Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Asheville
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7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Asheville

Dads are the men that helped shape us, prank us, and support us. They tell the best bad fart jokes and know the best ways to embarass their offspring.

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your dad (or partner) this holiday, Asheville is a fun place to do it. Check out my favorite ways to celebrate the dad in your life if you live in Asheville or are just visiting – enjoy!

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Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Asheville

1. Watch Live Music with The Beach Boys at the Salvage Station

Best Things to Do on Fathers Day: Salvage Station

Experience sensational live music with surf pop legends The Beach Boys at this special Father’s Day show June 16th at 6:30pm on the outdoor stage at The Salvage Station in Asheville!

The Salvage Station is nestled along the French Broad River, located less than a mile from downtown. A full bar, rotating local taps, and food trucks will help you maintain those good vibrations. This event is all ages and kids 7 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

This show also allows camping chairs so you can chill with dad in comfort. Tickets are limited so be sure to buy them quickly, available at the box office or online.  

2. SUP down the French Broad River 

Fun Things to Do on Fathers Day: French Broad River

Want to enjoy picturesque views while paddling down the world’s third oldest river? Stand-up paddle board (SUP) tours are available right in the heart of Asheville with Wai Mauna tours. With multiple float lengths to choose from – a 4-mile float in the River Arts District, up to an 11-mile float – everyone can be comfortable.

The 4-mile float takes less than 3 hours to complete so you still have time to catch a bite to eat or grab a drink. Mornings are especially exciting because you never know if you’re going to catch a bright ample sunrise or roll through blankets of fog. 

3.  Kick it Old School at Asheville Retrocade

Things to do in Asheville for Father's Day: Asheville Retrocade

The Asheville Retrocade is the number one place I would choose to take my dad to on Father’s Day. I have a young dad who is only in his 50s, but mentally is still living in the 80s. On more than one occasion he has felt the need to brag about his high score on Galaga at his local arcade for more than an entire summer.

Asheville Retrocade is the perfect place for nostalgic dads who relish being a pinball wizard. And the best part is that for only $10 you can play all day! With over 5,000 games in the building, (the largest selection in the southeast!) and local beers on draft, you’ll be entertained all day.

4. Eat a Dry-Aged Steak from Bone & Broth

Cool Things to Do on Fathers Day: Bone and Broth
Image courtesy of Bone & Broth

If your dad is a carnivore with an appetite, look no further than the elevated classics at Bone & Broth. This local favorite is located in a quaint brick building in downtown Asheville. They work hard to bring customers the best ambiance, craft cocktails, and, of course, food.

Their dry-aged beef is produced with no antibiotics or hormones from regional farms and their breads are from local bakeries. All the steaks are cooked and seasoned to perfection and served with a mound of garlic herb mashed potatoes, green beans, and a homemade sauce.

The bread service – sourdough with tallow herbed butter, and their deviled eggs are my favorite appetizers. Don’t skimp on dessert, the bourbon pecan pie served with vanilla ice cream is to die for!  

5. Tee Off on the Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Course 

Best Things to Do on Fathers Day: Omni Grove Park Inn Golf
Image courtesy of Omni Grove Park Inn

If your dad is a golfer and hasn’t experienced the greens at the Omni Grove Park Inn, then you definitely need to book a tee time and head on over to this 6,000-yard championship course! The tree-lined fairways offer a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains so he can experience the incredible beauty of Asheville. This course has been played by PGA stars (and Barack Obama!) and has been rated “Best Courses You Can Play”, multiple times by Golfweek.

You can also book a golf vacation at the Omni Grove Park Inn to stay in the luxurious hotel and spend a few hours relaxing in their infamous spa.

6. Enjoy a Cozy Cocktail at The Crow and Quill

Fun Things to Do on Fathers Day: The Crow and the Quill
 Image courtesy of The Crow and Quill

If a cozy, speakeasy vibe is what the dad in your life is looking for, you’ll want to check out The Crow and Quill. A mysteriously marked door on Lexington Street with nothing more than a lantern and a number will lead you to this hidden Asheville gem.

They offer an impressive whisky and cocktail list, with over 800 whiskeys and 1,000 spirits, and the bartenders definitely know their stuff. The decor is uber-funky with upholstered wingback love seats, lace tablecloths, and handmade fringed lampshades. The atmosphere is dark and brooding but the crowd is lively and vibrant. If you’re lucky you can catch live jazz music here!  

7. Hike Mount Mitchell

Cool Things to Do on Fathers Day: Mt. Mitchell

Just 30 miles northeast of Asheville is Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet. If the dad in your life loves the outdoors, he’ll love the breathtaking views from the observation deck. 

There are a variety of trails ranging from easy to more challenging, including the Mountain-to-Sea trail. There is no fee to enter the park so this is a great option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly Father’s Day activity. Be sure to check the weather and wear layers as the temperature and wind can vary greatly on the pinnacle. 

If you wish to make a weekend out of your Mount Mitchell hike, there are also tent camping opportunities so check their website if you want to make a whole weekend out of your Father’s Day adventure.  

Do you have any noteworthy ‘dad-approved’ places in Asheville to tell us about?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Ashley Reid is a freelance writer who feels blessed to have called Asheville home for the last five years. Born in the suburbs of Detroit, she spent her 20s living coastal in South Carolina before the Blue Ridge Mountains called her home. Ashley is a homeschooling mother to her two daughters, married to her high school sweetheart, and always looking to the horizon for her next adventure. Ashley moved to Western North Carolina after years of visiting on vacations and realized this place was way too beautiful to leave behind. The Pisgah National Forest, abundance of waterfalls, Blue Ridge Parkway, and plethora of tasty eats in the area won her over to the Tarheel State. She is happiest when she is riverside and is vehement about keeping herself and her children outdoors as much as possible. Ashley is a woman never short of a hobby or new interest. She writes for various publications and companies. She is a voracious reader, aspiring author, sewist, gardener, and amateur homesteader. She loves working with her hands and being with her kids. She has never considered being called weird an insult and has no problem telling strangers about her love of opossums or a new podcast episode. Ashley is always on the hunt for the best burger and coffee in town. She is passionate about wellness, kindness, and keeping childhood wild.

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