Father’s Day is coming up on the third Sunday in June. That, of course, has many of us scrambling to figure out how to celebrate it with our senior fathers and grandfathers. For older dads and grandpas in Cincinnati, there’s plenty to do over Father’s Day weekend.
Let’s take a look at some of the fun outings or events in Cincinnati that you can check out!
1. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
And that’s why a meal out — that old standby — never gets tired. Of course, we’ll be hosting our special Father’s Day brunch for residents here at Deupree House.
But, if you’d rather take dad or papaw out on the town, a plethora of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky restaurants plan to hold special Father’s Day events of their own. Here are some of our picks:
Arthur’s (Hyde Park)
The original Arthur’s location is famous for its classic, antique mahogany bar and a giant wall mural
of long-time Arthur’s regulars painted by Cincinnati cartoonist Jerry Dowling. The vibe here might be kicked back, but they are serious about their food. They boast about using the highest quality ingredients, locally sourced when possible, served up fresh and delicious, with something for every taste.
The Chart House
Another fine-dining spot near downtown, open since 1961. The Chart House, located on the waterfront in Newport, will feature a special Father’s Day menu: Shrimp, Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack, and a Slow-Roasted Prime Rib Callahan Cut, or Fresh Fish with an Oscar topping.
The National Exemplar
Located in the historic Mariemont Inn, the National Exemplar has been an East Side standby for decades, with a well-deserved reputation for providing excellent meals using the freshest ingredients, a relaxed dining atmosphere, and wonderful Father’s Day experiences.
2. Kick back with a beer — or 400 of them!
Is your dad or grandpa a beer man? Then head over to Jungle Jim’s Craft Beer Festival, taking place in the Oscar Events Center (next to the market). Explore the world of craft beer at one of the nation’s Top 4 Beer Retailers, Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Festival. This is a two-night celebration of craft beer, with live music, appearances from some of the Tri-State’s most popular food trucks, and, of course, more than 400 beers from over 100 breweries. Their 16th annual International Craft Beer Festival will give you a night; to remember!
3. Go cruisin’ down the highway… to the National Corvette Museum
Is your dad or grandpa a gearhead? Do cherry red ‘Vettes and hot-running heads get his motor running? Then it might be worth a drive down to Bowling Green, KY, to visit the National Corvette Museum (NCM)!
Located right off I-65, not far from GM’s Corvette assembly plant, the NCM is dedicated to telling the story of one of America’s favorite sports cars. See the museum’s stellar collection of rare Corvettes, including first-off-the-line units, Indy pace cars, and other notable cars.
The NCM is open every day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (heads up, they’re on Central Time down in Bowling Green).
It’s definitely worth the 3-hour drive; even more so if afterward you head one more hour down to Nashville and stay over for a night in Music City, USA. Make a whole Father’s Day weekend of it!
4. Take him out to the Ball Game
The Reds are at home on Father’s Day. So get on down to Great American Ball Park and cheer for the hometown team as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers.
5. It's also Juneteenth!
Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. The federal holiday has grown in recent years and is now celebrated across the country with backyard barbeques, parades, festivals, and more.
To get the details for all the weekend events around Cincinnati, visit The Voice of Black Cincinnati.
Father’s Day in and around Cincinnati is a lot of fun for senior guys.
Make this Father’s Day a great one with your senior patriarch! Use one of the suggestions above, or hunt around on Google for your idea. There’s much to see and do.
This blog was updated in June 2022.