Don’t get stuck giving dear old Dad a tie and gift card to the nearest home improvement store this Father’s Day. (It's June 18, add it to your calendar now.) Instead, give the man something that fits his personality as a gardener, sports fanatic, movie buff, foodie ... you get the idea.
In other words, show Dad just how much you appreciate him and give him what he really wants — quality time with the family.
Take Pop out to the ballgame to see the Rangers (hopefully) dominate the Seattle Mariners at 2:05 on Sunday, June 18, at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The first 15,000 fans in the door get a cheesy Rangers shirt (seriously, that’s what it’s called). Back up the car with a cooler full of drinks, a grill, and your favorite outdoor games, and spend a few hours tailgating in adjacent parking lots. Can’t make it on Sunday? The Rangers have home games the Friday and Saturday before Father’s Day and the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after. Tickets start at $22.
Movie Buff Dad
Is your old man always talking about the good old days? Take him to see the classic flick Rio Bravo at Alamo Drafthouse’s Cedars location. The Western with a trio of classic actors — John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson — plays at 1 pm on Sunday, June 18. Tickets for the 141-minute flick are going fast.
Green Thumb Dad
Barbecue, craft beer, and blooming gardens. If your dad loves the greener things in life, head to the Dallas Arboretum June 17 or 18 for Father’s Day Weekend specials. After walking around the Arboretum’s 19 gardens covering 66 acres, refuel with barbecue, beer, and family games such as trivia. Tickets start at $15 for adults.
If the way to Dad’s heart is a decadent meal, get tickets to Fearing’s BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass event from 11 am to 3 pm on June 18. The Slow Bone pitmaster Jeffery Hobbs will cook up tasty meats alongside bourbon tastings from Devils River Whiskey. Local band Over the River will play new grass, Americana, and bluegrass tunes, making for the ultimate Southern brunch. The prix-fixe menu is $75 for adults and is guaranteed to sell out early, so book fast.
Laugh the night away with Dad at Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub. At 8 pm on June 18 at Hyena’s Dallas location, hear from Chicago comedian Damon Williams and Dallas’ own Derrick Cakley. Grab dinner at Mockingbird Station before the show and arrive at 7:30 pm when doors open to get the best seats. Tickets start at $12.