You might be ready to celebrate Father’s Day June 16 with a beer and barbecue with dear old dad, but how about something extra — a concert, a stage show, a festival or classic movie?
There are lots of options in the Bay Area to give your dad a special day, from classic rock to old-school hip-hop and R&B, to a seriously silly chance to unleash your inner pirates (aaarrrgh!).
Here are 15 suggestions for fun outings to share with dad. And if you’re looking for dining options and other Father’s Day special events, we have a roundup here.
Train and Goo Goo Dolls: These two ’80s-’90s bands have enough hits between them to fill a whole iPod (just in time for people to forget what iPods are). Best of all, these bands are the kind whose music spans generations and can get dads and kids air-guitaring together. Details: 7 p.m. June 15; Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View; $29.50-$125; www.livenation.com.
RBRM: If your pop’s an old-school R&B fan, check out this band consisting of New Edition singers Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins as they deliver a boatload of classic ‘80s and ‘90s tunes, plus some newer stuff as well, at Oakland’s divine Paramount Theatre. Details: 8 p.m. June 16; $59.50-$125; www.paramounttheatre.com
The Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids: This two-hour family-friendly Father’s Day show is put on by Rock and Roll Playhouse, a concert series that blends kids’ games and activities with pop and rock music (don’t worry, we’re pretty sure those Dead lyrics will go right over the young ‘uns heads). Details: 11:30 a.m. June 16; UC Theatre, Berkeley; $17.50 www.theuctheatre.org
John Santos: The terrific Bay Area Latin percussionist and band leader brings his Quintet and his Afro-Caribbean-fueled show titled “Unusual Standards” to the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay, backed by talented singers Faye Carol and Jamie Davis. Details: 4:30 p.m. June 16; $30-$45; www.bachddsoc.org
Digable Planets: Here’s an outing that will be easy on your wallet. Take your pop to a gorgeous San Francisco forest where this classic ‘90s alt-hip-hop outfit opens the Stern Grove Festival, an annual free concert series. Yes, free. Oakland Latinx band Bang Data opens the show. Details: 2 p.m.; Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco; free; www.sterngrove.org.
“Archduke”: Playwright Rajiv Joseph has a knack for exploring gripping themes and situations with an undercurrent of humor or a sense of the unexpected. Tony-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is staging his latest effort, which centers around the assassination that ignited World War I. Details: Through June 30; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $40-$100; 650-463-1960, www.theatreworks.org.
“Kiss My Aztec!”: John Leguizamo and Berkeley Repertory Theatre artistic director Tony Taccone teamed up to create this bawdy, boisterous and hilarious new musical that fearlessly goes anywhere and everywhere for a laugh. The tunes are good, too. Note: Leguizamo does not perform in this show, but his manic comedy is felt throughout. Details: Through July 14; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; $40-$115, 30 percent discount for those under 30; 510 647–2949, www.berkeleyrep.org.
“Silent Sky”: Lauren Gunderson’s play blends a fascinating look at science and a moving inspirational tale as it tells the story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, who helped develop a groundbreaking formula for mapping the stars for an institution, the Harvard Observatory, that did not permit women to use its telescope. The engrossing play is in its final week at City Lights Theater in San Jose. Details: Through June 16; $23-$44; 408-295-4200, cltc.org.
“Woody Sez”: If your pop has a little rabble rouser in him, he might savor this jukebox musical that delivers the classic folk songs and bluntly stated social observations of iconic musician Woody Guthrie. It’s being staged by Center Repertory Company, which offers a barbecue dinner at Saturday performances and a free hootenanny following Sunday matinee shows. Details: Through June 23; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $39-$79; 925-943-7469, www.centerrep.org.
Father’s Day Comedy Show: Get the special weekend off to an early start with a trip to Berkeley for this special father-themed edition of the Ashkenaz Comedy Series, featuring comedians Tom Ammiano, Samson Koletkar and Jeff Applebaum, and host Lisa Geduldig. Details: 8 p.m. June 13; Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, Berkeley; $15-$20; http://www.ashkenaz.com.
“Field of Dreams”: We’re pretty sure it’s in the Constitution somewhere that all dads must love old baseball movies. And this is one of the best. Fathom Events is screening the Kevin Kostner film June 16 and 18 at theaters across the country, including a dozen or so around the Bay Area. Details: Go to https://www.fathomevents.com for times and locations; most screenings cost $10.50-$14.25.
Jimmy Stewart Festival: The Stanford Theatre is hosting this series of classic Stewart films through June 30. This weekend’s fare includes the Frank Capra comedy-drama “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and the classic Western “Destry Rides Again” (with Marlene Dietrich!). Details: Screenings run Fridays through Sundays; Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto; $5-$7; https://stanfordtheatre.org.
Out and about
County Fairs: Celebrate Father’s Day by treating your dad to all the deep-fried delicious treats he probably told you to stay away from when you were a kid. The San Mateo County Fair runs through Sunday (www.sanmateocountyfair.com) and the Alameda County Fair (annual.alamedacountyfair.com) opens this weekend. Both offer carnival rides, live music and all manner of fun and entertainment.
And if you want a roundup of all the cool festivals and outings available in the Bay Area this summer, go here.
Pirate Festival: Head up to Vallejo for this annual celebration of, um, pirating, from silly costumes and treasure hunts to a working pirate encampment. There’s also live entertainment, food and drink and plenty of kids activities. Yar! Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15-16; Vallejo Waterfront Park; $12 admission (free for kids 12 and younger); www.norcalpiratefestival.com/
Pub in the Park: Here are two words that frankly should be part of every weekend: Inflatable Pub. They’ve got one at this Redwood City event that also serves up plenty of food, lawn games and live music. Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15; Mezes Park, Redwood City; free admission; www.redwoodcity.org/events.
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