20 Things To Do To Celebrate Dad On Father’s Day


Father’s Day is on the horizon, and if you’re looking for something fun to plan with dear old dad, we’ve got you covered. Step inside a rare plane at the Open Cockpit Weekend at the Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro, catch a fish at the Father’s Day Fishing Tournament in Monroe or take dad out to the ballgame to cheer on the Blueclaws and play catch on the field at the ShoreTown Ballpark Father’s Day Game in Lakewood. If you can’t get out with dad on Father’s Day, there are plenty of other events you can plan together for June. (feature photo taken at Jersey Shore BlueClaws)

(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

Annual Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show
June 18 at 10 AM
If Dad or grandpa is into the classics, check out this annual show featuring all the sports cars and collectibles of the past. There will also be vendors, music, sidewalk sales, trophies, prizes, and goodie bags.
Cost: $15
First Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Open Cockpit Weekend at the Aviation Hall of Fame
June 18 at 10:30 AM
Spend time with dad in the cockpit of a very rare Lockheed Bushmaster plane and a U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Don’t miss the interior of the M*A*S*H Bell 47 helicopter made famous during the Korean War. There will also be a working display of the International Space Station with uniforms and items used by Buzz Aldrin and other notable astronauts.
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12, children 2 and under are free
400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ 07608

June 18 at 11 AM
Does your dad love tacos? Head to this lively event celebrating everything taco. Check out the live music and vendors as well as kids activities. There are also  Peoples Choice Awards for Top Traditional Taco, Trendsetter Taco, and Loco Taco.
Cost: Adults $5, 5, and under are free. Please bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the local food pantry.
Hilltop Field, 32 Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong, NJ 07843

Father’s Day Weekend at Six Flags Great Adventure
June 18-19
Ride all of the roller coasters with dad this Father’s Day. And don’t forget to head over to Jersey Devil BBQ for delicious eats or take a seat at Ale House for craft beers and snacks.
Cost: $39.99 and up
Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527 

Father’s Day Fishing Tournament
July 19 at 8 AM, check-in at 6:30 AM-7:30 AM
Celebrate Dad with family, friends, and some great fishing. Pick up your packet and attend orientation on June 17 at 6 PM. The entry fee gets you into the tournament, six minnows or worms, complimentary coffee and donuts pre-tournament, a post-tournament raffle ticket, and entrance into the celebration after.
Cost: $53.31
Autumn Lake Winery, 870 West Malaga Road, Monroe, NJ 08094 

Cranford Jaycees Father’s Day Fishing
June 19 at 9:30 AM
Bring your rods to the pond, stocked with bass and catfish. There will be free bait and bobbers for all participants. Prizes will be awarded in 6 categories.
Cost: Free
Nomahegan Park, 1024 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016

Laurita Winery’s Father’s Day
June 19 at 10 AM
Bring the whole crew out to celebrate dad, where you can either step inside for brunch or stay outside in the Grove and enjoy live music and food outdoors.
Cost: Free outside, brunch $34 ages 6-12, under 5 is free, and $58 for adults
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Wild West City
June 19 at 10:30 AM
Saddle up and get ready for Wild West fun for the whole family in 1800s Dodge City, Kansas, right here in N.J. Dads will get a special discount on Father’s Day.
Cost: Dad gets 20% off with paying child
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ 07874

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise
June 19 at 11:30 AM
Enjoy views of the Point Pleasant Canal and Barnegat Bay with time for sightseeing on the return trip. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure.
Cost: $22-$42
800 Ashley Ave, Brielle, NJ 08730

Father’s Day at ShoreTown Ballpark
June 19 at gates open at 12 PM
Celebrate Father’s Day at the ballpark as the BlueClaws take on Aberdeen (Orioles). Gates open at noon, and after the game, fathers and their kids can play Catch on the Field (don’t forget your ball and mitt). There is also a picnic special and Father’s Day Coloring Hat Package too.
Cost: Package prices vary
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Father’s Day at Jenkinson’s
June 19 at 12 PM
Spend the day on the boards. Dads receive free admission to the following attractions: Amusement Park, Adventure Lookout Ropes Course, Castaway Cove Mini Golf and Lighthouse Point Mini Golf, and the Fun House.
Cost: Dads are free with a paying child
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Father’s Day Festival at Autumn Lake
July 19 at 12 PM
Feast on BBQ by Big Papa Jai, listen to sounds from The Deck Band and take in the scenic grape arbors around you. Bring your chairs, blankets, or even a pop-up tent to enjoy the day.
Cost: Admission is $15 (plus tax) per person and includes parking, entertainment, and a souvenir glass
Autumn Lake Winery, 870 West Malaga Road, Monroe, NJ 08094

Father’s Day Luau 2022
June 19 at 12 PM
Celebrate dad with a festive luau with specialty sangria and cigars. There will be live music, food trucks, and even ax throwing. Don’t forget your Hawaiian shirts!
Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ 08326

iPlay America Father’s Day
June 19 at 12 PM
Bring dad out to all-day unlimited rides at iPlay America, where he can have his fill of go-karts, thrill rides, and spins for free.
Cost: Free for dad, an unlimited band ride is $37.99
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

Father’s Day at Monmouth Racetrack
June 19 at 12 PM
Spend this Father’s Day at the track and surprise Dad with a Father’s Day brunch buffet or pack a cooler and enjoy the day in the picnic area. There will be live racing and family activities from 12 PM-4 PM.
Cost: General admission is just $6, Children 12 and under are free, gentlemen are free, brunch is extra
Monmouth Park Racetrack 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tenafly Nature Center Father’s Day Walk
June 19 at 1 PM
Get back to nature by taking a guided walk with dad outdoors. All ages are welcome, and children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
Cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members, and dads and children under 2 are free, no strollers.
313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Special Father’s Day Train Rides
July 19
Ride the rails on one of Morris County’s historic railroads on a 10-mile round trip ride through Morris and Essex Counties. You’ll travel the route of “The Whippanong Trail,” where Washington’s armies trod in the bitter Winter of 1779 – an area rich in our country’s history. Or buy a first-class ticket on the Lackawanna Railroad Subscription Club Car No. 2454, which radiated elegance on a train once known as ‘The Millionaire’s Express’ that operated between Hoboken Terminal and Gladstone.
Cost: $12 and up
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981

Father’s Day Brunch
June 19 at 2:30 PM
This brunch has comedy, poetry, dramatic interpretation, and live music—feast on brunch favorites and dance the afternoon away at a special Daddy-Daughter dance segment.
Cost: Adults $45 and Children ages 3-17- $25
604 South Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

Earthquake Father’s Day Show
June 19 at 7 PM
Comedy sensation Earthquake returns with his Father’s Day Comedy Show. This year’s event features guest stars Donnell Rawlings, Bill Bellamy, Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore, Freddie Ricks, and Pretty Ricki.
Cost: $49.50-$99.50
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Vineyard Golf and BBQ Renault
June 20-22 at 6 AM
What’s better than a round of golf at Vineyard National Golf Course and a delicious BBQ lunch? Treat dad with this special from Monday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 22. Reserve a tee time to secure this package.
Cost: $115/person and includes lunch outside the clubhouse
72 North Bremen Avenue Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.