Father’s Day is set just days before the first official day of summer, which makes it the perfect time for barbecue, craft beer, outdoor adventures and live music. Coincidence? We think not.
To help make this Father’s Day one for the record books, we rounded up the Bay Area’s best events, unforgettable cruises, and several ideas that are sure to impress your dad. Our guide includes ticketed festivals, free concerts, barbecue competitions and events, details on nearby camping excursions, Bay Area brewery info, and more. Happy Father’s Day!
Attend an event
Wednesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 17 | SFJAZZ Center | Tickets
Organized by the SFJAZZ Center, the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival includes more than 25 ticketed concerts. Celebrate jazz with the SF experts this June in Hayes Valley and we promise you won’t stop dancing all week. Check the concert schedule and buy tickets online. The second and final week wraps up on Father’s Day with two artists and three shows from Arturo Sandoval and The JuJu Exchange with Nico Segal.
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17 | Sonoma County Fairground | Tickets
Northern California’s biggest country music festival, Country Summer brings in thousands of fans and more than 10 big names for Sonoma County’s biggest party. The five-acre Carnival field at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will also showcase Western-themed attractions, culinary delights, and plenty of Anheuser-Busch beverages, as well as wine and spirits to please every palate.
Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17 | North Beach District | Free
The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals and, in 2018, it’s celebrating its 64th year. Throughout the historic North Beach District, you can enjoy over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, poetry readings, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, a kids’ chalk art area, and the annual blessing of the animals.
Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17 | Regional Shoreline Park | Free
The 12th Annual King of the County BBQ Fest is returning to Martinez this Father’s Day with a KCBS sanctioned Backyard Barbecue Competition! In addition to the award-winning food, you can enjoy beer and wine, a kids’ zone, arts and crafts, local vendors, and live music.
Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17 | Vallejo Waterfront Park | Tickets
The first and only event of its kind in the Bay Area, the Northern California Pirate Festival is returning to the Vallejo waterfront for another year of mischief and fun. The family-friendly entertainment lineup includes three stages, sword fighting and brawling, roving entertainment, and a Mermaid lagoon!
Saturday, June 16, 1 – 9 p.m. | City View Metreon | Tickets
Food vendors, entertainers, exhibitors and wineries from across Northern California are hosting Uncorked this June. This public event provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine from more than 60 wineries throughout the region. It typically draws around 7,000 attendees, so buy tickets today!
Sunday, June 17, 12 – 3 p.m. | Yerba Buena Gardens | Free
As one of the longest, most accessible music and family events in the Bay Area, the annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is a must during the summer. The nonprofit series consists of six months of admission-free performances and, on Father’s Day, they’re celebrating the creativity of North America’s indigenous peoples. The 21st annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival will include native music, dance, spoken word, artist vendors and native crafts.
Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m. | Stern Grove | Free
Every summer Sunday at Sigmund Stern Grove on 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, you’ll find a music festival for the entire family. Father’s Day on June 17th marks The Big Picnic and the kick off to the 81st season. The free, soulful concert will feature two R&B greats, Peabo Bryson and Jeffrey Osborne! Come early to snag your seats.
If you buy tickets to The Big Picnic Party, you can enjoy reserved picnic table seats at the concert as well as a family-friendly, pre-concert party and luncheon in the Grove.
Sunday, June 17, 3 – 7:30 p.m. | University Avenue | Free
Celebrating its tenth year in 2018, Palo Alto World Music Day brings 50 professional and amateur musical groups to the community’s street corners and plazas. The family-friendly, free event will feature genres like jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, Greek, Balkan, Indian, World Music, choral, dance and even more!
Take a cruise
Sunday, June 17, 10:30 a.m. | Pier 3 | Tickets
This two and a half hour Hornblower cruise includes a brunch buffet, a hosted premium bar, live entertainment, a keepsake boarding photo and a souvenir pint glass for Dad!
Sunday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. | Pier 3 | Tickets
Less expensive than the premier cruise, this option includes a two hour, scenic cruise, a brunch buffet, free-flowing beer and sparkling wine, bottomless mimosas, live entertainment, a keepsake boarding photo, and a souvenir pint glass.
Sunday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. | Pier 3 | Tickets
This two and a half hour evening cruise includes a seated, four-course dinner, scenic views and live entertainment.
Sunday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. | Doubletree Marina | Tickets
Leaving from Berkeley, this brunch cruise offers two hours on the water, a brunch buffet, free-flowing beer and sparkling wine, live entertainment, a keepsake boarding photo and a souvenir pint glass.
Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m. | Doubletree Marina | Tickets
This lunchtime option in Berkeley offers the same benefits as the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise with a lunch buffet and a later boarding time!
Father’s Day is set right at the beginning of summer which makes it a great time to embark on a camping trip! In the Bay Area, you may want to start planning now because camping spots fill up quickly. Check out The 10 Most Spectacular Camping Destinations Near San Francisco for a handful of nearby options.
Or, make it a glamping getaway and check out 14 Charming Vacation Rentals Near San Francisco, From Wine Country to Big Sur!
Tour Bay Area breweries
Another summer, patio season and Father’s Day favorite is craft beer! Here in the Bay Area, we’re blessed with some of the best, most awarded breweries in the country. (Yes, we’re talking about Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa).
You have a good chance of finding an outstanding brewery simply by exploring your neighborhood. Or, check out 32 Craft Breweries Within a 20 Minute Walk From BART to find something BARTable.
Does your dad love trivia? Send him our article, How These Bay Area Breweries Got Their Names. Then, hit up Cleophus Quealy Beer Co., ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Old Bus Tavern and 21st Amendment Brewery this Father’s Day!
And, of course, eat!
Our favorite Father’s Day tradition is eating — and we have a sneaking suspicion it’s your dad’s favorite, too. If you’re looking for father-approved spots, check out The 15 Best Restaurants with the Best Views in San Francisco. This local guide includes San Francisco waterfront restaurants, lounges above the city, and a couple of seaside favorites in Sausalito. From steakhouses to famous seafood spots — it has a little bit of everything!
For even more options, check out The 15 Essential Farm-to-Table Restaurants in San Francisco, 15 Must-Visit San Francisco Restaurants That Have Been Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, or The 15 Best Seafood Restaurants in the Bay Area.
Happy Father’s Day!
From all of us at McGuire Real Estate, we wish you a happy Father’s Day.