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Ways to Spend Father's Day in Austin | 2020

Posted by Ryan Rodenbeck on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 at 5:21pm

Some things might have changed with this year's Father's Day but this won't stop you planning the best weekend for your dad. Whether you are planning to make the most of social distancing or spend it at home, here are some 10 fun activities to help you plan out a memorable Father's Day with your dad.

1. Camping

Pack your camping gear and take dad for an adventure in different camping spots around Austin. Do take note that during these times, if you plan to go camping, don't forget to visit the park's website for any reservations, alerts, and closures before you plan your camping trip ahead.

2. Fishing

Reel 'em in! Cast your line in some of Austin's top fishing spots. You can catch catfish, sunfish, and largemouth at the Walter E. Long Lake, while in Lake Pflugerville, you can catch channel catfishes or bluegill. Other Fishing spots in Austin are Mills Pond, Brushy Creek Lake Park, or Brighlake. If you're over 17, you will need a fishing license to fish in public waters- you can get one at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. We advise checking their websites for closures on these spots before you pack and head out.

3. Hiking

Enjoy quality time with your dad admiring the nature that surrounds you. Go on a hike at the different hiking trails this weekend. Barton Creek Greenbelt is a popular location for families and adventure-loving locals. For a convenient trail, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail have entry points at Downtown, Zilker, and Butler Park. Stephenson Preserve Trail has lots of different looping trails you can take from easy one-milers to more than four miles. Be mindful that hours may differ these days. Check on the websites and pages of your chosen hiking trail before heading out.

4. Get Him Beer

Nothing is better than a cold beer on a hot summer day. If your dad has a brewery he loves, get him a pack, and if you want him to try something new, check out these breweries that offer deliveries or curbside pickups.
Here are some breweries from the website for the different breweries within the different regions in Austin.


North Austin


Central Austin
- Black Star Co-op tel: 512-452-2337


East Austin


South Austin


West Austin


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Gifts, Treats, Virtual Events

1. BookPeople Gifts

Despite its physical stores being closed, you can still support your local bookshop by ordering online! Get your dad some new books at BookPeople.

2. Atown's Wall of Socks and Local Goods

Support local businesses. This Central Austin boutique features a mix of handmade goods from local artists. Whether you are looking for gifts, apparel, or pet goods, they have it for you. You can shop in their store or call for curbside pickup.

3. Waterloo Record's Gifts

Get your dad the gift of music. Waterloo records have a huge selection of music, films, turntables, book, and gift items you can order online for curbside pickup or over the phone at 512-474-2500.

4. Mozart's Father's Day Specials

Between June 17-21, Mozart is offering several family takeout meals for pickup. This includes including a Zilker Beer Pack Father’s Day Pack that includes a 10 pack of Zilker Beer, 12 pieces of fried chicken, 3 Mozart’s Waffles with syrup, Coleslaw, Mac & Cheese, Cherry Pie and a Growler of Cold Brew or Iced Tea. Preorder here.

5. Delysia Chocolatier Gentleman's Collection

Delysia features an assortment of dark chocolate, Scotch, and cigar-infused truffles. You can order online here

6. Blue Starlite Mini Drive-in

For an extreme social distancing movie experience, get tickets and take your dad to a drive-in cinema located in Round Rock with the classic film, The Sandlot, on June 21. Tickets here. 


If you are planning to head outdoors this Father's Day, check for reservations and hours, be mindful of the current situations, practice social distancing, and be safe.

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