This Sunday is Father’s Day and although sometimes he may be a little hard to please, we’re sure that Canberra has an event, lunch special or brew that will make his day. Spend the day with dad this Sunday with our guide to Father’s Day in Canberra.

Something to do…

The Canberra Times Fun Run

Does your dad have a favourite charity? Or does he just have a passion for fitness? Either way, The Canberra Times Fun Run presented by Westpac is a fantastic way to spend the day with dad and raise some much needed funds for the charity of his choice.


Canberra Railway Museum

Bring dad along to the Canberra Railway Museum to take a ride on a steam train this Sunday. The Garratt 6029 is the largest operating locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere and would be an amazing experience for dad as it hauls through the Molonglo Gorge to Bungendore this Father’s Day.


Palace Electric Cinema

Is your dad a bit of a movie buff? If so, Palace Electric have two fabulous film festivals running this Sunday, alongside a full ream of new release blockbusters. Whether your dad is cultured and would enjoy either the Korean or French film festival or really wants to see the crude yet hilarious Sausage Party animation hit, Palace has something to suit him.


Power Kart Raceway

Reminisce about the old days this Father’s Day with a trip to the Power Kart Raceway. Whether it’s a hot lap on the go-karts or a round of jungle golf, this day out will prove lots of fun for you and dad!


Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing

Whether you’re on the north or south side this weekend treat dad to some fun and fitness at Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing. With the North Rocks located in Mitchell and South Rocks in Hume you and dad can scale the wall, learn how it’s done or make it a bit of healthy competition.


Balloons Aloft

Treat dad with a balloon ride over the city he loves this weekend. With Balloons Aloft you can take to the air for an hour before landing for a champagne breakfast at the spectacular Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Something to eat …

Bentspoke Brewing Co.

If your dad loves a great beer, then he is going to love what Bentspoke has lined up for him this Father’s Day. Bentspoke are taking dads on a tour of the brewery while mum and the kids enjoy a free beverage, followed by a spot of lunch together in the restaurant.


Canberra Labor Club

The Canberra Labor Club is devoting their Sunday to dad this weekend. Treat dad to lunch or dinner at your local Labor Club with a range of specials and the opportunity to win a prize on the day.


Rose Cottage

Nothing says Father’s Days better than a trip to Rose Cottage! This Sunday the Cot are offering a special Father’s Day breakfast, lunch and dinner; including ribs & rumps, surf & turf, snag rolls and happy hour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm with live music and $4 beers.



If your dad is a little bit of a foodie, then treat him to a seven course degustation plus dessert at XO for just $70. With their innovative and modern approach to South East Asian cuisine, a degustation at XO is the ultimate gift for dad this year.


The Conservatory Restaurant

Make dad’s day with a delicious breakfast or lunch at the National Arboretum’s Conservatory Restaurant. The venue will be holding a set breakfast and lunch sitting for Father’s Day again this year with limited seats so make sure you get in quick and secure dad a place.


Pod Food

Head out to Pod Food this Father’s Day for breakfast or lunch. In the morning Pod are offering their famous four course breakfast degustation, and at lunch to help you score extra brownie points treat dad to a five course lunch degustation with matched craft beers.


Pialligo Estate Farmhouse

If your dad considers himself the master of the BBQ and a bit of a beer enthusiast, then you must treat him an extra special lunch at Pialligo Estate Farmhouse this Father’s Day. Kicking off at midday, enjoy a three-course open-smoked BBQ lunch, locally brewed beer, wine and free bubble-soccer the kids.


Joe’s Bar

With dad’s choice of beer on arrival and a three-course meal starting with an amazing Joe’s antipasto plate for just $55, Joe’s Bar have your Father’s Day sorted. Bookings are essential.


Chifley’s Bar & Grill

Chifley’s Whiskey Bar presents a Father’s Day special with a whiskey inspired twist. Treat dad to a whiskey afternoon tea filled with spirit inspired man food and cocktails. The event starts at 3:00pm and for just $55 per person you will receive your choice of signature cocktails, a glass of bubbles or a craft beer.


Paleo Café

Bring dad to the Paleo Café in Mort Street Braddon for a free small hot drink and an all day Caveman breakfast or a pulled pork burger lunch. There will also be lucky door prizes up for grabs throughout the day!

Something just for him …


Barber Shop at QT Canberra

This is a little something for the dapper gent – treat dad to a visit to the Barber Shop at QT Canberra. Let him sink back into the leather chair and be treated to a sinfully good haircut, tradition wet shave and/or beard trim, all served with a Chivas Regal whisky neat.


Braddon Tailors

Have him looking smart with a superbly tailored suit from the Braddon tailors. With a keen eye for detail and a selection of the best fabrics in town, the guys in Braddon will have your dad decked out for his special day.



Treat dad to the ultimate Aesop skin care range this Father’s Day. Whether he is in need of some shaving balm, lotion or a tradition double-edge razor, he is sure to love whatever spoils you bring home.



Part western saloon, part barber and part gentleman’s club, Groomed in Lonsdale Street will give your dad the full pamper service this Father’s Day. Start with an old fashioned shave, toss in a shoeshine and a slick pomade to go and dad will leave feeling fresh and rejuvenated for the day ahead.


Handsome Devils and Co.

Does your dad like it hot? Well treat him to a selection of Handsome Devils and Co. sauces. Developed by Canberrans, the selection of sauces incorporates the very best flavours, the highest quality ingredients and has no added preservatives or sugars. This is the sauce that he will love on anything and everything, so pick up a bottle in one of their local stockists – including Barrio Collective, Twenty One Café and Groceries or The Essential Ingredient Canberra