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Father’s Day Weekend in Santa Fe | Things to Do in Santa Fe for Father’s Day

What do you have planned for your Father’s Day weekend in Santa Fe? While it is traditionally considered a weekend for Dad to fire up the grill, how about taking him out for some family fun and a meal out instead? And if you haven’t grabbed the perfect gift for the dads in your life, we have some great shopping ideas, too.

sculpture garden at Glenn Green Galleries.Adventures for Father’s Day

Let’s plan around the main event: what to do with dear ol’ Dad? One big event that kicks off Father’s Day weekend is Currents Santa Fe. This 10-day celebration explores the intersection of science and aesthetics in locations around the city.

If Dad is an art aficionado, how about a visit to Glenn Green Galleries in Tesuque? Explore the beautiful five-acre sculpture garden and visit the indoor galleries for art by greats like Allan Houser.

If your father would prefer knocking down pins, take him to The Alley, which offers 12 lanes of bowling, plus bocce, billiards, darts, shuffleboard, and an arcade. You can even order delicious food from El Sabor and drinks from the Bocce Bar!

Up for a day trip on Father’s Day weekend? How about boarding the Sky Railway? On Father’s Day, you can choose from the Lamy Brunch Run, the Acoma Lamy Brunch Run, the Santa Fe Scenic, and the Acoma Cocktails & Rails. If you take him the day before Father’s Day, your Saturday options include the Santa Fe Scenic, New Mexico Ale Trail, and The Stargazer.

Another getaway is heading to Angel Fire for the three-day Balloons Over Angel Fire high mountain hot air balloon event. Admission is free and there’s more going on than balloon launches. If you get there early and volunteer to crew for a balloon, you may even score Dad a free balloon ride! (Note: Balloons Over Angel Fire has been postponed to August 12 – 14.)

Flamenco DancersPlaces to Eat for Father’s Day

If your Father’s Day adventure doesn’t already include a meal out, we have some of Santa Fe’s favorite restaurants to recommend!

How about Joe’s Dining for diner food made from fresh, local ingredients? Or Tomasita’s, famous for traditional New Mexican cuisine since 1974? You can’t miss by taking him to either of the Pantry restaurants, which opened in 1948 and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Another Santa Fe staple is Posa’s Tamale Factory & Restaurant, serving breakfast burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and their traditional tamales. Read more about Posa’s in our Heating It Up story.

If you’d like dinner and a show, there are a few options to consider. For another of Santa Fe’s iconic restaurants, try El Farol. If you go Friday or Saturday night before Father’s Day, make a reservation for the 6:30 p.m. seating of the Flamenco Dinner Show with a prix fixe menu or reserve your place for Saturday’s special performance by JJ and the Hooligans at 9 p.m.

You can also make an evening of it with Dad at Rio Chama Sunday evening where you can enjoy dinner accompanied by a piano performance by Doug Montgomery from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

High Desert Angler Fishing Santa Fe New MexicoWhere to Shop for Dad

Well, it all depends on what your dad enjoys! If he’d appreciate a special bottle of wine or spirits, you can’t go wrong by asking the experts at Susan’s Fine Wine & Spirits for advice. Their selection is the best in Santa Fe and you’re sure to find something he’ll enjoy sipping. You can read more about Susan’s in this Heating It Up story.

If you want to give Dad something he can wear to remind him of your love every day, how about a visit to Santa Fe Goldworks on the plaza? They offer a beautiful selection of very New Mexico rings and pendants for men.

For antiques, collectibles, art, and more, visit Stephen’s, A Consignment Gallery, to find something uniquely him. They’re holding an Antiques Roadshow Buying Event June 16 – 18 and have two estate sales scheduled those days, so be sure to click over to their website for details.

If he’s into fishing, stop by High Desert Angler. It’s a full-service fly shop, school, and guide service, so you can get Dad some fishing gear or gift him a trip he’ll never forget!

What about Santa Fe Motor Sports for something to celebrate Dad? It’s Northern New Mexico’s largest motorsports dealership with everything from ATVs and tractors to electric cars and go-karts.

Envisioning some relaxation time with the family? How about a spa for Dad (and everyone else!)? Mirage Spas is having a Father’s Day sale on 880 series Sundance Spas, June 17, 18, and 19, 2022. Mirage Spas has been part of Santa Fe for 35 years.

Finally, Big Jo True Value is the place to go if your dad is a DIY kind of guy and nothing would make him happier than a new power tool!

Wherever you go, we at SantaFe.com hope you and the dads in your life have a great Father’s Day weekend!


This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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