Mother’s Day is first on the calendar, but that’s no reason to forget about Dad. There’s still plenty of time to arrange a memorable Father’s Day 2019 in San Diego.
Here are Times of San Diego’s last-minute suggestions for dads who would love a special day of cars, boats, beer, music or barbecue:
Classic Cars — Nearly 200 classic and hot modern cars will be on display at Belmont Park for the Father’s Day Fest and Car Show. Dad can inspect the vehicles, listen to live music, enjoy a Father’s Day brunch and join a cornhole tournament just steps from the beach. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
Jazz Downtown — Treat Dad to a craft beer lunch with live jazz at the iconic Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while the Charlie Arbelaez Quartet plays in the Le Fountainbleau Room. The bunch includes made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict, a carving station, fresh seafood, sushi, mini doughnuts and an ice cream bar. The price is $75 for adults and $35 for children.
Barbecue in East County — If Dad likes barbecue, treat him to Texas-style cooking at Grand Ole BBQ in Flinn Springs on Olde Highway 80. Favorite dishes include brisket and pulled-pork sandwiches, St. Louis-cut spare ribs and beef short ribs. And there’s live music with Trevor McSpadden from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Father’s Day Sail — Step aboard the Maritime Museum of San Diego‘s historic schooner Californian, tall ship California or replica galleon San Salvador for a three-hour luncheon sail on San Diego Bay. Dad can help the crew or simply relax, enjoy lunch and sip a beer. Tickets are $99 for adults and $59 for children. There are departures on both Saturday and Sunday.
Brunch in Carlsbad — The 20|Twenty Grill, inside the new Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, is serving brunch from an early 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Holiday drinks include Maple Bacon Bourbons, Ultimate Daddy Marys and MANmosas. The menu features whole-hog omelets, shaved prime rib hash and bananas Foster French toast.
Wooden Boats Festival — Immerse Dad in nautical nostalgia at the 29th annual San Diego Wooden Boat Festival at the Koehler Kraft boatyard at 2302 Shelter Island Drive. You can board many of the boats on display, and there will be live nautical music, a food truck and activities for children. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. It’s open both Saturday and Sunday.
Mainly Mozart Evening– If beer, boats, barbecue and classic cars don’t do it for your dad, consider a relaxing evening of classical music the night before his special day. The Mainly Mozart Festival is in full swing, and Michael Francis will conduct Augustin Hadelich on violin and the San Diego Master Chorale at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Balboa Theatre downtown. The program includes works by Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets start at $15. There’s also a concert on Sunday afternoon in Rancho Santa Fe.
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