Celebrate Dad! Father’s Day Ideas 2019

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Here’s to Dad on his special day! Whether your dad is into sports, enjoys a night on the town, likes to sit down to a great meal or hoist a glass of locally crafted beer, you can find just the right way to celebrate him this Father’s Day right here in Waterloo Region.

Show your Pops he’s Tops this June 16th!! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Father’s Day: Craft Beer and Spirits

Hops for Pops Craft Beer Festival

This is year five for the annual Father’s Day Craft Beer Festival at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. Enjoy this unique festival where adults can sample local beer, while visiting with their family. In addition, the festival features delicious food from The Chop House, wagon rides and fun activities for all ages. D.J. Penny will be spinning some top 40 hits and live music from the band Paradox!

Father’s Day at Descendants

Father’s Day is a special day at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.! Matt Weidinger will be performing from 1pm-4pm, and they’ll have specials on flights, pitchers, food and t-shirts!

“Chillin’, grillin’, and refillin” for Father’s Day at Graffiti Market

Graffiti Market is partnering with the soon to be open Crows Foot Smoke Haus to make this Father’s Day extra memorable. Celebrate pops with beer flight deals and special barbecue inspired pizzas.

Scotch Tasting

The Round Table Waterloo (formerly The Watchtower Restaurant) invites you to treat Dad this Father’s Day! Experience a guided tour of three amazing scotches from around the world.

Murphy’s Law Distillery

Murphy’s Law in Elmira is the only distillery in Ontario to exclusively make moonshine. Arrange a tour for dad, including a behind-the-scenes look at the process for making moonshine, a tasting of various flavours at Murphy’s Law, as well as a shot glass to bring home!

Father’s Day: Food

Solstice Sampling: Summer Night Crawl

Happening on Father’s Day Eve, this popular food and drink festival allows you to sample dishes from 10 Uptown restaurants, with entertainment happening throughout the uptown area. Perfect for the ‘foodie’ dad!

Father’s Day BBQ at the Kitchener Market

The quickest way to Dad’s heart is through his stomach! Celebrate Father’s Day at the Kitchener Market on the piazza for an outdoor BBQ. There’ll be live music, kids crafts and some cool cars and motorcycles on display. And all dads get a free jumbo hot dog for lunch!

Breakfast in the Park in Petersburg

Old vintage cars will be in Petersburg Community Park (1330 Notre Dame Dr.) from 8 a.m. to noon on Father’s Day, with an all-you-can-eat breakfast served by the Petersburg Optimist Club for $10 each. Admission to the car show is free for all ages. Be sure to arrive early, as last year there were more than 2,000 breakfasts served and 400 cars on display!

KW Serbian Food Festival

Come and Enjoy a Taste of Serbia this Father’s Day! There is a wide array of authentic Serbian food to try. Experience ćevape (chevape) and goulash, and roasted pig and lamb hot off the spit. Dad will also be entertained by a live Serbian band performing contemporary and traditional songs.

Father’s Day at The Bruce Craft House

It’s your turn to treat your dad! Enjoy all you can eat BBQ features and beer specials.

At the Crossroads Father’s Day Buffets

Enjoy a Father’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10 am – 2:30 pm, or the Dinner Buffet from 3-8 pm

Father’s Day Pizza and Putt

Bring Dad to Bingemans Boston Pizza on Father’s Day and he’ll can get a free round of Mini Golf with the purchase of any adult entree!

Proof Kitchen and Lounge

Father’s Day isn’t just another day. Say thank you to a special dad or dads in your life by celebrating at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Enjoy brunch from 10am – 3pm, or head out to Proof’s patio for dinner and dessert!

Stone Crock Restaurant

Enjoy the Stone Crock’s Sunday Buffet that includes hot breakfast and lunch entrees, a salad bar and homestyle soups. And, dad can treat himself to one of their custom Belgium waffles – yum!

The Rich Uncle Tavern Father’s Day Brunch

With the anticipated opening of the Ignite Group’s newest sibling restaurant  (Crowsfoot Smokehaus in Conestogo), The Rich Uncle is partnering with them to bring an incredible Father’s Day brunch featuring an extra special barbecue inspired menu.

TWH Social Braised Ribs and Beer

TWH Social is featuring two of Dad’s favourites for Father’s Day – braised ribs and beer! And, if you’re looking for a gift for dad, how about tickets to TWH Social’s next Social After Dark event featuring an Evening of Magic and Mentalism?

Father’s Day: Fun

Canoeing the Grand

Father’s Day weekend is Canoeing the Grand’s biggest weekend! And to celebrate, they’ll be giving out a special gift for dads (shhhhhh – it’s a secret!)

Grand River Raceway

Horse racing season is underway! For those who want to get a jump on their Father’s Day celebrations, take dad to the track Friday night for Grand River’s Fun & Frivolity Friday Night Tarmac Show and The NEIGHbourhood for kids. Dad can also enjoy a great meal at one of their on-site restaurants!

BATL – Backyard Axe Throwing League

Think of it as an opportunity for dad to get rid of the frustration he built up during your teenage years!! Seriously, axe throwing is an exciting sport and lots of fun! Dad can also enjoy the selection of local beers, wine and coolers as well as a delicious finger food menu while at BATL.

Chicopee Green Season

Chicopee is open for its Green Season! If your dad is an outdoors-type, he’ll love Chicopee’s  Disc Golf, Biking Trails, Beach Volleyball and Tennis!

Players Indoor Golf & Sports Bar

Take dad to Players to enjoy a virtual game of golf on one of the more than 100 virtual golf courses, or choose another sport from Players’ MultiSport simulators. Grab a drink and a bite to eat from the kitchen, and watch the game on the  11’ HD TV screens. This really could be dad’s dream Father’s Day!

Bring the King of your Pride to African Lion Safari

Fathers and Grandfathers receive a special admission price to African Lion Safari on Father’s Day! Check the website for the special coupon.

St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway

Does your dad love trains? Then he’ll really appreciate a trip to this O scale (¼”= 12″) model railway depicting Southern Ontario in the late 1950’s. This 3,000 square foot (280 square meter) display was custom built from scratch, and is located in the Village of St. Jacobs.

Waterloo Central Railway’s Father’s Day Celebration Train

Enjoy a leisurely train ride with Dad with a ride aboard these refurbished diesel trains! Hop on and off at stops between Waterloo and Elmira, and experience the towns. Best of all – dads ride for Free!

Green Light Arts’ production of The Seat Next to the King

The Seat Next to the King was first produced in the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival to high critical acclaim where it also won Best New Play and Patron’s Pick. (*Note: this production contains strong language and mature themes)

Have a Happy Father’s Day!

Family looking at the model railway at St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway
St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway


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