Panicking because June 18 is drawing closer and you haven't made any reservations, bought any tickets, or otherwise prepared for Father's Day? It's okay—we're in the same boat, which is why we've compiled a list of last-minute events to attend with daddy dearest. All of the concerts, car shows, food events, boat festivals, and other events below are $20 or under. If nothing calls to you, check out our complete Father's Day calendar, or our general Things To Do calendar.
1. BBQueer Beach Bash
Claim the beach for Queerdom and fathers/parents (the celebration is certainly not limited to men, or to people who have children). Bring a blanket to spread on the sand, watch for seals, and enjoy free food, music, and good gay company. Daniella Anka Moalem well perform after dark. Hosted by Dapper Down.
2. Different Drummer Father’s Day Show
Multi-genre chamber ensemble Different Drummer features collaboration by violinist and fiddler Brandon Vance, cellist Gretchen Yanover, bassist Anna Doak, and tap dancer Mark Mendonca, who, with the exception of Mendonca, are all members of the NW Sinfonietta. They will perform tracks from their 2016 album debut as well as new material at this Father's Day show (wherein all dads receive a free drink ticket). Kids under 16 get in for $10.
3. Father's Day at Bluwater Bistro
If your dad likes breakfast, and you like your dad, consider taking him to Bluwater Bistro this Father's Day. The special menu features an 8 oz. center cut New York steak, breakfast potatoes, and eggs for $15. Add a Bloody Mary for $4.50.
4. Father's Day at Lunchbox Laboratory
If your dad happens to have a mustache, you can take him to Lunchbox Laboratory on Father's Day, where he'll be presented with a free burger. What if he doesn't have a mustache, you ask? Lunchbox says they'll be giving out fake ones too...so bring your dad regardless—he'll end up eating free. Not too shabby.
(South Lake Union, free)
5. Father's Day at the Ballard Locks
If your patriarch's a fan of classic cars, the age-old English tradition of Morris Dancing, and pipe and drum music, or just appreciates unique ways of spending the holiday devoted to him, suggest these events at the Ballard Locks Summer Concert Series. The car show lasts from 10 to 3, Sound & Fury Morris & Sword will dance at noon, and the Elliott Bay Pipe and Drum Band will tootle and bang at 2.
6. Father's Day Breakfast and a Movie: On the Map
Pair a viewing of the sports film On the Map, about the Israeli basketball team the Maccabi and their underdog victories (the Stranger's Rich Smith called the movie a " thrilling documentary about an underdog Israeli basketball team whose 1977 championship win paralleled Israel's military dominance in the region") while munching on bagels and fruit.
(Mercer Island, $12)
7. Father's Day Car Show
Take Daddy (or another parent figure) to see classic cars, motos, and modern vehicles, buy him some raffle tickets, get him a bowl of chili from the cook-off or food specials from neighborhood, dance with him to classic tunes, and just generally show him, in a Burien sort of way, how much you care.
8. Father's Day Sunday at the Seattle Children's Museum
Dad (or any "father figure") will get free admission to the Seattle Children's Museum, 22,000 square foot playspace for kids 10 months to 10 years old, with one child's ticket.
(Seattle Center, $10.50)
9. Classic Weekend: Father's Day Weekend Boat Parade
Feed your seagoing fantasies and tour almost 50 yachts at this downtown marina (most of which will be available to board), courtesy of the Classic Yacht Association. There will also be toy boat building.
10. Fenders on Front Street Vintage Car Show
The coolest old cars in Issaquah and beyond will compete for Best of Show and other honors (Cuz It’s Cool, Most Unique, Favorite Pre-1950, Favorite 1950-1969, Favorite Post 1970, etc.) while you enjoy coffee and donuts at the Triple XXX and the historic Shell Station, music by the Fabulous Roofshakers, and, when the time is right, a trophy presentation, which Lance Lambert of the Vintage Vehicle TV show will emcee.
11. Festival of Sail
Watch majestic antique boats and ships sail past—you can even step on board to tour or sail! Other highlights include the "World's Largest Rubber Duck," live music, pirates, and food and drinks.
12. Grieg Gala Jubilee Extravaganza
Honor Papa Edvard Grieg's 174th birthday with a performance by guest artists from the Norwegian composer's hometown of Bergen, soprano Reidun Horvei and pianist Inger-Kristine Riber, plus local musicians Rachel Nesvig on the Hardanger fiddle, violinist Allion Salvador, and the Grieg Gala Festival String Quartet. Mingle with the music-makers and enjoy Norwegian snacks afterwards.
13. Half-Price Dad's Day at the Zoo
If you want to encounter some animals other than your own wild progeny, head to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where dads will get half-price admission for the day (adult tickets are normally $15.95). As a special tribute to animal papas, the zoo will have a special penguin talk featuring an adorable Magellanic penguin and his offspring. They also suggest you take the opportunity to wave good-bye to Dozer the Whistling Walrus, who'll soon be leaving the zoo—alas!
14. Kegs & Eggs: Father's Day Beer Brunch
Head to Ounces Taproom this Father's Day for a beer-themed brunch. Silver Spork Food Truck will be on-site serving up comfort food favorites like grilled cheese, poutine, and shrimp and grit fritters. Specialty brews on tap include Pre-Ride Brunch Beer IPA from Chainline Brewing Co., "cider-mosas," and more.
(West Seattle, no cover)
15. KEXP Father's Day Kids Dance Party
Cutest dance party ever! The whole family is invited out to KEXP for a dance with music by DJs Shannon, Derek Mazzone, and Greg Vandy. Plus, there'll be pizza-tossing with Pagliacci Pizza and crafts. Registration ends at noon on Saturday.
(Seattle Center, $10)
16. Olympic Air Show
Planes and copters will swoop daringly through the skies above the Olympic Regional Airport: See specialized crafts as well as heritage WWII planes from the Olympic Flight Museum's collections. Kids under six get in free.
17. Ride the Train: Father's Day
Daddies, grab a kid (yours...or someone else's?) and ride free on a historic train on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad, which will roll you to the Railway History Center and whisk you past Snoqualmie Falls on the return trip. Give yourself the gift of imagining decent rail service across the USA.
If you're looking for more options, these family-friendly festivals are also happening this weekend, although they don't have a specific Father's Day component: the Fremont Solstice Fair, the Food Truck Round-Up at Magnuson Park, the Marysville Strawberry Festival, Meeker Days in Puyallup, the Wild Strawberry Festival in Burien, and the Edmonds Arts Festival.