Wondering what there is to do for Father’s Day in Wichita or what to get the special guy in your life? This year the holiday falls on Sunday, June 18 and there are plenty of ways to spend time with dad or find the perfect gift at one of Wichita’s shops, attractions or restaurants.
Take a look at our Father’s Day guide for inspiration on how to celebrate dad in Wichita, the Heart of the Country.
Recreation and Gaming
Throw some blades with dad at Axe to Grind, Blade & Timber or Kiss My Axe! Throwing, or head to Bliss Climbing and Fitness to experience Wichita’s only a full-service indoor rock-climbing gym. You can also get active with dad at one of our Wichita golf courses, head out to play disc golf or rent fun outdoor recreational equipment at Boats & Bikes. Additionally, City of Wichita-Park & Recreation offers special kayaking tours and launched self-service kayak rentals earlier this year. Find pricing and more details here.
Spend time with dad on the lanes. Northrock Lanes offers 48 lanes and West Acres Bowl has 36 lanes at its bowling complex. The indoor/outdoor Chicken N Pickle entertainment venue is a great place to celebrate Father’s Day. Strike up a game of pickleball and indulge in their Sunday brunch buffet. Newly opened Topgolf Wichita offers climate-controlled hitting bays for dad and the rest of the family to take aim and swing at outfield targets. Plus, the entertainment venue has TVs throughout for a sports bar atmosphere.
Rainier Arms Firearms Academy and Range 54 offer fun, safe gun ranges and training centers. If dad is feeling competitive, head to Dave and Buster's and play everything from classic arcade games to exclusive new games while enjoying great food and cold beer. Also find arcades at The Alley Indoor Entertainment, All Star Sports and All Star Adventures.
See Up-and-Coming Talent
Championship weekend of the Wichita Open - Korn Ferry Tour coincides with Father’s Day weekend. Head out to Crestview Country Club to see some of the best golfers in the world compete. The Wichita Open began over 30 years ago and is one of four original tour events still played.
Wichita’s Double-A baseball team the Wichita Wind Surge is playing on the road Father’s Day weekend, though they return home to play Arkansas from June 20-25. Get dad some team gear at the merchandise shop at Riverfront Stadium or buy tickets for one of their upcoming games. Call ahead to see if the Wichita Baseball Museum is open and pop in to see historical artifacts showcasing Wichita’s baseball history.
Explore a Museum Exhibit
Museums in the Wichita area have some great traveling exhibitions right now—from the “Dinosaurs Around the World” display at Botanica Wichita to the recently opened “Pixel Palace” and “Circus! Science Under the Big Top” exhibitions at Exploration Place. Don’t miss “Voices and Votes: Democracy in Amercai” at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum. This special tour by the Smithsonian Institution explores the history of American democracy and ends June 24. Accompanying the traveling exhibition is “The American Indian Vote,” a local exhibit offering a closer look at the history of voting rights for Native peoples and those who make up our local, state and federal government.
Take dad out to see one or two, or give him the gift that keeps on giving: a membership to one of Wichita’s museums or one of the city’s exciting attractions, which affords free visits throughout the duration of membership.
Some attractions have deals for dad, too. The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is offering buy one get one on all-access mission passes on June 18 and dads get in free at the Sedgwick County Zoo that day with an additional paid admission.
Be sure to check out the 2023 Sunflower Summer program for free admission to 15 attractions in Wichita this summer for those with K-12 grade Kansas students.
Shop for a Unique Gift
For the motorcycle lover, check out the region’s biggest selection of Harley products, new and pre-owned bikes, parts and merchandise at Twister City Harley-Davidson. Or surprise him with an electric bike from Pedego Wichita.
Find the perfect pair of boots or shoes at Red Wing Shoe Store, or help dad find the perfect style of hat from more than 50 brands at Hatman Jack’s, where you’ll also find wallets, gloves and other accessories. If dad loves to fire up the grill, he’ll love the wide selection of grilling tools and accessories at All Things Barbecue. Spruce up the backyard with a cornhole set from The Cornhole Cave.
You’ll find plenty more specialty shops across Wichita as well as major shopping centers where you can shop for art, antiques, home décor, clothing, food gifts and more. For the popcorn lovin’ dad, find savory flavors such as jalapeño cheddar at The Popcorner (East and West) and sweet varieties including caramel and chocolate at Kernel’s Popcorn Express. For a unique gift, shop for specialty items at Viva La Olive. From popcorn to chocolate and nuts, you’ll find something for every taste and every budget when you shop Wichita’s specialty foods purveyors.
Drinking and Dining
You can’t go wrong with giving dad a gift certificate for one of the more than 1,300 restaurants in Wichita, from food truck grub to fine dining options. Wichita’s breweries and wineries have to-go options, as well as fun taproom settings and tasting events. Sign dad up for a Brew Wagon Tour and, better yet, go with him! This is Wichita’s only local brew bus tour.
This could be a great time to start the Wicked Brew Tour, a passport tour that rewards your visits to breweries and coffee shops with prizes like a limited-edition T-shirt.
Sometimes the best gift is time. From “Hamilton” and Taco Fest to an airplane fly-in at Stearman Field Bar & Grill and a Plantiversary party at GROW, build your celebration around spending time together at one of these Wichita events happening around Father’s Day weekend:
- June 6-18 – American Theatre Guild's Broadway in Wichita series presents “Hamilton" at Century II
- June 15-25 – “Unnecessary Farce” at Roxy’s Downtown
- June 15-17 – Darius Bennett at The Loony Bin
- June 16 – Tunes+Tallgrass: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” film screening and live music by The Echos at Wichita Art Museum
- June 16 – James McMurtry at WAVE
- June 16 – Metric at TempleLive
- June 16 – Hembree with Me Like Bees and Glass Age at Brickyard
- June 16-19 – The Official JuneteenthICT Celebration at McAdams Park
- June 17 – Pride Party with Echos at Brickyard
- June 17 – Brent Giddens at the Wichita Union Stockyards
- June 17 – George Michael Reborn starring Robert Bartko at Orpheum Theatre
- June 17 – Wichita Taco Fest at Andover’s Capitol Federal Amphitheater
- June 17 – Fly In with aircraft and live music at Stearman Field Bar & Grill
- June 17 – Outdoor Vintage Flea Market at Paramount Antique Mall
- June 17-18 – Plantiversary Party at GROW Giesen Plant Shop/Botanic
- June 18 – Father’s Day Car Show at Sedgwick County Zoo
- June 18 – Charley Crockett at The Cotillion
- June 18 – Gov’t Mule at TempleLive
If none of these sound the perfect fit for your dad, Wichita has plenty of other things to do. Be sure to check the calendar of events for all the great events and activities happening during Father’s Day weekend.