Celebrate Your Dad on Father's Day

Make Time for Dad With these Great Maryland Father’s Day Suggestions
 

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J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
Maryland Crab Feast
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Designed by Joe Lee, architect of Doral Resort's famed Blue Monster and the courses at Walt Disney World, Greystone Golf Course is a true masterpiece in layout, challenge and entertainment.
Greystone Golf Course
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Fish in the Atlantic from peaceful Assateague Island.
Fish in the Atlantic from peaceful Assateague Island.


It’s time to celebrate dad, but there’s no need to grill your pop for his favorite Father’s Day Getaway. Try any one of these classic Maryland dad-doings and you’re sure to put a proud papa smile on his face.

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels is a summertime celebration of all things nautical. Image Credit: www.cbmm.org

1 Fulfill Dad’s Need for Speed at the OC Air Show and these other Great Events!

Do you think dad likes driving the family hauler? You know that picture of him picking your mom up for their first date in the convertible? Does he look like he’s thinking, “Man, can’t wait to get rid of this thing and get me a minivan.” No, he does not! So let him live the dream at Dad-Tastic events like the OC Car & Truck Show (June 8-9); or if your old man is of the sea, take him to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels. Or aim high and show your dad he’s your Top Gun at the Ocean City Air Show. And vacuum his minivan! He’s earned it.

Enjoy crabs and beer while dining on the deck or inside at Harris Crab House.

2 Steamed Crabs for Dad

Seriously, is there a better way to celebrate Father’s Day with a Maryland dad? A traditional Maryland crab feast hits all of dad’s favorite activities: sitting, eating and hitting things with a hammer, and as long as he’s using that mallet to whack crabs, there’s no danger of him putting (another) hole in the wall. Pck up a bushel at your favorite steamed crab spot and a six-pack of Maryland beer like Flying Dog’s amazing Old Bay-infused Deadrise, or head out to someplace new. Check out our Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail  pages for lots of great options to broaden Pop’s crustacean horizon.

Ball Snatch at a Baltimore Orioles Game Image Credit: Mitch Lebovic

3 Take Dad Out to the Ballgame

There’s nothing like a day at the ballpark with pop, and with the big-league Baltimore Orioles and six minor-league teams to choose from, in Maryland you’re never far from your field of dreams. Check out our baseball page for road trip ideas, baseball history, and other great suggestions sure to delight your dad.

man fishing on boat

4 Father’s Day Fishin’

Remember when your dad taught you to fish? Did you notice he didn’t throw you overboard the third time you somehow managed to hook his nose? You owe him, so get dad out on the water! Maryland is an angler’s paradise with so many great ways to get out and catch a fish. Hit the rivers and streams of Western Maryland, rent a boat and cruise out on Deep Creek Lake, head out on the bay for rockfish with an expert guide from the Maryland Charter Boat Association, spend the day surf fishing in OC, or head out for the deep sea trenches for big fish off shore. Check out this list of great local fishing tournaments and our main fishing page with lots more great suggestions. Just one thing, when dad tells mom about the one that got away, don’t tell her the truth until the day AFTER Father’s Day.

Family golf outting

5 Golf Getaway

Have you ever wondered why dads dig golfing? Sure, it’s a few hours of peace away from the rugrats, but it’s also the only place he can dress like that and still fit in. Plaid socks and shorts, pop? How about you hit the links? Luckily, Maryland is the perfect spot for duffer dads with great golfing spots from the mountains to the sea. So cut pop loose for a few hours of “He” time, and send him off to one of Maryland’s great golf destinations. For some suggestions, check out our Maryland golf pages. Or, for family fun, take in 18 holes of miniature golf. Ocean City has more than enough mini-golf courses to keep an old pro like your pop busy, or find a great course near you.

6 Raise a Glass to the World’s Greatest Dad

If there’s one guy on Earth worthy of a toast, it’s got to be dad, and Maryland has so many amazing ways to keep your father’s day celebration in high spirits. Maryland’s craft-brew scene is the perfect place for great brewery tours, our small-batch spirits are all the rage, so check out the scene with a distillery tour, or visit one of Maryland’s fantastic wineries for a great way to spend a family day. 

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7 Ladew Gardens’ “Groovin’ in the Grass” Summer Concert Series - Monkton

July 28, August 4 and August 11, 2019
On Father’s Day Ladew welcomes Jazz Caravan a 5-piece jazz, rhythm and blues band offering pep and musical punch with a broad array of swing classics and bluesy favorites.
Here is the 2019 full 8-week line up.

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8 George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion, Cumberland

Dates for 2020 TBD
Start priming the Father's Day pump by enjoying tastings from more than a dozen small-batch Maryland and national distillers of whiskey, moonshine, vodka and rum -  and an open beer and wine bar too. There will be historic re-enactments and a Colonial ‘pub’ room providing authentic colonial games. Fabulous food will be provided by Good Carma Catering.


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Location:
3 Pershing St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-7200


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FreeState Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival

9 Linganore Winecellars FreeState Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival, Mt Airy

Dates for 2020 TBD
Pre-celebrate Fathers Day at The FreeState Festival which brings together Maryland's best seafood, multiple Maryland craft brewers, delicious Linganore Wines, awesome live music and an array of MD-state-themed vendors. Price of admission includes a  souvenir glass for tastings.


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Location:
13601 Glissans Mill Rd
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
301-831-5889


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10 Father's Day Cruises Aboard Spirit of Baltimore

Dates for 2020 TBD
Board Spirit Cruises at Baltimore's Inner Harbor for a trip along the Patapsco. Enjoy incredible views of “Charm City” from a rooftop lounge. This two-hour cruise offers four departure times. Includes a delicious brunch or buffet-style dinner. To see the complete list of cruises, click here.

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11 Calvert Brewing Co. - Fathers Day Brunch 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Dates for 2020 TBD
Spend Fathers Day doing what families love to do: being active and having fun. The 5K race is chip timed and includes an awards ceremony. The 1 Mile Kids Fun Run includes finisher medals for the kids and free photos.


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150 Adelina Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
856-418-1055


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Blue graps on the vine from Catoctin Breeze Vineyard & Winery Image Credit: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard & Winery

12 Father's Day Celebration: Wine, Live Music & Pizza, Thurmont

Dates for 2020 TBD
Come celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with wine, pizza and live music. Pizzas will be made on site from 12-5pm and Hamonica Jazz will perform blues, jazz, and some originals of their own from 1-4pm.


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15010 Roddy Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
240-578-3831


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13 Father's Day Kayak Adventure at Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown

Dates for 2020 TBD
Enjoy a fun, family paddle to visit the Great Blue Heron families at their tree nests. Bring a bagged lunch for a pier picnic on Black Swamp Creek. Be sure to bring appropriate clothes and shoes for a forest hike.


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Location:
3255 Kings Landing Rd
Huntingtown, MD 20639
410-535-5327


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Father's Day Brunch Sail with a blue anchor

14 Schooner Woodwind - Father's Day Brunch, Annapolis

Dates for 2020 TBD
Our Father’s Day Brunch Sail departs Annapolis for a three-hour brunch cruise at 10am and returns at 1pm.

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15 Hagerstown Aviation Museum's Open Airplane Afternoon

Dates for 2020 TBD

Bring the family out to the Hagerstown Regional Airport and climb aboard the Fairchild C-82, C-119 Flying Boxcar and PT-26 Trainer.  See exhibits and other museum aircraft such as the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer and Fairchild 24, all built in Hagerstown, MD.

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16 Father's Day at Historic Sotterly Plantation, Hollywood

Dates for 2020 TBD
Half-price tours for Dads! Plan a special day with your dad—hike the trails, check out what’s growing on the farm and in the garden, browse and buy specialty items at our Museum Shop, and enjoy a HALF-PRICE TOUR of the 1703 Manor House!


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Location:
44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
301-373-2280


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Whiskey Rebellion Festival
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Location:
3 Pershing St
Cumberland, MD 21502
FreeState Beer, Wine & Seafood Festival poster
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Father's Day Brunch 5K banner
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Location:
150 Adelina Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Grapes in the vineyard
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Location:
15010 Roddy Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
Kayaking at Kings Landing Park
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Location:
3255 Kings Landing Rd
Huntingtown, MD 20639
Sotterley Plantation
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Location:
44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
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