Fun Things to Do on Father's Day 2021

Celebrate dad with these fun activities in Minneapolis!

Tip: Father’s day weekend is jammed packed with Minneapolis events. If you want to spend a few extra days with dad, check out the Juneteenth celebrations happening in the days leading up to Father’s day.

Soak up the sun at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Hang out on Minneapolis’ iconic Stone Arch Bridge and enjoy this outdoor annual celebration. From shopping, to live music, to art and delicious food, there’s an activity for every type of dad at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Make sure to attend a Father’s Day tradition, The Art of the Car Show, where car collectors get show off the classics. While you are in the area check out what else there is to do around Minneapolis.

Spend the day at the Zoo

Introduce dad to some wild new friends at the Minnesota Zoo. Hit the "Northern Trail" or spend some quality time in "Discovery Bay".

Mini-golf with a view

The Walker Art Museum is back with its one-of-a-kind mini-golf course hosted on its outdoor terrace. If one of dad’s favorite places to be is on the golf course, this is the perfect family activity. Take in amazing views of the Minneapolis skyline while putting your way through 10 unique, artist designed holes.

Go for a run

Looking for a fun and healthy activity with dad?  Search the back of the closet for dad’s most “unique” ties and head out to the Star Tribune Father’s Day Ugly Tie 5k. This fun run will be held along the scenic and historic Mississippi riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. So, while your tie may be an eyesore, the views during your run will certainly not be. All finishers receive a medal and all participants receive a performance tee.

Take a drive to the Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is now open for walking, strolling, and observing. Make your reservation online and immerse yourself in their beautiful landscapes and nature trails.

Spend some time on two wheels

Use your own set of wheels or rent one from local bikeshare program, Nice Ride. Take a spin around one of the lakes, bike along the Mississippi River, or pedal through one of our parks.

Have a picnic

Why not celebrate with a picnic? With so many takeout options, and plenty of green space to spread out a Minneapolis park is the perfect place for a picnic. Grab your favorite food, bring a blanket, and enjoy summer in Minneapolis!

Grab a scoop (or two)

Minneapolis is home to some pretty unique ice cream offerings. From vegan ice cream made with avocados to donut ice cream sandwiches, there's always something to make your eyes wander. And if you're not an adventurous ice cream eater, don't worry. We have plenty of options for you too! 

Play around with virtual reality

Don't knock it til you try it! Virtual reality isn't just for gamers. Trust us. Sure, there are plenty of games, but you can also walk on a tight rope, explore under water, and travel the world. At REM5 It's an experience unlike anything you've ever tried before.

Have a Laugh

Keep the dad jokes at home and instead take a trip to Rick Bronson's House of Comedy at the Mall of America. Father's day weekend features  Vladimir Caamano on stage serving up the laughs.