Celebrate Father’s Day With Dad in the Boulder Area

by Rachel Daly
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Having a hard time deciding what to do with the dad in your life on Father’s Day? I’ve put together a list of unique, fun things to do this Sunday for Father’s Day in Boulder. Whether he loves brews, BBQ, paddleboarding, go karts or music, there are a ton of fun places to take Dad this weekend, in and around Boulder!

Father’s Day Celebration: The Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids

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Photo Courtesy the Rock and Roll Playhouse

The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents a Father’s Day celebration: The Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids at the Boulder Theater. Created to provide a shared musical experience for parents and children, the Rock and Roll Playhouse hosts adult-friendly kids’ concerts. Local musicians play music live while kids and parents dance and play in the crowd.

The Music of the Grateful Dead will be hosted at the Boulder Theater this Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 11:30AM and a second show at 2:30PM. Tickets are $15, available here.

Take Dad Paddleboarding or Kayaking at Longmont’s Union Reservoir

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Photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Paddleboarding

Join Always Choose Adventures for paddleboarding or kayaking at Union Reservoir. Choose your own adventure with this event. Always Choose Adventures partnered with Rocky Mountain Paddleboard to give members a special discount for a paddleboard or kayak rental. Look for the ACA flag at the reservoir. Bring a towel, lots of sunscreen, plenty of water, your bathing suit and a smile.

Union Reservoir is located in Longmont, CO 80504. Always Choose Adventures will be hosting this event on Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 12PM – 2PM. Fee:  $25 for 2 Hour rental for paddleboard or kayak. ($1 ACA Admin fee) = $26.00 total.

Take Dad for a Beer at a Local Brewery

Photo Courtesy of FATE Brewing Company

Many breweries in the Boulder area are offering awesome deals and events for dads this Sunday for Father’s Day. Boulder Beer is hosting a Pig Roast & Hootenanny at the Pub to honor dad for Father’s Day, featuring The Chicken Dan Band! Gunbarrel Brewing Company is throwing a Father’s Day Brewery Party featuring a free pint for all dads, food trucks, music, giant beer pong, cornhole, pinball and more!  FATE Brewing Company is celebrating father’s day by offering every dad one free core beer pint. Every father. All day.

Go Kart with Dad at Gateway Park Fun Center

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Photo Courtesy Gateway PArk Fun Center Facebook Page, Photo Credit Mark Bolles

Gateway Park Fun Center is a dad’s dream come true (and so fun for kids too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses — choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!! The park also offers a full-size driving range for avid golfers. The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. Gateway offers a snack bar as well as a picnic area.

Gateway Park Fun Center is located at 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301. The park is open from 10AM – 10PM. Prices vary based on activity (admission is free) – view full pricing here.

Take Dad Out for Some Amazing BBQ

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Photo Courtesy LuLu’s BBQ

Every dad I know loves some great BBQ… If you and dad aren’t up to grilling this Father’s Day, don’t worry — there are plenty of amazing BBQ spots in and around Boulder! Here are some of our favorites, listed by city.


A Colorado original and a Boulder favorite for over 20 years, KT’s BBQ serves Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides. Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!). My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Boulder at 2660 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304 & 7464 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Moe’s Original BBQ serves quick Southern-style BBQ with rotating sides, so you can try something new every time. Located near campus at 675 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303.


LuLu’s BBQ in Louisville is a casual sit-down restaurant, serving Texas-style BBQ with a TON of amazing sides to choose from including fried okra, potato salad, corn bread and so much more. Lulu’s also has a full bar – ask for the amazing Texas slush! Great spot for bringing the kids, Lulu’s has a kids menu that includes kids favorites like hot dogs, mac and cheese and pb&j as well as a BBQ option. Located at 701 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.


If you want some Wayne’s Smoke Shack – True Texas BBQ this weekend, you’ll need to take Dad for an early Father’s Day lunch as Wayne’s isn’t open Sundays. This lunch-only chain is hugely popular for its Texas-style sold-by-the-pound meat. Located at 406 Center Dr, Superior, CO 80027.


My husband recently tried the new UTurn BBQ in Lafayette, and was blown away by the taste as well as the amazing portions and sides that come along with a meal. UTurn offers a selection of American BBQ styles, try their Texas Brisket, Carolina Pork, Southern Chicken, or Kansas Rib. While you are there, treat Dad to a fresh brew from UTurn’s own in-house brewery. Did I mention they have a drive-thru?? Located at 599 Crossing Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.


The Rib House has been serving mouth-watering Kansas City-style BBQ in Colorado for over 16 years. Try the award-winning Tracy’s Illegal Pork Babyback Ribs, and don’t forget my favorite specialty, the mac and cheese wedges. The Rib House also has a ton of amazing desert options. Located at .


Kids and adults alike will love the mouth-watering BBQ & sides at Smokin’ Daves BBQ.  Go crazy with the Hoggin’ Combo appetizer for the table: sliders, wings, tenders, onion rings and even deep fried pickles. The menu is packed with BBQ favorites like pulled pork, beef brisket, BBQ sausage, and more! Located at 228 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540.


Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!) at the Broomfield KT’s BBQ, serving the same Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides as the original restaurant in Boulder. My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Broomfield at KT’s BBQ799 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Another Colorado original, brothers Chris and Nick O’Sullivan run Brother’s BBQ featuring a variety of American BBQ styles. Try the pulled pork or hot link sandwich paired with your choice of BBQ sauce. Kids will love the mac and cheese. There is even a vegetarian option! Tofu BBQ sandwich.And the fries are incredible. Located in Broomfield at 565 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

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