Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, which is perfect timing considering that is also the first official day of summer and most places are open for the season! Check out our picks for #lovelocal ideas that will pamper, inspire and celebrate those special men in your family.

Read on for Gift Ideas, Local Eats & Things to Do


Gift Ideas

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Our 2021 Happening List is a wonderful place to look for gift ideas! Here’s a few suggestions to get your started:

Is your dad a beer fan? Philadelphia Brewing Company, our 2021 Happening List Winner, is offering curbside pickup and gift cards are available to purchase.

Give Dad a taste of the shore (without worrying about the crowds) with salt water taffy from a 2021 Happening List Finalist, Shane Confectionery. They also have caramel corn, chocolate, and other treats available for curbside pickup or shopping in-store.

Latitudes and Longitudes, a 2021 Happening List Finalist for Gift Shop, has a a curated collection of gift ideas on the website, including items such as unique greeting cards, witty candles, flasks, Philly-themed barware and more.

Treat Dad to something sweet! Bredenbeck’s Bakery, a Happening List Winner & Finalist, has ice cream, cookies and more!

If the Dad in your life has a killer collection of novelty tees, you’re going to want to check out Philly Phaithful, the 2021 Happening List Finalist for Sports Shop offers unique, originally designed tees with Philadelphia flair.

Bryn Mawr Running Co., our 2021 Happening List Winner for Specialty Apparel is open to shop for the Dad that loves to run in any of their 3 stores or online.


Father’s Day Eats

Whether you opt for curbside, delivery or dining al fresco, the holiday is a great excuse to leave the cooking to the pros and enjoy a meal from a local restaurant.

Here are just a few suggestions. For even more, take a look at our 2021 Happening List! And for a great list of spots offering outdoor seating, check out our 2020 Summer Guide.

Nick’s Roast Beef Woodhaven (2021 Happening List Winner for Outdoor Dining)

Enjoy the original Roast Beef Sandwich, along with other incredible signature menu items. Enjoy causal dining or grab a beer to watch your favorite Philly sports team. Live entertainment, DJ’s and specials – check the website. Takeout is also available.

(Photo from Nick’s Roast Beef on Facebook.)

Morgan’s Pier (2021 Happening List Winner for Outdoor Dining)

Beer, snacks, sandwiches, tacos, and  outdoor seating is available! Reservations are going to go quickly, so you’ll want to get on that ASAP. (And if you can’t get a table, you can still opt for takeout.)

Village Whiskey (2021 Happening List Finalist for Burger)

Open for indoor dining, take out and delivery Thursday – Sunday. At Village Whiskey you’ll not only find what has been called the country’s best burgers, but also a large selection of more than 200 whiskeys.

Morton’s the Steak House (2021 Happening List Finalist for Steak)

Open for dine-in and takeout, Morton’s in Philadelphia is known for their aged prime beef, seafood and other traditional steakhouse fare.


Things to Do

Make the day special with some activities you can do at home, nearby or even virtually if you don’t live nearby (or you’re still practicing social distancing.)

  • Breakfast in bed. (This isn’t just for Moms!)
  • Have a picnic in your backyard.
  • Have the kids make a special Father’s Day craft. (Pinterest is FULL of ideas!)
  • If you’re still social distancing from Dads/Grandpops, set up a video chat date.
  • The day before, secretly give everyone in the house small pieces of paper or sticky notes. Ask them to write down things they love about Dad. Before he wakes up on Father’s Day, display them in a place that’s prominent in the house.
  • Chalk the walk! Get creative with special Father’s Day chalk drawings or messages. (This is a great one if you live near your dad, but you’re keeping a safe distance.)
  • Spend time outside together. Our 2020 Summer Outside Fun Guide has a bunch of ideas!
  • Plan a scavenger hunt that will take Dad around the house before he finds his gift. Here’s a link to a free printable for one from the website thedatingdivas.com.
  • Do a puzzle or play a game as a family.
  • Watch a movie – either one of Dad’s favorites or something he’s been wanting to see. Or you could even go with the Dad theme and pick a movie that celebrates the lengths Dads will go for their kids. (Think Mrs. Doubtfire, Finding Nemo, Father of the Bride, Mr. Mom, Daddy’s Home, etc.) This could also be an activity to do from afar if you make use of a tool like the new Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome.
  • Go out for ice cream! You’ll find a list of suggestions in our 2020 Summer Food & Drink Guide.

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