Ten Father’s Day Activities for Every Type of Dad

From sports and spas to parks and portrait painting, here are some ways to show your appreciation.

Your dad is one of a kind, so why not take him somewhere that’s “just so him” this Father’s Day? This Sunday, June 20, venture out to an Orioles game, spa, local park, brewery, or even a sip-and-paint party. Whether your guy is artsy, sporty, adventurous, or more laid-back we’ve made it easy to plan the big day with suggestions that will surely fill the holiday with some great memories to look back on. 


The Charmery: It’s expected to be a hot one on Sunday, so plan to cool off with dad by taking him to one of The Chamery’s many locations in Hampden, Towson, Columbia, or Federal Hill. As a tribute to his own father, owner David Alima has created a pistachio-toffee flavored ice cream that will be served as a special for the day. 801 W 36th St. 410-814-0493. 46 E Cross St. 443-682-7037. 

Crabs at Knotty Pine: Nothing says Father’s Day in Baltimore like steamed crabs, and luckily, Knotty Pine in Canton has you covered when planning your dad’s special day. There will be free drafts for dads, $3 medium male crabs, $7 Crushes, a $20 wing and pitcher of Natty Boh combo, and, of course, flat screens tuned to the O’s game all afternoon. 801 S Conkling St. 410-534-9701. 

Guinness Open Gate Brewery: Head to a brewery with 260 years of Irish history, without the expense of a plane ticket. For Father’s Day, the Halethorpe facility will highlight live music and menu specials—including a rib platter, grilled steak, and blueberry cobbler to finish the day on a sweet note. 5001 Washington Blvd. 443-575-6893. 

“Papa Don’t Peach” Cocktail at Topside: Treat your old man to a drink that features the superstar of the summer fruit season—peaches! Topside at Hotel Revival is launching this sweet-and-sour Father’s Day cocktail combining peach Oleo, rhubarb-infused birch beer, Sfumato rhubarb amaro, and Buffalo Trace bourbon. A zero-proof version will be offered, as well. 101 W Monument St. 888-591-1234.


Father’s Day Sip and Paint: Put the family’s artistic skills to the test at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center. Either draw your dad or draw each other, and enjoy spirit-free cocktails and raffle entries. 401 N Howard St. 1-5 p.m. $40. 443-629-0208. 

The Ivy Hotel: Looking to give the king in your life a luxurious weekend? The Ivy Hotel, a 19th-century mansion that has been transformed into a boutique property in Mt. Vernon, is offering specials including a golf getaway package, a hot toddy foot ritual, and a gentleman’s facial. 205 E Biddle St. 410-514-6500.

Nature Quest Hike: Bring your dad on an outdoor adventure with this self-guided hike at the Willow Grove Nature Center in Parkville. A Wegman’s Nature Quest Passport will be provided at the nature center to help you begin your journey. 2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 410-887-3014.  

Sherwood Gardens Live Music Series: If your father is the musician or music fan of the family, consider taking him to Sherwood Gardens on Sunday. Be sure to pack a picnic and get ready to enjoy free musical performances from Raissa Kirk and Rick Sambuco. Additionally, the garden’s summer flower display provides the perfect backdrop for Father’s Day pics. 4310 Underwood Rd. 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. 410-889-1717. 


GBMC Father’s Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk: Run or walk alongside your father for a good cause. The annual 5K and walk that benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at GBMC returns in its 33rd year. Side note: New running shoes would make a great Father’s Day gift to pair with this event. 6545 N Charles St. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. 443-849-2000.

Orioles Father’s Day Weekend Series: Throw on your orange and cheer on the O’s with dad on Sunday as they take the field against the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to the game, the first 10,000 males who are 18 years and older will be given a canvas beverage holder as a game-day favor. 333 W Camden St. 1:05 p.m. 410-685-9800.