Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, and we’ve got some FREE ways to celebrate dad around town. You know he’ll be impressed that you saved your money!
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Father’s Day Chocolate and Whiskey Pairing
Friday, June 15 | from 2 to 5 p.m. , Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 17 from 12 to 5 p.m. | Delysia Chocolatier, 2000 Windy Terrace, Ste 2C
Let dad kick back and relax this Father’s Day. Join Delysia Chocolatier Father’s Day weekend for complimentary chocolate tastings and whiskey pairings. They’ll feature chocolate truffle flavors like smoked salted bourbon pecan, cigar, and scotch. Enjoy a sweet treat with Delysia Chocolatier. Walk-ins welcome, no reservations or tickets necessary. Whiskey pairings available for individuals 21+.
Free Family Fishing Event (Round Rock & Buda)
Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Bass Pro Shops, 200 Bass Pro Dr., Round Rock & Cabela’s, 15570 IH 35, Buda
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside this summer to discover the joys of fishing. The nationwide movement, Gone Fishing, features back-to-back weekends of free, family-friendly activities June 9 to 10 and 16 to 17 at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations across North America.
Father’s Day Storytime
Saturday, June 16 | at 11:00 a.m. | Barnes & Noble, 5601 Brodie Ln., 10000 Research Blvd. & 14010 US Hwy. 183
Take your dad to read With my Daddy: A Book of Love and Family at your local Barnes & Noble. Just in time for Father’s Day, this playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap, watching cartoons, and taking part in shopping cart races. These dads may look like grown-ups on the outside, but underneath they’re kids just like you! Activities to follow.
TCBY Giving Dads Free Froyo on Father’s Day
Sunday, June 17 | All Day | Locations vary
TCBY is thanking dad’s across the country for all that they do by giving them their first 6oz of froyo free on Father’s Day! Every dad is different and the choices at TCBY are truly endless, with an extensive range of mouthwatering flavors (including the recently-released limited time only Peach froyo and Watermelon sorbet) suiting all types of dietary restrictions (vegan, GMO-free, protein-rich, gluten-free and dairy free) allowing him to create his own one of a kind frozen delight. With a deal like this, Father’s Day this year is guaranteed to be an outing the entire family can enjoy!
Free Meal for Dad at Pluckers
Sunday, June 17 | All Day | All Texas locations of Pluckers
On Father’s Day, June 17, Pluckers will be giving a FREE meal (entree, side, and non-alcoholic beverage, up to $15 value) to any dad that takes a picture with their child/children (regardless of age) at Pluckers and posts that photo to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #Pluckers. It can be posted to Dad’s social media account or their child’s. This is for Texas Pluckers locations only.
Dads Gone Wild Benefit Car Bike Show (Leander)
Sunday, June 17 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | RockPointe Church, 1070 CR 177, Leander
This is no ordinary Father’s Day! At the annual, “Dads Gone Wild Benefit Car Bike Show,” guests can enjoy FREE Laser tag, a mechanical bull, two bounce houses, bungee run and inflatable slide, live music, prizes and more! Bring your Cars, motorcycles, off-road vehicles. Car registration is FREE with a suggested donation that will be given 100% directly to Bikers Against Child Abuse on the day of the event. All car entries are welcome at 8 a.m.
Dog Father’s Day at Upstairs at the Caroline
Sunday, June 17 | from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Upstairs at the Caroline, 621 Congress Ave.
Calling all dog fathers! Join the Upstairs at Caroline on Sunday to say cheers to all the great dog dads out there with specials on Manmosas and Bloody Marys. Plus, the first 50 dog dads to show a bartender their Eventbrite RSVP confirmation will receive a free Healthy Pet frozen yogurt! After all, dog treats are a dish best served cold.
Transit Adventure: The Princess Bride
Sunday, June 17 | from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Brodie Oaks Station (NB), 4001 S. Lamar Blvd.
Spending an afternoon at the Paramount Theatre for the Summer Classic Film Series screening of The Princess Bride is an enchanted way to beat back the summertime heat, until you realize the joke is on you for trying to find a place to park downtown! MAKE IT A TRANSIT ADVENTURE! Capital Metro invites you for a journey to the Paramount Theatre with free admission to the movie AND a free Transit Day Pass — so you can spend more time enjoying the classics and less time circling for parking.
Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park: Brass
Sunday, June 17 | at 7:30 p.m. | Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr.
Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Admission is FREE, and free parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St. Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8.
Father’s Day Concert in the Park
Sunday, June 17 | at 7:30 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin
The Austin Symphonic Band celebrates Dad with this annual concert. Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works are the order of the day – selections that will have your Dad’s toe tappin’ – as well as your own! Bring a picnic basket and spread out a blanket under the pecan trees at the Hillside Theatre.
For more weekend activities, check out our Weekend Top 10 Free Events.