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An Insider's Guide to Father's Day

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An Insider's Guide to Father's Day



With Father’s day just around the corner, Sunday June 18th to be exact, give dad the gift of time and treat him to something special. Whether it’s a BBQ and beer event, taking a cruise on the river, or exploring the great outdoors you’ll find all of this and more throughout the Meeting of the Great Rivers.

Bluegrass, BBQ and Beer. Get all of this Father’s Day weekend at Bluff City Grill. On Saturday, June 17th enjoy live music by the Harman Family Bluegrass Band from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on the upper pavilion outside. There will be barbeque served at the event along with a full menu available in the restaurant downstairs and there is limited seating so feel free to bring a lawn chair so you won’t miss out on the fun. On Sunday, June 18th treat Dad to one of Bluff City Grills amazing Father’s Day specials like their BBQ Brisket Sandwich, BBQ Pork Steak, Baby Back Ribs, or Grandma’s Meatloaf from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Treat dad to live blues music, slow cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Shlafly Beer for a Bluesy Beer Garden on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge. Come spend a relaxing day with your dad from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. There is no admission fee or reservations required but seating is limited so bring a lawn chair and picnic blanket just in case.


How about celebrating Father’s Day at the dock. Bring the family on down to The Loading Dock Bar & Grill in Grafton for some Father’s Day fun. Watch the river roll by while listening to live covers by Griffin and the Gargoyles from 4p.m.-8 p.m. Fredbird will be there for a meet and greet and photos from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

A great spot for locally brewed craft beer is Grafton Winery and Brewhaus in Grafton, which not only comes with great food and drinks, it also has a beautiful view of the river. Another place to grab a local brew is Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, with a variety of organic craft beers prepared from American-made malts and hops and a seasonal menu where dad is sure to find something he loves. Treat dad to steak and beer by heading on down to 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. for Father’s Day specials and enjoy $1.00 off brewery ales. Other places to get great brews are Elijah P’s Burgers and BrewsTony’s Restaurant, Great Rivers Tap and Grill, and Hops House at Argosy.


Brighten up your Father’s Day at the International SUNday Festival at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford. Come get a good look at the sun safely through special solar telescopes from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Members of several local astronomical groups will be there to share information about the Sun, our nearest star in the Solar System. Free solar glasses will be handed out to the first 100 people in attendance. Food and drinks from local vendors will be available. The event is free, although there is a charge to tour the Tower.

Looking to relax this Father’s Day? Cruise the river, learn its history, and view its beautiful geographical features aboard the Hakuna Matata River Rambler Cruise. Take your dad out on a wonderful journey along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers on this 49-passenger all weather tour boat from 2p.m.-3 p.m. on June 18th.

Or better yet, tee off this weekend at one of the eight different golf courses in the Alton area, featuring some of the best courses in St. Louis. Check out Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, an Arnold Palmer designed course, or the popular Belk Park Golf Course in Bethalto. There’s a course for every skill level from the beginner to the experienced golfer. Other places to hit the greens include Cloverleaf Golf Course, Rock Spring Golf Course, Woodlands Golf Club, Rolling Hills Golf Club, and Wolves Crossing.


For more adventure hit the trails with dad at one of the dozens of hiking and biking trails located throughout the Meeting of the Great Rivers from Hartford to Hardin. Hike along the Goat Cliff Trail at Pere Marquette State Park to look over the gorgeous McAdams Peak. Looking for a challenge? Take on the Sam Vadalabene bike trail that guides you on a 15-mile ride from Piasa Park in Alton all the way to Grafton. For more hiking and biking trails check out Nature Trails on the Byway.