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Are you really going to celebrate Father’s Day with brunch and a bottle of whiskey? Consider these five fantastic alternatives to show dad you were “planning” his party all along.
Brewskee-Ball World Mug Parade, Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand Street, Brooklyn/additional locations, 9 a.m. Saturday
While most New York sports teams are floundering, the Brooklyn skee-ball team took home the Brewskee-Ball championship during the World Mug Team tournament. What that means for you is that there’s going to be a huge party in Williamsburg followed by a victory concert at The Knitting Factory. Full Circle Bar will be open bright and early for day drinking and bagels, and you’ll be able to take in additional musical performances and a screening of the team’s championship win.
Hamilton Park Festival, Hamilton Park, McWilliams Place and 8th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 10 a.m. Saturday
Explore Jersey City with a festival featuring live music, food, and a sports clinic for the kids — or really bad adult athletes. Nearby businesses like GP’s Restaurant and Bar will celebrate with refreshments like homemade limoncello and meatballs; afterward the festivities end, check out a seasonal outdoor bar like Surf City and take in the city skyline view.
Sixpoint Brewery and Brooklyn Crab present the Almost Annual Big Ten Block Party, Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed Street, Brooklyn, 11:30 a.m. Saturday
For $30, sample five of Sixpoint Brewery’s offerings and receive a discount on Brooklyn Crab’s seafood or dry land specialties. Partake in free games of cornhole and mini golf while you imbibe. Drink tickets will be valid until 3 p.m.; you can purchase them in advance.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Cacao Prieto Ice Cream Social, Botanica, 220 Conover Street, Brooklyn, noon Saturday
If you’re in need of an ice cream break in between crabs and beer, take the short walk from Brooklyn Crab to Conover Street for some boozy shakes. Brooklyn Farmacy and Cacao Prieto are teaming up to talk about the history of the soda fountain and make some delicious beverages like bourbon and vanilla milkshakes. The event will also celebrate Brooklyn Farmacy’s new book, and its authors will be on hand to sign copies. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
The Duckathlon, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, noon Saturday
Break out a beard, grab a few friends, and test your culinary mettle at this competitive event. Teams of four will engage in 25 culinary challenges — think naming pig parts — each of which is paired with a tasting. New York chefs like Anita Lo, Brad Farmerie, Francois Payard, and Jacques Torres will oversee activities and demonstrate tricks of the trade; you’re not required to complete every challenge, but winning teams will win prizes. Beer and wine are part of the entrance fee. Tickets are $54 for a team of four and can be purchased through the Duckathlon’s website.