Father's Day fun: Choose your companion for a holiday weekend in Loudoun

Dad may say he doesn’t expect anything for Father’s Day, but we can’t miss an opportunity to show how much we appreciate all he has done. Instead of going the typical route of a gift card, tool or tie, give him an experience he will remember. Whether he wants to enjoy it alone or with others, we have crafted five ways to celebrate the holiday in Loudoun. 

With the Guys 

Treat dad to a day away this Father’s Day weekend at Lost Barrel Brewing. Let him sit back and relax with his buddies while they drink and eat their way through the day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 19, enjoy beers, brunch and live music from “bros duo” Chris & Chris and Steve George and friends. Admission is free, and no reservations are needed. Solace Brewing Co is hosting a pig roast on June 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring Uncle Fred’s BBQ. Have dad and his friends enjoy some old-fashioned, lip-smacking roast alongside Loudoun craft beer.

With the Spouse

Celebrate the holiday weekend at Bluemont Vineyard for Ribs & Rosé. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 18 and 19, let him kick back and enjoy a half or full rack of savory BBQ ribs accompanied by Bluemont’s freshly ripe and delicately acidic Chambourcin Rosé. Purchase meals the day of starting at $25.00 – sides of mac and cheese, potato salad, fries, coleslaw and cornbread are included. Monk’s BBQ is collaborating with Boxwood Estate Winery to offer another upscale culinary experience with southern-style smoked meats and your choice of two of Boxwood Estate’s red, white or rosé wines on June 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Give dad the full wine and dine experience this Father’s Day.

With the Family

Ready, set, throw – uncles, grandfathers and dads alike can join Dirt Farm Brewing and Chasin’ Axe for some friendly axe throwing competition at the brewery to create the ultimate Father’s Day experience. Nothing says I love dad like sitting back while he hurls an axe at a target June 18 and 19. Get 15 axes for the price of $10, and of course, have a nice brew and dinner to accommodate strenuous axe throwing. On the menu is (more) roasted pig, Mexican street corn, mac n beer cheese and a roll. This meal is accompanied by no other than a nice, cold brew from Dirt Farm Brewing. Plates will be available for $23 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Dad Alone Time

This Father’s Day, drop dad off at Great Country Farms and Henway Hard Cider in Bluemont for the annual Father’s Day catch-and-release “Fish-a-Rama”. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., dad can join other anglers fishing for bass and bluegill in the farm’s well-stocked pond. There are prizes for largest fish caught and for the most fish caught. Tickets to the June 19 event cost $17 and include admission to the fishing contest and Great Country Farms for the day. Be sure to bring your own pole and gear to fish. After, continue the fun on the outdoor patio with live music. 

With the Kids

Get out and get active this Father’s Day! Head to Pev’s Paintball in Aldie for a fun outdoor activity with dad.  Anyone is welcome to join the fun, just make sure to check age restrictions for each activity. The family can choose from 10 different playing fields and reserve times for private parties or choose open play. Why did dad want to take a paintball instructor’s class?  Because he knew he could pass with flying colors!