What to Do on Father’s Day in the Bay

Things to Do, What's New — By Mary Polizzotti on June 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Gifts are fleeting. Dad really doesn’t need another necktie, does he? Quality time is really what your pop wants. Here’s a round-up of some fun things to do this Father’s Day in San Francisco.

For All-American Dads – Giants Vs. A’s

The Giants are “away” this weekend, but never fear, they’re just hopping the pond to the Oakland Coliseum to scrimmage with their Bay Area brethren, the Oakland A’s. Take BART over for the Sunday 1 p.m. start time. The Coliseum is better than AT&T Park anyway: cheaper booze, rowdier fans, dirtier stadium, and you can still get garlic fries. What better way to bond with pa than razzing other fans and their dads? Leave your pretentious hat at the entrance.

For Sporty Dads – Swing Your Clubs

Beginner and advanced players alike will feel comfortable playing a round at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course, a beautiful 9-hole, par 3 course set among gigantic Cypress trees. The green fees are cheap ($19 adult, $7 junior, $11 senior), it’s first-come/first-served, and the vibe is friendly and relaxed. Crashing ocean waves in the distance are a bonus, as are the Anchor Steam BBQ sandwiches. Head further north to the hilly 18-hole Presidio Golf Course if you want to up the ante.

golden-gate-park-golf-coursePhoto courtesy of gui

For History Geek Dads – Explore San Francisco’s Lost Shipwrecks and Cannons

What father hasn’t told you (cue Dick Cheney voice): “History… it’s a cycle.” Okay, maybe only my crotchety old dad. For those pops fascinated with that old-timey kind of stuff, head to the Presidio Gate at Arguello Street for a leisurely, six-mile hike, 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday 6/19. The route will follow the Ecology Trail to Officer’s Row, where you can ooh and aah over gigantic cannons facing the Pacific. The hike then heads over to Land’s End for a shipwreck viewing. Neat!

For Musical Dads – Free Concert at Stern Grove

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kick off Stern Grove’s 74th summer season with elegiac, yet inspiring vocals. French soul crooner Ben L’Oncle Soul opens (he just won the Victoires de la Musique Revelation Scene Award, essentially the French Grammy for best new artist). Get drunk with Dad on the scent of eucalyptus while the fog filters through the rustling leaves. Showtime starts at 2 p.m., but arrive early to secure a primo spot.

stern-grove-festivalPhoto courtesy of Brett L./Flickr

For Animal-Loving Dads – Father’s Day Bike About at the San Francisco Zoo

You and Pop can bike around the San Francisco Zoo on an hour-and-a-half docent-led tour before the zoo opens to the public. Bring your own bikes and watch the animals start their day at 8:30 a.m. on 6/19. Sightings may include Hasani the baby gorilla annoying his father with relentless poking, or the African Lion’s morning munching of fortified horsemeat. A continental breakfast will be provided after the ride (horsemeat not included). $18-$23 (kids enter free if riding piggyback on their parents’ bikes). Register in advance.

For Deadbeat Dads – Alcatraz

For all of those times he made you sit at the table until you finished your green beans. For all of those times he gave you “the eyes” to shut you up. For all of those times he greatly misunderstood you as a teenager. Reap the benefits of finally being an adult by taking Dad to one of the world’s most isolated jails. Where else can you get photographic evidence of your father in a solitary confinement cell? It sort of makes up for all of those times you were banished to your room for escaping out the window and jumping off the roof (not that I ever did that).


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