Dads are awesome and as Englewood and Central Park pediatric dentists, we get to meet a lot of them here at Kids Mile High. Well, Father’s Day 2018 falls on Sunday, June 17, so it’s almost time to celebrate the dads in your life. Not sure how to mark the special occasion? Don’t worry, we have plenty of ideas. Here’s the Kids Mile High Pediatric Dentistry guide to what to do for Father’s Day in Englewood, Central Park and the Denver area.
1. Father’s Day 5K, 10K or Half Marathon
For active dads, there aren’t many better things to do for Father’s Day in Central Park, Denver than taking part in the Feat on the Street race in Central Park. If the whole family registers for a team, you can even save a few bucks. The event takes place on Sunday, June 17 at 7am. It will begin with coffee, hot chocolate, a pre-race workout, a kids’ fun run and music. Then, you can run or walk the 5K, 10K or half marathon course, which will be complete with professionally chip-timed results. Stay for the post-race entertainment, an awards ceremony and a commemorative t-shirt and be sure to download your free race photos! Register here.
2. Watch the Denver Outlaws Take on the Florida Launch
Make it a full Father’s Day weekend and watch an exciting, high-energy Major League Lacrosse game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Denver Outlaws will play the Florida Launch on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm. Surprise dad with tickets. Or, combine it with the next idea on our list and purchase Denver Outlaws BBQ passes to fill up on BBQ before cheering on the home team.
3. The Denver BBQ Festival
The inaugural BBQ Festival is one of the Denver Father’s Day events were most excited for! Award-winning BBQ legends will be serving up delicious masterpieces at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Enjoy food, drinks, live music and fun. There will be a preview party on Friday, June 15 from 5 to 9pm. Admission is free on Saturday, June 16 from 11am to 8pm and Sunday, June 17 from 11am to 6pm with BBQ galore available to purchase. You can also surprise dad with a BBQ Masterclass where he can learn the pit secrets from the pros. Check out the schedule.
4. Breakfast in Bed
Breakfast in bed is the classic gift for dad. Go with a breakfast in bed menu that includes all of his favorites. To really take your Central Park or Englewood, CO Father’s Day up a notch, grab some coffee to go from a local spot like Nixon’s in Englewood or Intersections in Central Park at the Northfield Shops.
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5. Denver Comic Con 2018
Denver Comic Con will be held Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday, June 17 from 10am to 6pm at the Colorado Convention Center. Presented by Pop Culture Classroom, a nonprofit on a mission to inspire a love of learning and literacy, the extravaganza will feature activities, panels, some of the biggest stars from sci-fi and fantasy movies, TV and animation, merchants, an area exclusively for kids and teens, Booktopia, cosplay and more. With so much going on, there’s something for everyone in the family.
6. Visit the Central Park Farmer’s Market
For a more low-key Central Park Father’s Day activity, hit up the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, June 17 between 8:30am and 12:30pm at Founders Green. Browse the Colorado-grown produce, specialty meats, gourmet foods and baked goods. Then, use what you get at your shopping trip to cook dad a meal.
7. Juneteenth Music Festival
There’s really tons of things to do for Father’s in Denver this year. Start your Father’s Day weekend off at the annual, free Juneteenth Music Festival to be held on Saturday, June 16 in the Five Points Neighborhood (27th and Welton Street). The celebration of community, culture and freedom will include live musical performances by blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop and jazz artists, a youth zone, hundreds of vendors, food and drinks and, of course, the Juneteenth Parade that departs from Manual High School at 11am. The festival will run until 9pm.
8. The Denver Century Ride & Street Party
For another Central Park Father’s Day weekend activity for dads who like being active, the Denver Century Ride starts at the Shops at Northfield on Saturday, June 16. It takes cyclists on a 100-mile ride past Denver’s most iconic places. It’s recommended for seasoned riders, as it’s a challenging course. However, there’s also a 25-mile, 50-mile and 85-mile route. The first wave of 300 riders will depart at 6am, the second wave at 6:15am and the third wave at 6:30am. The ride will end with a street party back at the Shops of Northfield with vendors, food and beverages. If you want to join dad, kids 14 and under can sign up for a 25-mide ride.
9. Have a Picnic
If you’re looking for things to do for Father’s Day in Englewood, CO that are relaxing and close to home, have a picnic for dad in Belleview Park or Centennial Park. Spread out a blanket and eat lunch before taking a stroll on one of the nature trails or challenging dad to a pick-up basketball game. Make your own sandwiches or get something from Rudi’s Deli to bring along.
10. Take Dad Out for Lunch or Dinner
No Father’s Day in Englewood or Central Park would be complete without a nice meal. Take the dad in your life out for lunch or dinner. Some of our favorite restaurants include Acres, The Copper Pot, Undici Ristorante and Aung’s Bangkok Café in Englewood and Cattivella Wood-Fired Italian, Hashtag (for brunch!), Concourse Restaurant Moderne and Los Chingones in Stapleton.
Happy Father’s Day!