21 Ways to Plan a Fun-Filled Father’s Day in Seattle

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Father’s Day is almost here. While you and the kids are busy cranking out a super sweet DIY card or thoughtful gift, we’ll work on finding fantastic Father’s Day activities to make your weekend special. Since we know the Dad’s Day vibe is all about having fun (and maybe a beer or a backyard barbecue), we’ve come up with 21 ways to honor the dads, grandpas, uncles and other father figures in your life with all things he loves to do. Here’s where to have a happy Father’s Day around Seattle with your top pop.


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Father’s Day Weekend Festivals

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Festival season is in full swing. And over Father’s Day weekend there’s no shortage of outdoor fairs welcoming families around Seattle. Kick it off with the Fremont Fair happening Saturday and Sunday at the Center of the Universe. Over 300 vendors, art cars, beer gardens and let’s just say colorful parades make this one of the city’s most memorable events of the year.

Wash all the parading down with a frothy pint for Pop at the Washington Brewer’s Festival. Held at King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond, this festival is open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday (Friday night is reserved for the 21 & older crowd). Dad can go with his dad buddies on Friday night, and then you can go as a family on Saturday or Sunday for some fun. Kids under 12 are free, and they will love the root beer garden, face painting, balloon animals and inflatables (for an extra cost) that’ll keep them entertained all day long.

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Father’s Day falls on Juneteenth this year. Combine your Father’s Day activities with a Juneteenth Celebration hosted by LANGSTON along the waterfront. Featuring local artists, a live DJ, food trucks and more, it’s a chance to honor Black excellence in Seattle. Keep that focus all weekend long when you visit Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest at Seattle Center on Saturday. If Dad can think up an art form, it’ll be there, plus more, like a Children’s Village and intriguing exhibits at the Unspoken Truths Museum.

Art-loving dads will find tons of things to see and do at the annual Edmonds Arts Festival. In addition live entertainment, Dad can take in the juried gallery art exhibition and sale while the kids participate in hands-on art activities.

One last festival to put on your father’s radar is the Washington State Summer Con, happening all weekend long at the Mattress Firm Showplex on the state fairgrounds. Dress in your con best and take your real-life hero to meet some of his pop culture heroes.

Father’s Day Car Shows

Fathers day activities and ideas in seattle include a trip to see Reclaimed Rust at LeMay car museum
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Naturally, Father’s Day weekend is full of car shows—it’s really the only weekend they can get away with convincing the entire family to walk around ogling at cars! And lucky for dads who have the need for speed, there are a few ways to feed that need in the Seattle area over Father’s Day Weekend.

Dads on the south end of Seattle can flock to the Father’s Day Car Show in downtown Burien, which will featuring vintage lean, mean, cruz’n machines. Expect vendors and food trucks where you can grab a little nibbly. Speaking of food, before or after the car show cruise by Strawberry Days at Town Square Park for lots of strawberry goodness, carnival games and live music.

Fenders on Front Street located in downtown Issaquah is great for dads on the Eastside. Stroll down Front Street oohing and ahhing at the collection of vintage and classic cars before grabbing a curbside seat to watch the Cruise to the Triple XXX at 3 p.m. There will live music, food trucks and family activities throughout the event. Also on the Eastside is the special Father’s Day Weekend Steam Train Ride through the Snoqualmie Valley.

Our last pick for car-loving dads is a trip to LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma to see Reclaimed Rust. These jaw-dropping cars are more works of art than anything. But for many dads, the fact that they’re part of Metallica frontman, James Hetfield’s collection will be the real draw here. Rock on!

Museum Events on Father’s Day

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Black Panther. Do the Right Thing. Selma. These are just a few of the movie titles celebrated costume designed Ruth E. Carter has worked on. Take dad to see her fantastic creations at the Afrofuturism exhibit, opening at MoPOP over Father’s Day weekend. More than 60 of her costumes will be on display, so you can admire her attention to detail and undeniable talent up close. When you’re done, bring pop to the Sound Lab to jam together.

The Museum of Flight is honoring dads with free admission, making it the perfect place to go (even if you have to go to brunch first). The Museum is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Father’s Day, and a visit is especially a good idea if you have grandparents or family members in town to celebrate—it appeals to every age and you don’t have to be obsessed with planes to enjoy yourself here.

Father’s Day Activities on the Farm

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Thanks to an unseasonably cool spring, strawberry u-pick season was a bit delayed this year. Bad for farmers, but good for dads, as many of the area’s best u-pick farms open right before Father’s Day weekend. You can simply take dad strawberry picking and whip up something sweet with your ripe, red berries at home. Or you can bring dad to Baby Animals & Berries at Swans Trail Farms in Snohomish. Not only will kids get to cuddle the farms most adorable babies, but all of the playground perks will be open too—we’re talking giant slides, cow train rides, haymazes and more.

Outdoor Father’s Day Activities

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Looking for other simple Seattle activities and places where dads love to go? Plan an impromptu outdoor adventure with your top pop. Sunday is a free day at Washington State Parks; the perfect time to seek out a summertime waterfall or find an urban trail to blaze. Nothing beats a stroll around South Lake Union and free pea pod boat rental, thanks to the Center for Wooden Boats or an afternoon in the sunshine exploring and picnicking at one of our favorite parks and playgrounds.

—Allison Sutcliffe, Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

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