Ohio University Dads Weekend 2016: What To Do, Eat & See

The annual Dads Weekend welcomes crowds of excited fathers back to Ohio University. The streets of Athens experience waves of cheering dads, some visiting for their first time—others returning with open arms to their alma mater. Dad’s Weekend activities and events satisfy even the most restless of fathers. We provided a collection of what to do, eat and see for this year’s Dad’s Weekend taking place November 4 – 6.


Photographs of the Ohio University mens basketball game against Miami University on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at the Ohio University Convo in Athens, Ohio. The OU Bobcats beat the Miam U Redhawks 76-64. [Photograph by Joel Prince]

Cheer on the Ohio Bobcats as they take on Rio Grande!

Ohio University Hockey Hockey vs. Dearborn 11/4

The Bobcats will light up the night during this year’s face-off against the University of Michigan Dearborn in the famed Bird Arena. Bring your dad along for this anticipated high-intensity game. The excitement begins on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:45 p.m.) in Bird Arena.

Bike Ride Along the Hockhocking Bikeway

Don’t spend the weekend with Dad cooped up in your dorm room. Instead, take advantage of the few remaining weeks of warm weather and beautiful foliage. Renting bikes from Black Diamond Bicycle or Athens Bicycle Shop is just the first pedal in a long series that will comprise your 22-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.

Ohio Men’s Basketball vs. Rio Grande (#HoopsFest16) 11/5

Bring your dad to the Convocation Center as the Ohio Men’s Basketball team opens the season vs. Rio Grande for #HoopsFest16. The hype begins at 2 p.m. on November 5. One $20 ticket also provides admission to the women’s basketball (11:30 a.m.) and volleyball (7:00 p.m.) events on November 5. Students get in free with valid OHIO ID.



Athens is a craft brew mecca – try one of the many breweries in the area!

Athens Farmers Market 11/5

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. Arrive early to have first choice of this week’s haul as the AFM only runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Chili Cook-Off and Fly-In 11/5

All are 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.

Take a Local Craft Brewery Tour

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 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.


The Ridges is the perfect place to check out fall colors during this time of year.

Take in the Great Outdoors with Dad

The Athens Conservancy offers a free guided tour of Finger Rock Trail, Athens Trail and Trace Trail located just ten minutes from campus. The hike extends for four miles but for the less adventurous, a one mile turnaround route is offered. Attendees can sip on complimentary apple cider and hot chocolate while enjoying the season’s peak colors. This hike is free and open to the public and lasts from 1-4 p.m. (Parking is at Pioneer Cemetery Trailhead, at 11661 State Park Road, Athens, OH 45701.)

Night Hike and Stargazing by Campfire Light 11/4 – 11/5

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 7:30 p.m. at The Ridges on Friday, November 5.

Athena Cinema Dads Weekend Event: The Blues Brothers 11/4-11/5

Make some memories with Dad by laughing along to the hit classic The Blues Brothers. Want the true taste of Athens? Just find a 30 Mile Meal Partner, including local favorites like Donkey Coffee, Miller’s Chicken, Restaurant Salaam, Shade Winery or Brenen’s Cafe and Deli. Grab a bite to eat before heading to the 101 year old Athena Cinema. Tickets cost $6.50 but the fun will be priceless!


Whatever you choose to do, eat or see with your dad, be sure to use the hashtag #AthensOhio and we may feature you on one of our social media accounts!