This Weekend: Make Plans for Dad’s Special Day


Fathers’ Day is just around the corner on June 21st. Now’s the time to think about how you want to celebrate that special guy in your life. Here’s a few suggestions.

Take Him to See an IMAX Show – For Free
Dads get to watch an IMAX movie for free on their special day – as long as you bring in a receipt for at least $20 from any midtown or downtown restaurant (which will enable the rest of the family – up to four people total – to get significant savings on their tickets as well). The promotion, which runs through August 20th (though Dads only get in free on June 21st), hopes to encourage folks to take an “affordable date night or family outing downtown.” The restaurant receipt you bring in has to be less than seven days old – so go big and take Dad out to brunch or dinner first.
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Treat Him to a Train Ride
The Sacramento River Train is featuring a Fathers’ Day “BBQ Train” on Sunday the 21st at 11am. The 3.5-hour trip includes a 28-mile train ride with a stop for a barbecue lunch at Elkhorn Park. The Sacramento River Train, which has three open-air cars and three enclosed air-conditioned coaches, operates between Woodland and West Sacramento.
Tickets: Adults $49; Child $25 (plus service charge and taxes)
Call (800) 866-1690 for reservations or visit

Buy Him Some Farm-Fresh Produce
Ever visited the Sunday farmers’ market at 8th and W Streets in downtown Sacramento? It’s enormous, and thronged with enthusiastic fruit and vegetable lovers who like to support small local family farmers. Spring produce you’re likely to encounter with Dad includes apricots, peaches, strawberries and rhubarb, plus a plethora or beautiful veggies like spring peas, lettuces, fresh herbs, carrots, and much, much more. This wonderful market also features olive oil, cheese, fresh fish and other locally-grown meats. Dad will love it.
Market runs from 8am to 12noon. For a list of local farmers’ markets in your neighborhood, visit

Cook Him a V.I.P. Dinner – with a Little Help from Morton’s
Want to impress Dad with an upscale home-cooked feast for Fathers’ Day? Morton’s The Steakhouse will send you a “Filet & Lobster Tail” package which includes two 8.5 oz. filet mignon steaks, two 8-10 oz. West Australian lobster tails, and two “signature engraved” stainless steel steak knives. To help you along, they also throw in some Morton’s “signature grilling salt,” clarified butter (no kidding!) and cooking instructions.
The cost? $149.95.
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Join Him in Relishing Some Fine Tequila
If Dad’s a margarita lover, take him to Roseville’s Tres Agaves restaurant on Fathers’ Day to munch on tacos al pastor and pollo con mole, drink his favorite cold libation and meet Joanne Weir, author of Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails, and Bites. Ms. Weir will appear for a book signing at the restaurant from 3pm-6pm on Father’s Day. Also featured that day is a dizzying array of Tequilas for sale at Tres Agaves’ new “Tequila store,” which features more than 120 different types of 100% blue agave Tequila.
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