Spend Father's Day in Philadelphia this weekend with fine cocktails, steak dinners and more. (Photos at top, from left courtesy Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Granite Hill; at bottom courtesy Del Frisco's),
This weekend, take some time to honor the man who helped to bring you into the world on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16.
If you’re planning on spending Father’s Day in Philadelphia, you’re in luck.
Be it with a steak dinner, fine scotch, a Mural Arts Tour or a 5K, there are plenty of ways to celebrate dad in and just outside of Philadelphia and we’ve picked a number of ways to mark the day.
Read on for our picks for Father’s Day events, tours, meals and deals.
Tours, Events and Specials
• U.S. Open Experience on Independence Mall: We all know where dad really wants to be on Sunday: the U.S Open at Merion Golf Club. But Merion isn’t the only spot in town getting in on the action. The USGA, the association that puts on the Open, has teamed up with the Independence Visitor Center to host a very cool free U.S. Open Experience on Independence Mall through Sunday, June 16. Look for an interactive golf extravaganza with memorabilia, official Championship merchandise, a complete replica of the green on Merion’s famous 14th hole, a jumbotron with a live tournament simulcast and more.
• Sip & Savor Scotch Dinner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: On Friday, June 14, bring dad to indulge in a four-course scotch dinner at the Museum’s restaurant, Granite Hill. Take in the Father’s Day-appropriate exhibition The Art of Golf, then relax in the dining with a live viewing of the U.S Open tournament while enjoying a wide variety of high-quality scotches and a menu including bacon-wrapped dates, Scottish salmon and more. Seating is at 6 p.m. and the dinner is $80 a person plus tax and gratuity. If you’d like to treat dad to golf and scotch, make a reservation here.
• Father’s Day Weekend Mural Tour: On Saturday, June 15, treat dad to a special Mural Arts Program Sports Tour in honor of Father’s Day. The two-hour trolley tour showcases great sports legends and traditions, and includes famed murals of Jackie Robinson, Dr. J, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Blue Horizon boxing arena. A trained guide shares the back stories about the murals and Philadelphia’s sports history. The two-hour tour runs $30 per adult and departs from Mural Arts at the Gallery at 9th and Market street at 10 a.m. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made here.
• Father’s Day Weekend at Franklin Square: All weekend long, from June 13 to 16, families can head to historic Franklin Square so dads can take advantage of a father-child ticket combo. Score one round of Philly Mini Golf, a SquareBurger, fries and soft drink all for $30. And, in honor of the U.S. Open, competitive dads can track their scores all weekend on the Franklin Square Mini Golf leaderboard.
• Gary Papa Run: This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, festivities for the annual Gary Papa Run Father’s Day 5K race and one-mile fun run (or walk) benefiting the research and awareness of prostate cancer begins at 8 a.m. with teams and individual runners meeting at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While team registrations are no longer open, individuals may still register and support this great event until Thursday, June 13, or folks can come out to the race site to cheer on the runners.
• Portuguese Heritage Festival: The PECO Multicultural Series has celebrated diversity in Philadelphia for more than 15 years at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with festivals featuring live music and entertainment, arts and vendors and plenty of global eats. This Sunday, bring dad to the Portuguese Heritage Festival to take in some rays and devour Portuguese delicacies like linguiça and grilled sardines.
• Father’s Day at the Vineyard: If your dad prefers wine to scotch, treat him to a day at Penns Wood Winery in scenic Chadds Ford. Arrive for a regular wine tasting on Sunday, when dad receive the vino for half price and can groove to live music from noon to 4 p.m. and chow on brick-oven pizza from KOI on the go food truck.
• Father’s Day Services at Eviama Life Spa: Just for Father’s Day, Philadelphia’s eco-friendly day spa, Eviama, offers up three discounted services designed for dad: a salt scrub and mask or hair removal; seaweed scrub and wrap; or a color-map facial and eye treatment.
• Spirit of Philadelphia Father’s Day Cruises: Join dad aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia on Sunday, June 16, for a two-hour brunch or mid-afternoon cruise, or three-hour dinner cruise on the Delaware River. All cruises include a buffet, DJ and dancing and city skyline views from the ship’s decks and rooftop lounge. Reservations are recommended and tickets start at $30 for children and $50 for adults at are available here.
Steaks and More
• Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: Celebrate the carnivore in dad with a sensational steak dinner. At Del Frisco’s, the night’s menu will include special bone-in steaks, including a 32-ounce Wagyu cut, and anyone who dines on Father’s Day will have the chance to enter a free raffle. Raffle prizes include a foursome round of golf at The Golf Course at Glen Mills or, the grand prize, a foursome and a brand new putter and golf bag.
• Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse : At Davio’s, treat Dad to a three-course prix-fixe steak-tasting menu, complete with a grilled long-bone steak. And for dads who are yearning for peace and quiet, fathers can dine alone (near the family) with a copy of the latest sports page and complimentary beer. The special Father’s Day menu will be available on Sunday, June 16th, for $65.
• Bistro La Minette: Fathers’ Day at Bistro La Minette on Sunday, June 16, means steak and eggs for brunch, and steak au poivre for dinner, but chef Peter Woolsey is planning specials for the day, too, to tempt discerning diners and adventurous eaters. Of course, the $25 three-course prix-fixe brunch and regular $29 four-course tasting portion prix-fixe dinner will both be available.
• Bistro St Tropez: On Saturday, June 15, bring dad to Bistro St. Tropez where he’ll eat for free. With the purchase of one entree, dads will receive a complimentary 14-ounce grilled ribeye steak with sautéed green beans, mushrooms, potatoes and bordelaise sauce. Dads must be accompanied by an adult or child, and the a la carte menu will also be available.
• Route 6: This Sunday, June 16, Starr Restaurants’ seafood destination Route 6 will be serving up from-the-land specials in honor of dad. Along with the regular menu, specials include steak and eggs for brunch and surf and turf for dinner.
• Father’s Day Brunch at Granite Hill: Inspired by The Art of Golf exhibition, bring dad to brunch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, June 16. The U.S. Open will be live on screen in the restaurant throughout the day, and the brunch menu features all dad-approved dishes like Prime Rib and a made-to-order omelets. Reservations are available here.
• Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company: For dads who prefer a liquid diet, there are few better places to quaff a fine cocktail than the Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company, which recently opened a new above-ground space directly above its original subterranean bar.