Special activities can show dad how much you care on Father's Day.

Things to Do on Father's Day in Southern California

by Maria Magher

Southern California is home to some of the state's most populous areas, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara. There are a wide variety of activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to choose from throughout the year. When it comes time to celebrate dad, there are a number of options to make Father's Day a memorable one.


Whether your dad is into fine art, music or industry, there are plenty of museums throughout Southern California to appeal to his interests. At The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, you can explore musical history, including some of the outfits and instruments owned by the musicians themselves. Dads get in free on Father's Day when they go with family members.

Dads who love cars will enjoy going to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Over 130 classic, antique and vintage vehicles are on display, and special exhibits share information about the history of the automobile. Dad can even take a ride in a historic car.


Summer is a popular time for festivals of all types, and many of them fall on Father's Day. Make Music Pasadena is the largest free music festival in Southern California, and it often takes place on Father's Day. More than 100 bands are featured, including local acts and independent musicians.

If your dad is more a film buff than a music aficionado, take him to the L.A. Film Fest, which takes places over a week and a half in June, usually overlapping with Father's Day. Free community screenings are held, in addition to panels with filmmakers, workshops and paid screenings. You can watch movies that haven't been distributed yet, giving you a real insider's look into the film industry.


Tours are a great way to help dad explore his interests. Brewery Tours of San Diego offers daily tours to two or three of the area's best breweries. The tours run seven days a week, both day and night, and include beer tastings, a meal and a souvenir glass.

If your dad is more into physical activity, try a Segway tour with Another Side of Los Angeles Tours. You can explore Hollywood, Beverly Hills, celebrity homes, and other notable sights throughout Los Angeles, getting an up close and personal view from the back of a Segway.

Special Dinners

A good meal is a great way to celebrate dad on his special day. Medieval Times offers dads a free meal all week, so long as he is accompanied by a paying family member. Head to the Medieval Times in Buena Park to let dad enjoy turkey legs and jousting and feel like a king in his throne.

If dad prefers a more adventurous meal, head over to Pirate's Dinner Adventure, also in Buena Park, for dinner and a show. Dad can have the chance to play an actual role in the show, including being the pirate mascot of your own ship -- or table -- while you watch.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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