East Bay Father’s Day Guide

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Special thank you to Oakland Athletics for sponsoring our 2022 Father’s Day Guide. It’s always a good time to go to an Oakland A’s game as a family, especially on Father’s Day.

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Take the field just like the Green and Gold at the Father’s Day Play Catch Event on Sunday, June 19th | Photo: Oakland Athletics

Ready or not, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, 2022, and there are as many fun ways to spend a day with Dad as there are dads. We’ve rounded up local destinations to create this guide and packed it with ideas for East Bay families looking for together time.

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There are plenty of ways to spend quality time with Dad this Father’s Day. | Photo: Nick Williams

S P O N S O R E D   C O N T E N T

Take the field just like the Green and Gold this Father’s Day at the special Father’s Day Play Catch Event on Sunday, June 19th at the A’s Game. After the A’s take on the Kansas City Royals, kids and their father figures are invited to:

  • play catch on the field
  • enjoy an autograph session with A’s players
  • take home a Major League Baseball ball.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Oakland A’s Community Fund. Get tickets >

child runs around major league bases
Kids ages 14 and under are invited onto the field after most Sunday day games (including Father’s Day!) to participate in Kids Race Around the Bases | Photo: Oakland Athletics

Father’s Day Activities

Oakland A’s Game. Cheer for the Athletics alongside dad as the team takes on the Royals at 1:07 pm. Fathers can play catch on the field and kids can run the bases to make the day extra special. Get tickets >

Berkeley Brunch Bay Cruise. Hornblower Cruises offers a two-hour brunch on the SF Bay in honor of Father’s Day. Adults $95, Kids $75, children ages 3 and younger are free. Book your spot >

Get creative. At Michaels stores, drop-in craft sessions enable kids to make a painted canvas. Best for kids ages 3 and up. All supplies are included. Learn more >

Find zen in the garden. Dads can join a special Father’s Day yoga session at Ruth Bancroft Garden. The event is for adults only. Reserve a space > 

Outdoor adventure. There are dozens of ways to play outside with your family. Pick your favorite hike or outing and force the kids into a gentle “No whining, it is Father’s Day” agreement. Choose a route that allows you to splash in the local creeks together or plan an all-day adventure to Angel Island.

Go to a Juneteenth Celebration. Father’s Day and Juneteenth fall on the same day this year. Commemorate both holidays together as a family.

Visit the farm. The East Bay is filled with family-friendly farms. Enjoy visiting with goats, chickens and cows. There may even be special activities and crafts, animal feeding opportunities, or pony rides to make the day even more memorable.

Father's Day at farm
Dads will love outside time with their animal-loving kids. | Photo: Maureen Burke

Strolling & Selfies. With goody bags, a selfie station, and live music, families are encouraged to walk around Fourth Street after brunch to enjoy the vibe together. This event happens on Saturday and is an easy way to start a weekend-long celebration of dad. Just show up >

Hike to a pancake breakfast. Enjoy Father’s Day breakfast at Mt. Tam’s historic West Point Inn. The hike is fun, the views are spectacular and the pancakes are tasty.

See planes and dance. The Oakland Aviation Museum is hosting a special Planes, Trains, and Automobiles event in honor of Father’s Day.  There will also be live musical performances.

All aboard! Families can ride the rails on a unique Father’s Day Steam Train ride through the Santa Cruz forest. Learn more > 

Round of golf. Maybe he’d like to take the kids for some par 3 golfing action or send him alone! There are also mini-golf tee times.

Go fishing in one of the East Bay spots for casting a line.

Take a bike ride together. Here are a bunch of spots to ride your two wheels.

Do something together on Sunday, June 19 (more family-friendly happenings)

As long as you’re hanging with dad, you’re doing it right. Do any of these sound like the right way to be together?

9:00 am - 2:00 pm Kensington Farmers' Market at Kensington Farmers’ Market
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Montclair Village Farmers' Market at Montclair Village
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Pancake Breakfast at the West Point Inn at West Point Inn
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Play at Splash Park at El Cerrito Swim Center
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Temescal Farmer’s Market at Temescal Farmer’s Market
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Akoma Outdoor Market at Liberation Park
10:00 am - 11:30 am Juneteenth Celebration Hike at Coyote Hills Regional Park
10:00 am - 11:00 am Mommy and Me Tot Group at Washington Park
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Sundays in the Garden Nook at Ruth Bancroft Gardens
10:20 am - 2:55 pm Train Rides Around Ardenwood Farm at Ardenwood Historic Farm
10:30 am - 11:30 am Juneteenth Baseball at Ardenwood Historic Farm
10:30 am - 1:00 pm SelfCare Sunday Family Bike Rides at Unity Park on the Richmond Greenway
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Berkeley Juneteenth Festival at Ashby BART Station
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Father's Day & Juneteenth Celebration at Crab Cove Visitor Center
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Free Water Play at Cannery Park
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Juneteenth Poppin’ Roller Skate Party at Ashby BART Station
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Planes, Trains and Automobiles for Father's Day at Oakland Aviation Museum
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Golden State Model Trains Operating at Golden State Model Railroad Museum
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Juneteenth Celebration at Brentwood City Park
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Visit with Wildlife at Sulphur Creek Nature Center
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Drop-In Hay Harvesting at Ardenwood Historic Farm
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Father's Day Play Catch Event at Oakland Coliseum
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Fish Feeding Viewing at Crab Cove Visitor Center
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Slammin’ Sunday Skate at Liberation Park
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday Food Trucks at Rocky's Market at Rocky’s Market | Leimert Blvd


child in fighter plane
Oakland Aviation Museum is always fun | Photo: William Munny via Instagram

Special Food on Father’s Day

Favorite Restaurant. To help dad enjoy the day, order a giant family-size meal or something tasty from one of the many Black-owned East Bay eateries. You could also pick up cool merch as gifts or gift cards to be used later.

Delicious Dessert. The weather on Father’s Day can get warm, so enjoy a cool treat with dear dad. See our Guide to Best Ice Cream Places in the East Bay.

Gifts you can make at home

Dad Rocks. Use your custom-painted Dad Rocks rocks as paperweights or hide them in your neighborhood to bring smiles to others.

Kid crafty Father’s Day card. Made with love and their own messy handwriting, adorable craft projects. #1 Dad, and done!

Kid painted portrait of Dad. Here’s a coloring page template you can use as a jumping-off point to frame a kid drawing or painting of Dad.

Handmade tee shirts. This one is pretty easy: grab some WASHABLE markers and write a message of love on the kids’ clothes or hers: I love Dad, Dad Rules, I love Tacos & Dad, etc.

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Enjoy a family walk with Dad | Photo courtesy of Robert Trullio

If you have more terrific ideas to spend the day with Dad, let us know in the comments!

Special thank you to Oakland Athletics for sponsoring our Father’s Day Guide. It’s always a good time to go to an Oakland A’s game as a family, especially on Father’s Day.