Quick -- how many ties, coffee mugs and cheaply made electronic trinkets from a major discount retail store does your dad own? Probably enough, so why not celebrate your siring by taking papa out and about JUNE 18 for Father's Day?
Old-school pater familiæ may enjoy the Father's Day festival at the ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN, which features the Buckaroo Boys Bluegrass Band, barbecue and time-tested games such as checkers, jacks and pick-up sticks. $8-$12; $6 for dads. 1-5 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
Emmy-nominated puppeteer Lee Bryan presents a reimagined "Jack and the Beanstalk" tale at the CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS, in which the giant's wife raps and Jack dreams of being a pirate, cowboy and rock star. $8-$14, free for dads. 1 and 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.
Inauthentic men and their take-out dinners need not apply at the 17th annual REAL MEN COOK FATHER'S DAY CHARITY CELEBRATION, which features chef Marvin Wood of Turner South's "Home Plate," as well as more than 100 dishes to sample, live music and appearances by celebrity judges and tasters. $10-$25. 3-6 p.m. Georgia Railroad Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-273-3227. www.realmencook.com.
Get your forebear feelin' funky at the Hammonds House Museum's "SONGS FOR MY FATHER," a garden concert featuring salsa, samba, swing and funk from Enrique Mercado & Orquestra Lyrica, with special guest Joe Jennings. $10-$15. 6 p.m. 503 Peeples St. 404-752-8730. www.hammondshouse.org.
Sons and daughters too young for driver's licenses may want to cajole their patriarchs into a trip to IMAGINE IT! THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA, where kids can create coupons to pledge various adorable services of their choosing and take in an afternoon reading of A Perfect Father's Day. $11; $9 for dads. Event: 2-3 p.m. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. 404-659-5437. www.imagineit-cma.org.