2017 Des Moines Father’s Day Guide

2017 Des Moines Father’s Day Guide

Find 2019 Father’s Day events here.

Dads are awesome! And because no one can bring the fun the way dads can, we’ve picked out some great activities for celebrating Father’s Day with the fam in Des Moines. From a nice meal out, to a special event, to a great gift, read on to find the perfect plan for making the day as exciting as the man, himself.

Treat Dad to Brunch, Lunch or Dinner

Cheeseburger in Paradise-Father’s Day Rendezvous at Hotel Renovo

Celebrate Father’s Day a little early at Hotel Renovo in Urbandale.  They are throwing a paradise party just for dad on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 starting at 5:30 pm. Join them for their Cheeseburger in Paradise-Father’s Day Rendezvous for burgers, bocce ball and tequila tasting on the patio. Drink specials will also be available at the bar.

Brunch at The Library

Raise a glass to Dad at this old-school Drake neighborhood fave where breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Get the Library Breakfast or Hangover Hash or go all “foodie” and try the La Mie Breakfast Croissant or Cheese Shop Omelet. Sit inside or out and perk up with a local brew. Then walk around campus and enjoy a sweet summer Des Moines day.

Father’s Day Buffet with Peace Tree at The Iowa Taproom

Treat Dad to Father’s Day Brunch with Peace Tree Brewing at The Iowa Taproom! Peace Tree is bringing the beer-some secret barrel aged deliciousness, orange gose, root beer and all the favorites. The Iowa Taproom is bringing all the food you could dream of. Think carved prime rib, smoked salmon, peel & eat shrimp, roasted pork loin, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy and much more. Plus- a super large extra delicious dessert table. Adult tickets are $30 and kids just $12.

Tenderloin at Nick’s

Treat Dad to one of the best tenderloins in Iowa (ranked THE best in 2016) at Nick’s on the Southside.  He’ll feel like a royal when he orders the King or Queen sized fried pork goodness. If for some reason your dad isn’t into tenderloins, they also serve up great Italian beef sandwiches and pizza.  You’ll also want to be sure to start everyone off sharing their addictive fried pickles.

Fathers & Families Cookout

Men gather to share their favorite dishes with family, friends, and community at this annual celebration hosted by the John R. Grubb YMCA on Saturday, June 24, 2017, the weekend after Father’s Day. Fathers, uncles, and brothers will cook, bake, and/or grill their signature dish to serve in sample servings for attendees. Family activities will include music, games, storytelling, face painting, and bounce houses. Tasting tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

Gift Ideas for Dad

Spa Packages from Coachlight Clinic and Spa

According to the International Spa Association, a whopping 47% of spa goers are MEN.  Who knew what Dad really wants is a spa gift card?  Coachlight Clinic and Spa is offering up a number of spa packages designed specifically for men this Father’s Day.  Ask them about their King for a Day, Gentlemen First and Weekend Warrior Packages, which include massages, facials, herbal wraps, products and more.

Daddy and Me Photo Shoot with Kristy Hill Photography

Let’s face it, Dads can be hard to buy for and they tend to buy what they want for themselves.  This year give a gift that will keep on giving.  Give him a gift certificate or book him a session for a “Daddy and Me Photo Shoot” with a local photographer.  They will capture your (and his) favorite “Dad moments with some special photos that he’ll cherish forever.

Bourbon from the Iowa Distillery

It’s no coincidence that National Bourbon Day, which is on June 14th, and Father’s Day are so close together! If your father is a bourbon fan, this is the year to give him something special.  The Iowa Distillery has a Straight Bourbon Whiskey which they mash, ferment, distill, age, and bottle all at their Cumming, IA location.  You can also find it, along with their other spirits, at local liquor and grocery stores in Des Moines.

Tickets to a Concert at Hoyt Sherman

Take your dad to a concert so he can get up close and personal with some other cool dudes. Plenty of Dad’s favorite artists are hitting the Hoyt Sherman stage this year.  Whether he’s into the laid back sounds of Michael McDonald; wants to get a little funky with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic; or if he’s more into the blues, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band & Beth Hart all fit the ticket for a great Father’s Day gift.

Broheim’s Indoor Golf & Pub Membership Package

What Dad doesn’t love golf and beer?  Broheim’s Indoor Golf & Pub features state-of-the-art golf simulators, in Waukee, where patrons can play the world’s most scenic and challenging courses. It’s also a fully operating bar, offering the best craft beers and top shelf liquors available. They have several membership packages available…or you could just treat Dad to lunch.

Special Events to Celebrate Father’s Day in Des Moines

FREE Admission at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Dad’s get FREE admission to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on June 18th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.. Dad’s can explore the gardens on their own or take the whole family.

FREE Admission to Local Pools and Aquatic Centers

Take your dad to the pool on Sunday, June 18th, and he will swim for FREE at the Clive Aquatic Center and all of the Des Moines Pools and Aquatic Centers.

FREE Admission at Reiman Gardens

In honor of Father’s Day, all dads are admitted FREE of charge to Reiman Gardens on June 18, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Take the kids and check out the new sculpture exhibit: “Washed Ashore”.

Father’s Day Event at the Heritage Carousel

Dad can feel like a kid again with a ride on the Heritage Carousel in Union Park on June 18, 2017 at 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Dad’s ride FREE and all other riders cost 50 cents for kids and $1.00 for adults.

15th Annual “Peace” Classic Car and Truck Show.

Registration starts at 9:00 am on June 18th for this classic car show on the southside.  A free will offering lunch will be served from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.

I-Cubs Home Game

Take Dad out to the ol’ ball game on Father’s Day. The Cubbies are at home on June 18th and take on the Omaha Storm Chasers. Promos include Family Four Pack, Food Pantry Day, Pedal to the Park and Post-Game Kids Run the Bases.

Weiner Dog Races at Prairie Meadows

The one race where size doesn’t matter! Four-legged competitors of a markedly different breed will step into the starting gate this Father’s Day. Watch adorable dachshunds compete in a 30-yard dash for cash prizes and their spot in the “Wiener’s Circle!”



What fun activities do you have planned for Father’s Day? Tell us in the Comments below. 


If you need additional Father’s Day ideas, visit our events calendar.

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