While most dads are known for their corny “dad jokes,” questionable fashion sense, and inability to stop and ask for directions, dads are much more than that. They are also the place we can go for advice, the arms we can count on for a hug, and a never-ending source of love and support. So whether you want to celebrate your own father, the father of your kids, or another special man in your life, we want to help you make this Father’s Day one to remember.
We’ve found some special events throughout the Greater Richmond area that will help you make sure the dads in your life know just how much they mean this Father’s Day. Take a look at our list, and of course, if you simply want to find a special spot for brunch, check out some of our Best Brunch Spots for Families in Richmond or our Richmond Brunch Guide with nearly 20 of our favorite brunch hot spots!
Saturday, June 15, 12pm – 9pm
The only thing cooler than dad is the blues! Give him a Father’s Day to remember with Stone River Records and Albert Lee Mills VFW Post# 10387’s Father’s Day Weekend Blues Show at the Powhatan Fairgrounds. The show features six amazing acts, including Big G who will be releasing his newest CD titled Lets Party. Gates open at noon and show starts at 1:30pm. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome!
Get your tickets in advance here for $30/person or for $35 at the gate. For more information, contact Cynthia Vaughan at (804) 615-2196
4042 Anderson Highway
Powhatan, VA 23139
Cynthia Vaughan: (804) 615-2196
Saturday, June 15, 1pm – 3pm
Let dad get a head start on the Father’s Day celebration at Graduate Richmond. They’ll be hosting a Whiskey and Waffles event where dad can enjoy a perfectly paired waffle menu with local distillery Reservoir. A representative will walk guests through each whiskey tasting. Give dad a boys day out, or make it a family affair! The event will be shared at communal tables in the Game Room. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online here.
Saturday, June 15, 2pm – 6pm
Hand-Made in RVA is hosting a pop-up market at the Well Art Gallery that is all about the men this Father’s Day weekend. Celebrate the special men in your life with plenty of self-care products, jewelry, accessories, and clothing – ALL FOR MEN!! Simply put, men need to focus on mental health, too, to continue being the amazing people they are and this market will showcase several local vendors in the area whose products can make habitual self-care just a tad bit easier. Absolutely free entry, but please RSVP if you’ll be joining (not required).
The Well Art Gallery
1309 Hull Street
Richmond, VA 23224
June 15 and 16, 9am – 5pm
Discover a weekend of family fun this Father’s Day in the Garden! Enjoy laid-back activities and crafts in the Children’s Garden Saturday and live music and a cookout (food available for purchase) at Bloemendaal House on Sunday. Garden admission includes all activities plus the garden’s ongoing activities.
FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Don’t leave your four-legged family member at home during Father’s Day weekend, bring them to the Garden with you! From 9am – 5pm, leashed dogs are allowed in the Garden. The SPCA will be set up in the Atrium with info table and doggie bags. Water bowls will be placed throughout the walkways for when your pup needs to freshen up. Dogs will not be allowed in Water Play, the Kelly Education Center or SandPlay.
King of Pops
Enjoy a refreshing treat from King of Pops in the Children’s Garden. Pop in between 10:30am and 3:30pm to get one!
Get crafty with your little ones to create and decorate Tree Cookie Coasters (while supplies last). Blankets and baskets of books will also be available under the Darlington Oak in the Grace Arents Garden for you to stretch out, read and enjoy the lovely weather together.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 ONLY
Enjoy live music from the No Charge Band at Bloemendaal House from 1pm – 4pm. A buffet-style cookout will also be served on the lawn at the historic Bloemendaal House from 12pm – 3pm (for purchase).
Concert and activities are included with Garden admission and free for Garden members.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23228
Sun, June 16 – Sunday, June 30, anytime!
Get moving with the sixth annual Father’s Day 5K & 10K virtual race! Simply register with the race host, Moon Joggers, and for $20, you’ll receive a medal and running bib. Then choose your course and pick a time to run. You will report your time back to Moon Joggers and they will be donating at least 15% of each registration to Team Hoyt, which works to build the individual character, confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled and physically challenged young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life.
In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt, who was confined to a wheelchair, told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a five-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” Celebrate heroes like the Hoyts and YOUR DAD with this special run.
*For a limited time purchase your official t-shirt and/or hoodie HERE.
Click here for registration and race details.
Sunday, June 16, 9:30am – 5pm
If the dads in your life are just big kids at heart, then they won’t want to miss the chance to play FREE all day at all four of the Children’s Museum locations – Downtown Richmond, Chesterfield, Short Pump, and Fredericksburg. Bring the whole family out for a day of fun and celebrate dad in a special way.
Click here to learn more about the location of your choice.
Sunday, June 16, 11am – 3pm
Treat dad to nostalgic ambiance and amazing food this Father’s Day at Maple Bourbon. A brunch menu will be available, but RSVPs are required. To make your RSVP, order tickets to reserve seating. Tickets will also include one mimosa per person in your party. Tickets can be ordered at $10 per two-top table or $20 for a four-top.
Maple Bourbon Restaurant
1116 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219
Sunday, June 16, 12pm – 4pm
What do dads love even more than a cookout? Cannons, firetrucks, tractors and helicopters, of course! Bring dad to Tuckahoe Plantation this Father’s Day from 12pm-4pm and treat him to live music, burgers and barbecue, plus photo ops and up-close encounters with all of the equipment mentioned above.
The main house will be open for tours and lawn games will be available for the whole family – including Corn Hole and Giant Jenga! Be sure to bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy the beautiful blooming gardens and grounds – and best of all, for all of you dog dads or wanna-be dog dads out there, there will be furry best friends ready for adoption from a local rescue.
General Admission is $5 + add house tour for additional $5. Get advanced tickets here or purchase them at the door. Donations are also being accepted for local Fire & Rescue First Responders.
Rain date to be determined.
Sunday, June 16, 12pm – 3pm
Treat dad to a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day at Richmond highest rooftop bar and restaurant. The menu will feature dad-friendly favorites including four different sliders, plus several wing options.
One ticket ($12) includes: one order of sliders and one select draft beer OR Bourbon.
*additional alcohol and food available for purchase through the bar and all seating is first come, first served unless VIP seating is reserved. For discounted skyline VIP seating for groups up to 20, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, you do not need a ticket to attend and order through the bar, but tickets do provide a discount. Get your tickets here!
700 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Sunday, June 16, 12:30pm – 2pm
Let the whole family get creative – including dad! At this special Father’s Day event, you will build wooden model vehicles. Work on one vehicle together – suitable for up to two guests, or you can purchase additional vehicle kits if you each want your own or are celebrating Father’s Day with a larger group. All supplies to assemble your wooden model will be provided as well as instructions and tools for assembly. Once assembled you can get creative with markers, paint, and maybe even a dash of glitter if you’d like! The sky is the limit! Choose from a race car, pontoon plane, steam engine train, or pirate ship.
Light snacks and juice boxes will be provided. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to check in and get the seat of your choice. Reservations required, but hurry! Registration will closes Thursday, June 13.
Art Factory and Party Place
4818 Market Square Ln
Midlothian, VA 23112
Sunday, June 16, 3pm – 4pm
Let dad explore his creative side with this family-friendly canvas painting event. The whole family can come out for guided instructions on how to paint a fun, pup-themed painting. Families can make their painting coordinate to hang together at home, or everyone can express themselves individually. Tickets are $18 per painter (plus processing fee) and include one canvas, painting supplies, apron to protect your clothing, and step-by-step instruction. Purchase individual tickets for each painter, or purchase one to allow up to two painters to paint together. This class is open to participants aged 5 and up.
Sunday, June 16, 3pm – 5pm and 6pm – 8pm
Now an annual event at Quirk Hotel, the Father’s Day Boil and Brew promises fun for all. For only $27 per person, you’ll get a traditional low-country boil, a beer (or non alcoholic beverage), and Quirk’s exclusive rooftop view of Richmond! There will be two seatings and all ages are welcome before 5pm. For the second seating, age restrictions apply. Contact Quirk to learn more.
Availability is limited, so get your tickets online here!
201 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Sunday, June 16, 5pm – 9pm
Treat dad to a special concert experience that celebrates him in a special way. Join seven of the best quartet performers in the country for a Mini Blockbuster featuring:
- Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites (Lake City, SC)
- The Swanee Quintet (Augusta, GA)
- Maurice Yancey & One Accord (Chesapeake, VA)
- The Fantastic Goldenaires (Richmond, VA)
- John Thorpe & Truth (Rougemont, NC)
- Reverence (Spartanburg, SC) and
- The Mighty Jubilations (Richmond, VA)
Plus, an optional concert dinner will be available and catered by Send-A-Chef in the banquet hall of the church for a separate ticket price of $20.
- DINNER starting at 2pm (separate ticket required)
- CONCERT doors open at 4pm (separate ticket required)
United Nations Church
214 Cowardin Avenue
Richmond, VA 23224
Sunday, June 16, 7pm – 9m
Give dad something to laugh at other than his own dad jokes this Father’s Day! LockDaDoe Presents: Father’s Day Comedy Show will be held at Funny Bone and will be ALL about the boys (but, ladies, you’re welcome, too, of course)! Join four of the funniest comedians in the city along with one of the hottest poets in the area and have a good laugh with dad. Advanced tickets are $10. Get them online here.
Richmond Funny Bone
11800 W Broad St., #1090
Richmond, VA 23233