Father's Day and festivals
It’s a busy weekend coming up, what with Father’s Day on Sunday and the summer entertainment season heating up.
The Mississauga Waterfront Festival returns for the 20th year, promising a weekend of free fun for the whole family. What better way to spend some quality time with Dad on his special day?
Offering a smorgasbord of activities, from live entertainment and a carnival to sports & games, arts & crafts, pottery, yoga, superheroes, a climbing wall and more, this popular and oft-praised festival runs from June 16-18 at Memorial Park.
MWF is a crown jewel in the cap of the City of Mississauga, which earlier this year was awarded top honours for its commitment to festivals and community events, capturing the Municipality of the Year by Festivals and Events Ontario.
But if you can’t make it to MWF, there are other festivals this summer to enjoy, such as the Port Credit Busker Fest Aug. 18-20. It features acts from around the world as the village is transformed into a hub for street performers.
Not quite a festival but certainly full of festivities is the annual Paint the Town Red event. For the first time this year, Port Credit’s Canada Day celebration will be a two-day event, July 1-2, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on Mississauga’s vibrant waterfront community.
Or there’s the Mac and Cheese Festival July 28-30 for those who love this creamy comfort food. Following on the heels of Toronto’s Mac ’N Cheese Festival in early June, the Port Credit event will feature eating competitions, live performances, beer and cheese pairings, carnival games and rides, and an on-site artisanal market specializing in cheese-related products.
But let’s get back to Father’s Day.
Fun for Dad
If the waterfront festival is not your thing, there are plenty of other ways to help Dad enjoy his day.
A cold one: To mark both Ontario Craft Beer Week and Father’s Day, Old Credit Brewing Company is having a Father’s Day BBQ and Tasting on Saturday, June 17, from 1-4 p.m.
Sneak peek: Get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens between check-in and take off at Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest international airport. Called Street Festival, the family-friendly event is offered June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it’s recommended you register in advance.
Mini me: Golf seems to make every list of things for Dad to do on his special day, but it’s not an activity that the whole family can easily join in. Why not opt for mini golf instead? It’s great fun for big and small. Try the glow-in-the-dark version at Putting Edge in Oakville.
Get zapped: Or there’s always laser tag for some shoot-’em-up family fun. eZone in Etobicoke has it, along with whirly ball (kind of a mix of bumper cars and lacrosse), arcade games and more.
Reality check: If the kids are a bit older, latch on to the latest craze in entertainment – escape rooms. Locked into a room where you become part of a created scenario and have to use your smarts to get free, it’s like being immersed in a video game. Escape from the 6 between Mississauga and Oakville offers wild west and firefighter rescue mission games.
Pack a picnic: Looking for something low-key? How about a picnic lunch in your favourite park, if the weather cooperates. It’s a laid-back, comfortable way to spend some quality time with Dad (but remember Memorial Park will be busy).
Whatever you decide to do for Dad on his special day, just remember, what is most important to him is not what gift you get him or where you take him to celebrate, it’s you!