Make Father’s Day 2023 special in the Charlotte area with these ideas about how to spend the weekend. When more deals, freebies or events are announced we’ll let you know that too!
As Dad always says, “We’re not made of money.” Also, “Close the door, we don’t own the electric company.” And “If your friends jumped off the bridge would you do it too?”
Check out some of these events and deals and start planning for a special Father’s Day on the cheap. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, 2023. Some of these events take place on other days on Father’s Day Weekend and some of the activities are always available.
Make sure to follow the links for important details. This list will be updated as more Father’s Day deals and events are announced.
Also, scroll down for a list of gift card bonuses, and our complete Father’s Day Weekend calendar!
We’ve also put together a Father’s Day gift guide for online shopping.
Grab a food deal
So far we know about these deals:
Urban Sweets Co: Dads get a free small cone or cup of ice cream on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Opening hours are 1 to 7 p.m. 222 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC.
Krispy Kreme: On June 17 and 18, 2023, enjoy $0 delivery on your order. $5 order minimum, at participating locations.
TCBY: On Sunday, June 18, 2023, dads get their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free at participating TCBY shops. Offer might vary by location.
Marco’s Pizza: From June 12 to 18, 2023, get 30% off all menu priced pizzas using the promo code FD23.
Morelia Gourmet Paletas: Free paletas for dads on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Locations in Huntersville and South End.
PDQ: Dads eat free at PDQ on Sunday, June 18, 2023. With the purchase of a kids or adult meal, dads get the choice of a 3-piece Tender or 8-piece Nugget meal, or any sandwich meal or salad. This offer is valid in-store or drive-thru only and is not available for online ordering or third party delivery, or at the PDQ Test Kitchen, airport, arena or stadium locations.
Go to Stowe
Dads get into Stowe Botanical Garden for free on Sunday, June 18, 2023. There will be live music, yard games, food and drink for purchase, and dads get a free Game Day Koozie, while supplies last. 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont.
Race Your Kids
Fathers can race against their kids at The Pit, 346 East Plaza Drive in Mooresville, and Dad’s first race is free. Sunday, June 18, 2023. Subsequent races are half price for dads.
See a Movie
Independent Picture House, 4237 Raleigh Street, Charlotte, is offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets to all shows on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Select at least two tickets, and use the promo code DAD23.
Enjoy Art All Year
Buy your dad a membership to Bechtler Museum of Modern Art from June 15 to 18, 2023, and get 20% off. Just use the promo code ADOREDAD2023.
Pro Wrestling Block Party
Divine Barrel Brewing, 3701 N Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC, is hosting Cam Jackson’s Block Party on Sunday, June 18, 2023, starting at 3 p.m. This is a free event. Watch the high-flying professional wrestlers from Xtreme World Wrestling and Top Rope Studios. B Cook’s Food Truck will be on site.
Dad Joke Competition
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC, is holding a Dad Joke Competition on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 11 a.m. Anyone age 18 or older can compete in this contest to tell the best agriculture-themed dad joke. There will be prizes, including a Weber grill! Call the market office at 704-357-1269 and ask for Amie Newsome, the Market Manager, to register.
Go Ice Skating
At Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail Fairview Road, Indian Trail, NC, Saturday, June 17, 2023, dads get free skate rental with the purchase of a kid’s admission, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Play Golf (sort of)
At Topgolf, get a $15 game play bonus for every $50 you spend on Father’s Day gift cards through June 18, 2023. Details here. Puttery is also offering a special deal on Father’s Day — Pay $18 for two courses. Details here.
Compete in Cornhole
Both locations of Primal Brewery are hosting a Father’s Day celebration and free cornhole tournament on Sunday, June 18, 2023, starting at 2 p.m. There will also be live music and a new beer release. You can sign up in advance (at the above link.) 16432 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC, and 52 Ervin Street, Belmont, NC.
Free Cream Puff
Beard Papa’s, at 222 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC, is offering a free original puff with vanilla filling to dads, with any purchase, on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, 2023.
Hank Hill Father’s Day Bash
Protagonist Beer South End, 227 Southside Drive, Charlotte, NC, is hosting a Hank Hill Father’s Day Bash on all weekend. Hank Pint Glasses and Hank Koozies will be available for purchase. There will be live music on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., $4 pints of Hank Beer, bourbon specials, and more.
Juneteenth Cookout & Father’s Day Celebration
Southern Hospitality Group, Inc. is hosting a Juneteenth Cookout and Father’s Day Celebration at Victoria Yards, 209 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC. It will take place Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 12 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but there will be lots of food vendors. There will also be live music, entertainment, games and prizes.
Check out our big list of outdoor concerts in the Charlotte area. Most are free. On Father’s Day Weekend there are at least 16 outdoor concerts, most free.
Free Frozen Yogurt
Dads get 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on June 18, 2023, at participating TCBY locations. Participation may vary. Make sure to verify with your favorite TCBY store.
Show off Dad’s Skills
Super Abari Game Bar, 1015 Seigle Avenue, Charlotte, is a bar/arcade with a ton of video games and pinball machines. Challenge Dad to an old-school competition!
Explore Camp North End
Take this self-guided turn-by-turn mural tour of Camp North End. It’s under a mile and you’ll see tons of art in a unique setting. There’s plenty of tasty treats to try there too!
Dads get into Tiger World, 4400 Cook Road, Rockwell, NC. for free on Father’s Day.
Swim in a Quarry
Carrigan Farms’ Swimming Quarry, 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, offers one of the most beautiful and natural places to swim in the region. The cost is $20-$25 a person. When you make an advance reservation, the reservation will cost an extra $5, but that will be converted to a dining voucher when you get there.
Explore a Waterfall
Get out of town and cool down at a breathtaking North Carolina waterfall. We’ve put together a photo guide to 9 of them.
Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of African-American people from American slavery. Celebrate this weekend at one of these festivals.
Many farms in our area let you pick your own produce. Right now farms are starting to feature U-pick blueberries, and maybe blackberries. Check out one of these U-pick farms near Charlotte, pick some fresh, delicious berries, and make a pie for Dad!
Go on a Hike
If you think you’ve seen it all, try one of these hikes. Our list of 50+ hikes and walks in the Charlotte area will almost certainly include something you haven’t tried yet.
Go on a Charlotte Walking Tour
Explore the history of a neighborhood in Charlotte with one of these self-guided walking tours, including NoDa, Elizabeth, Plaza Midwood, and Fourth Ward.
Father’s Day Gift Card Deals
Let Applebee’s make dinner for Dad. Buy a $50 gift card and the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card for him.
Cut it up with Dad at Benihana. Receive a $10 promotional card with the purchase of $50 in gift cards or, for more value, get a $60 promotional card with the purchase $200 in gift cards.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Buy Pops a $50 electronic gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and get a $10 bonus card.
Does Dad enjoy Tex-Mex and margaritas? Treat him to lunch or dinner at Chili’s. Buy him a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card. The offer is only available online.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Need bagels for a Father’s Day brunch? All Einstein Bros. Bagels digital gift cards purchased online are 20% off — through June 20.
Wing it on Father’s Day! Take Dad out for a few drinks and wings at Hooters. For every $25 gift card purchased, get an extra $5 Bonus Bucks.
Hop over to IHOP for a Father’s Day breakfast or brunch. Buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card — through July 9.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Enjoy an Italian feast with Dad on his big day at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Get a $20 bonus card with the purchase of a $100 gift card. The bonus offer is only available online.
With every $25 wroth of gift cards purchased at McAlister’s from April 23 to June 18, 2023, get a $5 reward bounceback (online) or a reward voucher (in-store), to be redeemed June 19 to July 31, 2023.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
To honor dads, Moe’s Southwest Grill is offering a gift card promo from now through June 18, 2023. For every $25 in gift cards purchased, guests will receive $5 in Moe Rewards to be redeemed in the app through August 31, 2023.
On The Border
Enjoy a Mexican feast at On The Border on Father’s Day. Buy a $50 digital gift card and receive a $10 bonus card.
Break bread with Dad at Panera Bread. Get 20% off all gift cards purchased online. Use the gift cards on sandwiches, soups and more for an enjoyable and budget-friendly Father’s Day lunch.
If Dad loves sushi, get him a $50 gift card at RA Sushi and get a $10 promotional card. If Dad really loves sushi, buy him a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card.
Fishing for savings on Father’s Day? Buy Dad a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive two coupons each good for $10 off your next order of $40 or more in July and August.
From June 16 to June 19, 2023, buy $50 worth of gift cards and get $15 in eRewards codes at Schlotzky’s.
Smashburger: Buy $50 in gift cards and get $15 in Smash Cash. June 16-18, 2023.
Slather on the savings, please. Dads everywhere love a good sub sandwich. Enjoy a FREE 6″ sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card at Subway.
Spice up Father’s Day at Taco Bell. Buy $50 or more in select digital gift cards and get 15% off instantly. That means you will only pay $42.50 for a $50 gift card. The offer is only available online.
The Cheesecake Factory
Dads are always so sweet! Treat Dad to an extravagant lunch or dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card; a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus card; or a $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus card. You could even use the gift card to buy a cheesecake for a Father’s Day brunch at home.
The gift card deals originally appeared on Living on the Cheap and are used with permission.
Complete Father’s Day Weekend Calendar
Looking for more stuff to do Father’s Day Weekend? Here you go!