Austin hosts a number of unique ways to treat Dad this weekend.
By Keri Heath
On Father’s Day, you want the best for Dad. When searching for ways to spend the day with that special role model in your life or your children’s lives, take a look at the various events going on throughout Austin that will treat Dad to the day he deserves.
Father’s Day BONDing at the Paramount
Celebrate Father’s Day by BONDing at the Paramount with a day of 007. The Paramount Theatre will screen double features of James Bond films on June 15, and offers a special ticket for those who want a treat that includes a specialty hot dog from Frank and a complimentary martini or beer. Kick back, relax and treat Dad to the classy lifestyle with an afternoon of watching the films of the most well-known British spy. Choices include a double feature of Sean Connery films From Russia With Love and Goldfinger or Goldeneye and The Spy Who Loved Me. Advanced tickets for this special event can be purchased for $31 by calling 512.474.1221 or visiting austintheatre.org.
Eden East Father’s Day Holiday Brunch
Recently named one of the best outdoor dining restaurants in America by OpenTable, Eden East is hosting a Father’s Day brunch June 15. This continuation of Eden East’s summer holiday brunch series begins at 1 p.m. with tasty appetizers like gulf shrimp and soft pretzel sticks and cocktails, with the dad-friendly brunch to follow at 2:30 p.m. Stick around after the meal for fun yard games such as axe-throwing lessons and a ’70s rock ’n’ roll DJ. Visit eadeneastaustin.com to make reservations and give Dad a great meal on his special day. For more information, call Eden East at 512.428.6500.
The Long Center’s Father’s Day Gospel Brunch
For the dad who likes a little soul, take him on over to The Long Center on June 15 for brunch and great gospel music performed by the Jones Family Singers. From Bay City, this group comes to Austin during their preparation for their first-ever appearance at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival this summer. With a brunch buffet provided by Sterling Events, this family-friendly event is sure to raise Dad’s spirits and give him a memorable way to spend the day. House-seat-only tickets are also available for those who do not wish to participate in the brunch. For more information on the event, visit thelongcenter.org/events/fathers-day-gospel-brunch.
Blackbird and Henry’s Pig Roast
For dads who want something a little different for brunch this year, check out Blackbird and Henry. This year, Chef Mark Schmidt will roast a whole pig from which guests can taste. Guests are also welcome to a variety of brunch dishes such as fried quail and grits, chicken schnitzel-style eggs and pain perdu, and seasonal cocktails prepared specially by Allison Green. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blackbird and Henry is opening its doors to families and friends who want to treat Dad to a unique dining experience, such as this one. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations at 512.394.5264.
Austin Symphony’s Big Band Concert in the Park
The Austin Symphony offers a great way to lay low on Father’s Day. As a part of the Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park series, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform big band music for this Father’s Day Sunday. This laid-back atmosphere will give Dad the perfect opportunity to relax and take it easy on blankets while listening to Austin’s finest. Pack a picnic dinner and take the family out for the 7:30 p.m. start to the orchestra’s performance of big band music. Free parking is available. For more information about this event, visit the Austin Symphony’s website.
In a city this happening, there are tons of ways to celebrate Father’s Day. Dad can also have a great brunch at Perry’s Steakhouse, relax with a day at W Austin’s AWAY Spa and experience the Man Up Facial, get a great private label shirt at By George or kick back to happy hour at TRACE.
Jones photo courtesy of the Long Center, Eden East photo courtesy of Veronica Meewes, concert photo courtesy of the Austin Symphony.