by Susy Alexandre June 5, 2023

Celebrating Father's Day: Fun Activities for Dads in Toronto

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This year, Father’s Day lands on Sunday, June 18th. Celebrate dads in 2023 with a special fun-filled day in Toronto, where there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the day with the special father figure in your life. From dad-approved dining options to fun outings with the family and special events for the holiday, there is something for every dad on your list this year. 

Father’s Day activities in Toronto

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From brunch to bbq’s, make dad feel extra special this holiday by taking him out for a delicious meal. You may think of brunch as something reserved for Mother’s Day, but there are plenty of brunch and other dining options that you can be sure dad will love on his special day. 

Take note of dad’s favourite cuisine or, if dad is the outdoorsy type, prepare a picnic to enjoy together in the park.

With the weather heating up and the sunshine out in full force, the temperatures have been steady and super comfortable, so where possible, take your Father’s Day plans outdoors. 

There are several local festivals happening around the city throughout Father’s Day weekend. 

Here are just a few of the exciting events happening that weekend in Toronto: 

  • Taste of Little Italy, from June 16 to June 18, taking place along College Street between Bathurst and Shaw

Treat dad to a taste of Italy with restaurants, street vendors, an abundance of samples and food to enjoy from in a variety of cusine styles and offerings in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Take in some delicious fresh food, live music, festival attractions and extended patios. The annual street festival runs from June 16 to June 18, from 7pm to 1am. 

  • Taco Fest, from June 16 to June 18, held at The Grounds at Hotel X Toronto

This 3-day fiesta spotlights the city’s most popular and loved Mexican cuisine. The main attraction may be delicious and fresh tacos (over 150 varieties!), but attendees will wany to save room for dessert staples like churros and refreshing margaritas. This festival always sells out, so if this sounds like something 

dad might like, you’ll wany to snag your tickets to this 19+ event asap. Tickets range from $16.50 to $24.50 and this year’s production promises to be the best yet, with everything from salsa dancing to an interactive guacamole school on site!

Tickets to this one-day event will cost you $85 (+HST) each, but for the dad in your life who appreciates a delicious vino and cheese pairing, this is the can’t-miss event to treat him to on Father’s Day weekend. The event, taking place at Eataly Toronto in two time-blocks, either 5 to 7 pm or 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Unlimited tastings paired with delectable and authentic Italian cheeses will be sampled amongst several tasting stations throughout the venue. 

For the car-lover in your life, treat dad to a fun experience and a feast for the eyes with the Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Admission to this event is free, with this year’s special host being Global News anchor Alan Carter. The event will feature exotic automobiles, with elements of fashion, food and more from the Bloor-Yorkville area and its leading luxury retailers. 

Father’s Day gift guide 

For Father’s Day in 2023, make sure you nail the gift with these great gift guides for every type of dad on your list. Here are a few of our top picks. 

For the tech-obsessed dad

Check out this gift guide from Best Buy, showcasing the latest and greates in the world of dad-approved tech gadgets and gifts.  

Our favourite gift suggestion on the list is a pair of special glasses from RayBan with their new line of Stories smart glasses. These high-tech glasses come equipped with built-in open-ear speakers, bluetooth audio technology, two 5MP cameras and three microphones. These glasses allow the user to make hands-free calls, play music and create content to edit and share via integrated Facebook technology - all via your sunglasses!

For the dad who appreciates a clean shave 

The NYTimes highlighted 42 of their best Father’s Day gifts for 2023, covering all the bases from clothing to health, tech gadgets and everything inbetween. 

Our pick from this list is the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 MG7750

This cordless trimmer, which can run for 14 hours before needing a charge, may be compact in size, but it comes equipped with everything dad needs for a clean and precise trimming experience, along with accessories like 14 guide combs and a nose-hair trimmer attachment. 

The best kinds of gifts are ones that someone can really use and wouldn’t likely get for themselves. A gift like this offers a practical tool that will get regular use and become a staple in dad’s grooming routine. 

For the foodie-dad in your life

For the dad who loves to cook up a storm, we love The Everything Pan from Canadian company Kilne, which retails for $150. Non-stick and no-fuss design make this a solid and sleek choice for anyone who appreciates a great pan. Non-toxic, compatible with all stovetops (including induction), and sustainably produced in Italy, this is one gift that will keep dad cooking happily, meal after meal. This award-winning pan comes with a 100-day trial and a 10-year warranty. 

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