6 (Better) Ways to Celebrate Dad

Psst — it’s Father’s Day weekend!

Let’s face it: Dad’s tired of the same old ties. To liven things up for him this year, here are six ideas to show your appreciation by giving him fun!

Beer & Pork

June 19-20

Take Dad to the fourth annual Apex Peak City Pig Fest, this Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, in downtown Apex!

The only Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event in the Triangle, and a North Carolina State Championship event, Pig Fest welcomes 48 barbecue teams from across the country competing for $10,000 in prize money as they dish up chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork.  

Check out the food, a beer garden, live music, pig races, cornhole and vendors, for tons of free family fun!

Get all the details at peakcitypigfest.com.

Tennis, Anyone? 

June 20-21

Get Dad in the door to a first: Triangle Table Tennis in Morrisville is hosting the 2015 State Games of N.C. Table Tennis Competition for the first time ever, featuring USATT-sanctioned events in both rec and tourney divisions, for individuals and doubles.

The venue is world-class, with more than 32 competition tables for lively action among players from across the state, competing for titles in various categories.  

Events run both days from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and admission prices range from $25 to $25.

Triangle Table Tennis is located at 2900 Perimeter Park Drive. For more info, call (919) 388-0272 or visit triangletabletennis.com.

Daddy Day at the Park

June 21, 2 to 3 p.m.

Dads with little ones will enjoy nature games and cool refreshments at Crowder District Park, located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

Admission is $5 per family, and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call (919) 662-2850 or visit wakegov.com/parks/crowder/Pages/default.aspx.

Wine Him

June 20-21

For all the times you whined as a kid, treat Dad to a special sample from the wine cask, or buy him some beer, at Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road in Cary.

There’s light fare and music on the deck both days; hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Learn more by calling (919) 380-7135, or see chathamhillwine.com.  

Take Him Out to the Ballgame

June 21, 7 p.m.

Visit the area’s brand-new stadium, and cheer on the Holly Springs Salamanders as they take the field against the Martinsville Mustangs!

The Salamanders, member of the Coastal Plain League and comprised of top college-level talents, have just launched their season at the North Main Athletic Complex, at 1151 N. Main St. in Holly Springs.

Wanna go? Tickets start at $8; get them at salamandersbaseball.com or call (919) 249-7322.


June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If your dad’s the active type, trek to Lake Crabtree County Park for TORCFest on Sunday, as the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists invite cycling enthusiasts and those who appreciate multiuse trails to celebrate mountain biking.

Enjoy burgers and hot dogs, take part in skills clinics or the Crabtree Time Trial Race (register online), or enjoy the youth group ride at 2 p.m.

The park is at 1400 Aviation Parkway in Morrisville. Find out more about the group at facebook.com/SORBA.TORC.

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