FOOD & DRINK
The Tex-Mex restaurant's special prix-fixe menu for Father's Day sounds like something straight out of an Outback Steakhouse, if that Outback Steakhouse were located in heaven: a fried bloomin' onion with spicy remoulade, a classic iceberg wedge salad, a wood-grilled bone-in ribeye with wood-roasted mushrooms, grilled asparagus, salt-baked potatoes, and rocky road ice cream. There are also optional add-ons like grilled prawns, Dungeness crab oscar sauce, and Tsar Nicoulai Gold Pearl trout roe. Plus, if you'd rather stay in, a to-go version of the meal with smoked beef ribs or a whole smoked chicken is also available for pickup at 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday. Pre-orders close 48 hours before pickup.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
DB Dessert Company Like List
In a nod to the dad bod, DB Dessert Company is baking up cookies celebrating the fatherly physique. If that's not your dad's thing, they also have assorted cookies, mini Bundt cakes, banana pudding, and cheesecake.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
Fressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe Like List
Whether your dad's tastes lean towards the sweet or the savory, the German bakery and cafe Fressen has you covered with its two Father's Day specials: kaiserschmarn (a lightly sweetened Austrian pancake cooked in brown sugar with blueberries and lemon curd) and biscuits and sausage gravy with two eggs.
Lawless BBQ Like List
Carnivorous dads will surely appreciate a platter loaded up with Lawless's "trio of ribs" special, which comes with pork ribs, spare ribs, and a Flintstones-sized beef rib. Bonus: Lawless is located inside Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden Like List , so you'll also get a chance to impress him with your craft beer savvy.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
Mio's Delectables Like List
Need to supplement your Father's Day meal with some prime baked goods? This French-Japanese patissier will sling croquettes and special cakes for Father's Day at the PSU Farmers Market on Saturday.
For a different kind of edible arrangement, surprise your dad with a salami bouquet brimming with charcuterie inspired by the flavors of Spain, France, Italy, and Greece.
Central Eastside, Richmond, Oregon City
Rally Pizza Like List
The family-friendly pizza parlor is offering a special meatball pizza, featuring beef, pork, and ricotta meatballs, tomato sauce, provolone, mozzarella, basil, and a dusting of pecorino.
The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen Like List
You're formally invited to bring your daddy, zaddy, or "whoever the heck you want" to the Side Yard Farm's sumptuous "seed-to-plate" Sunday brunch buffet Past Event Like List , which will include cornmeal cakes, "Dad's fried chicken sandos," a seasonal vegetable salad, and smashed and fried potatoes. Mimosas, bloody marys, and cups of Extracto coffee will also be available for purchase.
OTHER EVENTS DADS MAY LIKE
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Canada’s Barenaked Ladies are, in the words of esteemed Stranger music critic Dave Segal, "the aural equivalent of khaki trousers," and they are likely your dad's favorite band. They are also extremely successful rock musicians who have managed to swing themselves onto the nostalgia circuit for sold-out tour stops for the last few summers. They'll be joined on their Last Summer on Earth Tour by Semisonic and Del Amitri. AUDREY VANN
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale
Brewers & Their Bands
Brewers & Their Bands is thrusting beermakers onto the stage to show that brews aren't the only things that these folks can make. Treat your father to an afternoon sipping on locally produced brews while staff members from Unicorn, McMenamins, PS Angelus, Stormbreaker, Breakside, Ruse, and Ecliptic Brewing sling hops and shred guitars. AUDREY VANN
Grateful Dad 5k / 10k / Half Marathon
If your old man is the active type, he'll likely be stoked to show off his athletic prowess at this Father's Day race. Participants can select their sweat level with half marathon, 10K, 5K, or kid’s race options, all on the flat top at the Elks Lodge—it should suit creaky knees just fine. If all that running around works up a thirst, stick around afterward for a post-race beer and funky live performances. Best part? Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but this event makes it easy—you can snag a registration package that includes a hoodie and a shiny medal. Problem solved. LINDSAY COSTELLO
Milwaukie Elks Lodge, Oak Grove
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
Ben Schwartz & Friends
Your first encounter with Ben Schwartz may have been his role as wannabe baller Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on Parks and Recreation. ("It's like I always say. When life gives you lemons, you sell some of your grandma's jewelry, and go clubbing.") Since then, he's voiced Sonic the Hedgehog (a role that oddly suits his comedy style, which has a case of the zoomies) and starred in three Netflix improv specials. He'll drop by Portland on the heels of the release of schlocky horror-comedy Renfield, in which he stars alongside Nicolas Cage as Dracula. (If your dad's jokes are growing more groan-worthy by the second, take him to the show for an ad hoc comedy lesson.) LINDSAY COSTELLO
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Father's Day with Croft Vineyards and Portland Fruit Tree Project
Want to fulfill your pastoral fantasies while celebrating the harvest season? Load up a basket with all the juicy cherries you can pick from Croft Vineyards' orchard. Midnight Pass will regale guests with rhythm and blues, and Taqueria La Merced will sling tacos and burritos. Kids can also enjoy springing around in a bounce house from PDXFUN, while grown-ups can indulge in wines from the Stomp Tasting Room. JULIANNE BELL
Stomp by Croft Vineyards
MONDAY, JUNE 19
Jeopardy! host and gameshow GOAT Ken Jennings will drop by Third Place Books to chat travel at this day-after-Father's Day celebration of his new book, 100 Places to See After You Die: A Travel Guide to the Afterlife. Jetsetting dads (and the vacation-curious) should dig Jennings' writing style, which centers "destinations to die for"—you'll scope out spots from Dante’s Inferno and NBC’s The Good Place. That's quite a range! LINDSAY COSTELLO
Powell's City of Books