What’s your plan for celebrating Father’s Day?

Will you gather around the grill – again – for another round of burgers and beer?

Chances are dad is just as tired of the same old, same old as the rest of the family.

Here are some suggestions for getting out of the backyard and giving Dad a day to remember for years to come.


A free Father’s Day fishing contest will be held at Twin Lakes Park east of Greensburg. Here anglers try their luck at the 2021 event.

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For the fishing dad, there’s a free fishing tournament from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Twin Lakes Park east of Greensburg.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the boathouse on the lower lake. All participants must be registered before noon to be eligible for trophies and prizes.

First and second place trophies and merchandise will be awarded for the longest trout, longest carp and other longest legal sized fish in the adult and juvenile categories. Trophies will also be awarded for the best “catch of the day” for youth and adults.

There will be a draw after the derby for all registered youth participants.

Persons 16 and older must display a valid 2022 Pennsylvania fishing license.

For more information, call 724-830-3950 or visit co.westmoreland.pa.us/parks.



Dads can experience more than 8,000 animals, including gentoo penguins, with free Father’s Day admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

City Safari

Does dad like to walk on the wild side?

Take him to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium in Highland Park, where dads of all ages get free admission on Sundays when accompanied by a child.

For an even more special zoo experience, consider treating Dad to a Wild Encounter, a private 30-minute experience with some of the zoo’s animals and an expert guide.

Wild Encounters can accommodate groups of up to five people, with fees starting at $250 for two people. Please note that tickets for this program must be purchased online at least 72 hours in advance.

Even without Wild Encounter, there’s a lot going on at the zoo. The sprawling 77-acre facility has nine distinct habitats housing more than 8,000 animals representing over 600 species.

Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gates close at 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit pittsburghzoo.org.


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Cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates at their Father’s Day game at PNC Park and give dad a Chicago Dog, one of this season’s new foods.

To beat

Take him to the ball game. Take it out with the crowd.

Buy him peanuts and Cracker Jack — or a Chicago Dog and BBQ Bacon Waffle Fries, two of the new dishes that debuted this season at PNC Park. And don’t forget to buy him one of the 22 draft beers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are home Sunday, hosting the San Francisco Giants at 1:35 p.m.

In honor of Father’s Day, all dads and kids will receive a replica Pirates batting practice cap. Arrive early and check out the activities of the Family Fun Zone on Federal Street, outside the North Side ballpark.

For tickets and more information, visit mlb.com.

Cruise along

For the dad who loves all things automotive, there’s a Father’s Day Car Cruise from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater in Hampton.

If Dad is more into music than motors, he can listen to the live music of King Solomon Hicks, a guitar virtuoso from Harlem, New York. Hicks has been playing professionally since the age of 13, collaborating with a roster of musicians from all genres, from Tony Bennett to BB King to Bruce Springsteen.

If Dad works up an appetite, treat him to a bite to eat from one of the on-site food trucks.

The free event is hosted by Allegheny County Parks. For more information, visit alleghenycounty.us/special-events.

So bad it’s good

Is your father bad to the bone?

Take it to the Palace Theater in Greensburg, where George Thorogood and The Destroyers will take the stage for a 7:30 p.m. stop on Sunday as part of their “Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock.”

After the show, treat dad to a bourbon, scotch, or beer. Don’t let him drink alone.

Tickets cost between $39.75 and $69.75. To reserve, call 724-836-8000 or visit thepalacetheatre.org.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .