Settle down, padre; we get it. It’s Father's Day. This weekend it’s all about you. Dad’s choice from sunup to sundown: make way for baseball (with or without a game), BBQ and buffets, animated superheroes, and Bond, James Bond. Or, if you prefer, JoJo Siwa and faeries. As long as you’re happy, we’re happy. Yep, whatever it takes, no expense spared...
Psst: Moms and kids! Did you know there's a ton of cool stuff going on this weekend that you can take Dad to for free? Luxury cars on Rodeo Drive, no-cost concerts, movies by moonlight, festivals, and celebrations. You can even make him a variety of from
-the-heart gifts. All without dipping into the trust fund. There are also things you can do that cost money, if you're into that. (And we have a feeling some of it Dad will be very into!)
Whichever way you go, it's sure to be the bestest weekend ever, if you get to spend it together. Hey, look! Next week it's summer!
Keep reading for the father of all weekends...
Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
If you think your kids’ chalk scribblings are impressive, wait until you see what artists come up with on the sidewalks of Paseo Colorado.
Juneteenth Heritage Festival - Leimert Park
Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Black Arts Los Angeles’ Leimert Park fest offers two days of fun for the entire family, with live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, dance, and health screenings.
OC Night Market - Costa Mesa
OC folks can enjoy the night air while dining, shopping, playing, and being entertained.
Pacific Electric Weekend - Perris
This weekend, Orange Empire Railway Museum offers up rides on the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric trains—plus a visit from Daniel Tiger on Saturday and a Father's Day BBQ on Sunday.
LevittLA Summer Concert Series in MacArthur Park - Downtown
The free entertainment at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park this weekend includes The Slackers on Saturday and Tamal Festival on Sunday.
2001: A Space Odyssey - Santa Monica
Miss these Father's Day weekend screenings of the sci fi classic at the Aero? I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
The Incredibles 2 - Hollywood
Dad's not the only superhero in this family: Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and the whole super family return in this long awaited sequel.
Celebrate Star Wars Day at the Orange County Zoo. Photo courtesy of OC Parks
SATURDAY JUNE 16
Opening Night at the Bowl - Hollywood
Star Wars Day - Orange
The Force is strong in this meerkat: the OC Zoo hosts a day of Star Wars fun.
Juneteenth - Santa Monica
Virginia Avenue Park's annual festival features a drum circle, Ethiopian dance, and more.
Juneteenth Festival - Pasadena
The Juneteenth Festival brings the community together to celebrate Jackie Robinson Center’s 40+ years of serving the community.
Summer of Mud Run - Silverado
Kids can get in on the act with the special "Mud Puddles Kids Course" at the OC's Summer of Mud run in Oak Canyon Park.
Chaplin/ Marx Brothers at the Vista Theatre - Los Feliz
Hail! Hail Freedonia! Land of the Brave and Free! Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup plays at the Vista Theatre
Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup - Venice
Mother (Earth) would appreciate your pitching in to clean up the beach for Father ('s Day).
Touch-A-Truck - Thousand Oaks
Go on: touch it. You know you want to. You can even honk the horn. That ambulance, fire truck, or maybe even a rescue helicopter is there for you your curious kid to explore.
Michelin 24 Hours Forza Challenge - Mid-Wilshire
While real Le Mans is happening, you can compete in virtual competition at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Trace - Arcadia
Trace Atkins sets the stage for summer at the LA County Arboretum.
Michael's is the source of all kinds of Father's Day weekend fun. First up, kids can make a Father's Day card at the weekly kids club. Then, they can craft the newly minted clay slime. And finally, the Studio City store hosts Nickelodeon sensation, Jo Jo Sliwa.
Free Outdoor Concerts
Music in the Park - Simi Valley: Bee Gees Gold - Ultimate Salute to the Bee Gees
Grand Performances Summer Concerts - Downtown: AfroFuturistic dance, a poetry/music suite, and guerilla-style performance art.
NoHo Summer Nights: Concerts North Hollywood Park Queen Nation
Meet Me at Reed Santa Monica Only Voices, An A Cappella Picnic
Outdoor Movies (some free, some not)
Street Food Cinema - Griffith Park: Mrs. Doubtfire, Pacific Palisades: The Greatest Showman
Cinemalibu - Malibu: Family Pajama Party featuring Despicable Me
Sunset Cinema - Brea: The Jungle Book (2016)
Beachfront Cinema - Huntington Beach: Wonder Woman (PG-13)
Free Movie Series ( Huntington Beach City Gym & Pool) - Huntington Beach Despicable Me 3 (Not outdoors, but in a pool!)
Make a button badge together at the California African American Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
SUNDAY JUNE 17 – FATHER’S DAY
Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance - Beverly Hills
Check out all the fancy cars on Rodeo Drive (even more of them than usual).
Father's Day Button Badges at CAAM - Exposition Park
Being a dad is a badge of honor. Make one for your pops at the California African American Museum.
Father's Day at the Reagan Library and Museum - Simi Valley
A professional photographer is on hand to capture family photos at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
The Legends of King Arthur - Topanga
The audience becomes lords and ladies at a festival in honor of King Arthur and Queen Guenevere, in Creative Playground’s spin on the Arthurian legend at Theatricum Botanicum.
Father’s Day BBQ - Long Beach
Dad is sure to love a Father's Day BBQ with the Aquarium of the Pacific as backdrop.
GRAMMY Museum Free For Dads - Downtown
Dads get in free to the GRAMMY Museum (that's worth some kind of award!).
Family Flicks at the Hammer - Westwood
There's no crying in baseball, but there may be tears of joy at the Hammer Museum's free Father’s Day showing of A League of Their Own.
Zimmer Sunday Family Programs - Mid-Wilshire
The Zimmer celebrates dads with free admission for the whole family.
Father's Day Lunch Train - Fillmore
All aboard for Father's Day fun on the Fillmore & Western Railway.
Dad's Day at The Big A - Anaheim
The Angels may be away, but dads and kids can play at Angel Stadium for the ultimate behind-the-scenes Father's Day experience.
Father's Day Catch - Dodgers Home Game vs. the Giants - Echo Park
For Father’s Day, how about a simple game of catch… on the field at Dodger Stadium? (Plus everyone gets a free money clip, too!)
The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids - A Father's Day Celebration - Echo Park
Want a grateful dad? Perhaps a little Grateful Dead will do the trick!
Studio Ghibli Fest - Multiple Locations
Pom Poko is an action-packed ecological fable about the clash between nature and human civilization.
From Russia with Love / Goldfinger - Hollywood
Nothing like a little familial Bond-ing on Father's Day.
The Talbot 1938 Teardrop SS 150 at the Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance: Photo by Marty B/CC BY 2.0
Some free concerts on Sunday:
Summer Concerts in the Park - El Segundo: Surf's Up (Beach Boys tribute)
Playa Vista Concert in the Park - Playa Vista: Pine Mountain Logs
Concerts on the Green - Woodland Hills: Fortunate Son (John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute)
Summer Concerts in the Park - Agoura Hills Kenny Metcalf as Elton John
La Cañada Flintridge Music in the Park - La Cañada Flintridge David Sagal Jazz Quintet
As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a spectacular time. Happy Fathers' Day, Dads; we love you!