Does dad really need another tie? This Father’s Day, switch things up and instead of a standard gift, do something fun with dad as a way to celebrate everything he does (and has done) for you. There are numerous things to do and events happening in Toronto over Father’s Day weekend, some related to celebrating dad and some not, but no matter how you want to spend the day there’s something going on that will be a fun way to say thanks. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Toronto.
1. Hit up the Beach BBQ & Brews Festival
If your dad is the type of dad who likes beer and barbeque, he’d probably appreciate an afternoon out at the Beach BBQ & Brews Festival at Woodbine Park. The fest is conveniently taking place over Father’s Day weekend making it an easy way to celebrate with dad. In addition to beer there will be grilling demonstrations if you and dad are looking for tips, BBQ competitions to check out, craft vendors, live music and even a midway with rides for kids. The festival runs Friday 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
2. Enjoy BBQ and a craft beer
Another way to enjoy some good food and beer on Father's Day comes courtesy of Henderson Brewery, one one of the newest in Toronto. They’re also celebrating Father’s Day with craft beer and BBQ – always a great combination. In this case, you can head down to the west end brewery’s tap room with dad for a craft beer and a hand cranked sausage courtesy of Crown & Anchor.
3. Take dad on a brunch cruise
What’s better than going out for brunch? When that brunch happens to be aboard a boat. Celebrate Father’s Day on the water this year with a brunch cruise. Cruise Toronto operates a Father’s Day brunch boat cruise on Sunday the 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which includes the two-hour cruise, a brunch buffet, a mimosa upon boarding and a magician, which is perfect if you'll have kids along for the ride. Mariposa Cruises offers a Father’s Day brunch cruise from noon to 2 p.m. as well as a dinner cruise to celebrate dad from 5: 30 to 8 p.m.
4. Check out the Yorkville Exotic Car Show
Any dads with an interest in cars can head to the Yorkville Exotic Car Show from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The sixth annual event takes place on Bloor St. W. from Avenue Rd. to Bay St. in Yorkville which will be closed off to traffic. As you stroll through Yorkville you can check out over 120 classic and exotic cars, including cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and more. And when you’re done with cars, have a drink or refuel at one of the area’s many bars, cafes and restaurants.
5. Brunch and a brewery tour
If brunch on a boat isn’t an ideal option, what about combining a celebratory Father’s Day feast with a brewery tour? Mill Street Brewery is hosting a Father’s Day brunch and brewery tour on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Not only will dad be treated to a hearty meal, he’ll also be able to sample a special cask available for the occasion and the brewery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. for an open house.
6. Book dad to a grooming or spa appointment
This Father’s Day treat the dad in your life to a grooming or spa appointment to really make him feel special. In particular Garrison’s and Mankind Grooming are great options. Mankind has three locations in Toronto and offers everything from manicures and custom facials, to haircuts and straight razor shaves. Garrison’s is more hair focused with cuts, beard trims and shaves on offer .
7. Plan a day out at Canada’s Wonderland
There’s lots going on at Canada’s Wonderland this Father’s Day making it a fun family option to celebrate dad. First up, there’s a Father’s Day barbeque happening for just $10 from 1 to 6 p.m. on Backlot Cafe's outdoor patio. The menu includes Ontario craft beer BBQ ribs, BBQ Ontario chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and red cabbage slaw. Dads also get half price admission on Sunday and not only that, there’s two-for-one mini putt on Father’s Day as well as 25% all merchandise in case you feel like doing a little shopping.
8. Check out the Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival
Make your way to Union Station on Father’s Day for day two of the Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival. The free, food-focused event will be happening from 1 to 5 p.m. on the 19th and features enough eats to keep any foodie happy. Grab a bite from one of 15 restaurants offering up signature dishes, check out a chef demo happening every hour on the hour, enjoy tunes courtesy of DJ Phil V and a bar by Parts & Labour. Vendors include Caplansky’s, Valdez, Feast, Bespoke Butchers and the Rolling Pin among several others.
9. Head to the CHIN International Picnic
Another event happening over Father’s Day weekend that would make or a fun way to celebrate is the CHIN International Picnic, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The annual event, happening since 1966, celebrates the diverse cultures of Toronto and is the largest free multicultural picnic in the world. Expect dance performances, live music, craft vendors, food vendors and more. The main stage is located at College St. and Markham St. in Little Italy.
10. Take dad to Taco Fest
Spend a few hours enjoying some of Toronto’s top tacos on Father’s Day at Taco Fest happening at 99 Sudbury over three separate time slots. Delicious Mexican eats will come courtesy of El Trompo, Fidel Gastros, El Caballito, Frida Restaurant, Cardinal Rule, Playa Cabana and Rancho Relaxo to name a new. In addition to tacos, the fest will feature a margarita and sangria bar, nacho and salsa sampling, hot sauce bar and tastings, Mexican street corn and churros and live music.