Celebrate Dad With These 11 Stellar Father’s Day Adventures

Treat the top pop in your family’s life to an outing as unique as he is. From activities for construction-loving dudes to outings that involve BBQ and a trip back in time, read on for a variety of only-in-Portland Father’s Day events for your favorite dad.

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Photo: Harsha K R via Flickr

For the Creative Dad

Father’s Day Celebration in SW PDX Craft Factory
Craft a surprise for dad in honor of Father’s day!  Or even better, grab dad and bring him along to make a project together!  Decorate a picture frame, tie, or a mustache, design the perfect father’s day card and stay for some Father’s Day treats!

June 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and June 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10
The Craft Factory
7832 SW Capitol Hwy
Online: craftfactorypdx.com

Kids Cook at the Market
Grab your shopping bags and head to the PSU farmer’s market and join their Kids Cook series. The series teaches junior chefs ages 7-11 all about local food and growing seasons and how to prepare ingredients found right there at the market. It kicks off just in time for Fathers Day with a lesson in making cheeseburger sliders that will wow any dad.

Cost: $10, and registration is limited.
June 18, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
PSU Farmer’s Market
S.W. Park & S.W. Montgomery
Online: portlandfarmersmarket.org

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Photo: Stacy Coplin

For the Dad into Engineering

SR-71 Father’s Day Weekend Event
An exciting weekend is happening for aircraft fans.  18 crew members will be gathered for a two-day Q&A discussion of the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the worlds fastest aircrafts.  Sunday morning, join for brunch in the Cosmo Cafe to kick off an epic visit.

Cost: $25 for adults, $23 for ages 5-16, 4 & under free.
June 18 and 19 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
Online: evergreenmuseum,org

Kids Build Weekend Workshops
A brand new monthly event just in time for Father’s Day! Dads (or any other accompanying adult) and their tiny tool-belt wearing partners can head on over to the Pacific NW Carpenters Institute for a 2-hour workshop that invites kids to make a wide variety of wood projects that they will get to take home as well as a certificate of completion.  Tools and supplies provided, just bring smiles and a readiness to have fun!

June 18, 10 a.m.–noon
Cost: Free, registration required.
Pacific NW Carpenters Institute
4222 NE 158th Ave.
Online: facebook.com/NWKidsBuild

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Photo: Anna Oakley via Flickr

Get Festive with Dad

Father’s Day Pig Roast & BBQ
7th annual barbecue in celebration of dads.  Mini-golf and soccer golf fun for the whole family, hole-in-one contests, venders, food and an exclusive Father’s Cave for 18 & up.  Father’s day fun for everyone!

June 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $5 & up
Eagle Landing Golf Course
10220 Se Causey Ave
Happy Valley
Online: theaerieateaglelanding.com

Oregon Garden Brewfest
A festival fit for the king of your family and also kid-friendly, too! Delicious food from local vendors and 60 breweries pouring 120 beers, ciders and meads locally and from across the country.   Partake in the festivities and peruse the 80 acres of gardens with your samplings.  A fun day for everyone in honor of Dad.

June 19, noon-5 p.m. Sat., and Sun. until 6 p.m.
Cost: $5-$15
879 Main St
Online: oregongarden.org

Berries, Brews, & BBQ
If you’re searching for a fun outdoor celebration for everyone, head on out to St. Paul for a festival to wow any Father and his whole family. Pick up a wrist band and explore the farm friendly activities fit for any dad’s little buddy, with live music, great food, and plenty of brews to keep everyone happy.

Sat. June 11 and 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. June 12 and 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission, $5 for activity wristbands, $10 for bucket for strawberry picking (you keep the bucket), $8 souvenir beer mug.
French Prairie Gardens
17673 French Prairie Rd
St. Paul
Online: fpgardens.com


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Photo: Olaf Gradin via Flickr

For the Cultural Dad

Family Day at Washington County Historical Museum
Spend the day exploring the times of the pioneers!  Play games of days past, follow a scavenger hunt to explore the museum, and craft a toy to take home.

June 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Washington County Museum
120 E Main St.
Online: washingtoncountymuseum.org

Oregon Renaissance Faire
Transport your family to the time of the Renaissance.  Spectate a live joust, see gypsies, jugglers, musicians, magicians and so much more!  Visit the Vale of Dunrose and see Arden the Fiddler, live celtic music, archery, blacksmith work and several delicious food merchants.  Dress up your family and have a medieval-lly amazing time!

June 18-19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $8-$50
Clackamas Cty Event Center
694 NE 4th Ave
Online: oregonfaire.com

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Photo: Stacy Coplin

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Jr. Ranger Program at Tryon Creek Park
Dads and kids alike can join forces with a park ranger to learn all about protecting our plants, animals and natural resources through nature games, exploring the parks and crafts.  These activities help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch and certificate.  Parents are encouraged to join in, and with this kind of outdoor fun, who wouldn’t want to join in!?

June 11 (Game of Cones) & June 18 (Owls of Tryon), 1–2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free.  For rangers-in-training ages 6-12
Tryon Creek Park
11321 Sw Terwilliger Blvd
Online: tryonfriends.org

Get Outdoors Day & Brigade Encampment at Ft Vancouver
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 11th with a journey to Fort Vancouver to experience a reenactment of the return of Hudson’s Bay Company fur brigades to the Fort.  Costumed re-enactors will show life in the 1840s through family friendly activities and demonstrations.  This is an exciting event to connect this piece of Pacific NW history with vendors, activities, and opportunities to help us embrace the health benefits of time outside.

June 11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
1001 E 5th St.
Vancouver, WA
Online: nps.gov

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Photo: Jody Morris via Flickr

How will you spend Father’s Day this year?

—Stacy Coplin

featured photo: Tara’s Organic Ice Cream

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