Treat dad like the king he is this Father’s Day and explore Downtown June 17 – 19. Treat the man of the house to museums, music, a delicious dinner and much more all weekend long. (It sure beats buying him a card).
For the festival-loving dad
Indiana State Museum
June 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bring dad to the Indiana State Museum to enjoy cultural performances, food from local restaurants, merchandise vendors and activities (read: Bollywood dancing, Tai Chi and Chinese chess). The festival is free.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
June 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Let freedom ring and celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth is Freedom Day, a holiday commemorating emancipation of African Americans in the Confederate South. There will music, performances, demonstrations and food. Museum admission is free all day Saturday for you to explore family history and help create a community mural.
Outside Phoenix Theatre
June 18, 3 – 7 p.m.
Unlimited craft beers, 50 local breweries, live music, food vendors… this shouldn’t be a hard sell to dad. Enjoy this outdoor block party style beer fest. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of, $50 for VIP and $10 for designated drivers.
For the musical dad
June 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
On Friday night the Zoo will be be rocking for the annual summer concert series Zoolapalooza. Bring dad to the Indianapolis Zoo not just for the animals and gorgeous backdrop, but also for live music, rides and delicious food. Dad is sure to also enjoy the beer and wine samplings.
Groovin’ in the Garden
June 18, 2 – 5 p.m.
Chill out with dad at Easley Winery’s Groovin’ in the Garden concert series with rock/blues group 3:1. Not only is the event free, but the winery will also let you bring your own food or have food delivered from a local restaurant.
Remember the 90s Music Festival
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
June 18, 7 p.m.
Treat dad to a nostalgic night that will be sure to have him reminiscing to his 90s favorites Keith Sweat & Friends: K-Ci & JoJo, Mint Condition, Silk, MC Lyte, SWV and Whodini. Tickets range from $55.99 – $65.99.
For the athletic dad
Heroes for the House Run
NCAA Hall of Champions
June 18, 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy the rest of Saturday guilt free when you start your morning with a 5k run/walk. The run begins at the NCAA Hall of Champions and winds through the Downtown Canal. Dad more of a biker? There is also an 8.5-mile group bike route that starts and finishes at the same location. Proceeds from the run help provide families with the financial support they need in order for their children to stay at Ronald McDonald House at little or no cost.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
June 19, 2 p.m.
Take dad to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to catch the Indiana Fever as they take on the New York Liberty. Tickets start at $13 for a great time cheering on Indy’s WNBA team.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving
Indiana University Natatorium
June 18 – 26
Start getting in the Olympic spirit with dad as you watch more than 100 of the nation’s best divers compete to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The trials take place Saturday at IUPUI and tickets are $15-$50.
Visit From Blue
Does Dad bleed blue and white? Buy dad a special Father’s Day visit from Blue! Blue start with a visit to his office, school or home and bring confetti, two free rounds of golf and a $25 Colts Grille gift card. Deliveries take place June 13 – 17 and cost $150.
For the foodie dad
From Jäegerschnitzel to Filet Mignon, the menu at the Rathskeller includes authentic German food as well as steak, seafood, chicken, pork and vegetarian entrees. The Rathskeller also features an extensive wine list and a beer menu, perfect for making sure dad can unwind from the week. Bonus: outside to the Biergarden for live music Friday and Saturday.
Bring dad to Tastings for his favorite bottle of wine. On Sundays, the wine bar offers half-priced bottles of wine, brunch with a $5 Bloody Mary Bar and $5 Mimosas and live music at 6 p.m. Sit on the patio while sipping for a great people watching, Downtown Indy experience!
Georgia Reese’s Southern Table & Bar
Take dad to Georgia Reese’s for their Sunday brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The brunch features some of Georgia Reese’s best dishes, including fried chicken, creole shrimp cocktail, prime rib carving stations, cream cheese stuffed French toast and more, plus live jazz music.
Give Dad a day off from grilling and visit Weber Grill on Father’s Day. Specials include grilled steak, ribs and grilled red grouper. Can’t come on Father’s Day? Order the steak package for dad to grill at home. Orders can be picked up June 20 or June 21.
Post written by Emily Sickert, marketing and communications intern.