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Experiential Fathers' Day: Kicks off Sunday Parkways in Portland

The parental acknowledgment holidays sneak up on me. May arrives, I'm nothing but ready to bask in the glow of Mothers' Day. Then I remember I have a mother too. And a mother-in-law. And a grandma. So we kick ourselves in gear to get some cards in the mail. Now here it is June, and Fathers' Day is upon us. That means my husband and my father, who lives locally.

This year, we have an ace in the hole. We will celebrate experientially (because really, does dad need another tie? BBQ implements? golf shirts??) by partaking in the first of three Sunday Parkway dates. I wrote about last year's first ever Sunday Parkways event, when the city of Portland blocked off several miles worth of city streets to make them the ideal spot for family bike riding, skate-boarding, walking, strolling, roller-blading, what-have-you. The routes are linked to city parks featuring crazy cool tall or hand-welded bikes, bicycle rickshas, hula-hoopers, unicyclers, etc. Excellent family fun.

(video by Clarence Eckerson, Jr.)

This years three free events will run from 9am to 4pm each day, and feature different sections of Portland:

Of course, that's just here in Portland. And biking may not be every dad's cup of tea. But there's tons of fun things to do with family in June, no? Killer rummage sales! Strawberry festivals! How do you plan to fete the fantastic dads in your life this Fathers' Day?

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