Make Father’s Day 2021 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 20th, 2021. 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, our complete Father’s Day Weekend calendar!
Grab a food deal
Bulla Gastobar: Bulla Gastrobar, Charlotte’s Spanish cuisine destination, will be opening early on June 20th, at 10 a.m. for brunch, while also offering a Paella menu during dinner (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Dads get an extra treat: a $20 Bulla gift card to use on his next visit, and a special box of chocolate clusters. Brunch is Prix Fixe at $28, and available until 4 p.m.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Enjoy a Family Bundle with scratch-made classics at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen on Dad’s big day. Choose from select entrées, including hand-breaded chicken tenders, grilled salmon or a combination of these favorites — all of which include two choices of family-sized sides and a half-dozen signature Honey Butter Croissants, starting at $24.99.
Insomnia Cookies: How sweet! Fathers get a FREE Classic Cookie (no purchase necessary) or a FREE Classics 6-Pack (with any purchase) at Insomnia Cookies — from June 14 to 21. Both sweet offers are only valid in-shop.
Olive Garden: If you take Dad to Olive Garden, you can enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $5. Pick up enough for the whole family. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Stuffed Fettuccine Alfredo.https://829226e7cd5caa77af4b45cc132a51e4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Pizza Hut: Everyone love pizza, especially dads everywhere! Have an inexpensive pizza party on Father’s Day, thanks to Pizza Hut’s ongoing deals and discounts. Share a slice of pizza and fun with Dad…plus, it’s an easy clean-up after the gathering.
Quiznos: Toasty Points members can enjoy The Big Easy Muffuletta for just $5 at Quiznos — from June 18 to 20.
Sonic Drive-In: If you’re looking for a more inexpensive day with Dad, check out the current deals from Sonic Drive-In. You can always stop by for the chain’s daily happy hour and enjoy half-price drinks, while catching up with Pops.
TCBY: Cool off with Dad at TCBY. Father’s first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt is FREE on Father’s Day.
Tijuana Flats will be offering buy one, get one free entrées for dads this Sunday in celebration of Father’s Day. Dads who order on Sunday, June 20th, for either dine-in or takeout will receive one free entrée of equal or lesser value with the purchase of a full-price regular adult entrée as a ‘Thank You’ for all that they do as dads. To receive the BOGO offer, dads must order in person at a Tijuana Flats location. The promotion is limited to one free entrée per check, and is not available for delivery. No substitutions or upgrades. Cannot be combined with any other discount of promotion. More info about Tijuana Flats.
Father’s Day Basketball Tournament
Dads and kids form duos to compete in this Around the World shooting tournament on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, at LeafSpring Academy, 3420 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. The cost is $10 per duo, and the winner in each age category gets a trophy. (The child’s age, that is.)
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 20th, 2021. Limited space. The arcade and escape room are closed.
Dunk Dad (or let Dad dunk you)
Armored Cow Brewing, 8821 JW Clay Boulevard, will have a Father’s Day Dunk Tank on Sunday, June 20th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pay just $5 for 10 throws. BYOT (towel).
Outdoor Concert (and fireworks)
Check out our big list of outdoor concerts in the Charlotte area. Most are free. On Father’s Day Weekend you can see the Charlotte Symphony, followed by fireworks, in Cornelius, Virginia Ground at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Too Much Sylvia, followed by fireworks, in Kannapolis, and many more.
Free Frozen Yogurt
Dads get 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on June 21st at participating TCBY locations. Participation may vary. Make sure to verify with your favorite TCBY store.
Meet some Animals
Does dad love goats? Or alpacas? Or mini-donkeys? Chances are that there’s a place for your family to visit Dad’s favorite animals this weekend. Check out our list of animal encounters in the Charlotte area.
Father’s Day Macarons
Amelie’s French Bakery has created three special macarons for Father’s Day:
- Cup O’Joe: The best part of waking up! An espresso bean topped macaron cookie filled with coffee infused dark chocolate ganache.
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake: Classic macaron cookie filled with swirls of cinnamon streusel and gluten-free buttery cake pieces.
- Maple Bacon: A savory and sweet classic. Brown sugar and bacon topped macaron cookie filled with maple and bacon buttercream.
These specialty French macarons are available for purchase in two ways:
- 12 Pack Gift Box, $33.95: Includes four macarons of each flavor and only available online for nationwide shipping from June 7-15.
- À la carte, $2.39: Individually sold in-store Amélie’s locations from June 14-20.
Amelie’s has four locations: NoDa, Park Road, Carmel Commons and Rock Hill.
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!
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. They have reduced their capacity, for safety reasons, and it’s highly recommended that you make a reservation ahead of time. When you do that, 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.
Go to a Drive-In Movie
There are three drive-in movie theaters currently operating near Charlotte: Hound’s Drive-in in Kings Mountain; Badin Road Drive-in in Albemarle; and Sunset Drive-In in Shelby.
Many farms in our area let you pick your own produce. Right now farms are featuring 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
Please note that not all of these restaurants are in the Triangle. We’re still including them, in case you’re buying a gift for a dad who lives elsewhere.
Applebee’s: Let Applebee’s make dinner for Dad. Buy a $50 gift card, and the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card for him.
Benihana: Cut it up with Dad at Benihana. Receive a $10 promotional card, when you purchase $50 in gift cards or, for more value, get a $60 promotional card, when you purchase $200 in gift cards.
BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse: Buy Pops a $50 electronic gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and get a $10 bonus card.
Plus, for a limited time, the restaurant is offering half off large pizzas with promo code HALFOFF. (The discount is automatically applied on Mondays.)
Chili’s Bar & Grill: Does Dad enjoy Tex-Mex and margaritas? If he does, 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 gift cards purchased online are 20% off — through June 21
Fogo de Chão: Dine in on Father’s Day at Fogo de Chão and Dad gets a $25 dining card to be used on his next visit. Plus, buy a $125 electronic gift card and get a $25 bonus card.
Hooters: Take Dad out for a few drinks at Hooters. On June 20, for every $25 gift card purchased, get an extra $5 in Dad’s Bonus Bucks. The bonus card is valid from June 21 to July 21.
Outback Steakhouse: Take Dad out for a steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse. The Australian steakhouse offers many everyday specials, including 10 entrées for under $16 each.
RA Sushi: If Dad loves sushi, get him a $50 gift card at RA Sushi and get $10 promotional card. If Dad really loves sushi, buy him a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card. https://3a0c568d03c081384e90d316ce6d9d65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Red Lobster: Dads love a bargain! Buy Dad a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Have an Italian Father’s Day feast at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. From June 16 to 20, get 25% off all electronic gift cards with promo code DAD21 at checkout.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse: Enjoy a steak dinner on Father’s Day at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. From June 16 to 20, get 20% off all electronic gift cards with promo code DADSDAY at checkout.
The Cheesecake Factory: Treat Dad to an extravagant lunch or dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. From June 10 to 20, purchase a $100 gift card and receive a $30 bonus card. (Both the gift and bonus card never expire.) You could even use the gift card for a cheesecake for a Father’s Day brunch at home.
Looking for more stuff to do Father’s Day Weekend? Here you go!