Make Father’s Day 2020 special in the Triangle with these ideas of how to spend the weekend. When deals or freebies for Dad are announced we’ll let you know that too!
As Dad always says, “We’re not made of money.” Also, “Close the door, we don’t own the electric company.” And “If your friends jumped off the bridge would you do it too?”
Check out some of these events and deals and start planning for a special Father’s Day on the cheap. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st, 2020. Some of these events take place on other days on Father’s Day Weekend and some of the activities are always available.
Make sure to follow the links for important details. This list will be updated as more Father’s Day deals and events are announced.
If you know a dad who’s missing baseball, treat him to a cookout with some favorites from Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Baseball @ Home gives you three choices for a cookout that serves 15-30 people, with Bright Leaf Hot Dogs, hamburgers, and Chandler’s Pork BBQ, as well as extras like corn dogs, Cracker Jacks, sunflower seeds and more. Supplies are limited and you need to order in advance and pick up your package Thursday or Friday.
Get a Free Burrito
Dads get a free burrito at Tijuana Flats on Father’s Day. No purchase necessary. Details here.
Through Sunday, June 21st, buy a dozen cookies at Insomnia Cookies and get a dozen free. No promo code needed. Or use the promo code DADJOKES to get 20% off a cookie cake. Local pickup and delivery only.
Go to a Drive-in Movie
Drive-in movies are more popular than ever, since so much of our entertainment has been paused. There are at least two places to watch movies under the stars that we know about that are within a reasonable drive from the Triangle. Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre in Henderson is about 40 miles from Raleigh and Durham, and less from Wake Forest. It shows movies 7 nights a week in the summer. And Hubb’s Farm in Clinton, about 75 miles south of Raleigh, and convenient to readers in the south part of Wake County, is showing movies on Saturday nights for now. In both case, you might want to get tickets in advance in case they sell out.
Hit the Trails
Go on a hike! We have put together a photo guide to hiking eight North Carolina State Parks. We strongly advise that if you are going on the weekend that you get a very early start, because parks have been closing their gates when they meet capacity, and in some cases, that hasn’t taken long.
Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of African-American people from American slavery. Celebrate this weekend with a car parade, a market, farm tours and more.
Celebrate Summer Solstice with Stonehenge
Father’s Day coincides with Solstice this year! Traditionally, crowds gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rise behind the Heel Stone, but since Stonehenge can’t accommodate crowds this year, for the first time ever, they will be live streaming Summer Solstice from Stonehenge. North Carolina time: Watch sunset on Saturday, June 20th, at 4:26 p.m., and watch sunrise on Saturday, June 21st, at 11:52 p.m. If those times are convenient for you, they’ll have the videos for to watch later.
Bird Watch from Home
Right now, Wild Birds Unlimited has a promo code, DAD, that will get you 25% off one item, so this is a great time to help set up a backyard environment to attract birds! You can order online for pickup or delivery. There are Wild Birds Unlimited locations in Wake Forest and Chapel Hill. Valid through June 21st.
Grab a food deal
Here are some current restaurant specials, compiled by Living on the Cheap. Participating might vary by location. Also, you might not find every one of these restaurants in our local area.
Applebee’s : Get 10% off any gift card purchase of $50 or more.
Beef O’Brady’s: Spend $10 or more at participating restaurants, and Dad eats free, up to $10 value. Valid only on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Benihana’s: Purchase $50 in gift cards from May 19 to June 21, get a $10 promotional card valid for purchases from June 22 to July 26.
BJ’s Brewhouse: Spend $50 in eGift Cards now through June 21, get a $10 promotional card that is good from June 22 to July 12, 2020.
Bob Evans: Bob Evans has introduced new three-course family meals starting at $29.99 that might be a perfect Father’s Day treat. Choose from Turkey and Dressing, Pot Roast, Country Fried Steak, Chicken Tender or Grilled Chicken Family Meals.
Chili’s: Get a $10 Bonus gift card with every $50 you spend on gift cards. Call your participating restaurant for restrictions or requirements for purchase.
Cracker Barrel: For a limited time, order new Family Meal Baskets to Go and get free Four-Layer Bacon Breakfast Bowls at participating restaurants.
Firehouse Subs: Download the app to become a loyalty member, then order Firehouse Subs’ limited time offer of a mix and match Family Meal Deal for $24. You will earn triple points on the Family Meal Deal when you order on Father’s Day weekend, June 19 to June 21, 2020.
Hickory Tavern: At most locations the first 10 dads eat for free on Father’s Day, June 21st, with a purchase of $25 or more. Call your location to verify participation.
Olive Garden : For every $50 in gift cards purchased, receive a $10 bonus gift card. Offer is available until June 21, 2020. Bonus card will be electronically delivered or mailed to you, and it is valid July 1 to July 31, 2020.
Omaha Steaks: If your special Dad likes to grill, grab these juicy discounts from Omaha Steak.
Outback Steakhouse: Order a meal for Dad from Outback’s special menu from June 17 to June 23. And if you buy $50 in gift cards, you will receive a $10 eBonus card.
Sonic: Get half price drinks and slushes from 2 pm to 4 pm daily.