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Best Activities To Celebrate Father's Day In OC

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Father's Day is right around the corner. More than material things, your dad probably just wants to spend time with his family at an event he can enjoy. Here are some of the best Father's Day celebrations throughout Orange County.

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8th Annual 2015 Chili At The Beach
Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-8300
Date: June 20, 2015

One thing most guys appreciate is good chili. Good salsa is another thing that lots of guys enjoy. At the 8th Annual Chili at the Beach on father's day weekend, it'll allow your dad to sample both. Plus, he'll get to enjoy these two food items in a good setting - right by the water in Huntington Beach. He can even enter his own chili or salsa if he likes. Chili at the Beach is on Saturday, June 20 from 11am to 6pm. Take your dad to partake in two things he loves.

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Cruisin' Brea 11th Annual Oldies Car Show & Live Music Festival
Birch St. & Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
Date: June 21, 2015

Dads have a way of appreciating cars, particularly classic cars. This car show is hosted by the Orange County Mustang Club, and it will give your dad plenty on which he can feast his eyes. Cars are available for viewing all around the area at Birch and Brea. Parking is free, but it may be a challenge to find because this event is well-attended. The Cruisin' Brea Classic Car Show is on June 21 from 10am to 4pm.

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Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-2274
Date: June 21, 2015

On Father's Day, the Ocean Institute has three different activities to enjoy with your dad. From 10am to 12:30pm, you can enjoy a Father's Day Blue Whale Discovery Cruise where you'll board the research vessel Sea Explorer. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon with scientists as they introduce you to wildlife along the coastline, as well as birds, fish and more. From 10am to 1pm, a Father's Day Adventure at Sea is also offered where you'll partake in an exciting voyage on a real tallship. First, you and your dad will join the crew in handling lines and raising sails and then enjoy a great meal. Finally, set sail on an afternoon sail from 2 to 4:30pm as you sail abord the Spirit of Dana Point. Hoist sail, steer the ship, or sit back and relax!

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Father's Day Beer Brunch Cruise
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 646-0155
Date: June 21, 2015

If you're of an age where you can drink beer with your dad, you know that it's one of the great simple pleasures in life. Hornblower Cruises has you covered if you enjoy knocking back some brews with your old man. On this cruise, you'll not only get to enjoy unlimited beer and champagne with him, but also a manly brunch, and a two-hour cruise around Newport Beach. Boarding takes place at 11:30am. The cruise is from 12pm to 2pm. Contact Hornblower for prices and location details. Dress attire is required for this cruise.

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Brunch At The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove
15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 376-6900

Lots of places offer a brunch for Father's Day, and there's nothing wrong with brunch. It's a great meal that allows you to eat more than you should and to drink alcoholic libations in the middle of the day. However, if you want to give your dad a memorable meal for his special day, take him to The Beachcomber Cafe for a truly special Father's Day brunch he won't soon forget. Titled the "Father's Day Beer & Brunch," patrons will get to sip on glasses of craft beer, champagne, mimosas, or orange juice, sodas and coffee, and dine on everything from beignets to surf and turf and more.

Related: Best Bars with a Rotating Beer Menu in OC

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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