child)

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    Pasadena Chalk Festival

    If 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 $35 registration fee is required for first-time participants.
    When: Annually in June, Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day Weekend, 10 am - 7 pm
    Where: Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd
    Cost: Free to watch
    Info: www.pasadenachalkfestival.com

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    Night Out at a Comedy Club

    IO West Comedy Club in Hollywood
    ••• IO West Comedy Club in Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    If Dad is always up for a laugh, LA's Top Comedy Clubs have a plethora of shows to evoke chuckles, chortles and guffaws, from stand up to improv. 

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    A Day at the Races and All You Can Eat Buffet at Santa Anita Park

    Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA
    ••• Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. Photo: Getty Images

    Treat Dad to a day at the races at Santa Anita Park.Options include three-course dinner, a whiskey tasting brunch or trackside BBQ which is also available for kids. 

    When: June 18, 2017
    Where: Santa Anita Race Track, 285 W Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA 91007
    Cost: varies
    Info:  www.santaanita.com, Discount Tickets

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    Take Dad Kart Racing

    Kart Racing
    ••• Kart Racing. Photo Getty Images/Zero Creatives

    If Dad is a speed demon, take him Kart Racing at MB2 Raceway in Sylmar. Kids 48" and taller can come along and test out their track skills. Junior and adult karts available. Prices start at $20 Junior (48"+) 10 lap or $23 Adult (57"+) 14 lap race. Gift Certificates available.

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    Indoor Skydiving

    iFly at Universal CityWalk Hollywood
    ••• iFly at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. Courtesy of iFly

    Take Dad to iFly at Universal CityWalk to try his hand at indoor skydiving in a plexiglass wind tunnel.

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    A Night of Illusions and Magic

    Magicopolis
    ••• Magicopolis in Santa Monica. Photo courtesy of Magicopolis

    If Dad is fascinated by illusions, from card tricks and sleight of hand to major vanishing acts, check out these Los Angeles Magic Shows

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    Music on the Meadows at Terranea Resort Father's Day Weekend

    Terranea Resort
    ••• Terranea Resort. Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort

    Terranea clifftop resort in Rancho Palos Verdes will be hosting Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at their annual Music on the Meadows on Father's Day, making it a perfect getaway for the weekend. The concert will also feature The BlastersVenice, The Untouchables, Ryan O'Flanagan and more. Various concert and overnight packages are available.

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    King Trivia - Live Bar Trivia

    Is Dad the king of trivia, useful and useless facts at your house? Let him gather a team and test his mettle against other trivia buffs. Teams of up to 6 people compete for prizes at 5 different Southern California Bars on Sundays (other bars on other nights). 

    Participating locations on Father's Day Sunday include Busby's West and Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, BarFood on Wilshire, Brix at the Shore in Long Beach, and Barnacles Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach.

    More info at www.kingtrivia.com

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    Mad Science Mayhem at Kidspace

    Kidspace Climbing Wall
    ••• Strata Cliff Climb at the Kidspace Museum in Pasadena. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    For some nice father-child bonding, dad and the kids can immerse themselves in the world of storytelling at A Midsummer Night’s Museum at Kidspace. Hear tales of the Arabian Nights; join Alice’s Mad Tea Party; and meet mythical creatures and classic characters in the Midsummer Night’s Garden. Dressing up is encouraged for an evening of storytelling adventure!
    When: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 5-8 pm 
    Where: 480 N. Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
    Cost: $8 adults and children 1 and up
    Info: www.kidspacemuseum.org

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    Pamper Dad with a Spa Day

    Larchmont Sanctuary Spa
    ••• Larchmont Sanctuary Spa in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Larchmont Sanctuary Spa

    Treat Dad to a little relaxation with a man-centric spa treatment, such as the Peroni-infused pedicure at Mr. C Spa & Beauty, Beverly Hills. 

    If the dad you're celebrating is your hubby, you can also check out the Top Couples Spas in LA.

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    Romance Him

    Kissing in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
    ••• Kissing in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    If the Dad you're treating this Father's Day is the father of your children, maybe you want to leave the kids at home and let him know he's still the love of your life with these Romantic Things to Do in LA and Romantic Things to Do in Orange County

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    Brunch!

    Live Latin Music for Fiesta Domingo at Fuego Restaurant at the Hotel Maya
    ••• Live Latin music with a view of the Queen Mary for Fiesta Domingo Sunday brunch at Fuego Restaurant at the Hotel Maya. © 2009 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    If it's just a straightforward  celebratory brunch you're looking for, check out Open Table's list of special Father's Day Brunches (and dinners).