Best Activities To Celebrate Father’s Day In The Bay Area

By Joanna Metheny

Father’s Day falls on June 15th, and the Bay Area has a multitude of ways to honor dad this holiday weekend. Any family can find a way to have fun together no matter their interests. The Bay Area offers everything from a mountain-top play to a guided bike tour of the zoo.

Mountain Play

Mount Tamalpais State Park
3801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-1100
Date: June 15, 2014



This year’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” marks the 101st annual Mountain Play at the top of Mount Tamalpais. Grab dad and join a multitude of other families to enjoy this century-old Mill Valley tradition. Weather at the top of the mountain can be very hot, so make sure to bring plenty of water in addition to a picnic lunch to enter into the Picnic Contest held on Father’s Day. Outdoor-loving families can choose to hike up the mountain, while those with small children may prefer to drive to the theater. Come early for pre-show entertainment and the best parking, or to purchase on-site food and drinks. Don’t forget to bring padded stadium seats or a blanket to sit on.

Blackhawk Museum Father’s Day Car Show

3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 736-2277 Ext. 238
Date: June 15, 2014

(via Blackhawk Place)

(via Blackhawk Place)

Car-loving dads flock to the Blackhawk Museum’s annual Father’s Day Car Show. Come to view a massive variety of muscle and classic cars, or have dad drive his own vehicle to become part of the show. Pre-registered vehicles will receive a discount, and the first 300 to arrive on the day of the show will get a special goodie bag. Food for purchase and music will be on-site.

San Mateo County Fair

San Mateo Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-3247
Date: June 7-15, 2014
This year is the 80th anniversary of the San Mateo County Fair. It is one of the largest area fairs and its nine-day run wraps up Father’s Day weekend. The whole family will find something to enjoy between the carnival rides, petting zoo, live entertainment and 4H booths. Plenty of delicious carnival food will be available for purchase, and don’t forget to bring plenty of cash for games and concessions.

Father’s Day Kite Fly

Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
11 Spinnaker Way
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 235-5483
Date: June 15, 2014
The whole family can celebrate dad by enjoying an afternoon spent at Chavez Park’s “Kite Hill.” Bring along a kite or purchase one on-site. If buying a kite at the event, visit High Line Kite’s website for a dollar-off coupon. The event is free and open to the public.

SF Zoo Father’s Day Bike About

1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 753-7080
Date: June 15, 2014
Bring dad and the bikes to take a private cycling docent-led tour of the zoo. Any animal-loving dad will love this 1.5-hour-long tour behind the scenes before the zoo is open to the public. Registration includes the tour, a continental breakfast, zoo admission and parking. Don’t forget to dress in layers as weather in the sunset can rapidly go from cool to warm.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on


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