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12 Unique Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Use our guide to help make dad feel extra special this Father's day. Activities that are sure to put a smile on his face. Just think, what would dad do?

Fathers play such an important role in our lives. We cherish the memories we share together, and Father’s Day gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate everything your dad or father figure has done for us over the years.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do this Father’s Day, we’re going to share 12 unique ideas that dad is sure to love.

When Is Father's Day Celebrated?

Father’s Day is celebrated across the world each year on:

  • The third Sunday in June in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and India
  • The first Sunday of September in Australia
  • The second Sunday in November in Sweden, Norway, and FinlandIn some countries, Father’s Day coincides with March 19, or St. Joseph’s Day

No matter when you celebrate Father's Day, it’s important to make this day as special as possible.

A dad holding two kids
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Best Ways to Show Dad You Care on Father's Day

The best Father's Day celebration ideas are ones that help you create lasting memories and share quality time together.
Here are some great ways to show dad that you care this Father’s Day.

1. Take a Class Together

Some of the best memories are made when you’re learning something new or having new experiences together. Take a class with dad this year, and if you can, make it a family event.

Make sure that the class focuses on something he’s interested in, like:

  • Cooking
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Mixology (adults only)
  • Home improvement
  • Gardening

Someone making pottery on a spinning wheel
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Getting everyone together to share the experience is more valuable and memorable than any skill you’ll learn in the class.

2. Go See a Concert

Is dad’s favorite band or musician playing in town or nearby? Purchase tickets and see the concert together.

If you can’t find a show nearby, look for virtual concerts. You may also find live music at local bars, cafes or restaurants that you can enjoy together. Bandsintown and Strumsy are two great resources for finding local shows.

A dad hanging out with his kids in a crowd of people
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3. Plan a Trip or Weekend Getaway

Want to really make Father’s Day unforgettable? Plan a trip or a weekend getaway. There's no better time to plan that dream trip dad has always wanted to take, or to spend the weekend in a quiet cabin in the woods.

No matter what trip dad is dreaming of, you can use Celebration Wishes to help make it a reality. Create a registry, and invite family and friends to contribute to make the trip experience truly memorable.

A dad walking down the beach holding hands with his kid
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4. Go for a Family Bike Ride

If the weather is right, plan a family bike ride. Head over to dad’s favorite trails and spend some time enjoying nature.

Why not plan a picnic, too? A day riding in the park and sharing lunch outdoors is a wonderful way to spend time together. It’s also a great way to keep everyone active on this special day.

A family biking on a boardwalk

5. Try Your Hand at Axe Throwing

Here’s a unique activity idea for Father’s Day – axe throwing. There’s a good chance that you’ll find an axe throwing place in town. If not, you can always build your own axe throwing station in your backyard.

If you can find an axe throwing venue in town, they usually serve drinks and snack foods. Just keep in mind that this activity isn’t kid-friendly.

A person chopping wood

6. Visit a Museum

If your dad is a fan of history or art, a trip to a museum may be a fun way to spend Father’s Day. You can find museums for just about anything dad may be into, from cars to science, ancient history and more.

A family looking at a display at a museum
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Make a day of your museum trip by going out for lunch or dinner afterward.

7. Have a Game Night

The best Father’s Day ideas are ones that allow you to spend quality time together. A family game night certainly fits the bill.

Grab dad’s favorite board games and spend the evening playing them together. Not sure what to play? Here are some ideas:

  • Monopoly
  • Risk
  • Clue
  • Yahtzee
  • Sorry!
  • Sequence
  • Life

A man playing board games with his kids

Don’t forget to plan for snacks, drinks and dinner, too. Maybe you can order a pizza or cook a special meal to make game night even more special.

Game night is a fun family activity for all ages. All of the laughs you share will create wonderful memories for both dad and the rest of the family.

8. Take a Rock Climbing Class

If dad is an outdoor enthusiast, he may enjoy taking a rocking climbing class together. Check to see if there’s an indoor climbing facility near you and whether they offer lessons.

If not, you may still be able to book some time on the climbing walls. Plan to go for lunch or dinner afterward to complete the experience.

Many climbing facilities are designed for the whole family, so everyone can go and have a good time no matter their skill level.

A man rock climbing
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9. Plan a Special Homemade Dinner

Another special way to celebrate Father’s Day is to plan a homemade dinner – complete with dessert.

Cook dad’s favorite meal from scratch and top it off with a dessert made with lots of love. Invite friends and family to share in the experience and celebrate dad. Share stories and laugh. Watch a movie together, or plan a family game, like charades.

Two men baking with their kid

10. Go Camping

If the weather is favorable, plan a camping trip for Father’s Day. Pitch a tent, go fishing, hiking, roast marshmallows at the campfire. A weekend of camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, spend quality time together, and disconnect from the world for a while.

If dad isn’t a fan of camping in a tent you can put the camp gear away and rent a cabin, RV, or book a glamping experience.

Camping is fun for the whole family, so this is an activity that everyone can participate in.

A couple holding hands with their kid

11. Have an Outdoor Movie Night

Forget standing in line at the movies and paying for overpriced popcorn. Why not have your own movie night in your backyard? Buy an outdoor projector, grab some snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to join in on the experience.

An outdoor picnic set up
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12. Give Back to the Community

Instead of planning an outing or buying gifts this Father’s Day, why not spend the afternoon giving back to the community? Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or shelter. Find ways to give back on this special day to make it a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

A man wearing a hat that says "Love Your Neighbour"
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