Celebrate with dad at these local Father’s Day events

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jun 19, 2015

Do you love your mom more than your dad? NO! Of course not! But if gift giving and dining out is any measure — than you do!

Is it just easier to shop for mom or does Father’s Day seem like an afterthought?

A new survey by Retailmenot shows dads aren’t getting the respect they deserve.

According to the website, only 73-percent of people will buy a Father’s Day gift, compared to 83-percent on Mother’s day. And those who do plan to shop will spend nearly $30 less on dad.

Why is this happening? A senior editor at Retailmenot suggests June is a bad time of year. There are many weddings this month, summer vacations, and camps that take up extra cash.

If you do shop for dad, almost 40-percent say they’d like gift cards. Other popular gift requests are clothing, electronics and gadgets.

Looking for ideas? In the same survey, dads say, like to treat themselves to a movie or go to dinner, at least once a month.

Share your gift ideas on our Facebook page.And look below for some local events celebrating dad. Did we miss one? Send us an email.


Enjoy Father’s Day with a celebration of local craft and new traditions: the Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Pair your favorite Hardywood drafts with Rappahannock oysters.  King of Pops, Pizza Tonight and Goatocado will also be on-site.

The Hardywood Oyster Stout will be introduced also.

Music by Long Arms, The Atkinsons and Sturgeon City.

Proceeds from the Keg ‘n’ Oyster Fest will benefit oyster replenishment and the James River Association.

2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond
Noon to 6 p.m.


Isley Brewing is offering an inspired beer brunch with KavaKava gourmet!

The Menu:

Summer Ale
Firttata with mix fresh summer vegetables (Vegetarian) $8

Plain Jane Belgian White
Frittata with sausage, red onion, roasted red pepper $8

Bribe Oatmeal Porter
Tomato/basil burrito with pancetta and roasted chicken savory custard $10

Venus Fly Trap Imperial IPA
Venus Fly Trap Braised Italian sausages over creamy parmesan herb polenta $10

Ruby Red Slippers Grapefruit Session Pale
Fried duck egg over sweet potatoes, Julian carrots, citron hash $12

Root Of All Evil Golden Ginger Ale
Country fried steak over roasted ginger/garlic mash red skin potatoes $12

1715 Summit Ave., Richmond
From 1 to 3 p.m.

Lewis Ginter

A  whole weekend of fun and relaxation with live music and a cookout, plus remote-control model boats on Sydnor Lake. Garden admission also includes the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.

Saturday and Sunday:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities in the Children’s Garden; including “Build a Better Boat” craft where guests can use corks and toothpicks to build boats and test their floating power. Blankets and a basket of books will also be available under the Darlington Oak in the Grace Arents Garden for guests to stretch out, read and enjoy time together.
Sunday Only:  1 – 4 p.m. Activities include remote-control sailboats on Sydnor Lake, courtesy of the Richmond Model Yacht Club. Also from 1 – 4 p.m. enjoy live music by the Jangling Reinharts at the Bloemendaal House. A buffet-style cookout will also be served on the lawn at historic Bloemendaal House from 12-3 p.m. (for purchase).

Menu & more details:

1800 Lakeside Ave.


On Stage: A Musical Tour at Maymont – FREE admission! Go on a “world tour” with Classical Revolution RVA.

Hear performances of Sakura Variations by Yuquijiro Yocohthe in the Japanese Garden, Vivaldi in the Italian Garden and Copland and Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet near the mansion from 2-4 p.m.

An instrument petting zoo will be featured at the Children’s Farm Lawn from 1-3 p.m. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day with dad!

1700 Hampton Street, Richmond

Scotchtown, Patrick Henry’s

Celebrating parent receives free admission when accompanied by his family.

Free ice cream cones for all!

16120 Chiswell Ln, Beaverdam
1 – 5 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Give dad something that’s out of the ordinary this Father’s Day—a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s cherished octagonal house and grounds. Admission is free for fathers, all day!

Visit website for admission costs for others.

1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Second Annual Father’s Day Brews and BBQ

Catered by Mosaics, and Havanna Connections 30-foot humidor will be on-site.

Music provided by Smiile and Allie and Josh Small

Complimentary snacks for kids. Free round of golf for Dads (you’ll be surprised).

Kid and dog-friendly.

2277A Dabney Rd, Richmond
Noon to 8 p.m., serving until at least 530.


The Cultured Swine serving up food all day Sunday and plenty of other surprises.

Starts at 1 p.m. – ?

Lunch or Dinner Out? 

Mother’s Day is typically the big dining out event of the year. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Don’t forget to make a reservation if you plan on taking Dad out. Click around here to see which restaurants are offering deals.


If you plan on sticking around the house and firing up the grill, so far the forecast seems promising. Keep an up-to-the-minute eye on it here.

Dad jokes

And you can be sure to grab some laughs with these cheesy Dad jokes. Study up!