Father’s Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16. Enjoy a weekend of excitement, relaxation or both with the special ole’ man in your life. Orange County offers up a multitude of attractions and distractions to capture and suit the interests of your dear old dad. Make Sunday or any day special. Take your father out to a local ballgame, barbecue, buffet or beach walk.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
Everyone in this fine land likely has a wonderful memory of their father that involves baseball. Build upon it and create new memories with the help of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels are in town this Father’s Day, and indeed the whole weekend and following week. Enjoy the game with your dear old dad in a glorious setting under ideal conditions. Not really a fan of baseball or the Angels? From Friday, June 14, through Father’s Day, the Angels will be playing a team even non-fans can enjoy rooting against — the New York Yankees.
El Adobe De Capistrano
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Say the words “barbecue” and “buffet” to your father and watch him light up and immediately get off the couch. The historic El Adobe De Capistrano restaurant is again offering its spectacular Father’s Day Barbecue Brunch Buffet on Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat shrimp, breakfast dishes, Mexican food and Texas-style BBQ. Dad will love you and the fact he can get a guiltless third dessert, if only on this one occasion. Call for menu, prices and reservations.
Huntington Surf City “Chili at the Beach”
Main St. at Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
June 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kick off your family summer and Father’s Day weekend with food, fun and more food at the 6th Annual Surf City “Chili at the Beach.” The streets of Downtown Huntington Beach will be lined with chili cook-off contestants, salsa tasting stations, vendors and entertainers on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk the strip, sample bunches of fine fare and feed your father for basically nothing at this cherished community event. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley.
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The Big Irish Fair at Irvine Lake
4621 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
June 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Treat your father to some incredible, exotic and authentic entertainment, food and beverage at the 38th Annual Big Irish Fair. You and your dad don’t have to be Irish but will feel like you could be when you immerse yourself in traditional fare, legendary music and dance performances and cultural exhibitions. The Fair runs Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Oak Canyon Park. Receive a discount by contributing to the Food for the Homeless collection.
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Looking for something a little less festive for your father? The Bowers Museum doesn’t lack for enjoyment, though the attractions here are a bit less boisterous and beer soaked. “Orange County’s Finest” art museum offers enjoyment to suit slightly more refined, if slower-paced, tastes. Inspiring rotating and permanent collections await Father’s Day weekend and year-round visitors. Join a tour, hear a lecture, walk the grounds or visit the Kidseum for special family art-inspired programs. Bowers is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Sundays, and of course Father’s Day.
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