This Father's Day, you may gift Dad a gift card or edible treat but you could miss out on giving him the gift he really wants – time with you. An opportunity to bond with him while sharing something he enjoys could be his idea of celebrating Father's Day, and it happens to be easier on the environment than a gift that eventually ends up in a landfill.
If you live in Pittsburgh, events in and around the city offer something for the dad who loves jazz, the marathon-running dad and many more. Find out more about these five Father's Day events to celebrate Dad on June 18.
Father's Day Car Cruise: For the vintage car-loving Dad
The phrase "car cruise" may spark question marks for most people. However, if your dad is a classic car enthusiast, he'll know exactly what this term means. A car cruise is an event in which vintage car lovers come together to show off their hot rods, muscle cars and the like. It's also an opportunity to delve deeper into the time period the cars harken back to – with DJs and live bands playing popular oldies.
Located 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater in Allison Park will host the Father's Day Car Cruise. Admission is free and gates open at 2 p.m. Pittsburgh radio DJ Mike Frazer from 3WS will broadcast the event live from 2-4 p.m. If you come hungry, there are plenty of food trucks, including food and beverages from Hop Farm Brewing Company.
Free admission to Pittsburgh Zoo: For the animal-loving Dad
The Pittsburgh Zoo, which opened its doors in 1898, offers visitors a glimpse into different environments around the world – such as the African Savanna, Tropical Forest and Asian Forest. What makes this zoo unique is these re-created naturalistic habitats in which animals roam as they would in the wild while allowing visitors to walk in a more informative environment.
On June 18 dads and their kids are invited to the Pittsburgh Zoo for a Father's Day celebration. Dads get in for free when accompanying their kids from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Along with an exotic collection of animals, guests can enjoy the zoo carousel or log ride.
Man UP Father's Day 5/10K: For the Dad who runs for a cause
The Man UP Father's Day 5/10K, which benefits the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer, is in its 13th year with a goal to draw awareness to early detection and education to prostate cancer. The disease kills about 30,000 men a year and the Obediah Cole Foundation helps fund part of the cost for screenings for men in the Pittsburgh area.
The 5/10K starts down North Shore Road and passes PNC Park ending at the Quay outside Heinz Field – with the 5K runners taking a shortcut near the Heinz plant. If you aren't much of a runner but still want to take part in the festivities, there is a 5K walk or Fun Walk, which can be any distance.
Gateway Clipper Cruise: For the sightseeing Dad
Gateway Clipper Cruises sail through the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, each providing a unique view of the Pittsburgh skyline and architecture. This Father's Day, Gateway Clipper Cruises will host an all-you-can-eat buffet for brunch and dinner for the whole family aboard the Pittsburgh Riverboat Tour. For brunch, groups can feast on cinnamon swirl French toast, fluffy scrambled eggs with chives or Chicken a la King from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinner set will have sautéed chicken with apricot sauce or garlic and rosemary pork loin with their choice of sides including parmesan roasted potatoes, candied carrots and many more from 4 to 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival: For the Dad who loves Jazz
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, established by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, honors the jazz history of the city. Jazz lovers and musicians from around the world are invited to take part in the festivities.
In order to make music accessible to more visitors, most concerts during the festival are free in the streets of the Cultural District. Artists to watch with Dad at the upcoming festival, which runs June 16-18, include jazz icons David Sanborn and Chico Freeman. Contemporary jazz musicians, such as Tia Fuller and Sean Jones, will also play in various locations around the city.