Dear Old Dad

There are plenty of fun things to enjoy with Pop this Father’s Day Weekend

Dads and their families will have an eclectic array of fun musical, artistic and theatrical events to choose from this Father’s Day weekend.

On Saturday, see Pasadena POPS Live at the Arboretum featuring country music star Dwight Yoakum at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626-793-7172/ The annual concert features Yoakum and opening act Desure. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $55.

For something much less relaxed, take dad out to the races for Summer Motorsports Mayhem at Irwindale Speedway (500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale; (626) 358-1100/ This Saturday event features extreme stunts, pyrotechnics, fireworks and an RV destruction race that includes Dr. Danger from “America’s Got Talent.”

“The Dr. Danger stunt team will be taking on our very own, Master of Mayhem, Robert Rice and his crew of LKQ Pick Your Part teammates. Plus,” states an ad for the event, “the night will wrap up with a motorhome race before an explosive fireworks finale.” Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids $5 and younger.

On Saturday and Sunday, visit the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (1151 Oxford Road, San Marino; (626) 405-2100/, where guests can enjoy a Father’s Day barbecue, with slow-cooked ribs, spice-rubbed brisket, grilled chicken, sides and beer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Patio Grill, included in Huntington admission of $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, $13 for youth 4 to 11, and free for those younger than 4.

Also on Saturday and Sunday the Pasadena Chalk Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, along with the Pasadena Car Show. Thousands of artists will take to the sidewalks of the Paseo and surrounding blocks to create artworks that draw tens of thousands of admirers, while the streets are filled with classic cars to boot. Admission to both is free.

On Sunday, MUSE/IQUE, performing outdoors at Caltech’s Milliken Pond (1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 539-7085/ presents “Swinging/Stars,” in a program celebrating the cosmos and its inspiration for those creating music down through history. The concert, which was rescheduled from May 19, ranges from works by Debussy and Bach to David Bowie and Chuck Berry. Mingling starts at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70.

And finally, The Rose nightclub in Pasadena will is putting a special Father’s Day twist on its weekly Soulful Sunday Brunch, where a delicious brunch buffet accompanies live soulful music to shift the celebration into high gear. The band B.I.G. (Brothers Igniting a Groove) provides the entertainment, performing R&B, smooth jazz and old school funk, with a repertoire of over 100 songs and counting. Admission is $29 for adults and $12 for children under 13 if one wants the brunch and show, and just $15 general admission for those seeking to just enjoy the music. Call (888) 645-5006 or viit