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How to Celebrate Father’s Day in the Portland Area 2021

  |  Neighborhood Insight, Portland

It feels like we were just celebrating Mother’s Day, but alas, Father’s Day is almost here! And after such a challenging year, we are especially eager to celebrate the dads and fatherly figures in our life — for the ways they pushed through the difficulties and told plenty of dad jokes along the way. 

There are so many ways to celebrate your dad, stepdad, father-in-law or grandpa (or help your kids celebrate your husband!) in the Portland area, whether you’re looking for adventure or a relaxing afternoon. Plus, this holiday is perfectly timed to take advantage of our dreamy summer weather! 

Cheers to fathers everywhere! And if you yourself are a dad in any shape or form, we appreciate you. 


Participate in the Grateful Dad Half Marathon 

June 19, 2021 

Grateful Dad Half Marathon Portland, OR

After going virtual for 2020, the Grateful Dad Race is back — with a few adjustments! This is a great opportunity to run with dad, run as a dad, run for dad, or run in memory of dad, whether you’re participating in the 5K, 10K or the half marathon. You can choose to run the original course along the Columbia River or participate virtually, from wherever you want to. This year, money raised from the Grateful Dad Virtual Run will be used to support front line workers and support the local business community. Register here! 


June 19, 2021 

Exceptional wine, farm-fresh food and picturesque views — does it get any better than that? King’s Raven Winery is hosting a special 6-7 course dinner in the field featuring food from their neighbor, MoonRidge Farms. Established in 1999, King’s Raven is a family-owned and -operated winery known for its wine with history as rich as the land. Each meal provided at these Field & Vine dinners is designed specifically for each event, based on seasonality and availability, so you will be in for a surprise as you are served. Click here to purchase tickets for this special dinner on the farm! 


Go to Topaz Farm for Their Father’s Day Picnic Box 

June 20, 2021 

Topaz Farm Father's Day Brunch Box

Photo Courtesy of Topaz Farm

Remember Topaz Farm’s picnic boxes they offered for Mother’s Day? Well, they’re bringing them back for Father’s Day! Order your box(es), spread out on a picnic blanket or picnic table at this scenic 130-acre farm, and enjoy a homecooked meal together as a family. Each box contains food for two adults, including BBQ braised brisket, kale Caesar salad, seasonal harvest escabeche, a summer potato salad, and a strawberry tres leches cake. They also have a vegetarian option, if you prefer! After your meal, visit with Maybe Bob and their other goats, pick some flowers, have a beer, play corn hole and celebrate dad all the while! 


June 20, 2021 

No matter the holiday, Portland Spirit knows how to celebrate — and Father’s Day is no exception. Board the cruise ship for a special Father’s Day brunch or dinner on Sunday, featuring a delicious Northwest meal and dessert, entertainment, refreshments and more. Choose from the 2-hour morning or afternoon brunch or the 2.5-hour dinner, both of which include the price of food, entertainment, service gratuity, and the cruise itself. Along the way, you’ll enjoy exceptional views of the river and city skyline! 


Play a Round of Golf 

Golf Course in Lake Oswego, OR

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.


Spend Time Outside 

Sometimes, the simplest and best ideas involve slipping on hiking boots and hitting the trail. And here in Portland, we have plenty of hikes to choose from! Not to mention, we have so many rivers and lakes to exploremountains to see, and waterfalls to chase. If you need help navigating the great outdoors here in Portland, use our outdoor recreation guide for some ideas! 


Eat a Steak Dinner — With a View 



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It may be a stereotype, but let’s face it: dads love steak! Take him out for a special steak dinner at Portland City Grill, a white tablecloth restaurant on the 30th floor in the heart of Chinatown. Here, enjoy one of the best views in the city and a delicious steak dinner to complement your drink of choice. If you’d rather celebrate at home, Portland City Grill is also offering a special Father’s Day To-Go Menu! Choose from a variety of options, from BBQ ribs and sides to feed 2–3 people, to a 4–5 person feast with 4 pounds of prime ribs and plenty of sides. 


For the adventurous dad, why not conquer Tree to Tree Adventure Park, an aerial adventure park in Gaston with a variety of outdoor activitiesMove from tree to tree using platforms and obstacles on the aerial playground featuring bridges, tightropes, balance beams, zip lines and more. Or experience the thrilling zip line canopy tour that includes a 1,280-foot-long super zipA trip to Tree to Tree Adventure Park is the perfect way to spend Father’s Day — and get your adrenaline pumping! Click here for Tree to Tree Adventure Park’s COVID policies. 


Go Camping (or Glamping!) 

Camping Near Portland, OR

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” in trailers, canvas tents and treehouses is more your scene, we have a guide for that. 


Host a Backyard BBQ 

If you’d rather stay home this year, there’s nothing quite like a backyard BBQ, which just might be the epitome of summertime activities. Let dad take a break from grilling this time, and fire up the grill, make all his favorite sides, and stock the cooler with plenty of beer. If you need some ideas, we put together a few BBQing tips for National Barbecue Month in May! 


Happy Father’s Day! 

How are you celebrating dad this year? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Melissa Peterson, Director of Agent Services and Technology

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