The Best Places to Celebrate Father’s Day

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Whether you call him Dad, Papa, Daddy or Pops, he deserves something special on Father’s Day. Many dads would rather do something special than get another trinket that will sit in a drawer. 

Here are some of the best events happening all around the DMV. Whether the Dad you are celebrating likes rarified rum, magic or enjoys nothing more than cheering on the hometown team, the perfect Father’s Day activity is out there. 

Take Him Out to the Ballgame

It’s always a great day for baseball. Head to Nationals Park on Father’s Day weekend. June 16 is Value Day, with deeply discounted tickets. On June 17, there will be bobblehead giveaways, and on June 18, kids can run the bases and players will sign autographs. While there, treat Dad to some of the new concessions available this year including Capo Italian Deli, Jammin’ Island BBQ and Bullpen Tacos. 

Perfect Day at National Harbor

Head to National Harbor’s outdoor screen for a free showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Pack a picnic with Dad’s favorites or grab a bite from one of National Harbor’s restaurants before the show. Rosa Mexicana and other restaurants will have specials for Dad. Remember to bring a chair or blanket to keep him comfy during the movie and sit back, relax and enjoy this ‘80s classic. Dads can also ride the Capitol Wheel free on Father’s Day if joined by a paying adult. 

Rarefied Tasting

Father’s Day weekend, celebrate Dad by sending him to Mount Vernon’s distillery. There, your favorite father can enjoy spirits made using the same 18th-century distilling techniques popular with our founding fathers. Dad can explore Mount Vernon with the family before this unique tasting experience begins. 

It’s Showtime!

On Father’s Day, treat Dad to the Tony-winning best musical “Hadestown,” in Washington, D.C. for a limited run at the National Theatre. Or head to the Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre to see the Enigmatist perform an interactive magic show that includes puzzles and cryptology. They are both great options to “wow” Dad on his special day.

A Day on the Potomac 

Make memories to last a lifetime on a cruise along the Potomac River. Brunch and dinner cruises include food, drinks and entertainment, and sightseeing cruises are also available. There are departure points from Alexandria, National Harbor and Washington, DC. Book a window seat for the best view or plan to spend a lot of time outdoors on the ship’s large deck. 

Ferris wheel c/o National Harbor


Fish-A-Rama at Great Country Farms is a Father’s Day tradition for many families. Dads can try catch-and-release fishing and share their best tips with their kids. There are contests all day long. Bring your own gear and buy bait on site. There are plenty of animals at the farm, along with play areas the kids will love. 

Portside Summer Festival

Alexandria’s annual summer festival is being held over Father’s Day weekend. This free festival has live music, craft beers, family activities and evening jazz performances. There is something at the festival for everyone, making it a great choice to ensure a happy Dad and happy kids. 

Flying Circus Airshow & Open-Air Plane Rides 

Treat Dad to a different kind of circus—one performed entirely in the air. See wing walkers, parachute jumpers and plenty of other sky-high stunts. Before or after the show, make Dad’s aviation dreams come true. He can take to the skies himself with a ride in an open-air plane. This one-of-a-kind experience is something Dad will always remember.  


The Morrow Washington DC, Curio Collection by Hilton will host “Movies at The Morrow” on June 17 as part of its summer movie series. The whole family can enjoy a popcorn station; beer, wine, and cocktails; picnic baskets and games. Additionally, the hotel will offer a la carte weekend brunch, drink specials for Dad and a “Brighter Day” package that includes breakfast and parking.


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