Father’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate the day with dad. From gift ideas and places to eat to where to spend the day, here are some fun, unique ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Minneapolis Northwest.
Get Dad Tickets to See His Favorite Team
Whether he’s a baseball or soccer fan, this is the perfect time to get dad tickets to see his favorite team in person. Get him tickets to see the Minnesota Twins at Target Field so he can enjoy watching America’s pastime under the lights on a warm summer night. Pick up a Twins gift card, which is valid for tickets, as well as all retail and concessions stands at the ball park. Gift cards are available at the Majestic Clubhouse store at Target Field, or by phone at 612-33-TWINS.
1 Twins Way, Minneapolis
For more baseball action, take dad to watch the St. Paul Saints play at CHS Field, where the commotion in the crowd and between innings is as entertaining as the play on the field. Spring for Securian Club tickets – an exclusive area of the stadium with complimentary catered food and beverages. Check the Saints’ schedule to see what outrageous promotions they’ll be giving away this summer!
360 North Broadway Street, Saint Paul
If soccer is more your dad’s style, Minnesota United FC is the team to watch, and you can get a family pack of tickets that include snacks, drinks and seats. Go see the team this year at TCF Bank Stadium before the United move to their new home at Allianz Field in Saint Paul for the 2019 season.
TCF Bank Stadium: 420 Southeast 23rd Avenue, Minneapolis
Get Dad Tickets to See His Favorite Band
Treat dad to an early Father’s Day gift with a night of epic classic rock when you take him to see Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, June 15. This concert is sure to bring back lots of fun memories, and it’s a chance for you to create some new ones together. Rock out to songs like “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Black Water” and “Listen to the Music.”
199 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul
Enjoy more classic rock hits with a trip to the historic State Theater to see Jackson Browne on Tuesday, June 19. The coolest singer-songwriter of the 70s and 80s performs at one of downtown Minneapolis’ most iconic stages, playing poignant hits like “Running On Empty,” “The Load-Out”/”Stay,” and “Somebody’s Baby.” A night with Jackson Browne is guaranteed to bring a smile to dad’s face and maybe even a tear to his eye.
805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Cap off your Father’s Day with a trip to see Motown legends The Temptations and The Four Tops at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The concert starts Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time for a nice dinner or a drink before the show. And everyone will enjoy singing along to “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” and many more
345 Washington Street North, Saint Paul
Give the Gift of Relaxation
Treating dad to a professional haircut is one of those gifts that he won’t be expecting, but one he’ll love. He’ll be in the best hands at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon, where the barbers do more than just cool haircuts. They specialize in straight-razor shaves, facial treatments, therapeutic scalp treatments, hand and nail treatments, waxing, coloring and gray blending. They also give expert advice on men’s styles, trends and grooming products.
12063 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Maple Grove
Another way to spoil dad is with a spa day. Local favorite Woodhouse Day Spa even has treatments just for men: gentleman’s therapeutic stone massage and gentleman’s deep tissue massage. It’s a great gift for hard-working dads. Buy a gift certificate or schedule a treatment to start his special day off right.
12425 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Maple Grove
Golf Is a Gimme
Book a tee time at Rush Creek Golf Club and spend the day outside playing 18 holes on a beautiful terrain. This par-72 course is one of the best in the area. For a lighter round, try out the Mac Nine – a family friendly par-three course that’s perfect for short game practice, beginning golfers or those who don't have time for a full 18. Stop by Highlander Restaurant when you’re done to check out the Father’s Day pub special. Request a table on the terrace for the best view overlooking the course and stay long enough to watch the sunset over the hills.
7801 County Road 101, Maple Grove
Edinburgh USA is a Championship golf course in the Minneapolis Northwest area with a notable 17th hole, famous for being the biggest putting green in the U.S. and laid out as an island fairway with a peninsula for the green. Edinburgh’s emphasis on the strategic placement of each and every shot on the course makes it a “thinking person’s course,” so expect to use every club in your bag. After a couple hours on the green, kick back with a pint and a meal at Girvan Grille. This casual restaurant has excellent views of the course, along with delicious Father’s Day specials worth checking out.
8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park
Read more about the other fun golf courses in Minneapolis Northwest, from traditional 18-hole courses to mini golf, FootGolf and disc golf.
Other Fun Ways to Spend the Day with Dad
If you and dad enjoy some friendly competition, head to ProKART for indoor go-kart racing in Maple Grove, with a track that also goes outside during warmer weather. Races last eight minutes and everyone is sure to have fun as they speed around the racetrack, seeing who’s the fastest in the family. Maybe even let dad win – it’s his day after all! Event space is available if you want to get together with more family and friends, too.
11700 Troy Lane North, Maple Grove
Make dad feel like a kid again when your family spends a hot summer afternoon at Bunker Beach Water Park in Bunker Hills Regional Park. Dad is sure to have fun in the sun with the park’s 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a winding lazy river, a challenging climbing wall and plenty of daring slides, and sand volleyball courts are available for anyone who wants to stay dry. Bonus tip: Receive 50 percent off admission when you bring your dad on Father’s Day!
701 County Parkway A, Coon Rapids
Take dad out for a hearty steak dinner on Father’s Day at Pittsburgh Blue in the Arbor Lakes Shopping and Dining District, where the cuts are selected by master butchers. Relax outside on the patio or dine in the cozy restaurant and start with an order of Bourbon Maple-Glazed Bacon or Oysters Rockefeller. Dad can go for a mouth-watering steak or choose specialty seafood, juicy chicken, chops or prime rib. Pair it with a side of loaded mashed potatoes or lobster-cheddar hashbrowns and dad will have a meal that’s guaranteed to leave him satisfied.
11900 Main Street North, Maple Grove
Escape to the bayou when you treat dad to a flavorful meal at Crazy Cajun in Brooklyn Park. This locally owned eatery specializes in authentic Louisiana fare like catfish, frog legs, gator, shrimp, gumbo and po’ boys. And the real star of the menu is the seafood boil where dad can choose from crawfish, mussels, king crab, blue crab, snow crab, clams, and jumbo shrimp. Bonus tip: Make sure dad wears his plastic bib!
8578 Edinburgh Center Drive, Brooklyn Park
Malone’s Bar & Grill in is another solid choice for a Father’s Day dinner that won’t disappoint. Also located in the Arbor Lakes Shopping and Dining District, Malone’s serves classic American dishes with a twist and has more than 20 HD TVs to stream the day’s big games – including TVs on the patio. Order one of Malone’s signature burgers (the Mr. Jimmy is a crowd favorite for a reason) and choose from one of the many beers on tap.
12635 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Maple Grove
Father’s Day is an appropriate time for dad to indulge in pizza, and Pig Ate My Pizza in Robbinsdale is the place to grab a pie. The restaurant specializes in artisanal and rotating craft pizzas, along with small plates and a wide variety of brews to choose from (most are local). The fun and quirky atmosphere will further enhance your meal. Hit up nearby Wicked Wort Brewing Company for a pre-dinner beer or a night cap.
4154 W Broadway Avenue, Robbinsdale
Have fun with dad all summer when you go on a tour of breweries and art galleries or try out the best patios in Minneapolis Northwest. Post your summer adventures with your family on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WeLoveMNW and you may be featured on our website!