With Father’s Day just around the corner, many metro Detroit families are scrambling to find plans and presents to celebrate their dad with on June 16, 2019.
Though it may not always be easy to tell your dad how much you love him, Father’s Day is a special opportunity to show your dad how much his support and sacrifices mean to you.
Whether your dad is a craft brew connoisseur or a baseball buff, there is Father’s Day fun for every type of dad living in the metro Detroit area.
Put your dad first this Father’s Day by gifting him something off his wish list and making plans you know he’ll love! Read on for Father’s Day gift ideas and activities in the area for every type of dad.
The Craft Brew Connoisseur
If your dad is a big beer guy like mine, give him something that shows you care about him and his interests by gifting him a T-shirt or pint glass from his favorite brewery. You can also get him a Michigan beer cap map to document his craft brew samples from across the state or a beer making kit to show off his creative side. If your dad loves to host his family and friends, give him a beer caddy to make his outdoor parties a little easier. A beer caddy with a bottle opener is perfect for block parties, barbecues and any other time your dad might need a beer on-the-go!
- Pint glass from favorite brewery – $5
- Michigan beer cap map – $48
- Beer making kit – $38
- Beer caddy with bottle opener – $30
Things to Do
There are plenty of beer-themed activities across metro Detroit that are sure to impress your dad on Father’s Day. Visit a local brewery or attend a fun event. Here are some ideas:
Beer Tasting Boat Cruise
June 16 – Detroit Princess Riverboat, 1 Civic Center Drive (Detroit)
Motor City Brew Tours is hosting a beer tasting cruise aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat. This will include a tour of the Detroit River, a beautiful view atop international waters and over 40 samples of beer and hard cider brewed in Michigan and neighboring states.
Tickets are $65, which includes 15 drink sample tickets at four ounces per sample, appetizers and DJ entertainment.
The riverboat starts boarding at 11:30 a.m. and docks at 2:00 p.m. Check out the website for more information.
Sausage Beer Fest
June 16 – Dragonmead Microbrewery, 14600 East Eleven Mile Road (Warren)
If your dad loves beer and meat, take him on a journey to the medieval-themed Dragonmead Microbrewery for a quest to save money on food and drinks.
Day-long deals include $5 pints, $15 sausage plates and $12 sausage sandwiches. There’s no cover charge to enter the microbrewery, but it’s encouraged to register for free tickets prior to going.
The event goes from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or whenever they run out of food, so get there early! Visit Eventbrite to learn more.
Pints and Poses
June 15 – North Center Brewery Company, 410 North Center Street (Northville)
Let your dad unwind and let loose on Father’s Day while doing yoga at Pints and Poses. Give your dad the relaxation he deserves and let him celebrate after with a beer! No previous yoga experience is needed to attend, so let your dad try it out and maybe find a new hobby.
It costs $15 to attend and goes from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
If you can’t make it on June 15, check out the Pints and Poses schedule.
The Grill Master
Does your dad spend more time grilling than sleeping? If so, get him something you know he’ll love and use! Get him a cookbook to inspire his future meals if his favorite hobby is watching Food Network or searching for new recipes. Or if your dad would rather grill while watching college sports, help him represent his alma mater or favorite team in the kitchen with a new set of utensils. You can even help him add a personal flair to the kitchen by gifting him a customized cutting board with his name on it!
- Man Made Meals Essential Cookbook – $17
- Alma mater or favorite team utensils – $45
- Personalized cutting board – $40
Things to Do
Celebrate Father’s Day by taking your dad to Slows BBQ or another favorite local barbecue restaurant, or have a cookout at home! If you’d rather surprise your dad with fun plans, check out these ideas:
June 16 – Soul’s Dining & Entertainment, 17410 E. Warren Avenue (Detroit)
What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet?
The buffet includes many barbecue favorites, including barbecue ribs, hickory smoked meat, barbecue baked beans, macaroni and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
The event goes from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and costs $25 for adults and $12 for children 12 years old and under.
For a complete menu and more information, click here.
Father’s Day Comedy Show & BBQ Feast
June 16 – Charles J. Edison Center, 24444 West Seven Mile Road (Detroit)
If your dad’s favorite things to do are laugh and eat, this is the perfect event for him.
Funny, clean jokes will be performed by Detroit’s own Cat Medlock and Tony Roney from Comic Vibe and the barbecue feast will include barbecue chicken, beef, ribs and a whole pig.
Tickets are $50 and the event goes from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Click here to get your tickets before they sell out!
2019 Father’s Day BBQ at the Packard Proving Grounds
June 16 – Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Avenue (Shelby Township)
For a Father’s Day filled with family, food and fun, visit the Packard Proving Grounds!
The event runs from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and includes a barbecue lunch catered by Chowhound Gourmet, a historic tour of the automotive history site and a taxi ride in a classic Packard car!
Tickets are $35 for adults, $12 for kids 12 years old and under and free for kids 5 years old and under.
Advanced ticket purchase is required, so click here to get your tickets!
The Classic Car Cruiser
If your dad is a Woodward Dream Cruiser, car collector or engine expert, help him ride in style by gifting him a pair of Ray-Ban® sunglasses or a Shinola® watch. Your dad deserves something that will make him feel stylish and confident in his daily life. But if you’re looking to get him something more practical, consider a portable vacuum that can help keep his car fresh and clean up after his kids!
Things to Do
Treat your day to a day he will love by taking him to one of these car-themed events:
EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition
June 16 – Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road (Grosse Pointe)
The annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition is one of America’s premier automotive events.
For 32 years, this event has brought together hundreds of classic and rare automobiles from across the world. Cars are selected to be displayed at the event based on their exceptional design, rather than collectability.
The exhibition will last from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are $25 per person and children 12 years old and under are free. To purchase tickets, click here.
June 15 – 16 – Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard (Dearborn)
Give your dad a blast from the past at Motor Muster!
With a wide array of historic vehicles, live music and interactive vignettes, your family will be transported to the five golden ages of car culture.
The event goes from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Don’t miss out on this authentic experience named one of the country’s most important historical vehicle shows!
Tickets for Greenfield Village members are free. For nonmembers, tickets cost $25.25 for seniors, $28 for adults, $21 for kids 11 years old and under and are free for children 4 year old and under.
Visit the Henry Ford’s website for more information or to purchase tickets.
2019 Father’s Day Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Auto Baron Home Tour
June 16 – Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, 461 Piquette Street (Detroit)
Give your car-loving dad the experience of visiting the place where Henry Ford finished the Model T!
The docent-led tour of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant will be followed by a narrated bus tour through the Boston-Edison Historic District to see the former homes of the auto industry tycoons.
Lunch will be provided, and tickets are $40. All proceeds will go to the Chicago Boulevard East Block Club to improve the historic district.
The tour will begin at 11:00 a.m. but it’s encouraged to arrive at 10:45 a.m. For more information, click here.
The Baseball Buff
Whether your dad’s a season ticket holder or a competitive couch cheerleader, get him something that will fuel his baseball obsession. A portable fan is the perfect gift to help your dad cool off while sweltering in the hot summer stands at Comerica Park. You can also gift him a fun, printed button up shirt designed by Reyn Spooner to spice up his game day look. If you’re looking for something to add to your dad’s memorabilia collection, surprise him with a baseball signed by his favorite player. That gift is sure to be a home run!
- Portable fan – $12 for a 4 pack
- Reyn Spooner® button up shirt – $94
- Signed baseball – $120 (prices range)
Things to Do
Nothing says Father’s Day like baseball. Whether you plan playing catch with your dad or taking him for a special outing, here are some exciting, baseball-themed ideas:
Detroit Tigers Game
June 16 – Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Avenue (Detroit)
Going to a baseball game is the perfect Father’s Day tradition!
This year, the Tigers are taking on the Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. The first 10,000 dads who go to the game will receive a Father’s Day Men’s Toiletry Bag. Tickets start at $19, so start a new tradition this year and make it a Father’s Day to remember!
Click here to purchase tickets.
Historic Baseball Game
June 16 – Walnut Grove at Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard (Dearborn)
Time travel back to the 19th Century and let your dad experience a historic baseball game at Greenfield Village. This experience will be unlike any Tigers game that you’ve ever been to! The rules, uniforms and equipment of this sport are much different than anything in the MLB today.
Watch Greenfield Village’s two teams, the Lah-De-Dahs and the Nationals go head-to-head at 1:30 p.m.
Members have free access to the game, but for nonmembers it’s $28 for adults, $25.25 for seniors, $21 for youth 11 year old and under and free for children under 4 years old.
Click here to learn more about Greenfield Village’s historic baseball games and check out the entire summer schedule.
The Music Man
Whether in the car, on the stereo or blaring through the house, many people’s first taste of music was introduced to them by their dads. Celebrate your dad’s love of music this year by getting him something that will continue to fuel his passion for music. A new pair of headphones or a record player can improve the way he listens to music and make it even more enjoyable for him. You can even give him music lessons if he’s always had a dream of learning an instrument, or if he’s a little rusty!
- Marshall headphones – $140
- Stereo turntable – $80
- Music lessons 30-minute private lessons – $112/month, 45-minute private lessons – $168 /month, 60-minute private lessons – $224/month
Things to Do
If your dad loves jazz music or musical theater, check out these events that are sure to bring music to his ears:
A Father’s Day Celebration Dinner and Jazz with Gwen & Charles Scales
June 16 – International Institute, 111 E. Kirby Street (Detroit)
Russel Smith of Smith Berry Entertainment is hosting a special Father’s Day jazz performance by Gwen and Charles Scales with special guest Yancy.
Tickets are $35, and the performance begins at 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
Music of Oz
June 16 – Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue (Detroit)
If you and your dad grew up watching Wizard of Oz, take a trip down memory lane for Father’s Day and listen to a live performance of all songs Oz! The event is hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and begins at 3:00 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $19 – $115. Click here for more information.