For father's day, treat dad to festivals with food, beer and fun


Were you the kid up there on your dad's shoulders, way back at your first show? There's a reason dads have a whole genre of music named after them: because dads rock! Dedicated dads like those deserve a little something more. If you're looking for new ways to celebrate Father's Day, why not take dad to a festival? 

These 2023 festivals on or around the Father's Day weekend hit the spot for dads, whether it's foodie events, craft beer or concerts. Here are some ideas for new ways to spend some special time with dad, for Father's Day.

Rock out with some Dad Rock
Whitecourt's Party in the Park features a few 90s headline acts dad will love.

Hey, today's dads are still pretty cool, right? They grew up on punk, grunge and alt rock—the basis of today's "Dad Rock." Let dad let his hair down (or reminisce about his flowing locks) at these awesome Father's Day weekend shows.

Jun 16 - 17  Party in the Park / Whitecourt, AB

Jun 16 - 17  The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival / Beaumont, AB

You can relive the 90s with some of the headliners, and catch dad up on some newer sounds too.

Attend a pow wow together

What better way to celebrate dad than at a pow wow? For time immemorial, the song, drum and ceremony of the pow wow have been reminders of the importance of family and tradition, inviting us to come together. 

Jun 17 - 18  Chief Williams Traditional Father's Day Pow Wow

Jun 24 - 25  Grande Prairie Traditional Pow Wow    

Indigenous or non-Indigenous, the experience can be a powerful way to reconnect to people, culture and the land. 

Take dad for a beer

Does your dad love craft beer? The Squamish Beer Festival features some of the best brews from more than 55 craft breweries and craft cideries who will showcase their latest and greatest brews. 

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It is an annual half-day event where more than 2,000 beer lovers will come together to celebrate their passion for great beer and mountain culture. Nestled in the heart of Sea to Sky Country and right in the heart of downtown Squamish, there will be food trucks, games, axe throwing, DJs and live music.

Share some foodie fun
Charcuterie board prepared at Old School Cheesery, Vermilion.

Does your dad usually barbecue his own Father's Day dinner? Give him a break and treat him to a food festival.

June 30  Celebration of Vermilion & Multiculturalism / Vermilion, AB

Treat your dad's taste buds to a province-wide feast from the goodness of Alberta’s best farmers,food artisans and craft brewers. The Celebration of Vermilion is happening on June 30 at the Vermilion Ag Grounds, featuring a food festival and live music.

Food vendors will be offering samples of tasty food from perogies to pulled pork sliders, ice cream and savoury Asian treats. You betcha, there will be ice cream.

Jul 20 - Jul 30  A Taste of Edmonton / Edmonton, Alberta

Have a dad who loves to eat everything?! A Taste of Edmonton Festival is one of the city’s most popular festivals, with 500,000 people attending it every year and nearly 100 different samplings to choose from.

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