2011 Father’s Day Family Activities in the Raleigh & Durham Area of North Carolina

You don’t always have to go out to eat to celebrate dad on Father’s Day. Raleigh & Durham offer great events and activities the family can do on Father’s Day weekend. Listed below are some of the top things to consider.

June 16

Union Occupation in the Carolinas

“Union Occupation in the Carolinas” is a Civil War reenactment any father, including Veterans and grandfathers, might want to attend. Watch Union Soldiers at Bennet Place State Historical Site as they discuss the days after the surrender and Reconstruction in the South. Historians in soldier costumes will allow you to experience the historical moment when they cook, write, patrol, establish picket posts, inspect civilians for contraband, and portray other aspects of the Northern soldiers who served as occupation forces in the South. This will be a great Father’s Day activity for the family, and a start on a lesson the kids will learn in History classes. Union Occupation in the Carolinas is on June 16 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Bennett Place State Historic Site is located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road in Durham.

June 17

Fatmouth Improv

Get tickets for the family to see Fatmouth Improv’s Cirque du Fatmouth show. Fatmouth Improv consists of a group seven talented individuals who put on a play without scripts. This would be an interesting and unique way for the family to spend Father’s Day. The show would also be a great opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between story line plays and impromptu plays. Cirque du Fatmouth will be held at the Common Ground Theatre, a small cozy theatre located at 4815 Hillsborough Road in Durham. Tickets will be available thirty minutes before the show. The cost to attend is $10, cash or check only.

June 18-19

Chatham Hill Winery

Take dad to Chatham Hill Winery for a delightful wine tasting. Father’s accompanied by children on Father’s Day Sunday (June 19) can taste for free. The delicious indulging of wine and cheese does not have to end when the tasting ends. Wine and cheese are available for purchase, so dad can enjoy at home. On June 18, the Chatham Hill Winery will have a tour that starts at 1:00 pm. Chatham Hill Winery wines are handcrafted from grapes grown in North Carolina. The winery is located at 3800 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 310 in Cary, North Carolina, minutes away from Raleigh.

June 19

Martin Lawrence, Comedian

Treat your father to a good laugh. Celebrity comedian and television star, Martin Lawrence, will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Father’s Day. I’m sure he will have a lot of silly jokes for all the fathers out there. Martin Lawrence starred in his own television series, Martin, and played roles in hit movies such as Big Momma’s House, Bad Boys, and House Party. Tickets go on sale May 13 and start at $38.

Day Out With Dad

The Historic Yates Mill County Park acknowledges Father’s Day with “Day Out With Dad.” The day activity starts at 11 am and ends at 12 noon. This is a great way to spend Father’s Day outdoors and a peaceful way for the family to bond. The children can develop an understanding of nature as they journey through the park. They can also explore some of the tools that are used to investigate nature. Day Out With Dad is $5 for families and $3 for individuals.

Pops for Pops Concert

Take dad out to hear live music from the Durham Community Concert Band and the Durham Jazz Orchestra on Father’s Day. This lawn concert is part of the “Own the Lawn Presented by Whole Foods Market” and will take place at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. The groups will perform a mix of marches, standards, show tunes and more all on the amphitheater lawn. The concert has been a tradition for dads and fans, so if you missed last year, don’t miss this year. The concert starts at 5pm and ends at 7pm, enough time for dad to have fun and still get plenty of rest for work the next day. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and dress in comfortable clothing.

There are other activities you can plan yourself to honor your father. Planning your own activity can be creative and may save money. A few ideas are:

-Day of shopping at North Hills, Cameron Village, Crabtree Valley Mall, The Streets at Southpoint, Triangle Town Center

-Day of Sports: softball, tennis, swim, hike, run, canoe, kayak

-Have a Picnic or cookout

-Visit a local spa