Fun Cleveland Fathers Day Weekend Ideas: 6/16/23 – 6/18/23

June 17, 2023

Todd Hall

Cleveland/NEO This Weekend: Our Picks

Looking for some things to do this weekend in Cleveland and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area to make the most of your weekend? There’s so much to see and do, even for those who are already familiar with the area. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a recent transplant, there’s always something new to discover in Cleveland and NEO. So why not get out and explore this weekend?

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Friday, June 16th

Colin Quinn – Pickwick and Frolic

In his latest comedic endeavor, Colin humorously delves into his one true talent: Personality. With a lifetime of engaging conversations with friends, family, municipal employees, and counter people, Mr. Quinn has honed his skills and now offers to teach you how to avoid draining the energy from any room. Colin Quinn, a stand-up comedian hailing from Brooklyn (or more specifically, Park Slope), has somehow become an integral part of your life, despite never requesting his presence. From his early days on MTV’s “Remote Control” to his time on SNL and Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” Mr. Quinn has persistently refused to take a hint and gracefully step aside. He has graced Broadway with performances in “Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake” and “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short,” as well as Off-Broadway with “Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional,” “Colin Quinn: The New York Story” (directed by Jerry Seinfeld), “Colin Quinn: Red State, Blue State,” and his most recent work, “Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope.” Notable recent credits include appearances in “Trainwreck,” “Girls,” and his web series “Cop Show,” currently available for streaming on Colin’s YouTube channel. His latest book, “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States,” has been published by Macmillan.

Towpath Twilight at Sokolowski’s Overlook

The Towpath Trilogy Come join us on Friday, June 16th for the Towpath Twilight Ten-Ten, the second event of the thrilling Towpath Trilogy Race Series! Commencing from Sokolowski’s Overlook, the race offers 10-mile, 10k, and 5k courses that will lead you through notable landmarks such as Camp Cleveland, and the Towpath Mounds, and provide breathtaking vistas of the Cuyahoga River Valley as the sun gracefully sets.

This annual running race in Cleveland serves as a fundraiser for Canalway, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage. By participating in the event, you directly contribute to the advancement of the Towpath Trail’s programs, the development of Canal Basin Park, and numerous projects within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. These projects work towards strengthening and revitalizing our community, making it more vibrant than ever before.

Avon Heritage Duck Tape Fest – Avon 4 PM – 10 PM

Experience a whimsical and family-oriented extravaganza that will captivate you for three delightful days. Immerse yourself in a fantastical world of extraordinary duct tape sculptures, eccentric characters, and lively music. Our event offers a wide range of activities suitable for all ages, including an abundance of carnival games where Dad can lend a hand or challenge you to a friendly competition while celebrating Father’s Day. Prepare to be enchanted by this unique and playful experience.

Saturday, June 17th

Crooked River Festival – Hale Farm and Village

Embark on a captivating journey through the intriguing past of the “Crooked” Cuyahoga River, as well as the dynamic communities that thrived during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Join us as we delve into living history demonstrations and immersive activities that vividly depict life in the Cuyahoga Valley during the turn of the 19th century. Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting tales, folk melodies, and skilled artisan crafts that shaped Northeast Ohio and a burgeoning nation.

Father’s Day Weekend – Cleveland Aquarium

Did you have any idea that male dart frogs exhibit remarkable dedication as fathers, diligently caring for their unborn offspring by shedding water, removing fungus, and even rotating the eggs? Were you aware that weedy seadragon dads take on the responsibility of carrying eggs on the base of their tails? Prepare to be amazed by even more captivating facts about animal fathers as we “shell-abrate” the awe-inspiring dads.

During Father’s Day Weekend at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, you can participate in a contest centered around parenting themes and enjoy extended hours from 9 am to 6 pm (with the last entry at 5 pm). As an added bonus, fathers visiting the aquarium will receive a special parent pin upon arrival.

Furthermore, we invite you to swap out those traditional gifts like slippers, mugs, and wallets and instead surprise your loved ones with a full year of thrilling undersea adventures. Take advantage of a 10% discount on Greater Cleveland Aquarium Annual Passes (Individual, Senior; Couple, Senior Couple, Family, or Grandparent) when purchased online on June 17th and 18th using the code CLEAQUARIUM10. With an annual pass, you’ll enjoy unlimited daily return admission for your entire family, along with a range of membership perks such as free parking, exclusive programming, discounted and free events, savings at the Gift Shop, and much more.

Sherwin Williams Women’s Club Fun Run and Walk – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club’s annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk & Roll benefit Youth Challenge, whose mission is to provide free adapted sports and recreational activities to young people with physical disabilities. The day will include entertainment for the whole family, including a kids’ dash, DJ, photo booth, race t-shirt (register by June 4), and appearances by Cleveland sports mascots. Registration includes entrance to the Zoo and Rainforest for the day. Registration also includes an option to participate virtually. We hope to see you at the Zoo! Please use the above ticket URL, or: Donate Here to Youth Challenge:

Sunday, June 18th

65th Annual Classic, Antique & Collector Car Show at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Join us at the 65th Classic, Antique & Collector Car Show, held at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in partnership with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America (ORCCCA). Experience the beauty of 400 classic, antique, and collector vehicles, ranging from the years 1915 to 1998.

This year, we are featuring a special class dedicated to AIR-COOLED automobiles, which are vehicles cooled by air instead of coolant fluid. The earliest examples of this type were the Franklins. You can admire three Franklins from different years (1905, 1928, 1931), as well as a Goggomobil, an Isetta, Corvairs, VW Beetles, VW vans, and Porsches. To learn more about air-cooled autos, click here. Additionally, we are introducing a new display of antique boats, along with the popular production motorcycles manufactured before 1985.

The Inner Circle, located in front of the Manor House, will showcase luxury Full Classics® cars produced between 1935 and 1939. This exclusive collection includes renowned brands such as Lincolns, Cords, and Packards.

To secure your spot, we highly recommend purchasing tickets online as this show sold out last year. Ticket prices for Stan Hywet members are $12 for adults (18+) and $6 for youth (ages 3-17), while children aged 2 and under enter for free. Non-members can purchase tickets at $16 for adults (18+) and $8 for youth (ages 3-17), with children aged 2 and under also receiving free admission.

Guest parking is conveniently located off-site, and we provide free shuttle service to and from the following parking lots: Firestone CLC and Litchfield CLC at 470 Castle Boulevard, as well as Todaro’s at 1820 Akron Peninsula Road.

For guests with valid state hangtags or license plates, a limited number of accessible parking spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Stan Hywet Main Lot.

Take a break from exploring the stunning vehicles and indulge in a variety of delicious food options available for purchase. Treat yourself to burgers, sausages, hot dogs, and more at Winking Lizard. Alternatively, the River Dog Cafe Food Truck offers waffle pizza and cheese curds, while Molly’s Cafe serves sandwiches, salads, chili, and other delightful options. Holcomb’s Classic Nuts provides a range of tasty nut treats, and you can cool off with shaved ice from Kona-Ice.

Don’t miss the live music performance by MDU, rocking it out on the Courtyard stage from 11 am to 2 pm.

Juneteenth Celebration – Cain Park Evans Amphitheater | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Join us at Cain Park today at 1 p.m. for the Juneteenth Celebration, where we will be graced by the presence of talented singers Ron Davis, Evelyn Wright, Pat Harris, Shirley Cook, and Meryl Johnson. We are also delighted to announce that Dr. Fred Wheatt will be our esteemed guest speaker. Don’t miss out on this incredible event! Admission is free for all.

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