Father's Day for the Offbeat Dad

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

Author: Symeria Palmer, Public Relations Intern, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) 

This Father’s Day, tell Dad to back away from the grill and get ready to celebrate in a totally different way. Forget the same time-honored traditions and enjoy a few new, family-friendly activities. Use this guide to seek the excitement that Atlanta's neighborhoods have in store for this year’s Father's Day.

Whether your dad is a seasoned or new cyclist, let him experience Atlanta's neighborhoods during the Atlanta Cycling Festival. On Saturday, June 20, join him on a bike tour of Atlanta’s Living Walls murals – exteriors walls throughout the city that have been turned into creative canvases by street artists from around the world. To close out the festival that night, the family can enjoy a movie, food trucks, music and bicycle stunts in Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Instead of the traditional family dinner, treat Dad to the Family Food Festival at Georgia Aquarium. This multicultural festival will have more than 100 dishes to taste from celebrity chefs, cooks, caterers and restaurants. The culinary one-stop-shop will also include live entertainment, a Kids Zone, Health Pavilion and a DJ.

Instead of cleaning Dad’s car, take him to the Father’s Day Car Show at Stone Mountain Park. Gaze at vintage cars like Camaros, Mustangs, Chevys from the 1950s and more. As a gift to fathers, Stone Mountain Park is offering one complimentary Adventure Pass when accompanied with a paid Adventure Pass admission. The pass guarantees access to attractions like the Summit Skyride, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, Geyser Towers and more.

If you love playing games with Dad, transport the fun from the living room to the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo. This arcade enthusiast’s expo will be held on Father’s Day in Decatur at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center. It will feature 200 classic arcade and pinball games, vendors, speakers, movies and the second annual PINVASION pinball tournament.

Visit www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/fathers-day/ to discover other Father’s Day events around Atlanta.

Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.