5 Father's Day Ideas in Mississauga

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Have you picked a Father's Day present yet? Or worse, did you forget?

We tend to ignore Father's Day, mostly because dads are like the underdogs.

And, because dads are mostly busy working, their special day should be all about pampering them.

Some quiet time with dad is always the best, no?

So, if you haven't bought a present yet, you can still plan a day around him. Or maybe even a whole weekend!

Here's what you can do.


For the outdoorsy dad

You can go camping or head down one of the many trails for a hike or go biking. If you'd rather let dad relax, a walk in the park never did anyone any harm. Take lots of pictures too! 

But if you're looking for something more focused, you could go bird watching at Riverwood Conservancy and join birders Luc Fazio and Dan Salisbury for a spring-bird-watching hike. Or join well-known birders Luc Fazio and Dan Salisbury for a spring or summer birding hike while exploring the vast lands of herbs and trees with the Bird Watching Hike.


For the beer-loving dad

If beer is dear to daddy dearest, pop open some suds. Father's Day weekend is also the end of the Ontario Craft Beer Week, so you can attend Old Credit Brewing Company's annual Father's Day BBQ and Tasting. You can never go wrong with beer and BBQ!

When: Saturday, June 15; between 1 - 4 p.m.

If you don't mind a trip to Toronto, there's the Radical Road Show - featuring the great beer and food, with live music, and fun for the whole family. Before The Flood will be the headline act, with other bands to be announced soon. More information is on their website.

When: Saturday, June 15; between 2 - 11 p.m.

Or nerd out over the beer-making process at Etobicoke's Big Rock Brewery. Tours take place every Saturday between 1 - 4 p.m.


For the festival-goer dad

If your dad loves any event in the city and digs a day out, you can stop by a festival over the weekend. And more importantly, have you ever met anyone who doesn't appreciate free stuff? The Mississauga Waterfront Festival will have carnival rides, food, live entertainment and games. You can get a chance to be a kid again or win some prizes (give them to him as a present!) your father could boast about. But if trying out different meats is more your dad's style, then head over to the Mississauga Halal Food Festival to indulge.


For the artsy dad

Classical music, gorgeous photographs, paintings, artifacts, theatre - if all this gets your dad excited, you're in luck! Well, you could always take a casual trip to the museum or art gallery. But, on Friday you can catch a performance at the Benares House's annual On the Verandah series. Mississauga Temple Band will be performing this year. Their repertoire includes secular, Christian and classical music.

Or you can take a trip to the Art Gallery of Mississauga to view two exhibits on display. The first called Niigaanikwewag, which showcases the works of female Indigenous artists to celebrate the past, present, and future generations of kwes as integral to sustaining the creative spirit of Indigenous communities. And, the second is called Border Crossings: Creating Parallel Histories, which uses the transformative power of art to challenge preconceived ideas around both literal and metaphorical boundaries.


For the foodie dad

Brunch shouldn't be limited to Mother's Day. Head out to one of the many brunch spots in the city. Or head to a cool patio for some grub and drinks. Or maybe a fancy dinner with some wine is more your style. 


So, how are you planning to spend time with your dad? 

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