It’s summertime in Edmonton and there’s lots to do to celebrate Father’s Day this upcoming Sunday, June 19. Spoil your Dad, take him on an adventure, or just enjoy a relaxing day – whatever your style, one of these 6 activities is sure to be a hit with your Dad!

1. Fort Edmonton Park

Go back in time and get a feel for the days of the fur trade and the pioneer years of 1885, 1905 and 1920.  Costumed interpreters bring the past to life, enjoy historic midway attractions, go on horse-drawn rides, and enjoy a ride on the steam train.  A fun adventure for the whole family!

2. Porkapalooza

Start of Father’s Day weekend with a BBQ at Clarke Park – it is BBQ season after all! Come and experience food demonstrations, local food vendors, beer gardens, entertainment and a BBQ competition bringing 42 teams across Western Canada to compete. There will even be a concert series featuring the Sheepdogs, Gord Bamford, Loverboy and more!   June 17-19.

3.  NUOVA Opera & Music Theatre Festival

Don’t miss a performance at Canada’s Largest Opera and Music Theater Festival. Emerging Artists from across Canada bring their voices to concerts, masterclasses and fully staged small and large scale opera and musical theater productions. This year’s focus is Italian repertoire and will include shows such as The Gondoliers, La Bohème and more. June 10-July 3.

4. Park After Dark

Summer is the perfect season for outdoor patios and get togethers with family and friends. Park After Dark takes your patio party to the next level. It boats live horse-racing, a DJ, and tons of games with prizes! Every Friday starting on June 3, head over to Northlands to socialize with friends, have a cold drink and place bets on your favourite horses. A perfect treat for those Dad’s who love outdoor patio events. Additionally, this patio stretches out for 51,800 square feet giving you plenty of room to have fun! Every Friday after June 5

5. Play Days, hosted by Everybody Gets to Play

Play Days pop up throughout the summer at various venues, like the Strathcona Wilderness Centre or Broadmoor Lake Park. These events encourage children to play and be creative and will include activities such as edible art, a campfire, gardening areas, learning about tadpoles, bubbles, a “building zone” and more. Family fun like no other! Check out the website for specific dates and times as well as a full list of activities.

6. Pazzo Pazzo: Fine Italian Dining in Edmonton

In the heart of downtown Edmonton, Pazzo Pazzo offers the best authentic Italian cuisine for a reasonable price. Pazzo Pazzo is perfect for a family night out – afterall, Italians love their families! This family-friendly establishment is a great place to spoil your Dad with authentic Italian cuisine. You’ll love the casual and comfortable ambiance, the tasty assortment of pastas and pizza, and the friendly staff. Make a reservation or have them deliver hot, exquisite food to your door.