Best Father's Day Events

Take Dad camping, drinking, brunching, cruising the Mississippi, sporting an ugly tie, and more

Father’s Day is upon us—a day to show Dad how much you appreciate all those times he fixed your bike, took your fish off the hook at the cabin, and offered wisdom you didn’t know you needed. And while he means so much to you, it’s easy to get caught in a rut of a simple holiday brunch. Change it up this Father’s Day with a camp-out or brewery experience. Here are all the best Dad-friendly events around the Twin Cities:

The Great Outdoors

What: Kids Camp Free on Father’s Day Weekend
When: June 15–19, all day
Where: Kampgrounds of America in Minneapolis, Albert Lea, Jackson, and Rochester
Pack a picnic and enjoy some family time in the outdoors. Kids camp for free at participating KOA campgrounds on Father’s Day weekend, so bring your hot dogs and hiking boots—it’s sure to be a great escape. Learn more.

Beer, Cars, &…the Arts?

What: Stone Arch Bridge Festival
When: June 16–18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Main Street SE between Hennepin Ave. and 8th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
The 23rd annual Stone Arch Bridge festival kicks off with a concert Friday evening. Two full days of art, food, and music will follow. More than 200 artists spread throughout the park, selling and demonstrating their work. Bring Dad to the annual car show and relax with beer samplers from breweries such as Deschutes and Summit. Learn more.

You, Too, Can Brew

What: Vine Park Brewery
When: June 17, Noon and 3 p.m.
Where: Vine Park Brewery, 1254 W. 7th Street, St. Paul
All of Dad’s favorite things—beer samples, free pizza, and yard games—conveniently in one place. Vine Park is the only brewery in the Midwest where guests can brew their own beer, so you and Dad can brew a batch all to yourselves. Learn more.

Good Ol’ Male Bonding

What: Father’s Eve
When: June 17, 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Where: O’Gara’s, 164 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul
Every important holiday has an equally important eve, and Father’s Day is no exception. Talk with other dads, crack open a cold one, and help raise money for local initiative the Father Project, which aims to help dads support their families economically and emotionally. Good food and manly conversations included. Learn more.

Run, Dad, Run!

What: Star Tribune Ugly Tie 5k
When: June 18, 9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Where: Father Hennepin Park, 420 SE Main Street, Minneapolis
Remember that tie you told him to get rid of? Good thing he didn’t. Star Tribune’s first 5K along the Mississippi riverfront encourages participants to break out their ugliest tie and take a morning run with the whole family. Stick around after for snacks, music, and prizes. Learn more.

Brunch on a Boat

What: Padelford Riverboats Father’s Day Brunch
When: June 18, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Dock at 205 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul
Take in the spectacular views and learn about the mighty Mississippi River on a two-hour boat cruise. The brunch buffet offers indulgences ranging from French toast with fresh berry sauce to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Learn more.

Animal House

What: Cub Father’s Day
When: June 18, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
Dad gets free entry this Father’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo. Jump around at the new kangaroo exhibit or rave at the red pandas, and pick up a free cookie while you’re at it.  Learn more.