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12 Fun Things to Do Father’s Day Weekend in North County

Fun Things to Do Father's Day Weekend in North County

It’s dad time! This coming weekend, we celebrate the men in our lives who’ve inspired, mentored, supported, and cheered us on in life. One day hardly seems enough to devote to dad, but it’s a great reminder to take some time and recognize our loved ones. Here are 12 fun things to do Father’s Day weekend around the county.

1. San Diego International Beer Festival

The San Diego International Beer Festival plays out at the San Diego County Fair June 16-18 with nearly 200 breweries from around the world serving unique specialty craft beers to local brews. Hang at the beer pavilion for games, contests, and beer tappings, plus bring dad to the beer stage to get an inside glimpse into beer making and pairing. Go VIP and gain access to the VIP Lounge with unlimited food grazing and 6-ounce endless beer samplings. Tickets start at $61 (it’s $110 for VIP) and include fair admission.

2. Brewery Tour

Take dad (and 11 other people) on an epic brewery tour in a 6-wheel, 1973 Pinzagauer (Swiss military safari Jeep). Your group will ride in the open-air vehicle for an all-inclusive tour that includes free pick-up in the Carlsbad area. Offered by Carlsbad-based Scavengers Beer and Adventure Tours, the adventure includes stops at three craft breweries (and a behind-the-scenes tour at one), a BBQ lunch, and icy cold beer for the road. 

3. Decoy Dockside Dining Brunch

Take the traditional route and treat dad to brunch on Sunday. Decoy Dockside Dining sits right on Lake San Marcos with an impressive view of boats in the marina. Brunch will be served alongside specialty cocktails and a dad-worthy beer selection from 10AM to 2PM and is priced at $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. Entrees like Whiskey Bacon Chili and Prime Rib will be served.

After brunch, dad can make a day of it with golf at nearby St. Mark Executive Golf Course and enjoy lake activities such as kayaking, fishing, golfing, pontoon boating, and more.

4. Brunch at Searsucker

If dad loves his Sunday breakfasts, take him to Searsucker in Del Mar for a $35 fixed price brunch coming in at three courses. Dad can choose from a menu of hearty classics like a half-pound double burger, flank steak, and chicken chilaquiles and chill in the cool vibe that is Searsucker Del Mar. Afterward, explore some of the nearby shops or take dad to a movie at Cinepolis located in the same shopping center.

5. Oggi’s Lunch and Hang

Grab some lunch and a beer at any area Oggi’s and dad takes home a Father’s Day pint glass as a souvenir. If the main in your life loves nothing better than pizza and wings, game-watching on big TVs, and craft beer, bring the whole family and join him at your neighborhood Oggi’s for some delicious down time.

For Del Mar, Encinitas, and Vista addresses, check the website.

6. Hoppy Father’s Day at Stone Brewing

Stone’s beer folks plan to curate a draft list of specially selected IPAs just for Father’s Day. All that frosty goodness will be served with a chef’s menu including entrees like a pork and peppers hoagie, and a BBQ plate. It all goes down from 11AM to 10PM.

7. Julian Blues Bash

It’s nothing but the blues out in the country! On June 17, historic Julian will be one big party for the 19th annual Julian Blues Bash at the Menghini Winery. There will be several bands and performers featured including Philip Sayce, Ben Robinson, Earl Thomas, the Chris Fast Band, and many more. Tickets are $35 at the gate (ages 12 and under are free, and ages 13-18 are $5; parking is free).

8. Bottle Share at Brothers Provisions

It’s like a barbecue but no one has to clean up after. Bring a bottle of beer and a dish to share to Brothers’ bottle share and potluck event from 2-5PM on Sunday, June 18. If dad doesn’t have a bottle that’s share-worthy, he can buy one at the Brothers’ bottle shop. Brats will be served too, because beer, y’all.

9. BBQ + Brunch at Rancho Valencia

Both brunch and BBQ fare will be served at Veladora (the restaurant at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa). After dining to your dad’s heart’s content, join the Father’s Day fun on the Pony Room croquet lawn for horseshoes, log splitting and other ranch games. Have more laughs at the Old West Photo Booth and the decorate a bandana for dad activity. The cost is $115 per adult and $50 for kids 11 and under. The whole shebang happens between 10:30AM to 2:30PM.

10. Second Chance Brewery Fun

Carmel Mountain’s Second Chance Brewery plans to host a Father’s Day event with festivities and drink specials for dad from 12-7PM on June 18. If you don’t know, Second Chance features a great kid’s area with games so you can still have family time – and if your special guy likes cornhole, giant Jenga, darts and other bar games, he’ll be in luck because Second Chance has ’em all.

11. Take Dad to a Revival

If dad’s a music lover, he might appreciate a night out at Belly Up Tavern for Sunday night’s (June 18) “Revival of the Singer-Songwriter with Steph Johnson, Shay & the Hustle and other performers. Featuring a mix of live theater with original music, the Revival is by many accounts, a unique and inspiring live show. The show starts at 7PM on June 18 and tickets go up to $28 (for reserved seats) apiece.

12. Lake Elsinore Storm Game

The Padres play out of town Father’s Day weekend, but that doesn’t mean dad can’t get his baseball fix. Snag some tickets to a Lake Elsinore Storm game and get back to baseball roots. The weekend of June 16, the Storm plays the Stockton Ports at The Diamond, a state-of-the-art facility voted one of the best ballparks in the Minor Leagues. The Father’s Day game includes a Salute to Soldiers Sunday Funday where the Storm gives four free tickets per military ID. Kids 12 and under also get the run the bases after the game.

Your Turn…

How are you showing dad you adore him this year? Let us know what you have planned!

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Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.