For the Dad in Your Life

June 15, 2017
Father's Day Fayetteville

Lake Rim Park

Whether you are celebrating your father or planning a memorable day with your own kids, there is a wide variety of activities taking place around Cumberland County this weekend to entertain you and the crew. Does Dad enjoy the outdoors? Take him kayaking at a local lake or hiking at a state park. Is he a craft beer connoisseur? We have the perfect brewery for him. Check out all our suggestions for the dad in your life right here.

For the Outdoorsman . . .

Plenty of outdoor adventures await you at Lake Rim Park, and Friday night is your chance to get out on the water with a Lake Rim Kayak Tour—a perfect beginner’s experience for dads and kids, ages ten and up. For Saturday’s adventure, head to Carvers Creek State Park, in the Town of Spring Lake, and join a 3 Mile History Hike to explore the park’s land and historical sites.

For the Sports Fan . . .

Take your pick between two ballgames at J.P. Riddle Stadium over the weekend (or just attend both). At Friday’s game, the Fayetteville SwampDogs will face off against the Wilson Tobs for “Military Appreciation Night,” with a fireworks show to follow. Sunday’s game is all about Father’s Day, and after the ‘Dogs have taken on the Wilmington Sharks, dads will hit the field for a friendly game of catch.

Father's Day Fayetteville

The First Gulf War: The War to Free Kuwait Exhibit (Photo Credit: @MuseumoftheCapeFear)

For the History Hound . . .

A new traveling exhibit is settling at the Museum of the Cape Fear for three months, beginning Father’s Day weekend. You may visit the The First Gulf War: The War to Free Kuwait exhibit on Saturday or Sunday, and if you return to the museum that same evening, you can catch one of the last Sweet Tea Shakespeare performances of a classic Shakespearean tragedy, Othello. All the drama related to this Moorish general in the Venetian army will unfold on the lovely grounds of the museum’s 1897 Poe House.

For the Car Buff . . .

The 1950’s-style Cruise-In by the Rails will bring classic cars, rust rods, hot rods, and more out to Vander Civic Association Park this Saturday. With a live DJ spinning rockabilly and oldies tunes, this monthly event offers visitors a trip back in time. After you have checked out the beautiful rides, head over to Fayetteville Motor Speedway’s clay track to watch all the racing action with the Budweiser Late Model Special.

Father's Day Fayetteville

Dirtbag Ales (Photo Credit: @DirtbagAles)

For the BBQ Master & Brews Lover . . .

Kidzplay is hosting Boys to Men Cook-Off & Summer Festival at College Lakes Recreation Center on Saturday, and with $500 at stake, this is the perfect time for Dad to show off his barbecuing mastery. On Sunday, just follow the food trucks out to Dirtbag Ales, in the Town of Hope Mills, for a perfect way to end this Father’s Day weekend. Before you join one of their Brewery Tours or compete in Team Trivia, though, we have one last suggestion for you: treat the dad in your life to an R Burger Carolina Dog and an Authentique Café Nutella Crepe.

Cumberland County is hosting many other events over Father’s Day weekend, and all those details may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events. We are also planning for a five-day countdown to Independence Day, when several exciting events will make this holiday an unforgettable experience for our visitors; read more about this on “Light Up Your 4th in Fayetteville!”. is owned by the
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