Looking for ways to spend some QT with dad (or your favorite elder gentleman) this weekend? Here are a few suggestions. Feel free to share your own ideas with other readers on the comments thread.
1 Brewers Festival
4-9:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $20-$25 includes six tastes; ages 21 and younger free (check website for restrictions on visitors under 21), designated driver $5 (washingtonbeer.com).
Not to stereotype, but many dads would enjoy a frosty, cold “thank you” from their adult children. At the Brewfest, yours can sample his choice of more than 300 beers from 88 Washington breweries. Entertainment and food vendors will also be on site. (Need a nudge?: Read Nikolaj Lasbo’s recent essay about bonding with his dad over a home-brewing enterprise.)
2 World Cup
Continuing the cold-and-frosty theme, here’s a list of some of the best bars in the Seattle area where you can catch World Cup action this weekend. For the non-drinkers in the crowd, however, there are plenty of all-ages viewing parties as well, including the Phinney Center, Nord Alley and local libraries.
3 Seafair Festival Kickoff
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Westlake Park, Seattle (seafair.com/caldetl.aspx?ID=496&dt=6/1/2014&v=m&EvDateID=496&d=6/15/2014).
Take your pop back to yesteryear, when kids towed toy, wooden hydroplanes behind their bikes through Seattle neighborhoods. Seafair is attempting a Guinness World Record for most number of behind-the-bike hydros, downtown on Sunday. It kicks off the 2014 Seafair season, and hydro great Chip Hanauer will be in attendance.
4 National Marina Day
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Shilshole Bay Marina, 7001 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-787-3414 or portseattle.org/Marinas/Shilshole-Bay-Marina/Pages/National-Marina-Day.aspx).
If you don’t have your own boat to ferry dad around in, treat him to a harbor tour or sailboat ride Saturday at Shilshole Bay Marina. Kids activities and tours of live-aboards add to the fun. It’s free, but donations benefiting the Leukemia Cup Regatta are accepted.
5 Festival Sundiata
Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or festivalsundiata.org).
Wale, Howard Hewett, Marita Dingus, The Northwest Tap Connection and Michael Powers are among the features guests at this year’s festival of African-American heritage and culture. Don’t miss the classic-car show, wine-tasting and, on Sunday, a 1000 Black Fathers photo opportunity.