Father’s Day is approaching, and dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for. So maybe the solution is finding fun things to do with your dad instead. An outing may provide more value than a tie or a “Best Dad Ever” mug.
With this in mind, we’ve complied 13 great upcoming events for fun days out with dad throughout the Northeast. From brewery tours to cosplay to barbecue festivals, there’s sure to be an event suited to the father figures in your life.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven
This festival features thought-provoking and fun performances in music, dance and theater. This 15-day event draws some of the best artists and thinkers from around the world.
Connecticut BBQ Festival, Bethlehem
This daylong affair features plenty of fun things to do with your dad, including a bacon-eating contest, cook-offs, live music and – of course – barbecue and brews.
Maine Blues Festival, Naples
This weekend-long music festival on the southern coast of Maine features multiple venues, family-friendly events and good food.
Sample some of Boston’s famous macro- and micro-breweries, and enjoy the fact that you can leave your car keys at home. Pick from a variety of tour packages, including private and after-hour tours.
Conway Scenic Railroad, North Conway
Immerse yourself in an scenic train-riding experience aboard one of two antique trains during a Father’s Day weekend. All dads enjoy a free cup of coffee and a doughnut for the ride, and can take part in a contest operating small construction equipment.
Wright Museum of World War II, Wolfeboro
If you’re looking for things to do with your dad when he happens to be a history buff, this is the museum for you. See restored and fully operational WWII vehicles, and some 14,000 items that make up the museum’s collection.
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Wings & Wheels Expo, Fairfield
See classic wartime planes, take a helicopter ride or hot air balloon ride, and enjoy the boogie-woogie music of The Victory Belles at this popular event held at the Essex County Airport.
Morris County School of Glass, Morristown
Have your dad make a drinking glass alongside a glass-blowing professional during a Man Mugs mini-session. You could also book yourself a session to make one alongside your dad.
Juneteeth at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Schenectady
This joyous holiday – full of music, food, fun activities and performances – celebrates the end of slavery and the vibrancy of African American communities in the United States.
Brooklyn Comic Con, Brooklyn Expo Center
Geek out with dad at this inaugural event with cosplay opportunities, music, a video game village, local artists, food and more. June 15-16.
C-Devil II Sportfishing, Narragansett
Charter a fishing expedition, with options for inland fishing, offshore fishing and wind-farm tours.
Equinox Resort, Manchester Village
There’s no end of things to do with your dad during a stay at this luxury destination. The list of activities include fly-fishing school, a Land Rover driving experience, boating and plenty of golf.
Marvel at a sky filled with hot air balloons, or take a ride on one yourselves. There also will be music, food and craft vendors at this longstanding fair celebrating its 40th year.
Check out our events calendar for more fun day trip ideas.