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Things to do with Dad that may make him actually like you 

No amount of poorly landed “dad-jokes” could take away an ounce of our love for all the hard working fathers in the Dayton-area. 

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Here is a list of various things going on around the Miami Valley you can do with Pop that is sure to get a smile out of him before the day is over.

WHERE TO EAT: Special meals 

It’s a scientific fact that all dads must eat at some point and there’s no shortage of options with your father in mind this weekend.


25 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg


June 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy some great food and music and then top the day off with tasty bourbon flights and a nice cigar on the patio. Menu and details coming soon.

Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine Chef and Co-proprieter, cooks Knackwurst with Libery Ale, an India Pale Ale. She will be a participant in the Winter AleFest 2009 and it will feature this similar Food and beer Pairing: Knackwurst Sauerkraut, Yukon Potatoes.
Photo: Jim Witmer


6550 Hamilton Lebanon Road, Monroe


June 17, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

The Barrel House Brunch features “hand-crafted” selections and not to mention, Death Bloody Marys. You can also play arcade games for free and take a tour of the brewery afterwards. Call the brewery for more details. There will be featured cocktails for Father’s Day, and as always, happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

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Brewer Charles Taylor tends to the brewing process at Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer


600 E. Second St., Dayton


June 17

Take advantage of 2nd Street Market’s recently expanded hours on Dad’s special day by treating him to great local food or food from around the world. 


2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324

(937) 431-4631

12 p.m. & 2 p.m. seatings, Sunday, June 17

This Father’s Day, the “stylish” Holiday Inn Dayton in Fairborn that regularly hosts sold-out holiday brunches is finally giving dads their day in the sun. Chef White will be hosting the inaugural “Beer, Bourbon & Brunch” featuring bourbon-infused foods and drinks, local craft beer, live music and baseball. Reds and Dragons tickets will also be raffled off all day long. These brunches typically sell out, so we advise you make reservations immediately.


The interior of Ms. V’s Restaurant at Madden. Submitted photo

2100 Nicholas Road, Dayton

937-266-4059 or 937-268-9275

12:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17

Ms. V’s special Father’s Day menu will consist of baked chicken and dressing, fried and smothered pork chops, barbeque ribs and whiting fish with shrimp, two side items of green beans cooked in turkey meat, fried corn, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, or cornbread dressing, dinner rolls, lemonade and selected dessert of peach cobbler or banana pudding. $17.95


Go share a laugh


101 Pine St., Dayton


June 17

Wiley's Comedy Club at 101 Pine St. Photo from Wiley's Comedy Joint Facebook page

Father’s Day this year at Wiley’s lands on their popular open mic night. For only $5, you and dad can laugh and bond over the fact that no one else is as funny as the two of you. The lineup is going to be set soon, so if you’d like to possibly perform on the 17th, visit immediately to sign up.

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Go fishing with Dad

Photo: Photo submitted by Kelly Kingery

Sometimes the old-fashioned ideas are the best. Casting some lines in one of the many scenic waterways Dayton has to offer is a great way to get real quality time with Pops. We’ve compiled a list of some of the expert fisher’s favorite spots in the area, as well as advice for the perfect Dayton picnic