For the festival-loving dad
Asian Fest at Indiana State Museum
Bring dad to the Indiana State Museum on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to enjoy cultural performances, food from local restaurants, merchandise vendors and activities (Bollywood dancing and Chinese chess, anyone?). This free, family-friendly event brings the sights, sounds and tastes of all the different cultures of Asia in one festival market place.
Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg’s annual Juneteenth event commemorates the emancipation of African Americans in the Confederate South. On Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., enjoy music, performances, demonstrations, food and explore what freedom means through creating a community mural, family history activities and more. Explore the Grand Canyon Exhibit while visiting the museum.
Brew Ha-Ha outside Phoenix Theatre
Dads are in luck: one of the city’s best beer fests is back and it happens to fall on Father’s Day weekend. On Saturday, June 18 from 3 – 7 p.m., enjoy unlimited craft beer from more than 50 local breweries in this outdoor block party on the 700 block of North Park Avenue. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of, $50 for VIP and $10 for designated drivers.
For the musical dad
Zoolapalooza at the Indianapolis Zoo
The Zoo kicks off the Friday night summer concert series Zoolapalooza June 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring dad to the Indianapolis Zoo not just for the animals and gorgeous backdrop, but also for live music, rides and delicious food. Adults can also enjoy beer and wine samplings. While visiting the Zoo, make sure to check out the newest exhibit, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks.
Groovin’ in the Garden at Easley Winery
Easley Winery offers free concerts every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. as part of their Groovin’ in the Garden concert series. Catch rock/blues group 3:1 Band on Saturday, June 18. Bonus: The winery will also let you have food delivered from a favorite restaurant.
Live music in the Rathskeller Biergarten
Grab a German brew and listen to live music outside at the Rathskeller Biergarten. Caroline Kole performs on Friday, June 17 and The Woomblies perform on Saturday, June 18.
Remember the 90s Music Festival at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
On Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m., dads can reminisce to the 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
U.S. Olypmic Team Trials – Diving at the Indiana University Natatorium
More than 100 of the nation’s best divers will vie for spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team during the U.S. Olypmic Team Trials – Diving. The event will take place from June 18-26 and will determine the divers who will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Tickets start at $10.
Heroes for the House Run at the NCAA Hall of Champions
Bring active dads Downtown on Saturday, June 18 at 8:30 a.m. for a 5k run/walk. The Heroes for the House Run begins at the NCAA Hall of Champions and winds through the Downtown Canal. For non-runners, there is also an 8.5-mile group bike route that starts and finishes at the same location. Kids can enjoy a rookie run, caricature drawings, games and activities and more. Stay after and enjoy post-race pizza and cookies. 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.
Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Take dad to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. to catch the Indiana Fever as they take on the New York Liberty. Tickets start at $13 for a great time cheering on your WNBA team.
Visit from Blue
For the Colts fan, buy dad a special Father’s Day visit from Blue. Blue will visit dads in their 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
Leave the grilling to a few of Downtown’s top restaurants offering special Father’s Day menus.
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 local gospel and jazz music.
Indy Brew Bus
Take dad on a tour of multiple craft breweries in Indianapolis. Indy Brew Bus stops at four local breweries, spending about 35 minutes at each one. Participants can keep track of their favorites on a scorecard. Tours are offered Thursdays – Sundays and tickets are $30.
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!
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.
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 packagefor dad to grill at home. Orders can be picked up June 20 or June 21.
For interviews, photos or more information about any of these events or Downtown Indy programs, please contact Amanda at 237-2218 or amanda@DowtownIndy.org.
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Founded in 1993, Downtown Indy, Inc. a public/private partnership existing to improve Downtown is also known as Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. As a private, not-for-profit organization, Downtown Indy, Inc. is uniquely positioned to address issues that affect the area’s growth and well-being. Downtown Indy, Inc. focuses on three areas: development, management and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play.