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11 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in the Philadelphia Area

Make dad's day with one of these fun events.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and while many families celebrate the holiday with barbecues or other gatherings at home, there’s plenty to do in the greater Philadelphia area outside the house, too. Here are 13 ways to make a dad smile.

Phillies Fathers Appreciation Day

The Phillies are home on Father’s Day this year, and will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at 1:35 pm. The game will feature “a pre-game tribute dedicated to all dads,” and men 15 and over will get a Phillies-themed Hawaiian shirt. Click here to buy tickets.

Gary Papa Father’s Day Run

This annual run, named in honor of the longtime 6ABC sportscaster who died of cancer the week of Father’s Day in 2009, will be held once again on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event, being held for the 15th year, features both a 5K run and 1-mile walk, with proceeds to benefit Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health.

Colonial Theatre’s Trekkin’ With Dad Marathon

Is your dad a Trekkie? If so, the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville is holding its annual Father’s Day Star Trek marathon. This year’s marathon will feature three films from the original movie trilogy, all of them the “odd-numbered” ones: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at 1:30, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home at 3:45, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country at 6. Order tickets to the individual movies or to the whole marathon here.

‘Celebrate Your Founding Father’ at the American Revolution Museum

It’s the first Father’s Day for the new American Revolution Museum, and the museum is offering a program Sunday for dads and their children. Museum members are invited to a breakfast with a George Washington impersonator between 9 and 11 am. At 10 am., Assistant Curator Matthew Skic will give a talk about Philadelphia’s role in the Revolution, while the Museum’s Patriots Gallery will feature exhibits on the music and drills of the Revolutionary War.

Free Museum Admission

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering free admission for fathers with one paying child on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Please Touch Museum is comping dads on Sunday.

Father’s Day BBQ and Car Show at the Elmwood Park Zoo

If the dad in your life likes smoked meat and hot rods, he’ll be in heaven here.

Resounding Voices Choral Series: ‘Vigilia’ at the Barnes Foundation

The Philadelphia Voices, led by guest conductor Robert Whalen, will perform Vigilia by Rautavaara at 5 pm Sunday. Tickets to the concert include access to the Barnes collection between 3:30 and 5.

Fatherfest at the American Helicopter Museum

Another one for the dad who loves machines. This event features helicopters, cars, motorcycles, a trackless model train, plus food trucks and a beer garden.

Father’s Day at Cooper’s Color-to-Canvas

The space in Drexel Hill will feature several Father’s Day programs: Paint a Tie With Dad! at 10:30 am, Brushes, Bros and Brews — featuring a soul food menu — at 1:30 pm, and a Brushes and Bros BYOB Turn Up! at 6:30 pm.

All-You-Can-Eat Steak Frites at Garces Trading Company

All weekend, dads can get this special — normally offered just on Tuesdays.

Free Cocktail at Cuba Libre

Help dad relax on his special day with this deal: a complimentary Cuba Libre cocktail with every entree, as well as all-you-can-eat tapas.


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