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.

father's day in Louisville

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?

You want to do something special for Father’s Day in Louisville. 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 nothing was made official until 1972 when then sitting President Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day as a permanent national holiday.   

Spending the day at Huber’s Orchard & Winery: Pick fruit, head to the farm park, grab some ice cream and relax in the shade. Dad can even check out the winery and distillery and pick out his own gift! The farm park is open for the kids to run around and have fun. 

Go on a hike and find a local Waterfall. Spend time with the family outside – the weather is going to be beautiful. Pack a picnic! Be sure to take your trash out with you, many of these wonderful waterfalls are becoming increasingly popular, keep them clean!

Buttermilk Falls

Emmert Waterfall at Buttermilk Falls

Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant –  Enjoy a delicious meal at their Buffet or Dining Room and Dads Fish Free on Fathers Day with purchase of buffet or dining room meal. 11:00am-5:00pm

Enjoy the Beechmont Summer Concert Series designed as a free, outdoor musical experience at the gazebo (corner of Southern Parkway and West Woodlawn Avenue) with artists/bands from the Louisville Federation of Musicians (Local 11-637). Attendees will enjoy live music, experience the beauty of the Olmstead Parkway, and spend time with neighbors. Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm. June 16th will feature The Charlie Humble Band (Rock & Roll).

Take dad out to enjoy a baseball with the Louisville Bats for a full week of Father’s Day fun. The Bats play June 13th-18th. Sunday (the 18th) is Kid’s Day and includes $5 Kid’s Admission for outfield seats, in advance only. Stick around after the game to take a lap around the base.

Belle of Louisville Spend some time on the water with Dad. There are a few cruises to choose from this weekend to sightsee or have dinner while floating down the Ohio. 

Wendt’s Wildlife Adventure has free admission for Dad’s on Father’s Day. It’s a fun day trip. We have a post about it so you can learn more – click here.

June 17th – Join Legend of Pope Lick and The Arrow Fund for a morning of fun with free pup painting & family photos with your fur-kids with every donation made to The Arrow Fund. Dogs N Donuts goes from 9am-1pm.

Kentucky Derby Museum – 11am-5pm. Have fun learning about horses and everything in between with Dad. 


father's day in louisville

Go on a day trip to the Kentucky Horse Park – Learn and explore this wonderful place that is oh-so-Kentucky. It’s an easy drive from Louisville and there’s much to do while you are there. 

Take Dad to the Kentucky Science Center – 3 floors and over 50,000 square feet of interactive exhibit experiences offering hands-on science fun for the whole family! Plus, enjoy amazing movies in our 4-Story Digital Theater.

Visit the Louisville Zoo with Dad. Free Zoo admission for dads courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Enjoy a fun day outdoors as you spend family time with the animal families at the Zoo.

fleners zoo

Get Dad (and you get to enjoy it too!) a cookie cake from Please and Thank You!

Go Fishing! There are many great spots around our area for fishing to celebrate Father’s Day in Louisville. Maybe supply dad with some new fishing gear and set up a family day at a lake or pond. Afterward, head for some ice cream or yummy donuts. 

where to go fishing in louisville

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