It’s time to show a little love to the dads in our lives, and there are plenty of ways to do just that here in Toronto. Whether he’s a foodie, history buff, outdoorsman, or sports fanatic, you’ll find a bonding activity that’s just right this Father’s Day. Check out this list of the best things to do for Father’s Day in Toronto and start planning your day with Dad.
Paddle to a live concert
Boating, music, warm weather – put them all together and you just might have the perfect early Father’s Day activity. Music on the River is a concert series right on the Humber River and you can make your way to the show. Your ticket comes with a boat rental, paddle, life jackets, show entry, and a glow stick to wave to the music.
Where: Humber River Paddle Center, 9 Old Mill Road
When: June 17, 2022
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The long-awaited production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally in Toronto and it is the world’s most awarded play with an all Canadian cast.
Featuring “spectacular spells, a stunning race through time and an epic battle to stop mysterious powers”, this show will keep you and Dad on the edge of your seat from start to finish! And if luck is on your side, you might even be able to score super cheap tickets in the Golden Snitch Lottery.
Where: 244 Victoria St
When: June 19, 2022, 2 p.m.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
A classic Father’s Day activity! The Jays take on the Yankees on June 19, and it’s an ideal way to bond with Dad. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the cheering crowds, hot dogs and sunshine. And a cold beer can’t hurt either.
Where: Rogers Center
When: June 19, 2022, 1:37 PM
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Go on a FREE museum crawl
If your dad is a history buff, here’s an activity you can do for free. The City of Toronto has made general admission permanently free at 10 historic museums and sites, including Spadina Museum, Scarborough, Museum, Todmorden Mills, Fort York, and more.
In addition, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is giving free admission all season to its ground-floor galleries and public areas, including Kore 670, “a beautiful ancient sculpture on loan from Greece.”
Where: View the list here
Italian Father’s Day Brunch
When in doubt, brunch! This year you can enjoy a delicious Italian Father’s Day tradition that Dad is sure to love.
Zeppole al Caffe is an Italian pastry in the form of a delicious ball of fried or baked choux pastry, sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with custard cream and amarena cherries. It’s only served on Father’s Day in Southern Italy, and you can get it at Oretta locations in Toronto — their take on the pastry is homemade coffee gelato. yum!
Where: 633 King St W & 2131 Yonge St
When: June 19, 2022
Fill your faces at Taco Fest
This epic food festival gives you something to feast on this Father’s Day. Enjoy some quality time as you explore over 100 varieties of tacos from Toronto’s best restaurants and chefs, toast specialty cocktails and listen to the sounds of live mariachi bands.
Where: The West Island, Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: June 17-19, 2022
Go on a glow-in-the-dark kayak tour
What better way to bond with Dad than by gliding through Humber Bay in a glow-in-the-dark transparent kayak. Toronto Kayaks provides the city’s only transparent LED light-and-bluetooth-equipped hybrid kayak canoe that you can rent by the hour.
Your rental also comes with a waterproof pouch for your electronics, insect repellent, a safety kit and a life jacket, in addition to the boat, paddle and bluetooth speaker. Everything you need for a night on the water.
Where: See location
When: June 19, 2022
Picnic in a lavender field
If your dad has a green thumb, he’ll appreciate the sprawling fields at this lavender farm just outside of Toronto. This Father’s Day you can pack a picnic and head to the opening weekend of Avalon Lavender Farm. You can also purchase a composite picnic box on site.
Prepare to be “surrounded by the beautiful scents of lavender, captivating wildlife and complete tranquility,” according to the event description. You can pre-purchase tickets online for $14 each.
Where: 347036 Mono Center Road, Mono
When: June 18 & 19, 2022
Wear it in Canadian activewear
Any dad could use a little more athleisure in his closet, and Forward With Design (FWD) has all the bases covered. This Canadian brand sells a range of active life essentials that help you transition seamlessly from day to night, from the office to the gym to an activewear cocktail. A few staples can go a long way. You can buy them online or in the store at the nearest Sportchek.
Where: See website
Fish for free in Ontario waters
Every Father’s Day weekend, Canadian residents can fish for free in Ontario. That means you don’t need to buy a fishing license if you want to fish this weekend, and you can even borrow a rod and reel for free from TackleShare. You don’t have to go far out of town to fish either – there are plenty of urban fishing spots to check out.
Where: Ontario wide
When: 18 & 19 June 2022