10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in the DMV

Dads, stepdads, granddads, uncles and other father figures are pretty great. They help pack lunches, do the morning school run, read stories and impart wisdom like how to throw the perfect spiral, or how to get epic grill marks. Plus, we can always count on their endless supply of dad jokes (bad puns and all) to brighten any day.

Father’s Day is right around the corner. And instead of purchasing a patterned necktie or another power tool, treat a special dad in your life to one of these fun local events.

1. Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival

Saturday, June 16, 2-6 p.m.

National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD


Maybe it’s the beer, the bourbon or the grilling (or the combination of all three), but this celebration just screams, “Dads should be here!” Choose from over 60 beers and 40 bourbons. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy live music as you sip and eat.

2. Father’s Day OysterFest

Sunday, June 17, Noon-5:30 p.m.

North Gate Vineyard, 16031 Hillsboro Rd., Purcellville, VA


Enjoy something different for your Father’s Day celebrations! Nomini Bay Oysters will be serving fresh raw and grilled oysters all day. And, of course, spend the day savoring some local wine on the patio while you enjoy live music.

3. 5th Annual Fit Fathers Day Celebration

Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m.

Silver Spring Civic Center, Veterans Plaza, 8525 Fenton St., Silver Spring, MD


The entire family is invited to this healthy-living festival. Bring your gym shoes and prepare to sweat it out at live fitness demonstrations from local personal trainers. The event also includes fitness games, an interactive playground, healthy snacks and awesome prizes.

4. Manassas Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 16, Noon

9101 Prince William St., Manassas, VA


Is Dad a jazz enthusiast? Celebrate Father’s Day a day early by treating him to an afternoon of live jazz performances and specialty drinks. This year’s showcase includes a wide-variety of Virginia farm wineries, craft breweries and distilleries.

5. Father’s Day at the Farm

Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.

Green Meadows Farm, 10102 Fingerboard Rd., Ijamsville, MD


Forget the ties and bring Dad out to the farm for a one-of-a-kind experience. See if Dad can milk a cow! Go on a tractor-drawn hayride, watch pigs race, get free goat feed and check out their many farm animals.

6. Father’s Day Weekend Ribs and Rosé

Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Bluemont Vineyard, 18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA


Yes, barbecue and rosé actually do pair perfectly! So indulge in savory ribs and toast to dads with Bluemont’s latest vintage of rosé. Hang out on the patio, listen to live music and make it a memorable day.

7. Fish-a-Rama Fishing Derby

Sunday, June 17

Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA


Dads who love to fish will have a blast at this Great Country Farms event. Compete in the Fish-a-Rama catch-and-release contest, play on the farm and enjoy a fun day with the whole family. Prizes will be given out for the largest catch of the day and the most hooked fish during “Power Hour.”

8. Father’s Day at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Sunday, June 17, 1-5 p.m.

134 N Royal St., Alexandria, VA


Is Dad a history buff? Take him out to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum where our Founding Fathers ate, drank and influenced history. “General Washington” will be greeting visitors and posing for photographs all day. Bonus: Dads get free admission.

9. Father’s Day Fest

Sunday, June 17, Noon-4 p.m.

Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard, 275 Decatur Rd., Stafford, VA


Hang out on the vineyard for some live music, wine, craft beer from Maltese Brewing Co., food, cigars, cornhole and tons of other outdoor fun. What more could you ask for? Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets so you can lounge outside all afternoon.

10. Fearless Fathers Day – Zip Lining

Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry St., Ste. 50, Savage, MD


Instead of giving your father or that man in your life another pair of socks or slacks, what about giving him the gift of adventure? At Terrapin Adventures, dads get a full-course challenge for free with any two paid challenges.

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