Father’s Day Events and Activities in Spokane

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Father’s Day is a big deal in Spokane! From Father’s Day events in Spokane, to brunches, dinners, fun gifts and so much more, Spokanites take Father’s Day seriously.

Why? Because Father’s Day began in Spokane! It’s true, keep reading to see how. If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day this year, take a look at the BBQs, fun runs and more below. 

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Did You Know Father’s Day Started in Spokane?

It’s true! In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd (one of six children raised by her father, William Smart, a widower) established a Mother’s Day equivalent for male parents. She wanted to create a holiday to honor the work her single father did. 

Dodd was inspired after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, and she believed her father, a Civil War veteran who cared for his six children after his wife died in childbirth, had plenty of reasons for praise. 

According to History.com, Dodd went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea. She used her prominence in the Spokane community to gather endorsements, and Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. 

You can actually visit the Dodd home, a 2010 addition to the National Register of Historic Places, while walking through the East Central neighborhood of Spokane

Father’s Day itself however did not gain national prominence until 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father’s Day and encouraged states to do the same. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an official proclamation calling for the third Sunday in June to be recognized as Father’s Day. And to think – it’s all thanks to Sonora Smart Dodd’s hard work and love for her father!

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Father’s Day Events and Activities Around Spokane

Of course, Father’s Day has evolved a lot since the early 1900s. Nowadays, many people get together to celebrate Father’s Day, showering Dad (or the Dad figures in their lives) with love and sometimes gifts, crafts, activities – and of course, food!

If you’re looking for fun things to do with Dad this year, take a look at the events, activities and more below. 

1) Father’s Day at Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is the place to be on Father’s Day weekend! From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., head downtown to enjoy discounts on Looff Carrousel rides (Dads ride free with the purchase of one regular ticket!), SkyRide (Dads ride free with the purchase of one regular-priced ticket), and more.

Plus, if Dad gets hungry or thirsty, head to the Sky Ribbon Cafe, where you can purchase a $6 select craft beer and receive a free cookie! Dads are allowed to enjoy their beverage on the SkyRide as well.

After you’re done enjoying the Carrousel and SkyRide, head over to one of the many playgrounds at Riverfront Park, or take a short walk around to see the new Hoopfest court. Don’t forget a picnic blanket if you want to enjoy some snacks under the Pavilion!

Downtown Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA
Riverfront Park, Spokane

2) Father’s Day at Mobius

While you’re downtown, head over to Mobius, where Dad’s, grandpas and uncles will all get $2 off their admission for the whole day.

All month long, enjoy Mobius’ STEAM Lab of Rainbows and Light, bridges and structures exhibit, and more.

3) Dad’s Day Dash

It’s the 10th anniversary of SNAP’s Dad’s Day Dash, which will take place in person at Manito Park on June 19th. The race starts at 9 a.m.

Learn more and register here!

4) Father’s Day BBQ Buffet

Celebrate Dad or another special man in your life at the Spokane Club’s Father’s Day BBQ Buffet, hosted on the pool patio!

On June 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat Dad or the Dad-figure in your life to a delicious BBQ meal ($39 for adults, $24 kids 6-12, kids 5 and under complimentary). You’ll want to make a reservation for this tasty Father’s Day event! You can email [email protected] or call 509-838-8511 to make a reservation.

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5) Father’s Day Clematis Sale at Rosarium Garden Center

If your Dad is all about working out in the garden, maybe the Clematis sale at Rosarium Garden Center is more the type of event he’d enjoy! At this garden nursey in Spokane, you’ll receive 20% off all clematis on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 1 – 2:30 p.m., Carol Newcomb will also be hosting a Clematis Seminar. Learn more about the seminar and register here.

6) Father’s Day Food Tour

Introduce Dad to some new favorite spots around Spokane with a Father’s Day food tour from Wander Spokane! This will be a guided Walking City Tour where you will learn more about Spokane while sampling food and drinks at local establishments.

Learn more here.

7) Father’s Day Game at the Ballpark

Take Dad out to the ballgame at Avista Stadium on Sunday, June 19 beginning at 1 p.m. The Spokane Indians will be celebrating all the amazing Dads, Step Dads, grandpas and father figures in attendance, and if you stick around after the game, you can enjoy the Pizza Factory Catch on the Field with Dad!

Get your tickets here.

8) Beer, Brats, and Brownies Week at Beacon Hill

Get a meal the whole family can enjoy from one of our favorite places – Beacon Hill! That’s right, Beacon Hill is at it again with delivering an incredible meal for Father’s Day. Trust me when I say run, don’t walk, when it comes to ordering from Beacon Hill.

Beacon Hill’s food is fun, creative, and delicious! Here’s what you’ll get this Father’s Day:

  • Sonnenberg’s Beer-braised Brats, Outdoor Rolls, Stone Ground Mustard, Caramelized Onion Spread
  • Candied Bacon and Whiskey Baked Beans
  • Classic Potato Salad
  • Beacon Hill Brownies

You can also choose add-ons like wine, coffee, and Beacon Hill’s incredible grazing box (seriously, just get this even if it’s not for Father’s Day!) Place your order soon here, because these always sell out!

9) Father’s Day BBQ & Beer Special at High Country Orchard

Head up to High Country Orchard in Green Bluff to enjoy Father’s Day with a BBQ & Beer special! From 11 AM – 5 PM, enjoy a BBQ lunch with the whole family. Dad will get 1 free beer with lunch, plus you can enjoy live music, local vendors, barnyard games and more.

No reservations needed!

Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

1) Subscription to the Grill Masters Club

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Speaking of grilling, if you want to get your grill-happy father a great gift, get him a subscription to the Grill Masters Club! 

Known as ‘the best BBQ box’, your Dad will receive a monthly delivery of the best grilling and BBQ goodies hand-selected by a certified BBQ pitmaster. What could be better than that?!

Check out the Grill Masters Club gift here.

2) Dog Dad T-Shirt

Get Dad the shirt he really wants, and support a fantastic local non-profit rescue based right here in Spokane! This Dog Dad T-shirt is perfect for the Dad who, let’s face it, probably prefers the dog(s) to his child(ren) – yes, my Dad included!

This shirt comes in two colors and can be purchased from Path of Hope Rescue’s site here.

3) Celebrate Father’s Day with Some New Hops!

Maybe Dad is less into grilling and more into trying cool new brews – in that case, get him a subscription to the Hop-Heads Beer Club!

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Hop Heads Beer Gift Subscription Box

Every month, your gift recipient will receive a variety of hoppy beers from two or more breweries, plus a newsletter detailing tasting notes, beer and brewery profiles, and recommended food accompaniments. If your Dad (or the Dad in your life) loves hoppy beer and learning about it, this is the perfect gift!

Get him the Hop-Heads Beer Club subscription box here!

4) Gift Basket from Harry & David

Not sure what to get for the Dad in your life? I got your back! Whenever I wasn’t sure what to get my father-in-law (who lives out of state, so taking him around to local events wouldn’t work!), I always visited Harry & David.

There’s a gift for any kind of Dad at Harry & David, from mixed nuts to gourmet cheeses, cheesecake medleys and, of course, all different kinds of in-season fruit.

Check out Harry & David gift ideas for Dad here!

5) Bartesian – Robot Bartender

Does your Dad love cocktails, or entertaining, but doesn’t necessarily like being stuck behind the bar mixing drinks? Or does your Dad love tech and cocktails? If either one of these describes your Dad (or the Dad person in your life!), definitely check out the Bartesian.

We have a Bartesian, or as we call it, our “robot bartender”, and it’s amazing! You can pick from a variety of drink mixes, like Rum Breeze, Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Mai Tai and much, much more, than choose the strength of your shot (Light, Regular, or Strong – you can even choose to add no alcohol!) and just watch your robot bartender mix your drink. Yes, it is very cool and such a unique gift for Dad!

Take a look at how the Bartesian works in action below:

6) Father’s Day Candles from Anchored Northwest

For the father who has everything, I bet he doesn’t have a candle from local Spokane company Anchored Northwest! Anchored Northwest offers a variety of Father’s Day candle gift ideas, but our top picks are:

  • Lumberjack
  • Bookworm (particularly a great one for my Dad!)
  • Country Orchard

We hope you and your family have a lovely Father’s Day, however you choose to celebrate it.

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