Father’s Day events in Tampa Bay: Free admission, brunch, 5Ks and more

Chris Lovett plays with his two sons Chris Lovett III and Chauncey Lovett at the Curtis Hixon Park playground on Father's Day.  [Sunday, June 18, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
LUIS SANTANA | Times Chris Lovett plays with his two sons Chris Lovett III and Chauncey Lovett at the Curtis Hixon Park playground on Father's Day. [Sunday, June 18, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Published June 13 2018

Beach, Brews and BBQ

Dad can hit the beach for this Fatherís Day party with craft beers, burgers, ribs, brats and a cornhole tournament. $19.95, $15.95 seniors, $12.95 ages 12 and younger. Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-5137. 4-7 p.m. Sunday.

Carrollwood Jukebox Big Band: Princess Ball

Under the direction of Jim Burge, the band performs pop, Latin and swing. To mark Fatherís Day, this month features a Princess Ball and Father/Daughter dance with free admission for daughters. $12-$18. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Cheese Please

Condiments and wine pair with cheeses. Friday features "Cheese and Charcuterie for Fatherís Day" and Saturday features "Manly and Sharp Cheeses for Fatherís Day." Registration required. $35. Cheese Please and Clooneyís Wine Bar, 3225 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 766-0060. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Dad Eats Free

Fathers get a free entree or appetizer valued at $12.99 or less with the purchase of a kids meal. Free. GameTime, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-9675. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.

Dance Club

Ages 45 and older are invited to this Fatherís Day "Senior American Bandstand" dance with music by DJ Joey Royal. $12, $10 members. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. (813) 390-7160. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Fabulous Fathers

Dad can spend time with his kids as they make Fatherís Day cards and enjoy stage shows and table top programs. Included with admission: $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Childrenís Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. Noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pier 22 Brunch

Show Dad you love him at this waterfront brunch buffet with prime rib, omelets, sushi, baked good, salads and $4 Bloody Maryís and Mimosas. $34.95, $14.95 child. Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W, Bradenton. (941) 748-8087. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Brunch and Dinner Cruise

Dad can enjoy a buffet fit for a king while cruising the waters of Tampa Bay on this open water brunch or dinner cruise with reserved tables, DJ music and three free premium drinks for Dad. Also sets sail from the Yacht Starship Clearwater dock. $49.95, $29.95 children (brunch); $59.95, $39.95 children (dinner). Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dinner: 6-9 p.m. Sunday.


Bring your favorite guy out for lunch of pulled pork sliders, or take it home. Following lunch, organist Joanne Ritz presents a concert. $8.50. Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 583-3770. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dinosaur World

Dad gets free admission to Dinosaur World with one paid childís admission. $16.95, $14.95 seniors, $11.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. (813) 717-9865. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Glazer Childrenís Museum

Take Dad to the museum because he gets in free to play all day on Fatherís Day. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, 1 and younger free. Glazer Childrenís Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

Hard Rock

If Dad is a gambling man, take him to the casino for special menus in all the restaurants and the Sportsmen Sweepstakes with five drawings between 1 and 9 p.m. Winners get their choice of motorcycle. No cover. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, 5223 N Orient Road. (813) 627-7625. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.

Imagine Museum

Dad gets in to see the studio glass at no charge. $15, $13 seniors/military, $10 students/ages 7-18, 6 and younger free. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sarasota Jungle

Fathers and grandfathers get into the gardens for free with any one paid same day admission. $17.99, $16.99 seniors, $12.99 ages 4-16, 3 and younger free. Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 355-5305. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Florida Aquarium

Dads get in to the aquarium at no charge with any other full-price paid admission. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

History Center

Children ages 7 to 17 get free admission to the History Center with one paid adult admission. $14.95, $12.95 seniors/students, $10.95 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Henry B. Plant Museum

Fathers get free admission, even if their kids arenít with them, to see a 1929 Ford Model A and investigate why Teddy Roosevelt brought his Rough Riders to Tampa Bay. Regular admission for all others: $10, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

Dad gets in free to see more than 65 vintage cars and vehicles with the purchase of an additional ticket at regular admission. $8, $6 seniors, $5 teens, 12 and younger free. Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park. (727) 579-8226. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Florida Railroad Museum

Dad takes a diesel-powered train ride at no cost with one paid child or adult admission. $10-$14, 2 and younger free. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. (877) 869-0800. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Free Dessert for Dad

Children can solve a crossword puzzle and use crayons and supplied materials to create a work of art and win an order of churros for their father. Meal purchase required. Bulla Gastrobar, 930 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 773-8626. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

I Love Fathers Day 5K

Father/son and father/daughter teams celebrate Fatherís day with a family friendly 5K race geared for all types of runners. Includes post race breakfast, T-shirt, running shoe demonstration, raffle and awards. $25. ARC, 26024 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 799-1227. 8 a.m. Sunday.

Take Dad Golfing

If Dad likes to golf, spend Fatherís Day on the golf course with him. Get two rounds of golf, two hamburgers and two soft drinks or draft beers for $60. $60. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 9424760. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The Great Fathers Day Race

Celebrate Fatherís day with a chip timed 5K run/walk that focuses on health and wellness, plus competition. Runners get a race photo, goodie bag, T-shirt, prizes and medals. $33-$38 advance, $43 day of. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (813) 695-2982. 8 a.m. Sunday

Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani,
Times staff writer