Best Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day In Minnesota

June 3, 2016 7:00 AM

Photo Credit Thinkstock

Photo Credit Thinkstock

Father’s day is quickly approaching, and no one knows your pops better than you do. Does he enjoy sports? A trip north to the Boundary Waters or south to the St. Croix River Valley? Or perhaps you can treat your dad out to a night out in the Twin Cities. Sunday, June 19 is the day dedicated to the father, and father figures in your life. So, here are a few ideas on how to celebrate.
Steamboat Days
Downtown Winona, Minnesota
Take US 61 S from the Twin Cities

June 15-19, 2016

A carnival, parade, 5k race and plenty of food, drink, and music are all part of Winona’s annual Steamboat Days. Taking place June 15 through 19, it’s the kind of event that is all the more fun when you attend with dad. There is so much to do, see and eat that you’ll need his help to get through it all. Whether you come up for the entirety, or just on Father’s Day, you’re sure to make some memories.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Minnesota Street Rod Association’s 43rd Annual Back To The Fifties Weekend
MN State Fair Grounds
1265 Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
June 17-19, 2016

Some of the coolest American cars ever made were the Hot Rods of the 1950’s. Groundbreaking design and engineering put some incredible vehicles on the road. Your dad doesn’t have to be a gear head to enjoy the over 10,000 street rods and custom cars on display. You’ll both also enjoy the commercial vendors selling food, gifts, souvenirs, crafters and swappers, live entertainment and plenty more across the expansive State Fairgrounds.

Hiking In Red Wing
Take US-10 E and WI-35 S/Great River Rd from the Twin Cities

The bluffs overlooking the St. Croix River make for some for some of the most scenic views in the state. If your dad appreciates clean air in his lungs, a little sun on his neck, getting away from it all to get lost in nature, this is a great way to spend the day. On the off-chance that the weather doesn’t cooperate, historic Red Wing is a great destination in itself. The charming buildings that line the streets are filled with places to shop and eat, and stopping by the Red Wing Shoe headquarters to check out some new boots is an experience in itself.

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(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

New Works 4 Weeks
Red Eye Theater
15 14th St W
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Your dad is an artist, enthralled by the Twin Cities dance, music, and theater scene. Or he is a blank slate, without a clue as to what local artists have to offer. Either way, the collection of emerging performers will put on a great show that will more than entertain. On the last night of their month-long presentation, take your father out for a night on the town and get lost in Minneapolis arts.

Historic Schmidt Brewery
900 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

Kick back with a bratwurst with sauerkraut and enjoy live polka with a few steins of good German beer at Germanfest. Your dad likes to party, and what better place to do it? The castle-like Schmidt Brewery, once one of the largest breweries in the Midwest and now converted to Artists Lofts, is the perfect backdrop for this annual festival. It runs all weekend, finishing up Sunday evening, and just might might be the liveliest way for you to celebrate Father’s Day.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.