Father’s Day Guide: 9 Experiences + Gifts Dad Will Love This Holiday Season

To all of our loving fathers, go out and experience what the Bay Area has in-store for you.

Photo by Samantha Benedict Photo by Samantha Benedict 

Photo by Samantha Benedict 

Brew It Yourself

Have you ever tasted a beer and said, “I could probably make that?” Or said, “I could probably make something better?” Take the “Brew It Yourself: Beer Making at Home” class and you’ll realize how true that is. You’ll get your hands dirty on one of their expert brewing rigs, and after this two part class you’ll actually walk away with a case of beer that you brewed. A team of partners will brew a 5 gallon batch of beer in the first class then two weeks later you’ll come back and get to taste and bottle your beer. // brewityourselfsf.com; $100

Watershed Project: Oyster Picnic and Shoreline Survey

Celebrate The Watershed Project’s 20th anniversary with a Father’s Day oyster picnic. The day will start with a nature hike to the location, following quick shoreline survey, and ending with an oyster BBQ out at the pier. Made to be a quick afternoon bite, you’ll be able to barbecue oysters provided by Waterbar themselves. Happy shucking! // 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond, eventbrite.com; 1 p.m — 4 p.m., $0 — $10

Clay with Your Food

Jered Nelson, the potter to local Bay Area star chefs, is hosting the third annual Clay with Your Food event at his studio in Richmond. In a triathlon-like event, the culinary arts meets head to head with performance arts. Three Bay Area chefs, namely, Adam Tortosa from Robin, Jeff Russell from Charlie Palmer Steak and Brandon Jew from Mr. Jiu’s, will prepare culinary wonders in the 1,000 degree kiln, then subsequently mold their own serving dish on the potter’s wheel, and finally plate their dishes on sculpture made by Jered. // 867 South 19th St., Richmond, jeredspottery.com; $100

Photo courtesy of Most ModestPhoto courtesy of Most Modest

Photo courtesy of Most Modest

Most Modest

If your father is of the ‘tech collector’ variety, we suggest a chic power strip that fits into his modern life. Most Modest is a no-brainer when it comes to powering an assortment of gadgets. Coming in an array of colors, this chic wooden creation will fit the father aesthetic of any stay-at-home dad. // mostmodest.com; $95

18 Reasons: Beer and Charcuterie Tasting Seminar

Why not have quality bonding time with dad over quality food and beer? Take direction from Eric Miller, Mission Cheese’s director of in-house charcuterie program, at 18 Reasons. Learn about specialty charcuterie while sipping California craft beer. Eric will introduce new ways of how to pair your meats with beer. Indulge your inner carnivore. // 3674 18th Street, 18reasons.org; 5 p.m — 7 p.m., $30 — $60

Blu Kicks

Summer ready soles that are good for your soul. This Bay Area-based, eco-friendly shoe company makes kicks that will want dad to kick back and relax. Made from recycled canvas and natural rubber, these have an easy clean up fix — they’re machine washable. Better yet, for every pair sold, one dollar is donated to organizations that work to save threatened habitats around the world. // blukicks.com; $59 — $135

Photo courtesy of Louise M.Davies Symphony Hall Photo courtesy of Louise M.Davies Symphony Hall 

Photo courtesy of Louise M.Davies Symphony Hall 

SF Symphony: The Music of John Williams

Though a gift in the near future, it’s an amazing gift nonetheless. Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and the king of epic film scores, composer John Williams. Hear orchestral selections from blockbuster movies like Star WarsIndiana Jones, and Harry Potter. If your dad nerds out to any of these classic films, then he is in for a treat. // sfsymphony.org; $25 — $85

Mill Valley Walking Stick Co

Good for everyday, better for hikes (urban or not), dad will appreciate an expertly crafted walking stick. Of course, we don’t condone calling him old but we just want to make sure he’s walking just right. These handy walking staffs are designed with precision in Mill Valley and can last your fave father for years to come. // mvwsc.com; To get one custom made, you’ll need to contact Mill Valley Walking Stick Co. directly.

Photo by Tolka RoverPhoto by Tolka Rover

Photo by Tolka Rover

Aquarium of the Bay: Feed the Sharks

For all marine life lovers, Jaws or shark week enthusiasts alike, get a close encounter with these ferocious fish at the Aquarium of the Bay. During this 75-minute experience, you’ll get your own bucket of food to bravely toss to the sharks living in the 350,000-gallon Offshore Tunnel Exhibit. Once feeding is over, your lab skills will be sharpened with some hands-on learning activities like testing the pH and oxygen levels of various tanks throughout the facility. // Pier 39, aquariumofthebay.org; $74.95

Father’s Day Guide: 9 Experiences + Gifts Dad Will Love This Holiday Season
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