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You will find several fun things to do on Fathers Day in San Francisco this year. Some highlights include wine tasting in Napa, baseball games, and an SF Bay Cruise with your entire family.
Note: Many of these San Francisco activities are cancelled due to COVID-19. San Francisco is starting to reopen on a phased approach. Outdoor dining at local SF restaurants will begin on June 11. Learn more about what's open now and estimated dates for other openings here.
Other highlights include festivals, free walking tours, and theater performances.
This year, Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Here are several events and activities planned for this Father's Day in SF.
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On Father's Day, spend the afternoon or the evening at the theater. The top Broadway show this weekend is The Band's Visit. Follow the story of a band that gets lost in a low-key off the beaten path town. They bring it to life as they pull out their instruments and start playing. Winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical.
The Father's Day performances are at 1pm and 6:30pm. There are also two shows on Saturday.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran
Poor Yella Rednecks at the ACT Geary
Passion at the Custom Made Theater
Head over the bay to catch an Oakland A's baseball game. They take on the Houston Astros at 1:07pm at the Oakland Coliseum. This series runs from Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21. It's a great way to spoil yourself and your dad on Fathers Day in San Francisco.
Spend the day soaking in the sun at this year's North Beach Festival. This annual event is one of our largest street fairs and a fun way to spend Fathers Day in San Francisco. It includes live music, gourmet food, a variety of drinks, arts & crafts, and so much more. Admission is free. The Sunday event runs from 10am to 6pm.
Stern Grove: Fathers Day in San Francisco is opening day for this year's Stern Grove concerts in the park. The concert starts at 2pm. Opening day brings in thousands of people, so make sure to arrive early for your free spot on the lawn. The concerts usually last about 2.5 to 3 hours. Learn more about this festival.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: The 21st Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival is a Fathers Day tradition at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival every year. This free event runs from Noon to 3pm and features native music, spoken word, native crafts and so much more. The Yerba Buena Gardens are in the South of Market District on Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets. More about this year's event.
Union Square Live: You will also find a free festival in Union Square on Fathers Day in San Francisco. Union Square Live is an ongoing event with performances on Wednesday and Sunday each week. Union Square is at 333 Post Street. More on this annual festival.
You can also spend Father's Day in San Francisco exploring! Head out on the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus to see our top attractions. The bus will take you around SF and you can hop off and then back on again at any stop along the way.
Top stops include the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Lombard Street. Other popular stops include Alamo Square, Golden Gate Park and the Haight Ashbury District. You can cruise around all day as you learn more about SF, our history, and our amazing sights.
Take your dad for a sunset cruise around the bay! This two-hour cruise offers beautiful sunset views, a light appetizer buffet and live guitar music. Along the way, you will see the amazing SF skyline that includes both the Transamerica Building and Coit Tower. You will also pas under the Golden Gate Bridge and see great views of Tiburon, Alcatraz and Sausalito.
Tickets: On sale for all dates this weekend
Are you planning to stay the weekend to celebrate Father's Day in San Francisco? If so, check out some of these great hotel deals.
Head out on the water this Father's Day on this 90-minute sailing cruise. You will cruise around the SF Bay on The Privateer as you enjoy seeing some of SF's top attractions. Cruise past the Palace of Fine Arts, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and around Alcatraz Island.
Your ticket includes two drinks (beer, wine, or soda). This cruise runs on Sunday (and Saturday) at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 4:30pm.
Tickets: Available for all cruises on Viator
Does you dad love to sample new wine? If so, then check out all the great places you can introduce him to this Fathers Day in San Francisco. They range from wineries within San Francisco to some of the best wine bars.
You will find options all around town including on Pier 39, a cruise around the bay, and on Treasure Island. Many offer a large selection of top local wines as well as those from nearby regions such as Napa, Sonoma and Livermore Valley.
Every Sunday, the SF Public Library offers several free walking tours around the city. They range from historic walks through the Haight Asbury district to Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco. Other tours offered on Sunday include North Beach at Night and a guided walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. Each tour lasts around two hours.
Your father might also enjoy visiting some of the top military attractions in San Francisco. Many people don't realize that the city was a prime location for the military for more than a hundred years. Military attractions in SF include two World War II vessels that are now floating museums and the SF Presidio.
If your dad loves to go wine tasting, then a day trip to either Napa or Sonoma is a great way to celebrate his special day. Both of these wine regions are only about an hour north of San Francisco.
It's easy to get up and back in one day and taking a tour allows everyone in your group to enjoy both the wine and sights along the way.
Here are a few top wine tasting tours.
Bring your dad to a comedy show this Father's Day. Starting at 8pm, local and other up-and-coming comedians perform at the Punch Line Comedy Club in SF's North Beach District. Each week is different and you never know who you will see!
If you plan to visit San Francisco with kids, then check out this list of fun activities for the entire family. In this list, you will find interactive things to do such as the 7D Experience, visiting the Exploratorium, and heading out on a bay cruise.
Here are just a few of my top picks.
California Academy of Sciences: Spend the day at this amazing family-friendly museum. It's really four museums in one with a Planetarium, Aquarium, Natural History Museum, and a 4-Story Rainforest. Pick up skip the line tickets, so you don't have to wait long when you arrive. Learn more about visiting.
7D Experience: Stop by the 7D Experience as you explore Pier 39. This part video game, part amusement ride is a lot of fun for the entire family. Get discounted tickets on Groupon. Learn more about the 7D Experience.
San Francisco Fire Engine Tour: Please your entire family on this Fathers Day in San Francisco treat! This 75-minute tour is in a vintage fire truck. Cruise over the Golden Gate Bridge and around the Presidio. The Fathers Day tour leaves at 11am. Find ticket availability on Viator.
You will find dozens of concerts this Fathers Day Weekend in San Francisco. You will find them at some of our large concert venues such as the Warfield and the Nob Hill Masonic Center as well as some of our more intimate spots around town.
You will also find some amazing outdoor shows at venues around the SF Bay Area this weekend. Here are a few of my top picks for both Saturday (6/20) & Sunday (6/21).
6/19-6/21: Country Summer Music Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa with Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chris Young
Are you visiting SF, but want to keep your budget in check? If so, then you will be happy to know that there are several fun things to do that will not cost you a thing. These activities range from free walking tours to visiting the Golden Gate Bridge.
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