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Father's Day Fun

Show him you care with these events this Sunday, June 18.


1. This Sunday, Jazz Standard launches its first-ever jazz brunch, called “The Smokestack.” There are two shows this Sunday with bassist Peter Brendler at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $10 gets you in to hear music, and an additional $35 gets you a full Blue Smoke brunch, plus a cocktail.

2. And if Dad is a fan of dance, catch the final shows of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center. The uplifting Revelations concludes each program.

3. A bunch of dad-friendly bands converge this weekend at Croton-on-Hudson for the Clearwater Festival. Make a event of it with acts like Arlo Guthrie, Lake Street Dive, Nick Lowe, and Los Lobos. As part of the festival, you can also take him on a sloop and schooner sail. Dads love boats!

4. While back home in the Lower East Side and Chinatown, there's the free Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas festival, produced by the Museum at Eldridge Street and celebrating the tastes and traditions of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican cultures. The appeal is right in the name.

5. Is Dad crafty? Take him to the Renegade Craft Fair to support independent design.

6. Or maybe he's a fan of the Bard. The Theater for a New Audience presents Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure beginning Saturday, with a party after Sunday's 7:30 p.m. show. Warning: There's an immersive aspect to the show, so make sure Dad knows he may have to get up and move (some don't like that).

7. And Sunday is the last day to catch Julius Caesar for free at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. While some have found this take on the classic play controversial and have pulled sponsorship, this weekend TNT’s new drama Will is stepping up with a free-to-enter Elizabethan marketplace in the areas around the Delacorte Theater, with music, performers, and giveaways. Get Dad a branded T-shirt!

8. Dads get in free to the daytime Brooklyn Bowl kiddie concert featuring the music of Bob Marley (hey, gotta appeal to everyone). Stay after and bowl a few frames.

9. And admission is also free for dads and granddads to the Children's Museum of the Arts. Together Dad and kids can design and make scrapbooks as a memento of the day.

10. Does Pops like dining alfresco? Take him to floating food spots North River Lobster Company, Grand Banks, or the Frying Pan. If you’d rather stay on land, here are some other options for dining with a side of sun.

11. Or take him for a great steak. We've got a list of the best steakhouses in the city. If he's more of a sushi, seafood, pasta , or ramen guy, we've got him covered there too. Just be sure to take him for ice-cream after, and have a happy Father's Day!