Things to do for Father’s Day in Los Angeles

Bicyclists must light their bicycles in the dark

(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

If you want something a little adventurous and very out of the ordinary for Father’s Day, pack Dad and your bike and head to Windward Plaza Park on the Venice Beach Boardwalk to join the Captain – Marcus Gladney – and hundreds of other wheel people who take part in the brilliant Venice Electric Light Parade every Sunday at sunset.

Admission is free, but if you want to add a few LED filaments to your bike to mingle, head to the boardwalk early and find Sebastian “Man of Light” Butler, a string light seller with cost about $40 and help add them to your bike. His motto? “Be bright or get hit.”

These days, people start to gather around 7 p.m. and the ride begins when the sun goes down – around 8 p.m. – and Gladney draws on the lights and pulsating music on his giant beach bike. Me, Big Red. The route takes you west to Santa Monica Pier, then back along Abbot Kinney Boulevard and other Venice streets, ending at the end of West Washington Avenue in Marina del Rey, about half way from where it started. mile. If you don’t want to transport the bikes, Gladney rents lightweight padded bikes for $99 a night (book in advance online). Rent includes a special souvenir T-shirt from the Venice Electric Light Parade. Plan at least three hours for the ride and, if you’re renting from Gladney, expect to ride to and from the storage area where he keeps his bikes, about three miles from the boardwalk. mile. – Jeanette Marantos

📍: Windward Plaza, 1 Windward Ave., Venice
: @venice Electrolightparade
⏰: Every Sunday at sunset (on Father’s Day, at 8:08 p.m.), except when it rains heavily
: Free, unless you rent a bike for $99 Things to do for Father’s Day in Los Angeles

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