With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, June 16th, you may be looking for a unique way to celebrate. Luckily for you, there are many fun activities to participate in in Ontario! Whether you want a relaxing day by the water or an action-packed adventure, there is something for you. In this article, we’ve rounded up the most fun Father’s Day events and activities you can enjoy across the province.

1. BBQ time

From 11 am to 5 pm on the 15th and 16th of June, Pingle’s Farm Market in Hampton is hosting a BBQ and craft beer experience. Throughout the event, you can grab a ‘passport’, which will lead you to five menu items paired with a craft beer. Also featuring live music, wagon rides, and take-home glass keepsakes, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Alternatively, you can stay in and host a fun BBQ at home for your papa!

2. Enjoy an outdoor Father’s Day event

After 35 years, the Highland Creek Heritage Festival in Toronto knows how to bring the whole family together. Running on Saturday, June 15th, this outdoor festival features a DJ, rides, a magic show, and more! For an admission price of $10, this is a must for Father’s Day events and activities.

3. Attend a food festival

The Mississauga Halal Food Festival is a great way to try some delicious food with your dad. Admission is free, and takes place on the 15th of June! The event is being held in Mississauga Celebration Square and will feature tons of live entertainment! This celebration of halal food features a diverse variety of options everyone will love, so bring your appetite!

4. Race!

The Vintage Grand Prix in Bowmanville is a great option for dads who love cars! This amazing display of both closed and open-wheel race cars is a great way to preview some vintage cars. Running from June 14th to 16th, the Vintage Grand Prix will also include the Field of Dreams Car Show and the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. 

5. See a live show

Witness an exciting live circus performance at Cirque du Soleil’s ECHO this Father’s Day. Featuring comedy, live acrobatics, and music, ECHO is a fun and exciting way to enjoy Father’s Day with the whole family. The big top is located in Etobicoke, and this show is sure to make for a memorable Father’s Day.

6. Watch some live music

The 16th marks the last day of NXNE, meaning there is going to be an influx of live music shows all around the city! If you or your dad are music fans, there is no better way to spend Father’s Day than by seeing some local live music. The best part is that there is a plethora of different acts spanning countless genres, so there is something for everyone!

7. Watch a live sporting event

Another great option to celebrate Father’s Day is to watch a live sporting event! With the Blue Jays season in full swing, and the Toronto Argonauts starting their season on June 1st, there’s a sporting event for everyone. You can even watch the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival at Centre Island in Toronto!

8. Visit a farm

Springridge Farm in Milton is great for a day of family fun. Featuring tube slides, farm animals, and a beautiful escarpment lookout spot, along with much more, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Springridge Farm is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, which makes it the perfect option for a fun Father’s Day event.

9. Go fishing

On June 17th and 18th, Ontario Family Fishing Events is running a province-wide event where Canadian residents can fish without a license. This is an amazing opportunity to make memories with the whole family, especially if Dad is a big fishing fan. This event is being run province-wide all Father’s Day weekend, which makes it the perfect Father’s Day event. 

10. Check out the aquarium

If you haven’t been to Ripley’s aquarium, now is the perfect time to do so! Enjoy the sights of over 20,000 aquatic animals and North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel. This is the perfect activity to bring the whole family along to. Extended hours take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm.

11. Watch an air show!

Travel down to the beautiful Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Ontario to view its iconic aircraft performances! Taking place from 8-10 pm on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday, this is the perfect Father’s Day activity! This year’s show is particularly special, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force!

We hope this article helps with some memorable Father’s Day events and ideas on how to celebrate Dad in the best ways possible.


Happy Father’s Day!

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