Plan an unforgettable Father’s Day in Philly with these 7 activities

June 12, 2017 / Philadelphia

With rich history, water views of the Delaware River, and breathtaking national landmarks, Philadelphia is one of the nation’s premier cities. This Father’s Day, treat your Dad to an action-packed day exploring the city. Need some help planning? Take a look at this guide of top events and activities happening on and around June 18 in Philadelphia. Then get ready to celebrate with your Father and family.

What to do on Father’s Day in Philadelphia

1. Gary Papa Father’s Day Run

The annual FBPH Gary Papa Run will take place on Father’s Day this year. Renamed in honor of Gary Papa and his heroic contributions to FBPH’s cause, the run is a fundraising initiative meant to further awareness about breast and prostate health. This worthy pursuit draws a big crowd in Philadelphia and is the perfect way to gather the family and mark the occasion by getting involved. Be sure to register on the event site.

When: June 18, starting at 6:30AM

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

2. Father’s Day Appreciation at the Phillies

Catching a ball game with loved ones is an undeniably fitting way to celebrate Father’s Day. Before the Phillies game on Sunday, there will be a special pre-game tribute held for dads and their sons. Afterwards, you can join the rest of your family, kick back and watch the Phillies play the D-backs. Check the event website to reserve your passes.

When: June 18, starting at 1:35PM

Where: 1 Citizens Bank Way

3. Free Lunch at Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão is an upscale Brazilian steakhouse with select locations around the world – including our very own Philadelphia. If you’re a steak lover, a trip to a Brazilian steakhouse is a must. With their signature pão de queijo, juicy steaks, and an assortment of other meat served to your liking with South American charm, Fogo de Chão is in a league of its own. Dads who dine there on Father’s Day will get their next meal comped.

When: June 18, 11AM-9PM

Where: 1337 Chestnut St

4. Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to some of the brightest artists the world and has ever seen. The museum is a landmark in Philadelphia and an acclaimed hub of culture in the city. If you’re seeking a family-friendly outing where you can immerse yourself and get involved in educational activities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is showcasing a number of exhibits and also putting on a Father and Sons program in honor of Father’s Day.

When: June 18, starting at 2:15PM

Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

5. City Tap House

This Philadelphia hotspot features the city’s most comprehensive draft beer variety, with over 60 taps. Coupled with their expertly curated dinner, lunch, and brunch menus and lively vibe coupled with the rustic setting and eco-friendly atmosphere, the City Tap House is a great gastropub destination to spend Father’s Day.

When: June 18, 11AM-11:30PM

Where: 3925 Walnut St

6. Dumpling making party in Chinatown

What better fun and enriching way to spend Father’s Day with family than to learn a valuable new skill right in Philly’s Chinatown? Bring dad to learn how to make your own dumplings, with the help of instructor extraordinaire, Yin. Dumplings, a staple in Chinese cuisine, are an easy, no-stress, and quick starting point for beginners. The party will wrap up with a good-natured exercise and competition to determine who can best weild their chopsticks. Be sure to reserve your ticket on the event website so you don’t miss out!

When: June 18, 4PM-7PM

Where: 928 Race St

7. Thrill rides at Penn’s Landing

If you’re on the prowl for the perfect mix of adventurous flavor and family-friendly setting, then the launch of thrill rides at Penn’s Landing is bound to be a delight. The plans to turn the Delaware River waterfront into a boardwalk are well underway, and the installation of the new Ferris wheel, a gorgeous carousel, and other boardwalk-style games is scheduled to take place on Father’s Day. The attractions will be open to the public starting on June 23. The rides will alternate throughout the summer, and it is expected that a Pharaoh’s Fury swinging ship will make an appearance.

When: June 23, evening

Where: 101 S. Columbus Blvd


If you’re in the mood for something light and wholesome, or if you want to enjoy the energetic city nightlife, Philadelphia has no shortage of options to make your Father’s Day celebrations special.