15 fun things to do with dad this Father's Day in Toronto

Jun 11 2018, 7:35 pm

Father’s Day lands on June 18, so you’ve only got a few more days to figure out how you’re going to celebrate the fine occasion with that dad of yours.

While surprising your dad with a round of golf is always a nice touch, if you really want to be the golden child you’re going to want to think outside of the box.

Whether you’re looking for something to do with your dad or something for your old man to enjoy on his own, we’ve rounded up 15 places to make the special day and night memorable.

BBQ Cooking Class


What: While your dad might have a pretty good grip on grilling, a gourmet barbeque class is his chance to take his game to the next level. Covering everything from brining, rubs, and mop sauces, your father will learn how to cook steak, chicken, pork, and even vegetables to perfection while getting tips and tricks from an award-winning chef and pitmaster.

When: June 15
Where: The Peasants Table, 782 Queen Street East
Price: $129

Taste of Little Italy

Taste of Little Italy


What: If you have a dad that loves to eat, a visit to this free Italian food festival needs to be in order. Billed as the city’s “most frequented and delicious street festival,” this event features local and visiting vendors hawking everything from Italian standards like spiedini, pizza, and risotto, to international delicacies represented by businesses in the ’hood.

When: June 15 to 17
Time: Friday, 6:30 pm to 1 am; Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, Toronto
 Admission is free

Father’s Day at the Miraj Hammam Spa

Father's Day

Miraj Hammam Spa

What: Every dad needs a little ‘me time’ and there’s no better way to achieve this than with a trip to the spa. Your favourite guy can unwind this Sunday with a number of special Father’s Day treatments including Hammam Steam Sessions, Personalized Massages, Men’s Vinotherapie Facials, and Men’s Hand and Foot Care.

When: June 15 to 17
Time: Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm
Where: Shangri-la Hotel Toronto, Fifth Floor, 188 University Avenue
Price: Treatment packages range from $175 to $465

Taco Fest

Taco Fest/Facebook

What: If your pops have a soft spot for tacos, this food fest is a must! You and your dad can look forward to tacos, tequila, mariachi bands, and more! Taco Fest is back for its third annual fiesta at Ontario Place this weekend.

When: June 15 to 17
Time: Various entry times per day
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: $9.95

Hand & Stone Sports Massage

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Hand & Stone Massage

What: Treat your dad like a king this Father’s Day with a sports massage, which is a no-nonsense massage that aims to stretch tight muscles, stimulate inactive muscles, and improve soft tissue conditions. Take dad’s treatment up a notch with the men’s facial, targeted to erase razor irritation, provide deep pore cleansing, and toning.

When: June 17
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Various locations throughout Toronto
Price: From $69.95

Father’s Day All-You-Can-Eat-Jazz-Brunch

Father's Day


What: Treat your dad to Ricarda’s famous All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch, Father’s Day edition! This brunch will feature all of Ricarda’s food station favourites, a live three-piece jazz band, a monitored Kids Play Zone, as well as a doughnut bar and special BBQ menu.

When: June 17
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Ricarda’s, 134 Peter Street
Price: $69 per adult and $28 for children (ages 4 to 12)

Father’s Day at the ROM

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What: Celebrate your dad with a special day at the ROM filled with exciting themed experiences, hands-on art projects, storytelling, exhibits, and more.

When: June 17
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: Adults are $20

Montecito Father‘s Day Brunch

Montecito brunch


What: Toronto’s Montecito restaurant is hosting a prix fixe family-style brunch this Father’s Day. Diners can look forward to a delicious brunch menu featuring three appetizers including a kale salad, cucumber salad, and gnocchi, followed by a mixed grill main course with rib steak, lamb sausage, lobster tail, and pork chops. This is completed with sides of mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, Montecito potatoes, and a shareable dessert platter.

When: June 17
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
299 Adelaide Street West
Price: $55 per person

Father’s Day at Northern Maverick Brewing Co.

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Northern Maverick Brewing Co./Facebook

What: With nine house-brewed beers on tap, Northern Maverick is the ideal destination to treat the most important man in your life. The 10-hectolitre brewhouse is sure to impress even the toughest of critics. Offering $5 lagers and $5 mimosas from 11 am to 3 pm, this is another great way to treat dad on this special day.

When: June 17
Time: 11 am to 12 am
115 Bathurst Street
Price: No cover

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

Father's Day

Mariposa Cruises

What: Dad will be treated like a captain for the afternoon or evening with delicious culinary offerings prepared by new executive chef Andrew Capone (formerly of The Drake & Thuet). There will be a selection of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails all while taking in stunning views of Toronto’s harbour, islands, and iconic skyline.

When: June 17
Time: Boarding begins at 11:30 am, cruise runs 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: 207 Queen’s Quay, Pier 6, Toronto
Price: $62.95

Thrill of The Grill

Danforth Thrill of the Grill Father's Day

Danforth Thrill of the Grill

What: Now in its ninth year, this event makes for an ideal Father’s Day celebration and showcases merchants and excellent eateries from Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood.

When: June 16
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue (Broadview to Jackman Avenue)
Price: $20 for meat eaters, $10 for vegetarians

Father’s Day BBQ at Wayne Gretzky Estates

Father's Day

Wayne Gretzky Estates

What: If you’re up for a mini road trip, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting a family-friendly, backyard BBQ this Sunday. Wayne Gretzky’s own father, Walter, will even be there to meet and mingle with fellow dads. There will be food trucks, music and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

When: June 17
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery
Price: Tickets are $30 per adult and children 2 to 18 are $15

8th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show

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Yorkville Exotic Car Show

What: This Father’s Day, Canada’s largest display of luxury vehicles will be parked along Toronto’s Mink Mile from Bay Street to Avenue Road as part of the 8th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show.

When: June 17 
12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Mink Mile section of Bloor Street (Bay Street to Avenue Road)
Price: Free to attend

Spirit of York Distillery Tours

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Spirit of York/Kayla Rocca

What: If you’re looking for a unique way to spend Father’s Day, Spirit of York is hosting distillery tours in its 2,500 sq. ft. heritage tasting room, providing the perfect ambiance for a day out with dad.

When: June 17
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: Spirit of York Distillery Co., 12 Trinity Street
Price: The site tours are free and tastings are $10 for their premium vodka, gin, and whiskey

Father’s Day Jay’s Game

Father's Day


What: When in doubt take dad to a ball game! This Sunday, you can enjoy a day with the whole family at the ballpark as the Blue Jays celebrate Father’s Day in partnership with Hudson’s Bay. The 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into the ultimate Dad’s Den where Dad can enjoy all of his favourite things.

When: June 17
Time: 1:07 pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Price: Tickets start as low as $26

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