Father's Day in LA is going to be a Sunday Funday this year. Whether your dad is into hiking, chowing down at LA's best restaurants, lounging at the beach or laughing his face off at the city's best comedy shows, show him a great time. Use our guide to find the perfect way to spend quality time with your pops with these Father's Day events.
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Father's Day events and ideas
If your dad walks on water—or surfs, paddles or kayaks on it—spend the day with him at Malibu Surf Shack. This seaside shop has rentals, lessons and tours for all skill levels and all water sports. Cruise the kelp beds and watch for dolphins. Make sure to check out some of our other favorite surf shops, too.
Treat dad to 18, and then set him loose at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. A full-service spa, the largest circular pool west of the Mississippi and a 400-acre golf course with its own golf academy—this resort boasts luxury at its every turn. Enjoy stunning views of the ocean and an escape from the city. Call ahead to book a tee time and post-golf nosh at the restaurant.
Your dad has spent a lot more years dealing with a daily commute than you have. Blow off some traffic-induced steam at Speed Zone’s four go-kart tracks. Take the lead in the Top Eliminator Dragster, a 300-horsepower NHRA dragster ($15 for three races), and then carhop to the Grand Prix, a track modeled after the Formula 1 and Indy Car racing circuits ($2 per lap). There's also the classic Slick Trax for drift-style racing on finely polished concrete and ultimate Turbo Track—faster than Slick Trax and open to up to twenty drivers ($7 for five-minute session). Bonus: there's a bar. And mini golf. And a mini bowling alley. And an arcade.
Not all of us can score Dad a sweet pair of seats at Chavez Ravine. When the Dodgers are out of town or cheap eats near Dodger Stadium won't cut it, treat your pops to the ultimate game-watching experience. Take Dad to Smith House to watch the Dodgers on about a hundred TV screens, mounted above about two hundred beer taps. Bonus: comfy booths (yes, you can still see at least two TVs from every seat), and five of them have built-in table-tap beer systems.
Every Father's Day weekend, more than 600 artists create temporary masterpieces in chalk on the streets of Pasadena at the Paseo Colorado shopping center (280 E Colorado Blvd) during this street painting festival—the largest in the world—while 100,000 onlookers watch where they walk. Styles of artwork run the gamut from classical to contemporary. Bonus: There's a Police Classic Car Show on Sunday from 10am-3pm.
If your Dad initiated your allowance way-back-when and taught you to be careful with your cash, show him how much you've learned by planning a day full of the best free things to do in LA. From music and museums to events and attractions, you won't run out of things to do, or cash. But might we suggest a steak dinner after the day's free-for-all?
Switch out your backyard barbecue with an upscale, hands-free grill fest at the swanky Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, alongside a stellar brunch menu. Executive chef Chris Crary is taking over the BBQ and vamping up the classics—gourmet style—with favorites like baby back ribs, roasted prime ribs, and light grilled salmon. In between bites (and perhaps a few Bloody Marys), take a brisk stroll through the classic car showcase thanks to the Beverly Hills Car Club, which features highlights like the 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Coup. To ensure dad's ultimate classics combo—cocktails, BBQ, and old fashioned cars—reserve a table. Come Father's Day, reservations are required.