Looking for ways to celebrate dad this weekend? Check out all of these events going on around Greater Des Moines for many different ways to enjoy Father’s Day weekend!

Red Bull Soapbox Race Iowa
Spend Father's Day weekend cheering on 50 different teams attempt to race their handmade carts down a track. Competitors create themes for their karts and receive points based on skits they perform before going down the hill! This is the weirdest, wackiest event to come to Greater Des Moines in ages. If you need more convincing, watch this video of all the hilarity here. Expect lots of cheering, plenty of (safe) crashes, and an overall great time. A perfect event to take dad to!

Summer Sundaze
Is your ideal Father’s Day spent outside with live music? Head out to West Des Moines for their Summer Sundaze series! Music begins at 6 p.m., and this week features Ryne Doughty and Andrew Hoyt. Plus, they have food trucks and lawn games available as well!

Father’s Day Special at the Botanical Garden 
Spend the day exploring nature – both indoors and out! The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is offering free admission for fathers on Father’s Day, so you can take the kiddos and learn all about thousands of different plants. Be sure to stop at Trellis Café to grab a delicious lunch as well.  

Father’s Day Car Show 
Does your dad have a love for cars? Head over to Hawk Heaven Tavern to take in an array of vintage cars. There will be cars, food, live music, and beer. All makes, models, and years are welcome! Registration is available until day of. 

Father’s Day Brunch at Gilroy’s 
Is there a better way to celebrate a holiday than with food? Head on over to Gilroy’s for their Father’s Day Brunch! This meal is served to your table family-style, so grab the family and enjoy a delicious meal while also having meaningful conversation. Reservations are highly encouraged, so reserve a table at Gilroy's. If dinner is more your thing, join them after 3 p.m. for dinner and live music from Brittany Sword!

Father’s Day Golfing 
Is your dad’s ideal day spent swinging on the green? Head on over to Toad Valley for a free round of golf for dad, when another round is purchased. Be sure to book a tee time, and then show up with your dad and you’ll be ready for a day of soaking up the sun on the golf course.

Father's Day Brunch at Smash Park
Join Smash Park for brunch bingo on Sunday morning! From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., enjoy breakfast as well as $3 breakfast cocktails. In celebration of Father's Day, all dads get their first drink free! Brunch bingo is available for all ages, so bring the whole family for some fun and delicious breakfast. 

Gift Guide

Still need a gift for dad? Check out our local gift guide here for ideas for the perfect present!