Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with fun things to do in the SF Bay Area

Elena Ordonez hugs her dad, Roman Ordonez, at Mission Community Market in San Francisco in 2020. Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

With Juneteenth and Father’s Day both landing on Sunday, June 19, this year, the upcoming weekend offers double the cause for celebration.

Families can enjoy an afternoon with dad in Golden Gate Park with an old-fashioned botanical vibe at the Conservatory of Flowers; get the kid’s zoomies out in the Koret Children’s Quarter play area and carousel; check in at the California Academy of Sciences or the de Young Museum; enjoy expansive views from the SkyStar Observation Wheel; hang out at the Botanical Garden; take a paddleboat around Stowe Lake. Or perhaps attend a county fair, such as the Alameda County Fair, which offers free admission up until 3 pm for dads Sunday, and the Solano County Fair, June 16-19, which offers free admission for all. The Charles Schulz Museum is also set to offer free admission for dads on Sunday, so “Peanuts” fans can rejoice.

Need more suggestions? Check out The Chronicle’s guide to fun things ways to celebrate the dads, and all kinds of father figures, with arts and events around the Bay Area:

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Members of Margaret Jenkins Dance perform as part of “Global Moves” at the Presidio Theatre. Photo: Kegan Marling / Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company: ‘Global Moves’

An evening-length dance performance led by Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, featuring live music from Paul Dresher and Joel Davel’s Invented Instrument Duo, visual design by Jack Beuttler, poetry from Michael Palmer, text and performance from Rinde Eckert, and costume design by Mary Domenico . Four international dance companies included in the program include the Tanusree Dance Company from India, Yahui Lu and Guanglei Hui from China, and Israel’s Kolben Dance Company.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19. $20-$50, vaccination proof, indoor masks and reservations required. Presidio Theater, 99 Moraga Ave., SF 415-960-3949. presidiotheatre.org

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Anna Aliau Guerra (left), Chelsey Arce, Devin L. Roberts and Drew Fountain perform for Transcendance Theater Company. Photo: Rob Martel / Transcendence Theater COmpany

Transcendence Theater Company: ‘Let’s Dance’

A variety of Broadway, Latin, jazz and modern dance, music and vocals, including songs from “42nd Street,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Wicked,” “Company” and others, will be performed on an outdoor stage located on the grounds of a historical vineyard.

7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, 24-26 and July 1-3. $25-$165, reservations required. Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 877-424-1414. transcendentatre.org

Fifth annual Lake Merritt Black Father’s Day Walk

J. Dennis Fitness hosts a morning walk around the lake. Patrons with toddlers or babies are encouraged to bring strollers, wagons and carriers.

9-10 am Saturday, June 18. Free, registration encouraged. Lake Merritt, 568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. jdennisfitness.com

66th annual North Beach Festival

The North Beach Business Association is set to once again host the popular two-day street festival, which includes a performances from Club Fugazi acrobats at 4:30 pm Saturday, June 18; a blessing of the animals at 2 pm on Sunday, June 19; fresh poetry on the Maker’s Block; artisan vendors; food and more.

10 am-6 pm Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19. Free. Grant and Columbus Avenues, Green and Vallejo Streets, North Beach, SF 707-641-2846. sfnbba.org

Arturo Tenoco tends the grill at Aroma Concessions during the 62nd annual North Beach Festival in San Francisco. Photo: Michael Noble Jr. / The Chronicle

Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music

The Novato Chamber of Commerce and Eckerstrom Productions present the 28th annual festival, featuring live music on multiple stages, food, drinks and vendor booths. A children’s area will include performances from the Piccolo Puppet Show, a bungee jump and more. Live music scheduled includes AZ/DZ, Petty Theft, the Jerry Hannan Band, Mustache Harbor, guitarist James M. Harman and others.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 18; 11 am-6 pm Sunday, June 19. Free. Grant Avenue between Redwood and Seventh streets, downtown Novato. 415-897-1164. novatochamber.com

Cornerstone Sonoma Music Series

Each Saturday and Sunday, the marketplace and garden space hosts live local music, offering a lunch menu featuring artisan eats, wood-fired pizza and beverages like craft cocktails and wines. The Saturday, June 18, show will feature Jacob Philip Benning; and the Henry Coopers are set to perform Sunday, June 19.

Noon-3 pm Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19. Free. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 707-933-3010. cornerstonesonoma.com

Pride + Purpose Beer Festival

The taproom is set to host an afternoon tasting event showcasing more than 50 beers from over 25 Northern California breweries. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Richmond nonprofit Rosie the Riveter Trust.

Noon-6 pm Saturday, June 18. $20-$75, reservations required. East Brother Beer Company, 1001 Canal Blvd, Richmond. eastbrotherbeer.com

Vocalist Issac Delgado (left), percussionist Pedrito Martínez, bassist and vocalist Alain Pérez, and timbalist Tony Succar join forces in Con Tumbao. Photo: SFJAZZ

Father’s Day Weekend at SFJazz: Con Tumbao

Cuban vocalist Issac Delgado, pianist Oscar Hernández, bassist/vocalist Alain Pérez, drummer Robby Ameen, conga/percussionist Pedrito Martínez, timbalist Tony Succar, saxophonist Bob Franceschini, trumpeters Mike Rodríguez and Juan Munguía will perform a Latin Conga Hert-t-Voc. jazz show over the holiday weekend with the dance floor open for patrons to salsa-dance.

7 and 9:30 pm Saturday, June 18. $30-$95, vaccination proof, masks and reservations required. SFJazz, 201 Franklin St., SF 866-920-5299. sfjazz.org

Father’s Day Yoga in the Garden

Bring your mat and dress for comfort for a guided yoga session celebrating dads in the garden with Raga Yoga.

8-9 am Sunday, June 19. $25-$35, reservations required. Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-944-9352. ruthbancroftgarden.org

Outdoor morning yoga at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Photo: Ruth Bancroft Garden

Inaugural Jon Snyder Memorial Father’s Day Car Show

Dads may register and bring their favorite vehicle, with collectible, classic and muscle cars especially encouraged. Live music with Juke Joint from 10 am to 1 pm Be among the first 175 cars to register and receive a goodie bag.

8 am-2 pm Sunday, June 19. Free-$35, includes museum admission. Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. 925-736-2280. blackhawkmuseum.org

Classic cars will be on display at Blackhawk Museum. Photo: Blackhawk Museum

Father’s Day Barbecue Brunch on the Lawn

Enjoy a bourbon tasting by Jefferson Bourbon, an ax throwing competition, Zeppelin Comics pop-up shop, complimentary chair massage, live music with Tamelier and Funk, Marvel and DC Comics characters, and a barbecue brunch with locally made seasonal craft beer from Heretic Brewing .

10 am-4 pm Sunday, June 19. $30-$67 per person, reservations required. Meritage Resort, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707-251-3060. meritageresort.com

Father’s Day Plans, Trains and Automobiles Event

Visitors to the museum can view various aircraft including an A-3 Skywarrior, A-6 Intruder, Harrier Jump-Jet, Cessna 0-2 and more. Activities will include a European Train Enthusiasts model trains exhibition, Mercedes-Benz Club of America show, ham radio demonstration, food for purchase, live entertainment from the Friends of Ken Band and the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Color Guard.

11 am-4 pm Sunday, June 19. Included with museum admission. Oakland Aviation Museum, 8252 Earhart Road, Oakland. 510-638-7100. oaklandaviationmuseum.org

Songs of Dennis Kamakahi: Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi, Patrick Landeza

A Hawaiian Father’s Day show with music, songs and stories by the late Dennis Kamakahi, featuring his son and proteges. Hawaiian-style plate lunches and a ukulele workshop following at 3:30 pm will be available for purchase.

1 pm Sunday, June 19. $35, reservations required. House of Hawaiian Music, The Cue, 1835 Colfax St., Concord. patricklandeza.com

Father’s Day with the Oakland A’s

The A’s are set to play the third of three games against the Kansas City Royals, and ticketing options for this special series include donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation honoring Father’s Day, and to the Black Cultural Zone in honor of Juneteenth.

1 pm Sunday, June 19. $15-$250, indoor masks and reservations required. Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. 510-638-4900. mlb.com

Presidio Chapel Sunday Father’s Day Concert

Cellist Evan Drachman and Mary Au perform a chamber music concert, featuring works by Mendelssohn and Schumann.

4-5:30 pm Sunday, June 19. Masks required. Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, SF 415-561-3930. interfaithpresidio.org

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Father’s Day Concert

A live, outdoor performance in a biodynamic vineyard, featuring San Francisco jazz vocalist Paula West with pianist Adam Shulman, guitarist Ed Cherry, bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Sylvia Cuenca.

5-7 pm Sunday, June 19; doors at 3:30 pm $50-$75, reservations required. Truett Hurst Winery, 5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707-433-4633. healdsburgjazz.org

Les Rois: A Father’s Day Cirque Dinner Show

Celebrate with a gourmet dinner and live cirque cabaret performance. North African wines, mezcal and cocktails will be available for purchase.

6:30 pm Sunday, June 19. $95-$135, reservations encouraged. Berber, 1516 Broadway, SF 415-800-7767. berbersf.com

Josh Jones and Peter Apfelbaum perform on Father’s Day at the Back Room in Berkeley. Photo: Back Room

Peter Apfelbaum/Josh Jones Duo

Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone, piano, percussion) and drummer Josh Jones will perform together for the first time since 2019. From their early days together with Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble in 1977, the duo will come together again to present a program of improvised music with a polyrhythmic compositional approach and Afro-Cuban influenced percussion.

7 p.m. Sunday, June 19. $20, under 12 free; vaccination proof, indoor masks and reservations required. The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley. 510-654-3808. backroommusic.com

Father’s Day with Best Intentions

Celebrate dads with the Bay Area male vocal ensemble, performing classic Motown hits and original material from their upcoming release with an eight-piece band. Hosted by comedian/KPOO radio personality Donald Lacy Jr.

8 pm Sunday, June 19. $34, reservations encouraged. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. 510-238-9200. yoshis.com

Live at Lagunitas: Dan Deacon

The Baltimore electronic musician/composer will kick off the new monthly outdoor concert series at the brewery. The upcoming lineup is set to feature music heavy hitters including Valerie June, Les Claypool and Big Freedia.

4 pm Tuesday, June 21. $10, reservations required, 21 and older. Lagunitas Brewing, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707-778-8776. lagunitas.com



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