Father's Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16. Around the Reno / Tahoe region, there are lots of fun things you can do with and for the father in your life.
Events & Things To Do With Dad
Father's Day at The National Automobile Museum
Every dad likes cars and Reno has the National Automobile Museum, one of the finest in the country. It's in downtown Reno at the corner of Lake and Mill Streets, with plenty of free parking. On Father's Day, dads get in free when visiting with their families (at least one paid admission required). No sales tax is charged on purchases from the Museum Store, making it a great place to buy a gift for dad. Call (775) 333-9309 for more information.
Father's Day Special at Washoe County Golf Course
Take dad to the Washoe Golf Course for a special 2-for-1 green fees deal on Father's Day. Playing time is between 12 noon and 6 p.m. For tee times, call (775) 828-6640. The course is administered by Washoe County Parks.
Ride the V & T Railroad
The restored V & T Railroad runs between Carson City and Virginia City on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 31. This is a terrific outing for dad and the whole family, especially if someone happens to be a railroad buff. A steam locomotive pulls the train on Saturdays and Sundays, diesel on Fridays. This is a popular activity, so get tickets in advance or you will likely be left standing at the depot.
An alternative is to go up to Virginia City and take the shorter round-trip ride to Gold Hill and back. This excursion has departures all day and advance reservations are not required.
Train Rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum
Bring dad down to take a ride around the Nevada State Railroad Museum on the historic Edwards Motor Car. Purchase tickets at the Wabuska Station with cash or check, no credit cards. Ticket price does not include Museum admission. For a schedule of times and ticket prices, see the online timetable or call (775) 687-4340. Rides will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Father's Day Rafting on the Truckee River
Truckee River rafting is a fun activity the whole family can do together, right in Reno. No driving required if you go with Reno outfitter Sierra Adventures. Call (866) 323-8928 to reserve your trip.
Play a Round of Disc Golf
The Ranch Disc Golf Course is in Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Dad and the whole family can enjoy a round at this unusual Reno sporting venue, and it's free to play. Get out and try something different on Father's Day.
Father's Day at Aces Ballpark
The Aces will not be playing at home on Father's Day weekend, but they will be in town both before and after. Check the 2013 Reno Aces' schedule to see if a game might be something you can do with dad.
Dash 4 Dads Cheetah Chase at Animal Ark
What Dad doesn't enjoy watching cheetahs run at top speeds? The cheetahs at Animal Ark go from zero to 45 mph in three seconds, with 22-foot strides and and a top speed of 60 mph. We predict Dad will be impressed! Prices for this special evening event: Adults $40; Seniors $35; Children (10-16 years old) $30. Children must be at least 10 years old to participate. Reservations required due to limited seating. RSVP at (775) 970-3431 (area code required when calling from the Reno area).
Stewart Father's Day Powwow in Carson City
Celebrate Father's Day and experience Native American heritage and history at the Stewart Father's Day Powwow, June 14 - 16. There will be over 100 dancers, arts and crafts vendors, Indian tacos, and more. Admission is free. Grand Entry is at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 12 noon on Sunday. This is an alcohol and drug-free family event at the Stewart Indian School, 5500 Snyder Avenue, Carson City, NV 89701. for more information, call (775) 687-8333.
Go swimming at a Reno area public pool
Public swimming pools in Reno and Sparks are open and dad just might enjoy splashing with the family. In addition to these facilities, there are several other free places to cool off and enjoy family time around the Truckee Meadows.
Renovation Celebration at Bowers Mansion Regional Park
Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley is having a celebration for the opening of the swimming pool and Bowers Mansion for tours. Both facilities have been closed for several years. Mansion tours will be free on Friday, June 14. The pool will be open seven days a week through August 18.
'Rockin' for Restoration' concert at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
On Saturday, June 15 starting at 5:30 p.m., this concert will benefit the ongoing efforts to restore Bartley Ranch Regional Park following the 2011 Caughlin Fire. Tickets start at $10 for the concert featuring the Electric Catfish and Guitar Woody and the Boilers. Food from Hacienda Restaurant and beer from Great Basin Brewery will be for sale.
Take Dad Fishing
A family fishing outing could be just the thing for Father's Day. There are numerous fishing holes around the Reno area suitable for families and dads.
Lake Tahoe Tours and Activities
Take dad up to Lake Tahoe for a day of fun in the air or on the water. Here are some special activities he can enjoy with the family.
Lake Tahoe Helicopter Tours
- Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour
- Lake Tahoe South Shore Helicopter Tour
- Sand Harbor Helicopter Tour
- Lake Tahoe Helicopter Tour
- Lake Tahoe Sunset Helicopter Tour
Water Sports Fun at Lake Tahoe
- Lake Tahoe Power Boat Rentals
- Lake Tahoe Jet Ski Rentals
- Lake Tahoe Pontoon Boat Rentals
- 2-Person Canoe Rentals
- Single and Double Kayak Rentals at Lake Tahoe
- Lake Tahoe Paddle Boat Rentals
- Lake Tahoe Single, Tandem, and Triple Parasailing Rides
- Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
- M.S. Dixie II Lake Tahoe Sunset Dinner Cruise
Father's Day Shopping & Gifts
You can count on every store in the region featuring Father's Day specials. To find some local Father's Day sales, head over to Reno / Tahoe shopping malls or find something a bit more unusual in downtown Reno's Riverwalk District.
Cabela's Reno will be having a bunch of activities through Father's Day weekend, June 15 and 16. Learn about fly fishing, pick up of fishing clothing tips, and check out food gift ideas for dad. Cabela's is at 8650 Boomtown Road in west Reno. Call (775) 829-4100 for more information.
Father's Day Dining
Top Reno / Tahoe Sports Bars
Not every dad is a sports fan, but lots are. If yours is one of them, visiting one of the Top Reno / Tahoe Sports Bars could be just the treat he would like.
Top Pizza Parlors Around Reno / Tahoe
Everybody like pizza. Taking dad to one of the Top Pizza Parlors Around Reno / Tahoe could be just the treat dad would appreciate from his family.
Top Ice Cream Parlors & Creameries
Visiting one of our Top Ice Cream Parlors & Creameries is a great way to show dad a good time on Father's Day.
Top Basque Restaurants in Reno / Tahoe
Take dad to one of our Basque restaurants and enjoy family style dining on Father's Day.
Father's Day Events in Nearby Places
Nevada City Bicycle Classic
That's Nevada City, CA, right next door to Grass Valley. This 53nd Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic is on Father's Day, June 16. Join the crowds for the action from several races through the streets of downtown Nevada City. For more information, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.
Father's Day Bluegrass Festival
Head over to Grass Valley, CA, for the Father's Day Bluegrass Festival. The 38th year of this event will be at the Nevada County fairgrounds from June 13 to 16. Bluegrass acts from California and around the country are scheduled to play. Visit the website for the schedule and directions to the site.