Ohio University is welcoming crowds of adoring fathers back to Ohio University for the annual Dads Weekend. The streets of Athens will once again experience waves of cheering dads, some visiting for their first time—others returning with open arms to their alma mater. Take advantage of the few remaining weeks of warm weather and beautiful foliage. Dad’s Weekend is packed with activities and events that satisfy even the most restless of fathers. Here is a collection of events taking place the weekend of November 6 – 8. Mix and match events that will leave you beaming in appreciation for the exciting new memories made; it’s tough with so many options to choose from.
The Bobcats will light up the night during this year’s face-off against Drexel University in the famed Bird Arena. Bring your dad along for this anticipated high-intensity game as OHIO seeks to extend their lead as #1 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The excitement begins on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:45 p.m.) in Bird Arena.
Chili Cook-Off and Fly-In 11/7
All our welcome to this year’s annual Chili Cook-off and Fly-in at Ohio University’s Gordon K. Bush Airport. Attendants to this high-flying event can look forward to tasting or crafting homemade chili from three categories: spicy, traditional and non-traditional. Whether someone is searching to take home the gold or sample mouthwatering chilis from various backgrounds, everyone will leave with smiles on their faces and bellies comfortably stuffed. Participants can look to the skies as Ohio University’s planes zip through blue skies. The cook-off begins at 11 a.m. in Albany. Tickets are $5 to taste and $10 to enter a chili recipe.
Night Hike and Stargazing by Campfire Light 11/6 – 11/7
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike can rejoice at the opportunity to spend the night enjoying serene moonlit landscapes, followed by melt-in-your-mouth s’mores underneath the stars, while perched atop the hills surrounding The Ridges. Tickets can be bought for $10 per person through Ping Recreation Center. The price of the ticket includes transportation, supplies and guidance by staff. Expect laughs and untold stories around blazing campfires on this cool November evening. The night excursion begins at 8 p.m. at The Ridges on Friday, November 6.
The Athens Farmers Market is one of the state’s largest outdoor food markets as well as an Athens’ staple. It’s a must-see for those searching for fresh, local produce and a glimpse at the region’s passionate culture. You’ll not only find farmers that excel in sustainable farming, but also friendly conversation and a basket full of knowledge on a variety of growing techniques.Many vendors even share their own tips and tricks on preparing their goods for your dinner table. Markets are no longer open on Wednesday and Thursdays, but you can expect to find them at The Market on East State every Saturday, all year around. Arrive early to have first choice of this week’s haul as the AFM only runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Treat your guests to the hidden gems found throughout Athens County!
Listed below are several ideas for experiencing the vibrant lifestyle Athens offers.
Don’t spend your weekend cramped in your student’s dorm. Take time to explore the outdoors of Athens. It’s an area teeming with beautiful wildlife and foliage. Renting bikes from Black Diamond Bicycle or Athens Bicycle Shop is just the first pedal in a long series that will comprise your 18-mile bike path ride, which spans from the far eastern portions of Athens— through the Plains— to finishing in Nelsonville at the feet of a great bronze statue of a ram; the journey rolls to an end at the famous Rocky Outdoor Gear Store.
Athens’ delectable food culture has its home in the 30 Mile Meal program, the nation’s first hyper-local food movement. Restauranteurs source their ingredients within a 30 mile radius of Athens and the result is a satisfying home-grown meal. Want the true taste of Athens? Just find a 30 Mile Meal Partner, including local favorites like Donkey Coffee, Miller’s Chicken, Restuarant Salaam, Shade Winery or Brenen’s Cafe and Deli.
Is it a reasonable guess that the dads visiting for the weekend will prowl the streets of Athens hunting for flavorful beer? If our guess is anywhere near true, the craft breweries that established Athens as a craft brew mecca can find their place at the top of your dad’s to-drink list here in Athens. Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery is a classic beginner’s point on the craft beer tour, followed by Devil’s Kettle Brewing on Columbus Road, and Little Fish Brewery located at 8675 Armitage Road. Jackie O’s is the time-tested leader in the area’s craft brewery scene, but new members to the group, like Devil’s Kettle and Little Fish, are quickly claiming their spots in Athens’ raved-about beer scene. Why not enjoy the best of both worlds? The Hockhocking Bikeway curves with the Hocking River, bringing bikers within easy cycling distance of all three breweries. Bring your bike along or rent from Athens’ numerous bike shops to ease the walking and increase the fun while you’re visiting the three breweries. The beers are likely to dazzle your taste buds and shock your senses. We’ve got you covered! Call a cab or hail an Athens’ public transit bus to guarantee that your night ends as well as it began.