Father’s Day is coming up! There are several ways to celebrate dad this year, even if Portland hasn’t fully opened up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, the holiday may look a little different than previous years, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate!
From active outdoor adventures to quiet at-home ventures, plus a number of gift ideas from local businesses, this list is packed with dad-approved activities and ideas. Not to mention, these activities all support small businesses in the Portland area!
We hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day, no matter what it looks like. And if you yourself are a dad — in any shape or form — we appreciate you!
Play a Round of Golf
Nothing says “Father’s Day” quite like a round of golf — and golf just happens to be a great social distancing activity. Set up a tee time for you and dad — or send him on his way for a relaxing day on the course with friends. Looking for a place to play? The Lake Oswego Public Golf Course is a city-owned 18-hole par-3 facility adjacent to Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. The hillside layout offers beautifully kept, contoured greens with Lost Dog Creek winding through fir, cedar and maple trees on the back nine. It’s an excellent course for expert players and more intermediate and beginner players alike.
Cider Summit Portland is celebrating its 10th annual event this June — but in virtual form. Through June 16, you can pick up a Cider Summit Festival To-Go Tasting Kit, which includes eight curated ciders in a range of sizes, two Cider Summit brandy snifter-style tasting glasses, a Cider Summit bar towel, and several small gifts from participating cider makers. The tasting kits are available for pre-purchase for $35 (plus fees) on their website, and can be picked up at their drive-thru event on Saturday, June 20 from 12–5 p.m. If you prefer to have your kit delivered (to you or your dad!), they will be delivered to select zip codes that Thursday and Friday — just in time for Father’s Day weekend!
Order S’mores Kits From 1927 S’mores Company + Have a Bonfire
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1927 S’mores Company is our source for nostalgic s’mores in the city. Their brick and mortar “s’morefront” is open for walk-in and call-in orders until 10 p.m. Choose from their menu of options, from the tried-and-true Original 1927 to the Portland Porter, made with a Backwoods Brewing Porter-infused mallow topped with salted caramel sauce and crushed pretzels. Call 503-334-8080 x1 to place your order, give your payment over the phone, and pick up your order when it’s ready. Next, make a bonfire to enjoy these mouth-watering treats in the backyard with the whole family. Pro Tip: Set up a tent for a true backyard camping experience! Learn more about 1927 S’mores here.
Go on a Bike Ride
There’s perhaps no better place to explore via bike than Portland. In fact, the city has earned a number of “bicycle-friendly city” awards, including platinum status by the League of American Bicyclists. To help you navigate our city’s bike trails, the Portland Bureau of Transportation put together a map with bike trails and loops throughout the metro. Hit the trails with dad this Father’s Day to enjoy a scenic tour on wheels — and get some exercise and fresh air!
Make a Steak Dinner With Provisions From Laurelhurst Market
Photo Courtesy of Laurelhurst Market
Another quintessential Father’s Day activity: enjoying a steak dinner together. Let dad take a break from grilling by preparing a juicy steak dinner for him to celebrate the holiday in the backyard. The Laurelhurst Market Butcher Shop is open for pickup orders at this time, which means you can enjoy their rib eyes, New York strips, brisket, and other cuts to-go!
Play Board Games
Sometimes a simple at-home game night is the best way to laugh, compete and have fun as a family. If you already went through all your games during quarantine, pick up a new board game from Versus Board Games. You can order games online and arrange to pick it up curbside — but check their Instagram page to keep up with the latest protocol and safety precautions. They sell a wide variety of games for all ages, from family classics to intense strategy games.
Participate in the Grateful Dad Virtual Running Event
Photo Courtesy of Terrapin Events
Originally set for June 20, the 2020 Grateful Dad Race is going virtual this year! This means you can run the race wherever and whenever you want during Father’s Day weekend. You can choose your own course or run the original event course (marked with “start” and “finish” as well as turnaround points). Track your run and post your results before 8 p.m. on Father’s Day. You will receive your swag in the mail 4–6 weeks after the event. The Grateful Dad Virtual Run benefits Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that helps families build and improve places to call home.
Pack your camping gear and spend a weekend in nature with dad. After all, we live in the most beautiful area for camping! Make plans to pitch your tent at one of these campgrounds near Portland, with options near the city, near Mount Hood, along the Columbia River Gorge, and along the Oregon Coast. And if “glamping” is more your scene, we have a guide for that.
NOTE: Limited camping is available in Oregon as of June 9. Please check each campground before your visit to ensure they are open and/or accepting reservations.
BBQ Sauce from Felton & Mary’s
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Got a grill master in your life? Spice up his life this Father’s Day with some BBQ sauce and rub from Felton & Mary’s, an artisan food producer based in Portland. Choose the Smokey Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, the Medium BBQ Sauce or the Hot BBQ Sauce — or if you can’t choose, get all three as a bundle! You can pick up Felton & Mary’s products at a number of retail stores in the area — or get them shipped straight to your dad by ordering online.
Card from Oblation Papers & Press
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No matter what gift you get for Father’s Day, consider pairing it with a card from Oblation Papers & Press. This Portland shop has a wide variety of cards for Father’s Day, from the serious and sweet to the funny and witty. Plus, Oblation has something to say for just about any occasion, so you can pick up a few others to send to loved ones for birthdays, graduation, or just to say “I care.” Take advantage of curbside pickup or get your cards delivered to your door!
Growler from Local Brewery
Although business protocol has changed in response to COVID-19, Portland’s love for craft beer has remained strong. In fact, many — if not most — of the breweries in the Portland area have provided to-go beer in cans and growlers throughout the pandemic. Peruse our guide to craft breweries in Portland, pick your dad’s favorite, and see if they’re offering growlers to-go!
Outdoor Gear from Next Adventure
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Get the outdoorsy dad in your life some outdoor gear or accessories to fit his hobby. Located in the heart of Portland, Next Adventure is an alternative outdoor store with an incredible selection of apparel, climbing, kayaking, paddling, snowboarding, skiing, hiking and camping gear from all your favorite brands. Shop online and arrange for free curbside pickup and free shipping on most orders over $50.
Apparel from Portland Gear
Help him show off his hometown pride by picking up some Portland and Oregon-themed apparel from Portland Gear. They have a variety of hats, shirts, sweatshirts and accessories — many of them marked with the iconic “P” logo you have probably seen around town before. Pick up an item or two (via curbside pickup) or give the gift that always fits: a gift card!
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Give dad the gift that keeps on giving — fresh locally roasted coffee beans delivered straight to his door, again and again. Take a look at the many subscriptions available from some of the best coffee shops in the Portland area. You can completely customize your subscription based on your dad’s preferences and coffee drinking habits. Many of these subscriptions have a gift option, which means you can foot the bill for a few months to see if he likes it!
The world-renowned Pendleton is a source of pride for many Oregonians. If your budget allows, spoil your dad with a pure virgin wool blanket or throw, which includes their signature Glacier National Park Blanket plus a variety of additional colors and patterns. And peruse their wide selection of accessories for less expensive options, including socks, hats, gloves and more.
Books From Powell’s
Powell’s City of Books is a Portland staple. And thankfully, for our purposes, a book makes an excellent gift idea. Explore their collection of over one million books, including both new and used copies. And if you can’t choose the perfect book for your dad, you can opt for a virtual gift card so he can pick out exactly what he wants!
Bottle of Liquor or Cigars from Pearl Specialty
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Laiwala via Pearl Specialty
Pick out something fancy from Pearl Specialty to keep his liquor cabinet stocked. This upscale specialty retailer in the Pearl District carries an extensive selection of liquor, mixers, wine, craft beer, cigars and barware. Pick out a cigar and pair it with a single malt Scotch or rare small-batch bourbon. Their expert staff will help steer you in the right direction so you can find something special! They also have a second location, PDX Liquor & Wine, right next to the airport.
Leather Accessory From MadeHere
If you’re struggling to narrow down the overwhelming selection of Portland-made products, you may just want to head to MadeHere, a shop dedicated to representing only the best and most unique products from a diverse selection of 250 makers, many of which are handcrafted right here in Portland. Check out their selection of leather goods made from premium materials and domestically sourced leathers, including wallets, keychains, belts, coasters and more.
Beard Products from Bearded Oregon
Photo Courtesy of Downtown Salem via Bearded Oregon
Bearded Oregon creates a variety of locally infused beard and body products, including beard oil, beard balm, stache wax, shave soaps and much more. And if your dad doesn’t have a beard, pick up some Oregon-shaped bar soaps. The best part? You can select the scent of your favorite city in Oregon, including Grants Pass, Portland, Bend or Sisters, or even a Fresh Squeezed IPA for the beer lover.
Happy Father’s Day!
How do you plan to spoil dad this year? Let us know what you have planned in the comments below!