Whether Dad has a need for speed, loves to work with his hands, or tells the corniest dad jokes you’ve ever heard, Denver has a number of fun events going on Father’s Day weekend for the entire family. Read on for some offerings around town to treat Dad this Father’s Day weekend.
For the active dad:
Get Dad’s adrenaline pumping at this year’s Father’s Day Classic. Races include a 5K, 10K, 1 mile fun run, and the the Manly Mile—a timed mile for men only, with an award for the winner. Dad can put his bean bag skills to the test during a cornhole contest the day of the race—the prize for the winner is a 60-minute massage at Elements Massage Arvada. After the race, stay for the free Father’s Day Car Show in the APEX Center Parking Area. $10-$30, register online. 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada.
For the sporty dad:
Treat Dad to an early Father’s Day gift with a ticket to see the Denver Outlaws play the Florida Launch on June 16 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. $15-$45; $52 for sideline seats.
For the thrill-seeking dad:
For dads who have a need for speed, get him a gift card to Unser Karting and take a spin around the track. The indoor-outdoor go-kart facility (tracks vary by location) offers fun for the whole family. Adult races are $18-$40, with lower prices for additional races, and mandatory purchase of a $9 annual license. Junior races, ages six and up, are $16-$50 with a short certification class available daily at noon, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Denver and Centennial locations.
For the playful dad:
Dads jump for free on Father’s Day at Jumpstreet with paid admission (age five and older). Available at three locations in Lakewood, Greenwood Village, and Littleton.
For the culinary dad:
Head out to the Union Station Farmers’ Market with Dad to get all of the ingredients for a farm fresh meal at home. With live music and chef demos, you can get the party started at the market, and take it home as you enjoy farm fresh produce, tacos from True West Tacos, baked goods, and local meat. June 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver.
At FATE Brewing Company, all dads get one free core beer on the house on Father’s Day. Wash it down with food and drink specials, and while you’re there, try the barbecue poutine or banana and chocolate french toast for brunch. Kids can munch on ribs, chicken wings, and other kid favorites. Available at both Boulder and Lafayette locations.
Mici’s Handcrafted Italian is paying tribute to their Miceli-family patriarch, Jerry Miceli, by giving away a glass of house red or white wine with every adult entree at all four of Mici’s Denver area locations all day on Father’s Day.
Treat Dad to a date night at Tamayo with a three-course pairing dinner on June 17 at 6 p.m. Guests will taste their way through Ilegal Mezcal’s premium Joven Mezcal, Reposado Mezcal, and Añejo Mezcal, paired with dishes by Tamayo’s executive chef Oscar Padilla. Reservations are required and must be made by June 13, reserve tickets online. $45 per person. 1400 Larimer St., Denver.
For the spirited dad:
Gift Dad with a ticket to Cask Thief at Stranahan’s on June 23, for a special reveal of some of Stranahan’s rarest barrels, hand selected by Stranahan’s master distiller. The evening includes six cask whiskey tastings, a pig roast on a used Stranahan’s barrel, Stranahan’s Brickle ice cream, live music, games, and a demonstration from a barrel cooper. $65 general admission, $85 VIP. Age 21 and older only.
For the out-of-this-world dad:
Take Dad on a journey across billions of light years at a showing of Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks. Showings on June 16 and 17, 4:30 p.m. $5 adults, $4 for kids 18 and under. Gates Planetarium at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
For the woodsy dad:
Take Dad back to the days of shop class with a special Father’s Day woodworking workshop at I Made It Workshop. Dad will make his own beer caddy during this hands-on class. Staff will be on hand to help at every step in the process. June 17, 11:30 a.m. Class is $45 per project. 617 22nd St., Denver.
For the jokester dad:
Get the whole family laughing at Comedy Works’ Father’s Day Family Show featuring John Tole, a Denver-based comedian and contributor to The Howard Stern Show. All ages are welcome to the show at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7-$14. 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village.
For the hands-on dad:
If Dad feels like he’s trying to figure out brain surgery every morning while doing his daughter’s hair, a class with Daddy Daughter Hair Factory may be the ticket. Schedule some quality daddy-daughter time with a Father’s Day hair class at Denver Public Libraries on June 16. Read more about DDHF classes in our article “Dads Detangle the Mysteries of Hair.” Classes held on June 16, 10:30 a.m. at the Ross-Barnum Branch Library, 3570 W. 1st Ave., Denver; and 2 p.m. at the Woodbury Branch Library, 3265 Federal Blvd., Denver.