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By Jessica Richmond


June 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- June 15th  is Father’s Day--a once-a-year special day reserved to honor all of the hard work and love that our fathers have given to us. We at ECM have compiled a list of special activities sure to bring a smile to your father’s face. These fun family outings this weekend in San Diego and East County range from free to a hundred dollars or so, so you’ll find an ideal outing for minimal or a deluxe day with all the lavish trimmings.  

You can take Dad (and the family) to East County’s new “America on Main Street” celebration for free. A family of four could enjoy a day of fishing for under $36 dollars, or savor wine tasting for two with just you and dad for about $15 dollars. Our list also includes free outdoor activities,  movies in the park, a Father’s Day “Man it Up Brunch,” a tour of an architectural treasure, night fishing and more at modest rates--all in East County. Or, if you’re feeling flush in the wallet and willing to venture farther afield to the shores of San Diego, you can treat your father to a once-in-a-life-time adventure of falconry flights, breakfast with Shamu, or a guided kayaking tour.

We hope these options give you some good ideas to delight dear ole’ Dad--and East County Magazine wishes you a safe and happy Father’s Day!

  1. America on Main Street:  Start your Father’s Day celebration a day early on Saturday and show Dad he’s number one by taking him to downtown El Cajon’s June 14th FREE “America on Main Street”—a multi-cultural street fair celebrating ethnic diversity.  There will be many fun attractions from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. incluing a petting zoo, pony rides, Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, Fiesta de Futbol Street Soccer, and a salute to veterans. For more information visit .


  1. Movies in the park:  These popular film showings are back at Viejas Outlets Center in Alpine, just in time for Father’s Day. For a fun outing to a family friendly movie (appropriate for most ages- rated “PG”),  you can check out “Frozen” on June 13th. This early Father’s Day surprise will cost only $5 dollars a person (children 12 and under are FREE) and includes a regular-size popcorn, plus a 12oz. soda and preferred cushy seating. Don’t be late, the movies start at 8 p.m! For more information visit


  1. Sangria Sunday at San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa: If your father loves wine tasting, then look no further than this popular winetasting room in La Mesa’s downtown village. Father’s Day happens to fall on their famous Sangria Sunday’s, when wine tasting is only $7.50 for 5 tastes per person ($5 dollars off with the purchase of a bottle of wine), and $3 dollar sangrias are served all day. Sangria Sunday’s are sure to make a happy splash in any wine connoisseur’s mouth. For more information visit


  1. Day or Night Fishing at Santee Lakes: For the dad that loves fishing, paddle on down to our own Santee Lakes. A one-day adult permit pass is $9 dollars, while a one-day junior permit pass is $6 dollars. There are also several night-fishing dates coming up, including June 12th, if you’d like to celebrate Father’s Day early by sinking a line under the stars. For more information visit


  1. Man it Up Brunch in El Cajon: Arriba! For all the fathers out there looking for the taste of Mexican-style home-cooked BBQ without all the work, saddle-up and ride to Hacienda Casa Blanco in El Cajon for their Father’s Day “Man it up Brunch.” Brunch will be served from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include carnitas, carne asada, ribs, carving station, roasted corn, omelet station, breakfast items, soups, salad/ fruit, tamales, enchiladas, and homemade tortillas. At the low price of $19.95 per person, this meal provides many options for hungry dads.  



  1. Father’s Day Falconry Lessons: If you and your father want to walk on the wild side, then consider sharing the afternoon handling a raptor bird of prey. West Coast Sky Falconry of San Diego is offering a special of $49 dollars per-person basic falconry lesson package for Father’s Day. For more information on this limited time offer visit at or email with the code FATHER2014 to purchase the lessons.
  1. Take a kayak adventure: For the water enthusiast and outdoor adventurer, take your father on a Kayaking tour of the San Diego Bay and Point Loma. The Family Kayak Adventure Center of Shelter Island is having a Father’s Day 3-hour Sea Lion Kayak Tour special at the cost $44 dollars per adult, $18 dollars per child (2-14 years of age sharing a kayak with an adult) and includes kayak, life vest, paddle, introductory lesson, and instructor/guide who will accompany your family throughout the tour.  You can also rent kayaks at several of San Diego County’s inland lakes and reservoirs.  For more information visit .
  1. Tour an architectural treasure: For the architecture-loving father, come visit the famous Hubble House nestled in Julian, California, where art comes to life in the new Ilan-Lael Foundation Building. Renowned architect James Hubbell’s annual open-house Father’s Day tour will be open to the public in two showings from either 11 am - 1:30 pm or 1:30 pm - 4 pm.  Tickets are $50 dollars per person ($30 dollars for students with ID, $40 dollars for seniors) for a one-day admission to view this architectural treasure. For more information about ticket purchase, visit
  1. A whale of a time: If your dad enjoys thrill seeking and large water mammals, then mark your calendars for Father’s Day brunch with Shamu  the killer whale on June 15th at 10 a.m.! The chefs at Sea World have prepared an extra special meal in honor of Father’s Day, and at the cost of $59.40 for adults and $29.16 for children, this behind-the-glass-tank dining experience is sure to be memorable and delicious. For details see
  1. Plan a picnic or a campout:  San Diego County is home to many wonderful parks, lakes, mountain trails, and  beautiful beaches—all FREE or nearly so. Planning a family outing that includes a picnic, fun in the sun with activities such as a hike, bike ride or sandcastle build-off can make for a great Father’s Day on a budget. Many parks also offer free or low-cost activities.  In East County, lots of parks have recently added cabins for overnight stays to maximize time together. For ideas and reservations, check out the San Diego County Parks and Recreation website at




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