Dad’s Turn! Restaurants and Shops Celebrate Father’s Day with Bargains, Gifts and Special Menu Items at Downtown Disney District

Whether Dad is into jazz, customized toy race cars, haute (hat) couture or just good grub, he and the rest of the family will find something make Father’s Day extra special this weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

Does Dad look good in a fedora? More of an Indiana Jones kind of guy? He can get 20 percent off his pick Friday through Saturday, June 16-18, at Chapel Hats.

Is it a good weekend for auto racing? It’s always a good weekend for auto racing! Take Dad to RideMakerz in Downtown Disney District on Saturday or Sunday, build your ride, and Dad can build a second ride for free!

If Dad grooves to New Orleans Jazz, look into the regular Sunday Brunch Fest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Brunch features New Orleans-inspired cuisine, of course, plus live entertainment from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Louisiana-brewed Abita beer on tap.

June 16 to 18, Tortilla Jo’s is celebrating Dad with all his favorite flavors in El Papi’s Fajitas – grilled steak and chicken, Mexican shrimp and chorizo, Michoacan-style carnitas, grilled nopales, roasted cebollitas and bell peppers, queso ranchero and house-made molcajete salsa.

Uva Bar celebrates throughout the month with a special Father’s Day sandwich: the Big Daddy Burger with their signature beef blend, applewood bacon, fried egg, avocado, white cheddar, tomato, lettuce, secret sauce and brioche bun. Dad may want to pair it with a Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo, combining hops with essence of mango, papaya and passion fruit.

Dad’s Turn! Restaurants and Shops Celebrate Father’s Day with Bargains, Gifts and Special Menu Items at Downtown Disney District

At the ESPN Zone on Sunday, there will be two Father’s Day specials created especially for the day: a Korean-style burger made with grass-fed beef, sambal aioli, pulled pork BBQ sauce, kimchi and tempura-fried avocados or, for the bigger appetite, the Father’s Day Grill Out: smoked brisket, smoked pork ribs, grilled beer-braised bratwurst sausage and street-style corn. Cocktail service will be available throughout the day in the ESPN Zone’s Patio lounge, with seating on a first come, first served basis.

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria offers The Godfather Pizza on Saturday and Sunday: pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatball, green peppers, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella and tomato sauce.

When dinnertime comes around, Catal tempts Dad with a three-course prime rib dinner, Sunday only.

If he is in more of a snacking mood, you could take him to Wetzel’s Pretzels Saturday or Sunday, where buying a pretzel and a drink will get him a free pretzel dog. Or, if he has more of a sweet tooth, get him a DAD Box at Sprinkles, available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The DAD box is loaded with his favorite treats, including Red Velvet, Salty Caramel, Black & White and Vanilla Milk Chocolate.

Lots to do, and lots to eat at Downtown Disney District this Father’s Day weekend, but I’m sure Dad has the energy for it. After all, energy is a big part of what fatherhood is about.