Father's Day

Father’s Day 2015 in Cary: Gift Ideas & Events

Father's Day

Cary, NC — Sunday, June 21, 2015 is Father’s Day. Whether you’re in search of the perfect gift or just want to have fun with Dad, here’s a guide to help you make last-minute plans.

Celebrate Father’s Day in Cary

Flowers, jewelry, candy and brunch are all popular Mother’s Day go-to’s. But what about Dad? It can be hard to plan Father’s Day, so, below, find gift ideas, restaurant specials and fun things to do in Cary to celebrate your dad this weekend on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Take Dad Out to Eat

The following Cary restaurants are offering Father’s Day specials.

Academy Street Bistro, 200 South Academy Street, Downtown Cary
Call 919-377-0509 for reservations

In honor of great dads, Academy Street is holding a Lobster Fest all weekend. Thursday, June 18, 2015 through Sunday, June 21, 2015, Chef Brian will feature favorite lobster dishes like Lobster Risotto, Lobster Bisque, Surf & Turf, Lobster Gazpacho and more.

Belle at the Jones House, 324 South Academy Street, Downtown Cary
Call 919-378-9724 for reservations

On my dad’s birthday, I took him out for brunch at Belle. He loves history and enjoyed dining on the front porch of the old house, overlooking the garden and hearing stories of its past. Whether you choose brunch, lunch or dinner, Belle is a great venue for special celebrations.

Dad might enjoy dining on the front porch of the historic Jones House.

Dad might enjoy dining on the front porch of the historic Jones House.

Doherty’s Irish Pub, 1979 High House Road, Cary (also in Apex)
Call 919-388-9930 for reservations

Doherty’s famous Father’s Day brunch buffet is back with carving, omelet and raw bar stations, lunch and breakfast and desserts. Prices are $26.95 per person or $12.95 for kids under 10.

Dean’s Seafood Bar & Grill, 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary
Call 919-459-5875 for reservations

Treat Dad like a king with a Father’s Day Brunch Buffet from 9 am-2:30 pm full of Dad’s favorites like fried chicken, oysters, shrimp, mussels, tender sirloin, breakfast favorites, delicious sides and homemade desserts. Prices are $28 for each adult and $14 for kids 10 & under.

Need a Present for Dad?

Shopping for my mom or for my girlfriends is easy, but I’ve always struggled to pick out the perfect present for my dad. Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary is a great place to buy dad-friendly gifts. Some of my favorite gift ideas for Dad include funny socks, beer soap and vintage lanterns (all found at Garden Supply).


Last year, I made my dad a terrarium for his apartment.

For a personal, hand-made gardening gift, try making Dad a terrarium or hanging basket. My dad loves plants but lives in an apartment, and I found that a small terrarium was a great present for him last year. If your dad is a foodie, visit World Market (near Crossroads) to make him a basket filled with specialty foods and treats from around the world.

Still stumped? We’re lucky to live in a town that has a variety of specialty cooking stores, hardware stores, bakeries, candy shops and local gifts. Check out some of these stores in this article we published last year called Father’s Day Gift Ideas–it has suggestions for techie dads, stylish dads, dads who love to cook and more.

Other Fun Things To Do

Here are a few other ideas of fun things to do with Dad:

  • Take him out for ice cream
  • Visit a farmers market or museum
  • Go on a lake-side hike
  • Go bowling, roller skating or ice skating
  • Take him to a Durham Bulls baseball game
  • Build something together (like a birdhouse, planter, etc.)
  • Spend the day at the pool or beach
  • Go rock-climbing


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

2 replies
  1. Betsy Dassau
    Betsy Dassau says:

    C3/Carolina Creative Center will be at the Kids Craft table at the Downtown Cary Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 20th from 9 AM to 1 PM to make Father’s Day Cards using creative reuse materials at this free event.Come down town to Chatham Street Farmers’ Market and see what you can make for your Dad! All ages welcome !

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