Celebrate Father’s Day in Louisville
Celebrate Father’s Day in Louisville and make Dad feel extra special, there are plenty of events and things to do.
We enjoy showing our Dads how much we love and appreciate them, and some businesses in our community have jumped in to help. But why?
Why do we celebrate Father’s Day? Father’s Day in the United States has an interesting history. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge both tried to persuade Congress to make it a national holiday and were turned down. In 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson issued a presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor fathers. But finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day as a permanent national holiday.
Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15
University of Kentucky 2019 FATHER/SON CAMP: The John Calipari Father/Son Camp second session is scheduled Friday, June 14th (5:30pm start) to Saturday, June 15 (4pm end). Father and son participants will be treated to instruction from the Kentucky coaches and staff, along with current Wildcat players. The Father/Son Camp is open to all fathers and sons ages 6-17, regardless of previous basketball experience. The cost of the camp is $340 to $380 depending on commuter or overnight.
Friday, June 14
Barnes and Noble: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am – Father’s Day Storytime
Saturday, June 15
Bass Pro, Clarksville, IN: Gone Fishing Event: 1-4pm, seminars for Dad and catch and release pond for kids.
Brownsboro Hardware and Paint: Traeger Grill Demonstration
Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival: Viking & Father’s Day Gate opens 10am. A thunderous weekend of drums, dancing, Vikings and more! Celebrate Father’s Day with us! All Fathers will receive ½ Price Admission with a Paid Admission.
Father’s Day Paintball Battle Royale Competition – Paintball Asylum – Bring dear ol’ dad out for some fun this Father’s Day HiveLife’s Father’s Day Paintball Battle Royale! Prizes!
Sunday, June 16
2NOT1’s 12th Annual Father’s Day Cookout – 2:00pm-6:00pm – California Park located at 1600 West St. Catherine Street. This is a FREE “Rain or Shine” Community Event! Everyone is welcome to come out and celebrate “Fathers”! FREE: Food, Drinks, Games, Prizes, DJ, Bouncey’s, and many other Family Fun Activities. Please bring your own lawn chair.
Bass Pro, Clarksville, IN: Gone Fishing Event: Seminars for Dad and catch and release pond for kids.
Belle of Louisville: 1pm-3pm. Father’s Day BBQ lunch cruise or just sightseeing cruise. $39/Adult (13-55) $38/Senior (56+), $26 Children (4-12) + tax.
Cabela’s Louisville: 1:00pm-2:00pm. Selecting the proper rod and reel setup.
Churchill Downs: Father’s Day combo includes a reserved box seat, race day program, domestic beer or souvenir soda and hot dog for only $15. Gates open at 11:30am. General Admission $5. Reserved Seating $10. Reserved Dining $57.
Joe Huber’s Father’s Day: Make reservations for the Restaurant Dining Room or the Traditional Buffet served at Joe Huber’s Barn. Adult $21.99 plus tax. Child (ages 4-11) $12.99 plus tax.
Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival: Gate opens 10am. Steampunk & Fathers Day Weekend!! Gears, Gadgets & More!! See all the unique Steampunk Attire! There will be a Steampunk Costume Contest with prizes both days! All Fathers will receive ½ price admission with a paid admission. Eminence (Henry County), KY.
Liege and Dairy Ice Cream + Waffles – Bring Dad in to get his FREE scoop of ice cream in a cup or sugar cone! *free scoop with purchase or any regular price menu item
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory: 11am – 5pm. Dad gets free admission and mini bat.
Louisville Zoo: Ford’s Father’s Day. 10am – 5pm. Celebrate Dad by treating him to Father’s Day at the Zoo! FREE Zoo admission for dads courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
Scream Machine: Dad rides free with the purchase of 3 other riders on Father’s Day.
Father’s Day Bash! -RecBar – This is a family-friendly event and will be packed with fun, games and food. A kid and dad joke contests will be happening, so dust off those joke books and let’s see what you got!
Father’s Day at Mile Wide – 2:00pm-6:00pm -Bring dad to the Mile Wide Taproom for doughnuts, burgers, and games. We’re teaming up with Hi-Five Doughnuts and Black Rock Grille to create a memorable Sunday Funday for pops—Mario Kart on the big screen, ping pong, free pinball, and culinary delights from the Hi-Five Doughnuts and Black Rock Grille food trucks!
Fathers Day Yoga – 1:00pm-2:00pm, Yoga Upstairs – Our first donation based class, completely for charity! Pay as little or as much as you would like, cash or check, and every last cent is going to St. John Center for Homeless Men.
Father’s Day Specials at Bluegrass Indoor Karting – Dads get a FREE 8-minute race and/or a FREE 1-hour axe throwing session with the purchase of another 8-minute race and/or 1-hour axe throwing session! Plus, the FASTEST dad for the day wins 2 FREE tickets to the July 13th Quaker State 400.
Father’s Day Burgers and Bikes at Falls City Community Bikeworks – Falls City Community Bikeworks is hosting a Burgers and Bikes cookout for Father’s Day. We’ll be serving burgers and hot dogs and will have bikes for sale or to work on. We hope to see you there!
For Older Kids and Dads
Friday June 14
Churchill Downs: Downs After Dark – Art of the Horse – (for our older dads and kids to celebrate) Drink a cocktail, listen to live entertainment and watch racing under the lights. Gates Open at 5pm. General Admission $10. Reserved Seating $25. Reserved Dining $73.
Saturday June 15
Belle of Louisville: 10:00pm–11:30pm. Craft Beer Moonlight cruise (for our older dads and kids to celebrate). Start your Father’s Day celebrations on the historic Belle of Louisville steamboat for a moonlight trip on the Ohio River for craft beer tasting during the cruise! (Because of the nature of this cruise, all members of your reservation must come into the ticket office to show their photo ID’s before tickets are dispensed). $21 per person (must be at least 21 years old to participate in this cruise.
Father’s Day Happy Hour – Copper & Kings Distillery – 4:00pm-7:00pm. Relax and enjoy a cigar and a drink together in the newly upgraded courtyard. Happy hour pricing on classic stirred cocktails and spirits ready to be enjoyed on the rocks or neat.
2nd Annual Father’s Day Putt-Putt Open – 12:00pm-800pm- Falls City Brewing Co. Bring Dad and join us at the Taproom for the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Putt-Putt Open. A 9 hole putt-putt course will be set up and the winning score will win some pretty great prizes. It’s free to play, you just pick up your scorecard from the bartender! Plus, we’ll be showing the final round of the U.S. Open Championship on the big screen.
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