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Your Dallas Father’s Day Weekend Guide — 10 Great Things to do With Dad

From BBQ Fests to Car Shows to Pie Mania

BY // 06.11.19

Dallas weekends are packed full of events, but how many of them are truly worthy of your time? PaperCity‘s new events calendar offers a curated look at all of the best things to do in the area. But everyone can still use an expert.

PaperCity‘s Weekend Expert Megan Ziots culls our calendar for your must dos in this new weekly series. For Father’s Day weekend, there are tons of options in the city to have fun with Dad.

Take a Walkabout

Victory Park is one of the hottest new areas for food, bars, and entertainment. This Friday, June 14, the neighborhood is celebrating Flag Day with a walkabout. For $10, from 4 pm to 8 pm, you’ll hit various restaurants and shops in the area.

A ticket includes a wristband for specials and food and drink tastings at participating locations, such as Billy Can Can, Dibs, Sweet Tooth Hotel, JINYA, and so many more. You’ll also receive an event tote bag to collect swag and a custom glass.

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Admire Some Cars

At Texas Live! in Arlington, there is a free car show on Sunday, June 16. From 12 pm to 3 pm, there will be food, games, music, prizes and some cool rides to gawk over. A variety of vehicles makes, years, and models will have the opportunity to win best of show for truck or car. Categories include Street Rod, Exotic Cars, Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, Trucks, SUVS, motorcycles and more.

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The Dallas Arboretum is also having a car show at their Father’s Day weekend event. From 11 am to 2 pm, the show will feature Classic Chassis Car Club Dallas and 30 classic cars in the garden. There will also be the Just Encased food truck open from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Complimentary beer samples will be at the Bigham Overlook from 2 pm to 4 pm. Franconia Brewing Company will be there on Saturday and Armadillo Ale Works on Sunday. All weekend, dads will receive a free iced tea at the Terrace Cafe. And live music acts will take the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage with the Vinyl Stripes performing on Saturday and The Blandelles on Sunday.

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Get Fit

The annual Katy Trail 5K is this Thursday, June 13 and what better way to prepare for weekend festivities than with a fun run? Sign Dad up and either walk or run the trail starting at 7:30 pm. The event will be followed with a picnic at 7:45 pm at Reverchon Park, where the race begins and ends.

Each $50 registration includes a chip timer, performance tech shirt, all food and alcoholic drinks at the picnic, live music and two 12-ounce Michelob ULTRAS for adults 21 and up.

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Listen to Some Tunes

This Saturday, June 15, Hootie & The Blowfish is coming to Dos Equis Pavilion in Fair Park on their Group Therapy tour. The iconic pop-rock band was formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time at The University of South Carolina in the 1980s.

The year 1994 was when they hit the airwaves with hits such as “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” After a decade long hiatus to record solo albums, this will be their first tour since 2008. The opening act will be Barenaked Ladies and the concert starts at 7:30 pm.

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Paul McCartney will be performing at Globe Life Park on Friday, June 14 on his “Freshen Up” tour. The highly anticipated concert will be historic, as the baseball park has never hosted a concert tour stop. He’ll be singing alongside bandmates Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Abe Laboriel Jr., Rusty Anderson, and Brian Ray.

The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are available here.

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The second weekend of Mockingbird Music Festival is coming up this Friday, June 14. Eddie Coker, who grew up in Highland Park and earned his degree at Southern Methodist University, is performing. From 4 pm to 8 pm, you’ll listen to family friendly tunes and take part in activities. The event is free and offers great chance for the whole family to spend time with Dad.

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Bites and Brews

In Deep Ellum, Trinity Cider is having a pie & cider pairing on Sunday, June 16 at 12 pm to 4 pm. For $15, you can celebrate Dad’s Day with Emporium Pies samples paired with bubbly ciders. You’ll get to try Emporium’s Lord of the Pies, Dr Love, Buttercream Gang, and Drunken Nut paired with Deep Ellum Dry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Pineapple Cider and Balsamic Black Currant Cider.

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Trinity Cider is pairing cider and Emporium pies this Father’s Day. Courtesy of Trinity Cider

The Birthright BBQ Fest is taking place at Dallas Heritage Village on Father’s Day. The celebration, from 6 pm to 9 pm, is also hosted by Four Corners Brewing so there should be lots of good brews.

For $75 for adults, you’ll get to try barbecue from Dallas BBQ experts and pitmasters, such as Todd David, Evan LeRoy, Aaron Franklin, Erin Smith and Patrick Feges, Bret and Juan Reaves, Miguel and Modesty Vidal, Michael Wyont, Jeffery Hobbes and Elliot Moss. There will also be musical entertainment.

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On Saturday, June 15, the 29th Anniversary of the Asian Festival Celebration is taking place at Cypress Waters. From 10 am to 5 pm, you can come by and experience an all-day party with cultural performances, vendor booths, and authentic Asian food. The event is free to attend.

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