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The Sarasota Mom’s Guide to Father’s Day Festivities 2018

Father's Day Guide Sarasota

Dad’s special day is just around the corner! So we’ve rounded up all the local festivities sure to make every father, stepfather, grandfather or father figure feel like the king for the day. From barbecues, train rides and free museum admissions, to dad crafts, family parties and whiskey dinners, you’ll find lots of ways to spoil your favorite guy with these Father’s Day events.

Father’s Day Events and Deals

Daisy D’Lites Father’s Day (Free Ice Cream!)

When: June 9

Where: D’Lites Shoppe in Lakewood Ranch

Stop by D’Lites Shoppe from noon to 2pm on this day for a free kids ice cream cone with a purchase (1 per family), photos with Daisy (the giant ice cream cone mascot) and a free Father’s Day craft that kids can make for their dad or grandpas. D’Lites sells low calorie, low sugar, low fat, low carb, vegan, and artisan ice creams, plus healthy treats, coffee and more. On Saturdays, the store also offers $1 off blenders.

Mini Crafters Father’s Day Event 

When: June 13

Location: Chit-Chat & Craft

Make a personalized craft for dad for grandpa, with the hands-0n help of your kids. Craft Option 1: Create a board with either a tree or fish design made with your child’s handprints, plus add a bottle opener/hook or Polaroid picture. Craft Option 2: Make a tray for Dad! Give Dad a spot for his phone, keys, wallet, watch, etc!

Want to Buy Dad Some Scotch?

When: June 13-16

Location: Michael’s Wine Cellar

Michael’s Wine Cellar is having an exclusive sale between June 13-16, just in time for Father’s Day. Get 15% off all scotch purchases when you shop in store only.

Father’s Day Craft

When: June 16

Location: Learning Express Toys of University Park

Celebrate Father’s Day and create a memorable card to give to dad. This is a free event and is recommended for kids ages 4 and up. Reservation required. Must call the store to reserve a spot. Limited spots available.

Father’s Day Party

When: June 16

Where: Braden River Library in Bradenton

Your kids can take Dad to the library for a celebration of fatherhood. While there they will make some keepsake crafts to take home as gift. 

Great Father’s Day Race Sarasota

When: June 16

Location: Siesta Key Beach

It’s the 6th annual family 5K hosted by Crunch fitness centers. Registered participants will receive free race pictures, a dry-fit T-shirt and goodie bag. There will be prizes and awards for top finishers in age categories! Everyone will receive a medal!

Father's Day Guide Sarasota

Dad’s Day Block Party

When: June 16

Location: The Mall at UTC

Celebrate the fathers in your life inside Grand Court at The Mall at UTC for the annual Dad’s Day Block Party! It’s a day filled with fun, food and family, as well celebrate all things Dad! Stop by and enjoy meet and greets with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning, free food and beverages, a putting green contest, Microsoft tech lounge, sweet treats and more. You can even enter to win a night with the Model S from Tesla.

Third Annual Father’s Day Beach BBQ

When: June 16

Location: Turtle Beach

Come one, come all to the 3rd Father’s Day Picnic. Catered BBQ lunch. Hosted by the Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron.

Free Admission for Dads to Mote Marine

When: June 16 and 17

Where: Mote Marine

Dads get free admission to Mote Marine during Father’s Day weekend, with a paid child admission. Together, dads and their families can visit all the creatures that reside at Mote, including manatees, otters, fish, sharks and more.

Free Admission for Dads to Jungle Gardens

When: June 16 and 17

Where: Jungle Gardens of Sarasota

Treat dad to a free outing at Jungle Gardens! Together you can feed the flamingos, explore the flora along the trails, watch bird and reptile shows, visit the petting zoo, and more. This is a great deal for families who want to explore together. For each ticket you purchase, a dad or grandfather receives free admission to Jungle Gardens, on the same day. Offer valid on Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend.

Florida Railroad Museum’s Free Train Rides for Dad (and Kids!)

When: June 16 and 17

Where: Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish

Purchase tickets for a weekend excursion on the Museum’s vintage railroad equipment. The round trip departs at 11am and 2pm and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. A brief stop at Willow Yard is included to talk about the history of Willow and view the rest of the Museum’s equipment collection. On Father’s Day weekend, dads ride for free. And on top of that, the summer special allows up to 3 kids to ride for free with a paying adult per reservation. 

Free Admission for Dads to The Florida Aquarium

When: June 16 and 17

Where: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa

Fathers receive free admission to the aquarium on June 16 and 17 with the purchase of any full price paid admission. Take a stroll with dad through the aquarium’s many exhibits, including the Dragons Down Under exhibit and learn how seahorses are the Mr. Moms of the sea!

Free Admission for Dads at the Glazer Children’s Museum

When: June 17

Where: Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

Dads can play for free and make special memories with their kids on Father’s Day. One free dad/grandpa for each regular paid admission. 1-6pm.

Father’s Day Brunch and Dinner

C’est La Vie!

Father’s Day Dinner on June 16. Enjoy three course French meal with a glass of wine for $39. And for your kid: poulet frite (chicken and french fries) and ice cream for $10.90. C’est La Vie is also offering a Father’s Day brunch on Sunday, June 17. 

State Street Eating House & Cocktails

State Street presents a very special and limited capacity Whiskey Dinner at 7pm on June 16. Dad (and you) will enjoy an exclusive event featuring a three course dinner created by chef Adam Ruth, along with exceptional whiskey pairings, just for the occasion! Wait there’s more: the delectable whiskeys will be presented by Sarasota’s Number One Mixologist, Topher, so you’ll learn something too! $125 per person. Space is limited; reservations required. Call 941.951.1533.

Pier 22

Father’s Day Brunch Buffet on June 17 from 11am-3pm. The chef-created menu features tasty scratch-made eats and drinks including a prime-rib carving station, craft your own omelet station, sushi display, classic baked goods, fresh fruits, salads, and much more. Bloody Marys and mimosas are just $4 all day.

Pier 22 is also hosting a Father’s Day Dinner. Make dad’s day with housemade selections from Pier 22. You’ll win his heart with a meal that’s fit for a king and an unforgettable Father’s Day memory. Dinner service is available from 4 to 10 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Louis Modern

No one appreciates a hearty meal more than Dad himself. Celebrate Dad’s day on June 17 with a brunch featuring all his favorite foods like crab legs, prime rib, and a special brunch addition that is only used once a year — the Father’s Day Burger Bar.

Libby’s Café +  Bar 

Nobody can put away a burger better than Dad, right? So Libby’s is offering a special Burger + Draught Beer Special for only $10 special all day on Father’s Day! Stop by on June 17 for brunch, lunch or dinner on June 17 and celebrate Dad in the Southside Village.

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