Best Activities To Do With Dad In Washington DC

June 14, 2013 8:00 AM

There are lots of ways to celebrate with dad this Father’s Day weekend, and while the staple Father’s Day BBQ might have sufficed for the last five years, consider doing something a little more special with dad this year. There are a variety of activities happening in Washington DC for Father’s Day weekend, and here are a few ideas to consider when searching for something more unique.

The 4th Annual Father’s Day 8K
2750 14th St. N.W., Suite 601
Washington, DC 20009

Looking to give dad a little extra push this Father’s Day? The 4th Annual Father’s Day 8K, a partnership between the Georgetown Running Club and the Men’s Health Network to promote men’s health and disease detection and prevention, should do the trick. Participants will run a flat course along the C&O Canal Towpath, and can run individually, or make it a family affair, joining forces for a father-son or father-daughter team. After the race, dad can toss back a few drinks at Chadwick’s participant happy hour, or enjoy cupcakes courtesy of Georgetown Cupcakes. You can register dad for the race online until Saturday, June 15th or by mail until Friday, June 14th. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 16th.

Odyssey’s Father’s Day Brunch
Gangplank Marina
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554- 5000

If you’re looking for a more leisurely activity to do with dad this Father’s Day, what could be more appropriate than a boozy brunch cruise along the Potomac? Give dad a few hours of relaxed sophistication aboard the Odyssey, one of Washington DC’s elegant cruising vessels, for the Father’s Day Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise specials. The entire family will be able to enjoy a vast selection of appetizers, entrees, salads and desserts, and since it is his special day, dad will receive a complimentary premium drink ticket to use on the cruise.

The Manassas Wine And Jazz Festival
Harris Pavilion
9201 Center St.
Manassas, VA 20110
(703) 361-6599

If booze cruising isn’t the right fit for your dad, no worries, we have the perfect activity in mind. Now in its 7th year, the Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival has become a favorite Father’s Day event in the DMV area. Dad will be able to kick back in a lawn chair, or sprawl out on a blanket and relax on the Pavilion lawn with a bottle of his favorite wine and snack on a variety of delicious snacks while listening to great live music. This year’s festival will be headlined by Marcus Johnson, along with Adia Ledbetter and Project Natale. The festival will start at 11 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. that evening on June 16th, with tickets available at the door for purchase.

National Museum of Crime & Punishment
575 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-1099

Does dad split his time flipping between ESPN and reruns of “Law and Order”? If so, then the “Sports and Crime” exhibit at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment will surely be something he will enjoy this Father’s Day. The special exhibit highlighting sports crimes will occur all weekend, beginning on June 14th and ending on June 16th. On the 16th, the first 50 dads who visit the museum on Father’s Day with at least one of their children will receive a free silk tie with their admission purchase.

Father’s Day At Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-20000 

If sports and crime aren’t a good fit for dad, consider spending Father’s Day this year with the “Father of Our Country!” Dad and the rest of the family will have the opportunity to meet “General Washington,” as he greets visitors and poses for photographs on Father’s Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Washington will also be discussing his role as husband, stepfather and Father of Our Country in the special program “Father to the First Family.” After meeting General Washington, dad can take a trip to visit the George Washington Distillery & Gristmill, located three miles away from the Mount Vernon estate. A reconstruction of the largest 18th-century distillery in America, he can see demonstrations and learn about the historic whiskey-making process.

Related: Best Place For Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts In D.C.

Matthew Scott is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. His work can be found on

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