Dads do so much for us, so return the favor by treating him to one of these Milwaukee-area Father’s Day events.
For the Foodie
What could make Father’s Day weekend better than beer and brats? Look no further than Northern Brewer’s (1306 S. 108th St.) brat fry on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 2 p.m., for delicious food and special Father’s Day brew. Did we mention admission is also free? Plus, signing up in advance can get you 15% off any in-store purchase the day of the event.
Have you always wanted to be an ice cream taste-tester? Well, this Father’s Day from noon to 3 p.m., you and your pop can stop in at Purple Door Ice Cream (205 S. 2nd St.) to participate in their flavor contest and vote for your favorite ice cream. Each event ticket includes 15 flavor samples, and the winning flavor becomes part of Purple Door’s regular menu.
Don’t know what to do for dad on Father’s Day? Pizza Man is to the rescue. On Sunday, June 16, treat him to pizza and beer at any Pizza Man location (2597 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee; 11500 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa; 7974 S. Main St., Oak Creek) and he will get a free pint glass to take home.
Sunday Brunch is a great way to kick off your day of fun. Saz’s State House (5539 W. State St.) specializes in creating the perfect menu for you and Dad. Whether you’re in the mood for their signature Pastrami Hash or Hot Honey Chicken and Waffles, Saz’s has you covered on any of your brunch needs.
For the Family
If you’re looking for something that the whole family can enjoy this Father’s Day weekend, check out the Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W. Bluemound Rd.). Dads get free admission on Sunday, June 16, and there are animal attractions for all ages.
Another fun and educational family activity for Father’s Day is a visit to Discovery World (500 N. Harbor Dr.). Dad will enjoy discovering the latest innovations in science and technology, including virtual exploration, automation and physics. If that doesn’t pique your interest, there is also a range of other fascinating activities at the Reiman Aquarium, crafts at the design labs, mazes and brain games. Dads get free admission on Sunday, June 16.
A family portrait can be more than just a photo. Nō Studios (1037 W. McKinley Ave.) is striving to make it an experience this year for Father’s Day. From 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, not only can families get their photo taken by a professional photographer on the rooftop lounge, but they can also enjoy pastries, coffee, snacks and complimentary mimosas. Cartoons in the screening rooms and Father’s Day crafts will also be available for kids.
For the Excursionist
Racing at the Milwaukee Mile (640 S. 84th St.) is returning this year and will have you and your dad speeding to celebrate the Father’s Day 100. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, racing fans and their fathers will get to see the ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models, and other regional touring groups race 100 laps at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.
Is your dad into cars? The 3rd annual Father’s Day Car Show will have a range of decked out and vintage automobiles on display. Located in front of MobCraft Beer (505 S. 5th St.), the show will have plenty of beverages, live music and more to offer, including a bounce house for the kids. Come out on Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to check out all the fun.
Known as the country’s largest Polish festival, Polish Fest (200 N. Harbor Dr.) has made it onto our list as one of the most exciting places to take your dad this Father’s Day weekend, starting at noon Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16. Come and enjoy Polish food, music, dancing and culture. From cooking demonstrations to petting sheepdogs, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making this Father’s Day a memorable one at Polish Fest.
Milwaukee’s Glass + Griddle (1130 N. 9th St.) is pulling out all the stops on Sunday, June 16, to celebrate dads all over. Not only do they get a free brewery tour, dads also get a free pint glass and first fill of their choice of Milwaukee Brewing Co. draft and 15% off all MBC merchandise and to-go beer sales. They will also be featuring the “Big Poppa Burger” at the carving station, which includes two beef patties, cheddar cheese, hash browns, two slices of bacon, caramelized onions and special sauce.
It’s a classic option if you’re looking for something in the city that Dad might like: the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.). On Sunday, June 16, explore more than 100 years of Harley-Davidson history, with free admission for dads and grandfathers.
For the Curious Mind
Another free event is the annual Father’s For Progress Family Picnic organized by Shine-A-Light MKE2020. From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, come and enjoy free food, activities and community at Sherman Park (3000 N. Sherman Blvd.).
If you and your dad are looking to do something a little more black-tie for Father’s Day, the Made Men Worldwide Inc.’s Inaugural Father’s Day Ball at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (929 N. Water St.) might be something to consider. This charity event’s purpose is to celebrate and raise awareness of fathers in Milwaukee, and all the proceeds will go toward the organization’s efforts in family programs and initiatives. You and your dad can spend Saturday night enjoying entertainment, dancing and networking, all for a good cause.
Doing some relaxing meditation and giving those muscles a good stretch might also be a fun activity to do with Dad this Father’s Day weekend. The Delaware House (2499 S. Delaware Ave.) will be hosting Father/Child Partner Yoga on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. Spend an hour with instructor Annie Lefort, who believes that partner yoga is a great way to establish trust and a deeper non-verbal way of communication with each other.