Take Dad out for his big day 

It’s Father’s Day! Haven’t made plans? Here are a few suggestions for last-minute events in The City that dad and the family may enjoy together. 

Listen to the music   
The ever-evolving Wynton Marsalis has been experimenting with blues and flamenco influences in his latest work with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, making his San Francisco performance at 8 p.m. today at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., a rare treat. Tickets are $30-$95. Call (866) 920-5299 or visit www.sfjazz.org.

Acoustic duo Happily Abandoned — aka Robert Bradford and Nathaniel Gistand — perform alongside Brian Byrnes, Becky Daly and John Vicino at Summer Sundays Music Series in a relaxed afternoon of folk and rock music in a family festival setting. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center Auditorium, 100 Collingwood St. Tickets are $10. Call (415) 656-6818 or visit www.futurebookmusic.com.

Cultural multitasking doesn’t get much better than a concert performed in a Rodin sculpture gallery at one of San Francisco’s best museums. Trio Garufa, planing Argetine tango music, performs in the Chamber Music Series at the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., at noon today. Tickets are free after $7-$11 museum admission. Call (415) 750-3600.

Geeks and gardeners

Current and future gadgets and gizmos, green-friendly and app-tastic technologies, along with games and other designer products, are be on view at NextGEN Science Fair 2011, the consumer showcase of the future. It’s a great fit for techie-dads who want to be in the know. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Building D’s Fleet Room at Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. Tickets are $10 to $25. Visit www.nextgensciencefair.com.

An oft-forgotten gem nestled in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden boasts 55 acres of themed gardens with plants from all over the world. If dad freezes his bulbs, subscribes to seed company catalogs or is an enthusiastic pruner, here’s the perfect outing for his special day. Located at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, it’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Docent tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekends.
Tickets are $2 to $7. Call (415) 661-1316.

For thrill seekers
Adventurous, speed-demon dads should hop on board the RocketBoat, one of the fastest rides in the San Francisco Bay. Tickets are $14 to $34, and the boat ventures out daily at noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:45, 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. Rides last 30 minutes and leave from Pier 39. Rides can be combined with other sightseeing tours, too. Call (415) 773-1188 or visit www.rocketboatsf.com.

Time to eat
Treat dad to dine at one of these fine establishments, all noted for hearty fare and none requiring reservations.

Tommy’s Joynt: This San Francisco staple serves up epic portions of hofbrau-style food and offers a world-class beer selection. It’s at 1101 Geary Blvd. Call (415) 775-4216 or visit www.tommysjoynt.com

Magnolia Pub and Brewery: The microbrewery serves up delicious Americana food with a twist. It’s at 1398 Haight St., at Masonic Avenue. Call (415) 864-7468 or visit www.magnoliapub.com.

Q Restaurant and Wine Bar: The hip Inner Richmond hotspot is home to a great wine list and exceptional contemporary comfort food. It’s at 225 Clement St. Call (415) 752-2298 or visit www.qrestaurant.com.

Tadich Grill: Affectionately known as “Taddy’s,” this old-school spot is known for its steak, seafood and classy interior. It’s at 240 California St. Call (415) 391-1849 or visit www.tadichgrill.com.

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