Dads in Northern Colorado are in the perfect place to celebrate every day with their families, but Father’s Day offers a few unique opportunities to make the day even more special. Whether your dad is a beer lover, an outdoorsman, a runner, a bicyclist, an artist, a bowler or a foodie, you’ll find the perfect Father’s Day activity in our communities.
Keep reading to brainstorm ideas for the whole weekend, starting on Friday, June 14th through Father’s Day on June 16th. Our guide includes fun ideas like camping or grabbing a beer, as well as special events, races, markets and more.
The Exchange is Downtown Fort Collins’ newest attraction, an open-air community gathering space that offers local beer and distilled liquors, robot-made donuts, small business shopping, delicious food and handcrafted ice cream. The Summer Series at The Exchange features specials and events on certain days, including June 15th and 16th. Come by for live music and dancing in the plaza! And for more information, check out the Facebook event here.
Every Friday evening during the spring, summer and fall, The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch turns into one of our favorite hangouts! From 6 to 8 p.m., you can enjoy patio seating, firepits, s’mores and live music. To see who’s playing on June 14th, click here.
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On Father’s Day morning at 8 a.m., the Father’s Day 5K is taking off at Foothills Mall. This family-friendly event includes a 5K run, a one-mile kids’ fun run and a post-race party, complete with local beer, food and live music. To register online, click here.
FC Bikes, a program of the City of Fort Collins, is throwing a bike-themed party on June 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event blocks off the street to cars to provide a safe place to bike and play, and it offers family-friendly attractions that include free programming, food trucks, live music, art and more. For event updates, RSVP to the Facebook event here.
The Estes Park Marathon is a full weekend of racing fun in the village. On Saturday, June 15th, families can enjoy a special kids festival that includes live music, games, face painting, bouncing obstacle bikes, a running event and more. The next morning, on Father’s Day, races include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K. For all the details and online registration, click here.
Northern Colorado is the perfect place for a beer crawl, whether you’re in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley or Estes Park. To plan your crawl, check out The Ultimate Guide to Fort Collins Craft Breweries and The Ultimate Guide to 20 Craft Breweries from Greeley to Loveland, Colorado. Or, just head to The Mayor of Old Town for a lineup of 100 draft beers!
Sylvan Dale is a guest ranch getaway located in Loveland that offers overnight experiences on the ranch, trail rides, special events and more. Their Father’s Day Festival is an all-day event that includes a western-style BBQ, a live DJ, cowboy roping lessons, access to the outdoor heated pool, outdoor games, wagon rides and scenic trail rides. For reservation information, pricing and more details, click here.
The Lyric is a movie theater as well as a bar and restaurant, and they go out of their way to organize special experiences for the whole family. This summer—in addition to weekend cartoons and outdoor movies—they’re hosting the Lyric Art Market complete with the market, food, drink, film and interactive artistic experiences. The first market takes place on Sunday, June 16th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you can get all the details here.
Photo courtesy of The French Nest Open-Air Market
The French Nest Open-Air Market is Northern Colorado’s only artisan outdoor fair and it takes place right here in Fort Collins’ Civic Center Park. Hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every third Saturday, the event brings vintage, antique and artisan vendors, handmade and hand-curated goods, coffee, delicious food, music, face painting and family-friendly activities. For more event dates and information, click here.
Odell Brewing Co. is hosting their own artisan market throughout the summer. On June 16th from 12 to 8 p.m., come by the brewery for craft beer, food trucks and shopping with local creators. For more details, click here.
Chipper’s Lanes offers five different locations with bowling, arcade games, laser tag and more. On Father’s Day, whether you’re bowling in Fort Collins, Greeley, Estes Park or Broomfield, every Chipper’s Lanes is offering free bowling to dads. All you have to do is pay for your shoes!
By mid-June, many of Northern Colorado’s best markets are underway, including the Estes Park Farmers Market, the Fort Collins Farmers’ Market, the Greeley Farmers’ Market, and the Sunday Market on Main Street in Timnath, which takes place at Colorado Feed & Grain right next to Timnath Beerwerks!
For all the available markets, check out The Ultimate Guide to Northern Colorado Farmers’ Markets.
June brings tons of summer fun and sun to Northern Colorado, which makes it the perfect time to spend the day on the water at Horsetooth Reservoir. Surrounded by 1,900 acres of public lands, the reservoir itself offers six and a half miles of water, including fishing, swimming, scuba diving, boating and water skiing. For all the details on visiting, click here.
Even if you’re planning your camping adventure at the last minute, you can find plenty of opportunities in Northern Colorado and throughout the rest of the state. In The Procrastinator’s Guide to Camping in Colorado, we rounded up more than 35 spectacular first come, first served sites as near to Fort Collins as Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and as far as San Juan National Forest.