By Alicia Dziak

This weekend, it’s all about dad! On June 17, celebrate everything that makes yours so great by doing all the things that he loves best.

If you need gift ideas, look no further than right here in Springville. There are so many great places to choose from. Spices and barbecue seasoning? A grill? A new recliner? A round of golf? Or how about a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant? You can find it all here without spending any money on gas! Some of our favorites include the all-new Dilly Dallies and Witter-Davis Furniture on Main Street and Shamel Milling Co. in East Concord.

This weekend, how about treating dad to a Wendel’s chicken barbecue? Choose from numerous sides, like German potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad and many more — eat at their picnic tables or grab some to go!

Head to Sky High at Holiday Valley, where dad can climb free on June 17 with a paid admission. Take him into the Aerial Park, where he can choose from courses of varying difficulty, making his way from one platform to the next on ladders, ropes, ziplines and everything in between. Make reservations to secure your spot.

As part of Griffis Sculpture Park’s free summer series, take dad on a guided hike through the park from noon to 2 p.m. on June 16. Check out the park’s 250 sculptures while meandering through the woods and taking advantage of numerous photo opps.

How about a little competition with dad? Head to Holiday Valley’s annual Mudslide and challenge him to complete the course that consists of numerous obstacles and tons of mud! With two distances to choose from, both ending with the famous mudslide (which is like a Slip N’ Slide into a giant mud puddle), a fun after-party and plenty of laughs, this race will become a must-do on your June bucket list.

Immediately following the Mudslide, head back up to Spruce Lake for Adventure Bound Onthefly’s Paddlefest, the kickoff to the summer water activities at Spruce Lake. On Saturday afternoon, enjoy SUP and kayak paddling, music, food and fun. On Sunday morning, there will be SUPs and kayaks on hand at Spruce Lake for demo along with paddle clinics, seminars, SUP yoga and kids events. Paddlefest runs from 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Come spend a beautiful weekend on the slopes and enjoy some unique Ellicottville events! For more info, visit

IF YOU’RE up for a little drive, the Buffalo River Fest will be happening all weekend. There will be fun for the whole family, including the Rigidized Metals River Fest Regatta, a waterfront photo and memorabilia display, “I Got It” Bingo, food and refreshments, a kids area, vendors, historic walking tours, live entertainment, a Father’s Day fishing contest and much more. This event will be held at Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio St. in Buffalo near Michigan Avenue.

Celebrate Father’s Day with a cruise along Buffalo’s waterfront! There is something for everyone, from a full three course plated lunch cruise, to a relaxing evening cruise with live music. Dads also get a free souvenir. For more info, visit

The Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford is a fun way to walk through the past with dad, and all fathers are free on June 17. Visit the farm and its animals, explore an octagon-shaped house, stop by the potter and blacksmith, see cooking demonstrations and even visit a real 19th century working brewery (and try some of the ales or hard cider).

Take in a vintage baseball double-header at Silver Baseball Park, played by 1868 rules before the introduction of gloves and other protective equipment. (Games are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) Join Professor Lowe as he demonstrates the fascinating, bang-up chemical process that generated hydrogen during the Civil War. The highly flammable, lighter-than-air gas floated Union spies above Confederate lines in gas-filled balloons. Learn all about 19th-century facial hair fashions, grab lunch at the Depot restaurant and wander the nature trails! For more info, visit

Other Father’s Day weekend events going on in the area:

• Take dad to the Buffalo Zoo to visit all the animals. Dads get in for only $1 on Father’s Day.

• On Sunday, June 17, dads can take advantage of Fantasy Island’s Pay Like a Kid, Play Like a Kid offer with daily tickets for only $26.99. Pay the kids price and play all day long!

• On June 16, take dad to the 10th Woods Walk to benefit Pfeiffer Nature Center at the Eshelman Property, located at 1420 Yubadam Road in Portville.

• On June 17, enjoy some family time outside with the Sunday Family Walk at Beaver Meadows, located at 1610 Welch Road in North Java.

If you’re mad about dad, this weekend is the time to show him how much he means to you! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, grandpas and “second dads” out there!