Fathers Day fun in Cbus

Fathers Day is in a few weeks (June 21). Are you ready?  Whether the man in your life likes an adventure or some R and R, we have a list of ideas sure to beat the standard gift card purchased at the grocery check out lane. I have teamed up with Bethia Woolf of Columbus Food Adventures to bring you some fresh, local ideas that dad is sure to love.

To do:

12:00-6:00
This festival is going on all weekend long, and is perfect for the dad who loves good music and serious food. Sunday will be "Drink Local Sunday" with Watershed Distillery, Pigskin Brewery, and Wyandotte Winery. The food vendors all weekend include: Schmidt's, Mikey's Late Night Slice, as well as Asian food, fried alligator, and even cupcakes and macarons! There is a Family Fun Zone and new this year, a Little Kids Zone to satisfy the whole family.  The complete listing of vendors is here.

2:30
If your family prefers a slower pace, try the 2 mile hiking trip down to Blacklick Creek with a Naturalist who will guide you in finding local critters. I've actually done this many times with students and it is so much fun to find crawdads, tadpoles, and the elusive salamander if you're lucky. 

11:00-2:00
The Conservatory will cater to dads and kids on Fathers Day, with putt putt fun and a grilling demonstration in the Live Fire Cooking Theater.  Samples of beef skewers on a yakitori grill and other foods will be available for $2.  Don't forget, Blooms & Butterflies and the Big Bugs Exhibit will also be going on as well. 

7:05 pm
If you find yourself wanting extra time with dad after the holiday or can't get together on 6/21, look forward to a Columbus Clippers tradition with Dime-a-Dog night. Not hot dog fans? No problem...there is plenty of local food at Clippers games as well.

To eat:

Brunch at Natalies Coal Fired Pizza (Worthington)
The whole family should be satisfied with the menu, including Natalie's crispy pizza, quiches, cinnamon rolls, eggs Benedict, sweet potato hash, and breakfast cocktails. And then come back later for The Hillbenders show at 8:00!

Breakfast or lunch at Jack & Benny's Barnstormer (Dublin)
If dad, grandpa or the kids are into airplanes, check out the planes at Don Scott Airport as you dine. You can take a trip to the old control tower and see the view after trying out some diner classics. Not too far away is Hayden Falls, which is a fun trip if you've never seen it. 

A trip to the North Market could include breakfast of Destination Donuts AND fried chicken from Hot Chicken Takeover! There is something for everyone here, and no mess to clean up when the whole family chooses something different to eat. Sunday is also the Market Flea, so dad could even pick his gift and make the North Market a one-stop shop.

Brunch at 101 Beer Kitchen (Dublin)
This would be a great kid-friendly option to treat dad to the meal (and drinks!) he deserves. They have an inventive kids' menu with things like shrimp skewers, ants on a log, and taco rolls. The brunch menu just made my eyes pop out of my head when I read about the 101 Twinkie, Praline biscuits, and fried chicken & biscuits. And an enormous beer list to suit every dad's taste, all at a reasonable price point.

Brunch at Skillet (German Village)
What a way to support local farms and treat dad to a hearty brunch. Just take a look at the menu to see how many Ohio farms are used in creating their complex dishes, like shrimp & grits and stuffed french toast. They do not take reservations, but you can add your name to the waitlist and walk around the neighborhood while you wait. 

The iconic steakhouse is celebrating its 60th anniversary, indulging guests with steaks, lobster, and classic drinks from the Mad Men era establishment. Take a trip back in time for a night at The Top. 

Hyde Park (multiple locations)
They have a Sunday special that would spoil dad with quality steaks and chops. Their service is top-notch and would give the whole family an excuse to dress up and try some amazing lobster-topped filets!

Not in the mood for steak?  Try Tandoori Grill or Los Guachos for a different flavor.

Or if dad loves to show off his grilling skills, pick up some outstanding meat from Thurns (Greenlawn), Carfagna's (161) or Weiland's (Clintonville). 

To give:


Coffee Subscription from Midwest Specialty Roasters
MSR responsibly sources its coffee beans and then roasts them locally and ships them out quickly to ensure fresh, delicious coffee. Give dad the gift of a coffee subscription of your choice (Africa, Asia, America, Roasters Choice, Regional) for 3, 6, or 12 months. 


A Columbus Food Tour
No matter what kind of taste dad has, there is a tour for it. There is a Meat Lovers Tour on June 18th and a Food Truck Tour on June 20th if you want to take him for a tour a little early. If he has more of a sweet tooth, try the dessert tour, coffee tour, or any of the other 11 tours. All tours are in air conditioned vans with knowledgeable guides taking guests to the most delicious local spots in Columbus. 


What could be more perfect for dad than the Pizza and Pitchers tour the week after Fathers Day? Be the favorite child by taking dad on this tour or any of the other Brew Tour to Downtown, Brewery District, Grandview breweries or even out to Buckeye Lake. Learn about our city's brewing industry while being transported by guides who talk you through samples and snacks. 


If he is an active guy and wants to know more about our city, pay his way into this adventure. It will showcase Columbus neighborhoods, build come camaraderie among riders, and have a finish line after party. Better yet, bike it together!

Check out the pizza class that kids can take with dad (what a memory to make!) or send him off to learn a technique of his own interest this summer. Keep checking back for more details on the special lunches and dinners. 

Pie and Coffee
As a sweet treat, give dad a quality pie from Honeykiss Bakery (check out the Key Lime and Peanut Butter!) or Sassafras Bakery (they are beautiful, but I personally love the Blondies!). Pair it with a bag of local coffee, and dad is set for breakfast for the week, unless he decides to share. 

For a more traditional gift that is also locally made, try a Zeroz wallet. They are simple and streamlined, keeping your main man organized and stylish. 

Wow! If dad has always wanted to brush up on the different cuts of meat and learn how to best prepare each, here is the ultimate experience for him. Students get an education, some meat to take home, and a snack. 

Check out that list of Columbus' best! Perhaps pick up a bottle and pair it with the mixers and a great glass to make his favorite drink.

Wolf's Ridge Brewery Father's Day Package
For $32, you can get dad a $25 gift card to Columbus' Best New Restaurant, Wolf's Ridge. You also get a WRB glass and a certificate for a limited bottle release of their Gold Meal winning Dire Wolf Imperial Stout. Better yet, get the package and then take dad out for brunch so the whole family can enjoy the innovative menu at the family-owned Wolf's Ridge.

Local shirts from Homage, Clothe Ohio  or 7thirty8
They're soft, they're local, and the designs are so perfect for weekends. Or for wives to steal? Check out the cute new #1 dad tee and the zoo package that includes a throwback zoo tee and a ticket to the Columbus Zoo from Homage. A Clothe Ohio Cavs shirt mayyyyy be in the mail on its way to our house, and I could pick out about 10 from 7thirty8 that our guy would love (check out those prices!) 

If he likes to grill or cook, pick up some new rubs or smoked peppercorns he can try out this summer. 

Looks like there is a game scheduled for 6/24. And check out all the local food that is served at the games. With the kids out for summer break, this would be a fun outing for everyone, complete with dinner!

How. Cool. is this?  These guys use reclaimed bourbon barrels to make everything from coasters and flight boards to tables and clocks. For the guy who has everything, check this out. 

Intro to Curling Clinic at Columbus Curling Club
Is not the golfing or soccer league type? Give him the chance to try that crazy sport we all watch every 4 years when the Olympics comes on. 

OK, time for a giveaway!  Would you like to win 2 adult all-weekend wristbands to get you into the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival?  This is a Rafflecopter giveaway that gives you 3 chances to enter. Enjoy! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)


7 comments:

Columbus Brew Adventures said...

We like that Columbus Brew Adventures idea a lot. We offer gift certificates that are good for 2 years in case your dad is a procrastinator.

Indeea said...

The kids and I are getting their dad anything that has to do with grilling and then some alone time doing the paddle boats in Gahanna!

Paula Gillotti said...

It may take us all summer to do some of these!

Elizabeth said...

Father's Day is going to be spent on the ball field with our son. Once the games end, though, I am hoping to get him downtown to the Ohio Theater to watch a Hitchcock movie--his favorite!!

Mallory said...

All great ideas! Some I have tried, and some are definitely on the list!

Schneider 4.0 said...

2nd annual Father's Day Putt-Putt adventure. Everyone's favorite. And we LOVE Cols. Food Adventures! Not all of them are van escorted...we did the Short North and it it walking. It was fantastic.

Chrystal said...

We are going to surprise him. Hopefully Wil camping, fishing, mini golf, and a fun filled weekend. Hopefully go to the creekside blues and jazz festival. We are new here and seems like we would enjoy and our son would love the rides.

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