Father’s Day Weekend in Washington

What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the fathers in our lives! Lots going on in town and the weather forecast is warm and sunny. Here’s a quick guide to a fun Washington weekend with Dad:

Strawberry Moon Festival
Saturday, June 16th

Spend the day at The Institute for American Indian Studies celebrating strawberries! Hear some interesting Native American stories and learn how they used strawberries for a variety of different purposes. Enjoy some live music and fun family activities all while tasting some delicious strawberry recipes. If you haven’t yet been to the IAIS, you’ll be impressed by this gem right in our own backyard.

Library Luminaries
Saturday, June 16th

Join the Gunn Memorial Library for their annual spring fundraiser. A cocktail party at the library will begin the evening and then guests will head to the homes of the gracious hosts for a fabulous dinner. Please call the library to see if reservations are available.

Strawberry Moon Festival at The Institute for American Indian Studies
FRIENDS**Bearing Gifts at The Hickory Stick Bookshop

Story Time and Book Signing
Saturday, June 16th

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be hosting a children’s story time with author Alison Birks, who will read from her new book Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy – a great family experience. In the afternoon, author Joe Cicio will sign copies of his book FRIENDS**Bearing Gifts. While you’re there, find some great summer reading for Dad.

Farmers Market
Saturday, June 16th

Head over to the farmers market at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens. Local vendors will be selling fresh produce and other goodies from 10 am to 1 pm. Why not round up the best from our local farms and then cook Dad a special farm to table dinner? You’ll also see several sculpture installations sprouting up at The Garden, as Washington Art Association preps for their WAA Sculpture Walk 2018.

State of Abstraction
Saturday, June 16th

This Saturday is the last day to check out the State of Abstraction exhibit being held at both the Washington Art Association & Gallery and The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens.

Last minute Father’s Day gifts?
The shops of Washington and New Preston offer curated finds – from unique gifts, to a luxe cut and shave, to gourmet delights – and everything in between.

Washington Farmers Market
State of Abstraction at WAA and The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

On Sunday, show your love and appreciation for Dad with a memorable day together in Washington. Here are a few Father’s Day suggestions:

Take Dad to brunch

Real men do eat quiche! Moms are not the only ones who enjoy a delicious brunch on their special day. From casual cafes to pub brunch menus, Washington has so many great restaurant choices. Get your energy going for some outdoor adventures to follow.

Enjoy a day outdoors together

Spend the day with Dad outdoors exploring the preserves of the Steep Rock Association. Hike up to Waramaug’s Rock in the Macricostas Preserve for a stunning panoramic view of the countryside or grab your bikes and ride through trails at the Hidden Valley Preserve.

A spin around Lake Waramaug

With this weekend’s sunny forecast, head over to Lake Waramaug State Park and cruise around on the lake. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with Dad while paddling in a kayak or a canoe. Rentals are available at the park. Biking around the lake is also a great thing for a sunny spring weekend!

Waramaug's Rock at the Macricostas Preserve
The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant. Photo credit: @whitehorsecountrypub

Burgers and Brew

Treat Dad to a hearty meal at The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant for a British twist or the G.W. Tavern for classic American fare. Both offer a fantastic selection of beer and wine to pairs perfectly with their menu. Or take in the view of Lake Waramaug at The Hopkins Inn. Like it super-casual and laid-back? Then try The 202 Tavern. Check out more dining choices.

Live Music

End Father’s Day on a high note and enjoy live music at Hopkins Vineyard. Take in the gorgeous scenery and the sounds of The Ed Canty Duo with a glass of some great local wine.

For more information on any of the above events and activities, check out our Featured Events calendar.

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