Things to Do in Austin: Father’s Day, Free Pig Roast and Do for Dewberry

It’s a big week for things to do in Austin and an even bigger weekend. Father’s Day is coming up and Austin events are aplenty. If you aren’t sure what to do for Dad, we have you covered with some great options.

Father’s Day: Take Your Dad to Dinner Day

Image Courtesy of Jack Allen's Kitchen

Image Courtesy of Jack Allen’s Kitchen

God bless dads. Whether they are bread winners or stay-at-homes, master grillers or master bakers. Maybe they played catch with you. Or helped you learn how to draw. Dads come in all forms, shapes and sizes (what up, dad bod) but they have one common factor – they helped shape us.  We are thankful for our dads everyday, but on one particular day a year, we really get to show them.

There is an old adage that says the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, we would argue that is rather gender-biased because, as ladies, we can assert that our hearts are also readily accessible through our stomachs. Like, really accessible. So let’s just agree that we all enjoy some really great food. This, of course, includes Dad. So if you are looking for some things to do in Austin this Father’s Day, why not treat Pops to an awesome, hearty meal?

As one of Austin’s most well known chefs, Jack Gilmore really knows good food. A dad (and grand-dad!) himself, we can assure you that the delicious, locally-sourced comfort food at Jack Allen’s Kitchen gets the dad stamp of approval.

Jack’s extensive menu includes some classic dad favorites like the Fat Jack Burger. This classic is cooked to his desire and served with hickory sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, onion, dill pickles and jalapeño mayonnaise. Is your dad a chicken fried kinda guy? At Jack Allen’s Kitchen, he has his pick between chicken fried New York Strip, chicken fried chicken, chicken fried pork chop or chicken fried beef ribs. All are served with green chile gravy, chunky red smashers and chef’s veggies.

Dad can also enjoy some delicious local brews and great cocktails. One of our favorites is the 1792 Old Fashioned, featuring a hand-selected 1792 Single Barrel, simple syrup, Angostura and orange bitters with a muddled orange and Luxardo cherry.

The whole family loves pizza (including dad) and CANTINE Italian Café & Bar offers some real bargains on Sundays during their Sunday night happy hour. It’s half off all draft beer and draft cocktails and CANTINE’s delicious pizzas are half off, too! This way, you can take the whole family out without worrying about breaking the bank.

Dinner isn’t the only option for dad. He loves our favorite mealtime hybrid, brunch, as well! The Eastside masters of brunch, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, have something great for Dad this Sunday. This Father’s Day, they are cooking up a Smoked Brisket Hash brunch special with fingerling potatoes, caramelized onions, charred poblanos and horseradish guajillo hollandaise. So, order your dad a Bloody Mary and let him tuck in.

Sunday, June 19: Isla’s First Day of Summer Pig Roast

Image Courtesy of Adrienne Dever

Image Courtesy of Adrienne Dever

Summer is indeed on its way. The first official day of the season starts on June 2o, but Isla is celebrating a day early with a pig roast.

Isla’s executive, John Lichtenberger is cooking up a traditional Colombian lechona – a fully stuffed roasted pig served during the holidays. The pig is stuffed with marinated pork, saffron rice and peas and then slowly roasted over four to five hours. Once it’s ready, it’s served up with cracklins. Pretty impressive, no?

Bar manager Miguel Lopez has created a special cocktail to pair with the pork – The Mouth of a Sailor. Made with Sailor Jerry Rum, allspice dram, honey lime and served over ice, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the Lechona.

Are you looking for free things to do in Austin this weekend? Well look no further, the Lechona is FREE until is runs out! This Austin event starts at 5 p.m., so get there early to ensure you get your fill. Dads are thoroughly encouraged as the roast falls on Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 19: Do for Dewberry

Image Courtesy of Olamaie

Image Courtesy of Olamaie

Since we were relieved of that seemingly endless drought last spring, Texas has been getting some pretty different weather. By different, we mean rain, rain and more rain. While this is good for our grass and greenery, all this weird weather means floods, and last year, it even brought on a tornado.

Our city is one of the front runners of the culinary farm-to-table movement and our nearby farms make up some of the city’s most precious commodities. Unfortunately, the weather has taken a toll on the beloved Dewberry Hill Farms, one of Austin’s foremost providers of humanely raised poultry and chemical-free farming. In order to get up and running again, Dewberry Hill Farms needs to reconstruct chicken coops that can stand more durable conditions and better protect our feathered friends.

To provide Dewberry Hill Farms with a helping hand, the hosts Olamaie are teaming up with some of Austin best restaurants for the Do For Dewberry Fundraiser at East Austin’s lovely Springdale Farms. Join our friends Odd Duck, Barley Swine,  Juniper and Argus Cidery, plus Parkside, Chicon, and many others for a culinary treat. Along with delicious food, you can find craft cocktails, family-friendly games, live music and an auction.

This stellar Austin event takes place on Sunday, June 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $65 at the door and $55 if you purchase them ahead of time here. Things to do in Austin with kids are always sought after and this is a family-friendly event. So bring along dad and the kids – children under 10 get in free!

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