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Father’s Day Happenings in the East Bay

Visit these spots for a full day of Father’s Day fun.



When it comes to making plans for dad’s day, there’s no reason to leave the East Bay. Check our list of events and gifts to make this Father’s Day the best yet.

Terrific Picnics

Who said family gatherings had to be inside? Wine and dine your dad outdoors this year. (Bonus: no cleanup required.)

Courtesy of McGrail Vineyards and Winery

McGrail Vineyards and Winery is opening up its patio for the occasion. Break out the old picnic basket, fill it with Dad’s favorite treats, and get ready to enjoy live music as you soak in the scenery. Sun., June 21, 12-4 p.m., free, 5600 Greenville Road, Livermore, (925) 215-0717, mcgrailvineyards.com.

Scared to face the heat? Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery has a plethora of shade trees that are perfect for a midsummer picnic the entire family can enjoy. Rumor has it that a dance party broke out last year. Who would want to miss that? Sun., June 21, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $10 adults, free for children 16 and under. 1356 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, (925) 447-8941, retzlaffvineyards.com

For active dads, Black Diamond Mines offers a pretty picnic area that is a perfect place to stop and rest after a tour of the mines. This casual spot is historic for attracting gold and sand miners. After lunch, be sure to take the time to explore the trails to see if you can spy a golden eagle. Open year-round, tours on weekends, $5 parking fee. 5175 Somersville Rd., Antioch, (510) 544-2750, ebparks.org.  

If your Father's Day crew is creeping beyond a dozen, head over to Campo di Bocce to do Father’s Day family-style. Sign up early to enjoy a three-course meal and to rent a bocce court for the afternoon. Year-round, open daily, reservations recommended. Cost of food and court rental varies. 175 E. Vineyard Ave Livermore, (925) 249-9800, campodibocce.com.

For lunch and a show, Civic Park is hosting Opera in the Park, where the whole family can be serenaded by the Bay’s finest opera singers. The highlight of this event is sure to be the rendition of "O mio babbino caro" (“Oh My Beloved Father”). Sun., June 21, 3 p.m., free, 1375 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-5652, festivalopera.org.

Become a Professional Gifter

Specialty cigars, shave kits, and barware are the perfect present for any dad.

Courtesy of Umami Mart

For the dad who is always perfectly groomed--or the dad whose grooming products could use an upgrade--visit The Art of Shaving in Walnut Creek. The shaving specialists there can help you customize a set of shaving tools. Your dad will appreciate the sleek silvertip shaving brush and matching razor. 1191 Broadway Plaza, Ste. C-52, Walnut Creek, (925) 939-9922, theartofshaving.com.

Barmasters everywhere will appreciate the fine barware at Umami Mart. Choose from a selection of gold plated shakers, or try the Tokyo Mule Set to help dad up his cocktail game. 815 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 250-9559, umamimart.com.

Just a Click Away

 If you’re celebrating Dad’s Day long distance, try ordering these special treats. The best part? You can have them dropped off right at Dad’s front door.

Courtesy of Nuubia

For the chocolate connoisseur, Nuubia sells sets of San Francisco’s finest chocolates. Especially delicious are the sea salt caramels and OMG candy bar. If you have a chance, visit Nuubia's artisanal kitchen in Pleasanton to learn how they make some of the chocolates. nuubiasf.com.

Homemade liquor is a thing. The Homemade Gin Kit sells boxes of gin-making necessities, including a tin of juniper berries and a tin of the company’s Botanical Blend. Print out the company’s cocktail recipes to give dad some ginspiration. homemadegin.com.

If your dad is more of a whiskey man, check out Woodinville Whiskey Co.’s age-your-own whiskey kit. It comes with a 2-liter reusable aging barrel and a 3-to-6 month taste-perfecting timeline. woodinvillewhiskey.com.

Showy Spectacles

Impress dad by visiting a car show or spending the afternoon at a jazz festival.

Courtesy of Blackhawk Museum

The Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate will be hosting Dads and Jazz, a lively family event catered especially to dads. There is limited seating, so be sure to snatch a ticket for you and your loved ones. The estate is beautiful--and so is the music. Sun., June 21, 2-6 p.m., $20 adults, $10 kids, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, (510) 615-5555, dunsmuirhellman.com.

The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is hosting the 9th Annual Father’s Day Car Show. Brunch, a raffle, and a collection of hundreds of hot rods on display are sure to keep dad entertained for the entire day. Sun., June 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., cost varies, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, (925) 648-1434, blackhawkmuseum.org.