Best Activities to Celebrate Father’s Day in Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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This Father’s Day, a last-minute necktie or pair of socks just won’t do. Surprise dad with an exciting day that he is sure to remember. Here’s an update on some great activities to do with dad on his special day.

Spirit Of Washington Lunch Cruise
600 Water St. S.W., Pier 4
Washington, DC 20024
(866) 302-2469

Date: June 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Dad is sure to get into the spirit when he sees this buffet smorgasbord. Oh, and there’s a cruise too. A warm breeze off the Potomac will be the perfect end to a relaxing afternoon of brunch and entertainment as you, dad and the family cruise along its sparkling waters. When he boards the Spirit of Washington, dad can have his photo snapped to commemorate his relaxing afternoon. With a plentiful buffet, he can eat to his heart’s content as he enjoys a narrated tour of D.C.’s historic waterfront sights visible from the ship’s panoramic windows. Don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Related: Best Sightseeing Tours In Washington DC

Father’s Day Car Show
Main St.
Warrenton, VA 20186
(540) 229-8915

Date: June 15, 2014 at 9 a.m.

If your dad is a car enthusiast, then this show is right up his alley. It’s packed with lots of shiny, fast cars. The annual car show features a bevy of classic and antique cars, as well as hot rods and motorcycles. Vehicles will primarily line Main Street and some side streets as well. There will be live music, and attendees will be able to take a walking tour of the neighborhood’s historic district and visit local museums.

Deep Tissue Massage
Foundation Fitness
4380 Macarthur Blvd. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(855) 854-0465

No, this isn’t a “spa day,” it’s a deep tissue massage. Dads get massages too. A certified therapist performs an hour-long massage and focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fasciathe protective layer around muscles, bones and joints. Deep pressure is applied in order to release chronic tension. Dad sure could use that.

Private Lives—Stage Drama
Harman Center for the Arts
Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 547-1122

Date: Through July 13, 2014

Give dad a little dramathe good kind. Private Lives is an irreverent comedy about a divorced couple who inadvertently stays at the same hotelin adjacent rooms evenwhile honeymooning with their new spouses. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. But one has to wonder if the two exes will be tempted to rekindle their past romance. Dad will enjoy this quick-witted comedy written by Noel Coward. This is the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s first run of the play.

Related: Best Directors In The Local Theater Scene In Washington DC

Father’s Day 8K
C&O Canal Towpath
Washington, DC

Date: June 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Maybe dad doesn’t want to spend his day lounging, dining or getting a massage. Okay, sure he does. But that can happen after he participates in the Father’s Day 8K. This annual 8K run will take place on a flat course along the C&O Canal Towpath. After the race, awards will be conferred and the Men’s Health Week Campaign will disseminate helpful health-related information. There will also be a selection of refreshments provided by sponsors including Chadwicks restaurant, Thomas Sweet Ice Cream & Chocolate and Georgetown Cupcake. Runners can register all the way through race day here.

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Visit his website at

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