That special day for that special guy is looming this weekend. Chances are, you've already planned a Sunday outing or family barbecue to toast Dad. But hope remains for last-minute planners, too. Here are four diversions for Dad that other family members can enjoy, too.
TAKE HIM TO A CONCERT
Former Yankee Bernie Williams plays a solo concert at 8 p.m. June 18 at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore. The music is a mix of jazz, Brazilian and Latin songs. Tickets are $75 (631-969-1101), boultoncenter.org. If Dad's a big fan, spring for the $175 tickets, which include a prime seat during the show and a post-concert meet-and-greet with the former centerfielder. "You can say hello, bring your camera and take a picture with him," says Boulton Center director Sue Rassekh. Williams will also autograph music memorabilia (but not sports-related items).
Fathers of a certain era would appreciate a nostalgic trip back in time with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, which plays June 30 at The Theatre at Westbury ($79, 877-598-8497, livenation.com).
PAY HOMAGE TO RACE CARS
Loud engines, speed, nonstop racing - for some guys, it's a formula that spells a great afternoon. The Riverhead Raceway hosts enduro racing 6-10 p.m. June 19 and 12:30-4 p.m. June 20. For the uninitiated, the drivers during these races are often less experienced, and many cars are junkyard specials, but the caution flags are few and far between, says raceway co-owner Barbara Cromarty, so the racing is fast-paced. Tickets are $22 ($5 ages 6-12, 631-727-0010, riverheadraceway.com).
BRING THE FAMILY TO THE TRACK
In honor of Father's Day, Belmont Park racetrack is hosting an all-day family festival with a sports obstacle course, talent shows, pony rides, inflatables and special "manly" touches ranging from hand-rolled cigars to hot shaves. Get an early start with the 7-9:30 a.m. "Breakfast at Belmont," a free, behind-the-scenes tour that shows off the training and paddock areas of the racetrack (breakfast foods are $5 or less). Afterward, explore the family festival until live horse racing starts at 1 p.m. Grandstand seats cost $3, or you can hit the clubhouse for $5 (516-488-6000, nyra.com).
SHOW HIM A NEW SPORT
Dads who enjoy baseball, football and other team sports might get a kick out of seeing a live polo match, where riders and horses work in harmony to score on a stretch of grass that's 10 times larger than a soccer field. Members of the Meadowbrook Polo Club play at 4 p.m. June 19 at Whitney Lane Fields in Old Westbury (1 Polo Dr., 516-515-1672) - admission is free. On Father's Day, teams play at 3 p.m. at Bethpage State Park ($8 per car).
ALSO TRY: Adventurous types might want to actually get in the saddle - $150 buys a private, one-hour introductory lesson at Meadowbrook's Old Westbury office (516-484-0343, meadowbrookpolo.com). "You'll have fun the first lesson," manager Esteban Scott says. "It'll take the rest of your life to get good at polo."