Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 20, and there are plenty of creative ways to celebrate dad in Rhode Island.
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Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, June 20, and with the state fully back open for business, there are many fun things that the family can do together to help celebrate dad. From going out to dinner and golfing to drive-in movies or enjoying beer or cocktails, there are many options for every type of personality.

Buy Him Kitchen Essentials

Check out Stock Culinary Goods in Providence for a variety of cooking and grilling tools and appliances, perfect for any dad who loves to cook, barbecue or eat. Stock showcases Rhode Island businesses such as Andiamo Woodworking, Dave’s Coffee, Forge To Table knives, Cold Hill Studio, Opinel and local barbecue and hot sauces from Rhed’s.

Go Golfing

Golf courses are open whether you prefer nine holes, eighteen holes or mini golf with the kids. At Mulligan’s Mini-Golf Course in Cranston, the whole family can enjoy the thirty-six-hole course and maybe even let dad win this time. After all, it is Father’s Day. If mini-golf isn’t your game, Button Hole in Providence is an option as is the Goddard Park Golf Course in Warwick. Dad can enjoy these nine-hole golf courses with the family, or maybe even hit a few balls on the driving range. Schedule tee times well in advance, as walk-ins are not always allowed.

Make a Restaurant Reservation

With vaccines rolling out, most restaurants are open for dine-in meals, or al fresco dining if you still prefer the great outdoors. Treat your dad to a nice dinner out at Persimmon, one of the many restaurants on Federal Hill, or visit South County to go to the Ocean House or Coast Guard House. There’s Blackie’s in Smithfield or La Masseria in East Greenwich, too. Whatever you plan to do, be sure to book a reservation well in advance. Find a nice restaurant with outdoor seating so the family can enjoy their meals in the warm weather. Here’s a list of spots we recommend for outdoor dining.

Enjoy Cocktails or Rhode Island beer

Nothing says Father’s Day more than enjoying a nice relaxing cocktail or beers with dad. Bars are open again, so take your dad out for drinks and relax. Several restaurants and bars you can visit are the Eddy Bar and Far West or one of the many Rhode Island breweries. Make sure to read up on each bar and brewery’s rules regarding reservations. Check out other bars in Rhode Island, including Providence’s best bars and here’s a list of breweries in Rhode Island.

Go to a Movie

Movie theaters are starting to open up again since the start of the pandemic. The Rustic Drive-In is also open for the season. If staying inside the dark theater isn’t ideal, the Rustic allows guests to see much-anticipated movies outdoors from their cars. Treat Dad to a nice night out while watching some of the newest films to hit the big screen. Read more about the drive-in experience.

Buy a Gift Box

Rhode Island Baskets is currently selling Father’s Day gift baskets to make any dad’s day. Each basket is full of different treats and wine, and there’s something for every dad’s taste. The $152 gift basket includes items such as a bottle of spirits, both sweet and savory treats, and an acadia wooden cutting board. Baskets can be ordered online at

Go Out for Ice Cream

Nothing ends the perfect Father’s Day quite like ice cream. After you’ve gone golfing, ate dinner and enjoyed a cocktail, or maybe headed over to the drive-in, stop by your local ice cream shop and get a treat. Brickley’s Homemade Ice Cream in Narragansett is open for business, as well as Green Line Apothecary in Wakefield and Dear Hearts in Warwick. Here is a list of places where you can go out for ice cream.

This blog was adapted from a post previously written in 2020 by Theresa Brown.




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