Updated for 2023
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th. Which means it’s time to celebrate dads. And not just dads. We also celebrate the step-dads, the grandpas, the uncles, the special men who are “like a dad.”
But, how to celebrate?
Luckily, there are lots of things to do and places to go to celebrate Father’s Day in and around Los Angeles. Check out all 20 and choose the best one for the dad in your life!
Why Do We Celebrate Father’s Day?
This is a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating fathers and father figures for their contributions to their families and society as a whole. It is a day to show appreciation for the love, support, and guidance that fathers provide to their children and families.
Take the time to reflect on the important role that fathers play in shaping the lives of their children and to express gratitude for their sacrifices and hard work. Father’s Day is a time to recognize and celebrate the unique bond between a father and his children, and to acknowledge the impact that fathers have on the world around them.
Here in Los Angeles, Father’s Day gives us an opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the amazing things SoCal has to offer for families. We know you’ll find some fantastic events the Dads in your life will love!
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20+ Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Los Angeles
Hoods Up for Father’s Day
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting “Hoods Up for Father’s Day” on Friday, June 16th, Saturday, June 17th, and Sunday, June 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. In honor of Father’s Day, “the Petersen Museum will be lifting the hoods on some of our most iconic vehicles for your viewing pleasure.” With hoods up, families will be treated to an “intimate viewing of the complex motors that power some of the rarest cars in the world.” Ticket information is available online.
Father’s Day Belly Flop Contest at Raging Waters
111 Raging Waters Dr, San Dimas, CA 91773
Join Raging Waters Los Angeles as they celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with their awesome Father’s Day Belly Flop Contest. Taking place Sunday, June 18th at 1 p.m., Dad can flop till he drops at California’s the largest water park. Dads who enter the contest could win big – prizes include: 1st Place: 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill, 2nd Place: Cordless 6-Tool Combo Kit, 3rd Place: $100 Home Depot Gift Card. Raging Waters LA judges will rate belly flops on a scale of 1-10 based on splash, creativity, and crowd reaction. Ties will be broken by another jump. Highest score wins 1st place. Next highest scores win 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Pre-register.
Mariachis for Father’s Day
Vallarta Supermarkets North Hills
9136 Sepulveda Blvd., North Hills 91343
Celebrate Father’s Day! Festivities kick off Sunday, June 18th at 9 AM with a captivating live performance by Grammy Award Winning, Mariachis Divas musicians. The first 100 customers to arrive will receive either a Chef Merito tote bag or a branded Vallarta cooler bag making it a special treat for early attendees. Guests will also have the opportunity to indulge in delightful samples of Tres Leches cake, and refreshing Aqua Frescas, allowing everyone to savor the flavors of this special occasion.
Sun & Sea Father’s Day Pop-Up
850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, El Segundo, CA
Visit The Point on Saturday, June 17th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for a special Father’s Day Pop-Up. “Local makers and artists will be selling everything from sweet treats and drinks, to apparel, jewelry, plants and more.” The fun also includes live music, good vibes, and a lot of family fun!
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Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068
The Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival is described as “summer’s biggest party, curated by Kamasi Washington and Herbie Hancock.” The Festival is taking place on Saturday, June 17th and Father’s Day, June 18th, at 3:30 pm each day. Pack a picnic or purchase food at the Hollywood Bowl, sit back, and enjoy. Tickets are available online.
30th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
The Plaza – Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101
Take dad and the family to Pasadena on Father’s Day Weekend for the Pasadena Chalk Festival. This free, two-day (June 17 and 18), fun-filled event features live music, activities for kids, a silent auction, and more. You’ll be amazed by the 200 chalk murals created by more than 500 artists.
The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance 2023
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance 2023 event, a Father’s Day tradition since 1993, is happening on Sunday, June 18th from 10 am to 4 pm. This can’t-miss, free event features “more than 100 vehicles, ranging from pre-war collectibles to American muscle cars, plus some of the most exquisite vehicles ever made.” Families will have the chance to get up-close looks at the vehicles on display. (Note – there is no car rally this year.)
Father’s Day Hilltop BBQ Luncheon
5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
Treat Dad to a special Farm-to-Table Cookout at Tanaka Farms on Father’s Day. The fun includes a wagon ride up to the hilltop, lawn games and activities, and an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet. Reservations my be made online for seating times from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Father’s Day Rides 2023
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA
From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, celebrate Father’s Day at the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum. The Museum will give dads the chance to “take a ride in a classic car around the block of El Segundo, chauffeured by a knowledgeable and experienced docent from the Museum.” After the ride, Dads, Grandpas, and Uncles can enjoy beer tasting (included with admission). Tickets are available online.
Father’s Day Brunch at the Cat & Fiddle Restaurant and Pub
742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood 90038
Debuting for Father’s Day, the Cat & Fiddle will be offering a brunch menu thereafter every weekend. Enjoy a Shepherd’s Pie egg scramble, a traditional Cat & Fiddle Breakfast w/ homemade English sausages, or a brunch staple item, Avocado Eggs Benedict. Specialty drink options include their Bloody Mary special, an Orange Espresso Martini w/mascarpone cream, or a Lavender Latte. They’re also serving Afternoon Tea and Traditional Sunday Roast. Reservations strongly suggested. Father’s Day hours Sunday June 18th 12 noon -9pm (Brunch 12-4pm).
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA
Celebrate Father’s Day a day early, on Saturday, June 17th, at Pretend City Children’s Museum. The Museum will be honoring the special dads and dad figures in our lives with story times, music and movement activities, and art projects. Ticket information is available online.
Father’s Day Classics by the Sea
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035
Take dad and the family for a drive up to Oxnard to Channel Islands Maritime Museum. On Father’s Day, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Museum is hosting Father’s Day Classics by the Sea. Dads will have the chance to “view classic cars and motorcycles, woodies, and hand built water crafts.” There will also be toy boat building, the opportunity to learn how to create nautical knots, live music, food for sale, and more. This is a free, outdoor event. (Regular museum admission rates do apply to explore the inside of the museum. Children under 18 are always free.)
If Dad is active and likes to be moving, plan for the family to participate in CicLAvia – South LA on Sunday, June 18th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Families can jog, ride, walk, bike, run, skate, skateboard, or spectate. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. In addition, CicLAvia will also feature Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell’s 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Resource Fair. Check the website for details all the details.
Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants
1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Take dad, granddad, uncles, and the whole family to Dodger Stadium for Father’s Day. It’s an afternoon game, starting at 1:10 pm. In addition to the Father’s Day Bucket Hat promotion, kids (ages 5-14) are invited to run the bases after Sunday’s game. Tickets are available online.
Summer Concert in the Park
600 Black Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245
The City of El Segundo begins its Summer Concert in the Park Series on Father’s Day. Rad Moon Rising, a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute, will be performing starting at 4:30 pm. Food trucks start lining up at 4:00 pm. There will also be kids crafts, games, and giveaways. Bring a picnic blanket and make sure dad brings his appetite!
Rooftop Cinema Club: A Goofy Movie
1310 E. Franklin Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245
Take Dad to the movies and enjoy an outdoor screening of A Goofy Movie on Father’s Day at 2:30 pm. Sit back, relax, and laugh at the “lovable, bumbling Dad that is Goofy.” Concession goodies will be available on-site. Tickets are available online.
Rooftop Cinema Club Arts District: The Goonies
777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA
Rooftop Cinema Club Arts District is screening the always-popular, family-friendly film The Goonies on Sunday, June 18th at 3:45 pm. Refreshments and concession stand favorites are available for purchase on-site. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG.)
The Soul Juice Band – Youth Weekend with Emerging Artist: School of Rock
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
If dad is a music lover, then an outdoor concert at Warner Center Park is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. The Father’s Day concert begins at 5:30 pm and stars The Soul Juice Band, described as “blazing soul, funk, rock and jazz with a wall of horns.” School of Rock, “the world’s most successful performance-based music program,” will also be performing. Tickets are available online.
Music in the Park Summer Concert
1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA
The City of La Cañada Flintridge hosts its Music in the Park Summer Concert Series each Sunday (through September 3rd). Concerts begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm, meaning you can treat dad to an informal, picnic dinner while enjoying an outdoor musical performance. On Father’s Day, Misplaced Priorities, will be performing Classic Rock.
Marina del Rey Father’s Day Premier Dinner Cruise
Fisherman’s Village Marina
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with the Marina del Rey Father’s Day Premier Dinner Cruise. This two-and-a-half hour dinner cruise on the Marina del Rey Harbor features spectacular views, live DJ entertainment, and a “delicious plated dinner with freshly prepared entrees, salads, and desserts.” Reservation information is available online.
Summer Concerts in the Park
Memorial Park Bandshell
222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA
Pack a picnic and take dad to a Summer Concert in the Park. Concerts are scheduled throughout the summer and one is happening on Father’s Day, June 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Beatunes, a Beatles Tribute, will be performing. Don’t forget to bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs.
Los Angeles Sparks vs Connecticut Sun
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Our Los Angeles Sparks take on the Connecticut Sun on Father’s Day. Doors open at 3:30 pm, and the game starts at 4:30 pm. Before and after the game, there are lots of things to do and places to eat all nearby at L.A. LIVE. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the box office.
Father’s Day BBQ
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a Father’s Day BBQ on Sunday, June 18th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tickets include all-day Aquarium admission as well as a special meal “served on the Aquarium’s rooftop Veranda dining area overlooking Rainbow Harbor.” Online reservations are not yet available. Check the website for details. ($84 for adults, $55 for kids ages 3-11)
Grads & Dads
Los Angeles Maritime Institute – Berth 84
Treat dad to an adventure and set sail on Father’s Day from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. “You can sit back and relax or become part of the crew – your choice!” Families will be a part of the boat parade and have a great view of fireworks! Tickets are available online. ($60 for adults; $30 for children 12 and younger)
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
West 6th St. and South Park View St., Los Angeles, CA
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is the place for free concerts all summer long. Concerts are scheduled for Friday, June 16th (7 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, June 17th (7 pm to 10 pm), and a Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday, June 18th (5 pm to 8 pm). Details are available online.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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