Father’s Day this year means something special. Now that our nest is empty, the precious time we have with our kids means so much more. They’re adults, learning and growing on their own, and that can be hard! Fortunately, there’s silver lining. Grown-up kids mean grown-up fun! The time we have with them is precious, and it’s made us view these little holidays with a lot more care. Lucky for you, we’ve thrown together a list of exciting activities & events for you to give Dad a little dose of fun! No matter what type of Dad you’ve got, there’s a great local spot to suit him. Celebrate the important role of the father figures in our lives by making new memories that will last a lifetime!


#1. Adventure Dad


Take your Dad on an adventure with The Headwater’s Kayak Shop & Boathouse at Lodi Lake! Do yourself a favor and book an extra hour, you’ll thank me later! We’re so grateful to have such a wonderful local resource that allows us to truly connect to the natural beauty of our lovely little town. Jump in a kayak, canoe, or paddle-boat and give your Dad a day he won’t forget! Hop across the street to the Snow White Drive-In for an authentic Lodi Lake experience.

#2. Cultured Dad


Every third Sunday of the month The Crocker Art Museum offers an affordable way to bring art and culture to the whole family with Pay What You Wish Day, which conveniently falls on Father’s Day, hooray! Located in downtown Sacramento, the Crocker is the oldest continuously-operating museum in the West and bound to win you points with Dad! Check out this Downtown Sacramento Restaurant Guide for the inside scoop on where to eat while you’re out on the town.


#3. Boat Dad


Treat Dad to a classy meal on The Delta King, located on the Sacramento River in the heart of Old Sacramento. Featuring local wines and farm-to-fork meals, the Delta King is one of the most lavishly appointed and expensive sternwheel passenger boats ever commissioned. If you’ve got a little extra time and money, you can even book a room and stay the night! We highly recommend spending as much time as possible aboard one of America’s historical treasures.


#4. Music Dad


This year’s Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley is a legendary showcase of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Gospel music presented by the California Bluegrass Association. Spend your day getting down home with Dad! The festival features an array of vendors, food, wine, & craft beer selection to sustain even the funkiest of fun-loving Dads.


#5. Beer Dad


Dad will be sure enjoy the Lodi Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 16th at Lodi Lake Park. Premier local food vendors, live music, top-notch beer, and all for a good cause! 100% of proceeds go to the preservation of Lodi Lake, so put your money where your beer is! Your Dad will enjoy an afternoon toasting himself at the lake, and you can earn extra son/daughter/citizen points by supporting our valuable local resources. Everybody wins!


No matter what you decide to do to celebrate your Father’s Day, I hope you have the best time ever! From my family to yours, have a good one!


Love where you Live!


Susie Dunning
(209) 810-3562