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Father’s Day fun: Ways to celebrate Dad in and around Seattle

There are so many ways to show your love for pops

Father’s Day is just around the corner –  June 18, 2023. If you’re looking to get out and about to celebrate, here are some options for a fun Father’s Day outing in and around Seattle.

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Take Dad out to the ballgame

The Mariners are at home playing the White Sox June 16th – 18th  – on Father’s Day the first 10000 dads will get a “Geno Vibes” Talking Bottle Opener.


Day trip to Edmonds for art and more

The Edmonds Arts Festival is going on all weekend on Main Street. It’s a fun chance to meet artists and see their work in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Festival offers entertainment, a juried gallery art exhibition and sale, a juried student art exhibit, and a hands-on children’s art activity area. On Saturday, the Edmonds Farmers Market also will be going on. And if that’s not enough, you could always hop on the ferry and wander around Kingston.


Meeker Days, downtown Puyallup

It’s Meeker Days in Puyallup, a three-day celebration named after pioneer Ezra Meeker. Pierce County’s largest street festival takes up a 15-block radius and includes a Kid Zone with inflatables and a giant sandbox, Art in the Pavilion, three stages filled with live music and entertainment, vendor booths, food, classic cars, and an antique show. Friday through Sunday, June 16-18, 2023.

In Burien, berries and cars

Burien has both its annual FREE Strawberry Festival and Father’s Day Car Show this weekend. This long-standing event includes a petting zoo on Saturday, the car show on Sunday, live music all weekend, a kid’s area, and vendor booths. Strawberry Festival: Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Father’s Day Car Show: Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Treat Dad to a cold one

The Washington Brewer’s Festival is back. This big, popular event in King County’s Marymoor Park is for all ages (except on Friday) and will feature more than 100 breweries and more than 400 beers. In addition, the festival includes food trucks, live music, wine/cider, and all-ages activities. June 16 -18, 2023 (no kids admitted on Friday); Marymoor Park, Redmond. Ticket and Schedule information.

Also: 7 kid-friendly breweries in and around Seattle



Hot rods & steam trains

Fenders on Front Street, Issaquah

Downtown Issaquah’s car show features hundreds of classic and vintage car owners showing their vehicles along historic Front Street and at Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2023 There also will be music, family activities, food trucks, vendors, and an awards ceremony.


Dream Builder’s Father’s Day Car Show

This annual car show at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County. Check out classic cars, low riders, street rods, sports cars and more. Spectators are welcome from 9 a.m.-4 p .m. Sunday, June 18, 202e. Evergreen Speedway, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe

Father’s Day car show at evergreen speedway

Photo courtesy of Dream Builder’s Car Show


Father’s Day steam train ride 

Enjoy a steam train ride through the scenic upper Snoqualmie Valley! Begin your 2-hour, round trip experience in Snoqualmie when you climb aboard historic passenger cars and journey west to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, pausing at the crest for a view of the lower river valley. Return east to the Railway History Center (RHC) for a 30-minute stopover to visit the Train Shed Exhibit Hall. Then hop back aboard and continue traveling east to the North Bend Depot. After a brief stop to pick up passengers, you’ll return to the Snoqualmie Depot. Board train at Snoqualmie Depot: 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie WA 98065. Everyone age 2 and up needs a ticket. Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18 (2023). Northwest Railway Museum; 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie

Northwest Railway Museum steam train ride


On the water

Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina

Come see the yachts! The Bell Harbor Marina Classic Weekend is back for Father’s Day. Ooh and ahh over classic motor yachts — many of them pre-World War II.  Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bell Harbor Marina; 2203 Alaskan Way, Seattle

Gone Fishin’ 

Take Dad fishing at Gold Creek Trout Farm, a family-owned U-fish pond in Woodinville. Perfect for first-timers, Gold Creek’s two ponds are stocked with trout, making for easy catches and tons of fun.

Fishing with kids

Big catch! (Photo: Allison Holm)


Other “on the water” Father’s Day ideas: Pea Pod Sailing at the Center For Wooden Boats, and check out 11 options for boat rentals and tours in and around Seattle. 


Spirited connoisseur

Copperworks Distilling Company is offering FREE tours for Dads for Father’s Day weekend. Get a close look at the distillery, including the iconic hand-hammered copper stills and barrels, and enjoy a tasting of Copperworks’ spirits.Reserve your spot by emailing Tours are on Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Taking the whole family? The tour costs $20/person and reservations can be made here.


Father’s Day at Emerald Downs

Join Emerald Downs for an exciting day of the Muckleshoot Gold Cup and live Thoroughbred horse racing all afternoon. The last race of the day will be the championship which will determine the winner of the three-day event. Emerald Downs; 2300 Ron Crockett Dr, Auburn


Emerald Downs

Take dad to the races


Father’s Day at the Museum of Flight

Museum admission is free for all dads accompanied by their kids (of any age) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18. The newest addition to the Museum is Art+Flight. The six-month Art+Flight project opened on June 10 and exhibits dozens of artworks in all mediums by over 30 artists. Father’s Day also includes the popular Weekend Family Workshops.

Another option for your animal-loving dad: take him to the Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (or Point Defiance Park) or Cougar Mountain Zoo.


 Whatever you do for Father’s Day, enjoy it with the people you love most.

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About the Author

Allison Holm

Allison has enjoyed writing for various publications and companies over the years, and is currently the Things To Do Editor for Seattle’s Child. She loves farmers markets, coffee shops, used bookstores, and spending as much time as she can in her absolute favorite place: the San Juan Islands.