Moira holds onto her father Lewis McNeel as they walk through the DoSeum. Photo by Scott Ball.
Moira holds onto her father Lewis McNeel as they walk through the DoSeum. Photo by Scott Ball.

Father’s Day is Sunday and San Antonio is celebrating. More than ties, more than dining out at a crowded restaurant, more than mowing the lawn, most dads relish time with their kids. Here are the top three picks from the Rivard Report to spend time developing the father/child bond.

Fathers Day Fiesta

The San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign is celebrating their 15th Annual Father’s Day Fiesta on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the San Antonio Housing Authority Pavilion, 181 S. Flores.

Free health screenings will ensure a healthy dad and children’s activities (games, arts, and crafts) will entertain the kids. Fathers will like the free food and free entertainment at this free event (did I say free?) A dozen organizations will offer information on education, housing, money management, insurance, job searches, child care and more.

The San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign is a local initiative dedicated to bringing a positive awareness to the importance of family and fatherhood issues. The campaign strives to emphasize the honor of being a father and how important the role of a male parent plays in the life of his child.

Ankle-biters, adolescents, and adult children can treat their ancestors to a free father’s day gift at the Pearl Brewery on Sunday. The Sporting District, 302 Pearl Parkway, will offer free haircuts and beard trims from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Haircuts free from 11-4

Donations will benefit Children of Fallen Patriots. This group provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Want more? Alamo Beer will be there as well.

Dads and cars go together like moms and apple pie. To that end, LifePoint Church is celebrating Man Month with a Father’s Day Car Show Extravaganza on Sunday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10822 FM 1560 in Helotes.

Families who attend this free car show can vote for the people’s choice car award, feast at several food trucks, and memorialize the experience at the photo booth. Kids can work up an appetite in the bounce house and then be satiated by Teka Molino, Nelson’s BBQ & Italian, or Fat Matt’s. D.J. Experience will supply the sounds.

If beer and sausage trumps ties or cars, bring the old man out to the FatherFest on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Alamo Beer Company, 201 Lamar Street.

Car Show

A Kiolbassa sausage cook-off with local chefs will be judged by celebrities. Fathers may cast their vote for a “People’s Choice” award. Kids may go for the family games. Dads may find the trucks, the cigar rollers, or a mobile barber more interesting. If this is not enough to deliver an afternoon of family fun, come to listen to music by the Rick Cavender Band and Two Tons of Steel.

Another feature of the FatherFest is the message from Pints for Prostates – “Reaching men through the universal language of beer.” The campaign raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection by making appearances at beer events such as the FatherFest. Prostate cancer survivors will be encouraged to sign up for a special gift.

FatherFest, Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar

Whatever you do, enjoy your day with your dad. Share this article with him and ask him what he would like to do. Then share your time with him. And share this poem with him too! In acrostic poems, the first letters of each line are aligned vertically to form a word.

Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers are fun – and serious too!
And you learn more from them than you do at school.
Think of all the good times you’ve had.
How would it be without your dad?
Everything would be harder with no mentor for growth.
Reflect on the man who loves you the most.
Soon will come the day for you to fill his shoes.

Do you think your dad would accept an excuse?
Always try your best, that’s what he would say.
Yes, think of your dad on this Father’s Day!

*Featured/top image: Moira holds onto her father Lewis McNeel as they walk through the DoSeum.  Photo by Scott Ball. 

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Don’s life revolves around the many poetry circles in San Antonio. His poems have been published in many anthologies and periodicals and broadcasted on local TV and national radio. In addition to poetry,...