Father’s Day events: 5 fun ideas that Dad will love

Gene and Brenda Cronon of Tulare check out Dan Wrzenski’s 1967 Camaro on the Pismo Beach Pier. The Classic at Pismo Beach runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Pismo Beach.
Gene and Brenda Cronon of Tulare check out Dan Wrzenski’s 1967 Camaro on the Pismo Beach Pier. The Classic at Pismo Beach runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Pismo Beach. The Tribune

Looking for something to do with Dad this weekend?

Whether the guys in your life are car lovers, music fans or history buffs, the Central Coast offers a slew of options.

Here are five fun Father’s Day events in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties. For more suggestions, go to

The Classic at Pismo Beach

What: With more than 850 vehicles on display, this classic car show is perfect for the gearhead in your life. Check out hot rods, muscle cars and more, then watch your favorites cruise through downtown Pismo Beach. (The official cruise takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Price Street.) Also in store are vendors, beer gardens and live music by The Crisptones.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Pismo Beach

How much: Free


Laura Dickinson

Live Oak Music Festival

What: Surfer-turned-musician Donavon Frankenreiter, roots rocker Jackie Greene and world fusion band Ozomatli are just some of the amazing acts at this family-friendly festival, which combines music, camping and the great outdoors. (Also in store are several children’s activities, from juggling to pottery to yoga.) And it’s all for a good cause; Live Oak is a fundraiser for public radio station KCBX.

When: 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Live Oak Camp, Highway 154, south of Lake Cachuma

How much: $20 to $65 day pass, $40 to $130 full festival pass; $15 parking; $40 to $140 camping.

Info: 805-781-3030 or

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Dads and kids hang out at Live Oak Music Festival in 2013. The outdoor music festival returns to northern Santa Barbara County on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gary Robertshaw

‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

What: Belle’s relationship with her dad is a driving force of this enchanting Broadway musical, based on the classic animated movie. Here’s your chance to see PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s production under the stars. (For a darker twist on a father figure, check out Fagin in hit musical “Oliver!” — playing Friday through July 9 at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre.)

When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through July 2

Where: 420 Second St., Solvang

How much: $40.50 to $51.50

Info: 805-922-8313 or

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Belle (Annali Fuchs), right, talks to her father, Maurice (Peter S. Hadres), in PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” playing at the Solvang Festival Theater. Luis Escobar Reflections Photography Studio

Father’s Day at the Jack House

What: Pore over the personal letters of seafaring Capt. Robert Jack as you tour the Victorian home of his son, rancher and land developer R.E. Jack, one of San Luis Obispo’s founding fathers. Also on display is “The Evolution of Travel,” featuring luggage, postcards and other memorabilia from the Jack family’s travels.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Jack House and Gardens, 536 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo

How much: $5, free for children under 12

Info: 805-781-7300 or

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The historic Jack House in San Luis Obispo was built in the 1880s. Laura Dickinson

‘Men of Cambria Cook’ book signing

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“Men of Cambria Cook” by Victoria Krassensky and Craig Loud features recipes by Cambria residents. A book launch and signing will be held Sunday at the Greenspace Creekside Reserve in Cambria. Courtesy photo

What: From main dishes and desserts to salads and sides, these guys love to cook. Meet the men behind the recipes — plus author Victoria Krassensky and photographer Craig Loud — at this book launch and signing for “Men of Cambria Cook.” All proceeds benefit environmental group Greenspace – The Cambria Land Trust.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Greenspace Creekside Reserve, 2264 Center St., Cambria

How much: Free. (Book costs $40.)

Info: 805-927-2866 or