Where to take Dad This Father’s Day in the Sacramento Area
It’s been said that father knows best, but show him YOU know best by taking him somewhere awesome this Father’s Day. From special events designed just for him to kick-back places to relax and spend time together, there are a lot of options in the Sacramento area. Bring your dad, your stepdad, your grandpa, your brother, your great-granduncle or any father figure in your life and enjoy your day (or night!)
Photo courtesy Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad
Take Dad on a scenic ride aboard an open-air diesel train. The 35-minute ride along a historic railroad provides panoramic views of the Sacramento Valley with a brief stop at the historic White Rock station site. Snacks will be served and best of all, riders can enjoy $5 craft beers by Rancho Cordova’s Fort Rock Brewing – and Dad’s first beer is free!
Punch Bowl Social
June 15, 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; June 16, 9 a.m.-midnight | Directions
How about treating Dad to some friendly competition? Punch Bowl Social in DoCo is like Chuck E. Cheese for grownups. There are games (bowling, foosball, darts, virtual reality, private karaoke and a vintage arcade), upscale comfort food and a full bar. There’s even a special Father’s Day drink special – $5 Old Fashioneds – to celebrate dear ol’ dad. Even though it’s geared for grown-ups, kids are welcome before 10 p.m. And unlike Chuck E. Cheese, they don’t have a creepy man-sized mouse to give your kids (or you) nightmares.
Sacramento River Cats at Iowa Cubs
Sunday, June 16 | 1:05 p.m. | Directions
Photo courtesy Tom Bridge via Flickr
An afternoon at Raley Field in West Sacramento is one of the best ways to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day. Go all out this year with a special Father’s Day package that includes a Senate-level ticket and a pre-game all-you-can-eat barbecue at Sactown Smokehouse. Tickets are $45 for adults and $40 for kids under 10.
Father’s Day Barbecue at Wise Villa Winery
Sunday, June 16 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Directions
Is your dad a wine lover? If so, treat him to a special Father’s Day barbecue at Wise Villa Winery in Lincoln. Enjoy a delicious meal, sip world-class wine, cider and local craft beer, and enjoy the incredible vineyard views. You can even reserve a tour of the winery and vineyards!
Father’s Day at Topgolf Roseville
Sunday, June 16 | 9 a.m.-midnight | Directions
Dads and golf go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or fish and chips. Or bacon and eggs. So why not treat your dad to a day on the driving range at Topgolf in Roseville? A special Father’s Day package offers two hours of game play for up to 12, so you can bring the whole crew and enjoy a special barbecue with all the fixin’s: beef brisket, chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans and buttermilk biscuits. Plus, there’s a full bar!
Sinister Creature Con
June 15-16 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Directions
Can we just agree that not all dads are into sappy greeting cards and tacky ties? If your dad’s tastes lean toward the macabre, skip the mundane and instead give him tickets to the Sinister Creature Con. Held in East Sacramento, the convention celebrates the artistry of the horror genre. There will be a horror film festival, cosplay contest, panel discussions and meet-and-greets with celebs including Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) and Doug Bradley (Hellraiser).
Sunday, June 16 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Directions
Give Dad what he really wants this Father’s Day: an adrenaline rush! At Quarry Park in Rocklin, he can zipline across a former granite quarry, free-fall from the edge of a cliff, rappel down a rock slab and make his way through an aerial adventure course. They even have natural granite rock climbing walls and a kids zone for the littlest adventurers. Just for Father’s Day, you can get $10 off a 4-hour all-access ticket by using the code DAD at checkout.
The Bash Music & Craft Beer Festival
Sunday, June 16 | 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Directions
Does your dad like to rock? Like, really rock? Then take him to see Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and other great punk bands at Papa Murphy’s Park. In addition to amazing music, the festival also has complimentary craft beer tasting of more than 100 beers from local breweries including Device, Bike Dog and New Glory. Beer, wine, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and food will also be available for purchase.
Father’s Day Moonlight Hike at Big Hill Preserves
Sunday, June 16 | 7 p.m. | Placer Land Trust
Photo courtesy Placer Land Trust
Get outdoors this Father’s Day weekend and enjoy the natural beauty of Placer County. The Placer Land Trust hosts hikes across the Big Hill Preserves led by knowledgeable docents. Check out the unique rock formations, peaceful oak woodlands, trickling Raccoon Creek and panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada and Sacramento – all by the light of the moon! The hike is approximately four miles and should take 3–4 hours. Suggested donations are $10 per person, and reservations must be made in advance.
Movie Night at Urban Roots
Sunday, June 19 | 7 p.m. | Directions
Treat Dad to some killer barbecue at Urban Roots Brewery and Smokehouse, then kick back and watch Almost Famous, the coming-of-age dramedy depicting the true-life story of a teenage music fan turned Rolling Stone magazine writer. Sip a cold one (or two) from the expansive selection of house-made craft brews, which include everything from a double dry-hopped double IPA to an imperial stout with cacao nibs and ancho chile.
Kupros Quiz Night
Sundays | 7:30 p.m. | Directions
Does your dad throw down with random knowledge at family dinners? Does he shout at the TV during Jeopardy? If so, let him prove himself at the weekly trivia night at Kupros Craft House in Midtown. Hosted by Triviology 101, teams of six can win cash, food and drinks in exchange for their random knowledge. Plus, Kupros has a full bar and serves upscale comfort food. Win-win!
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Sunday, June 16 | 8 – 11 p.m. | Directions
Photo courtesy Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr
You and your dad can glide over the calm waters of Lake Natoma near Folsom on a guided moon-lit tour hosted by REI this Father’s Day. The tour begins at sunset at Negro Bar, part of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, with a gear overview and basic paddling instructions. Once the sun dips below the horizon, you’ll set out for a short paddle around the lake. No experience is required, but it is recommended. The cost is $65 or $55 for REI members.