June 21, 2020 is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate all the dads, grandfathers, father-like figures and other special men in your life. New Orleans is partially open, with restaurants, attractions and shops returning in limited capacities. We’ve also got a few ideas for celebrating dad at home, including special meals that you can order for Father’s Day.

Paul Broussard
Cochon de Lait po-boy from Rosedale

Make those Dining Reservations Now

New Orleans restaurants are currently operating at 50% seating capacity, with reservations strongly encouraged. On Father’s Day, dine at Galatoire’s, Neyow’s Creole Café, Rosedale, or one of our many delicious restaurants open for the occasion. If you plan to dine in, make your reservation now. See what restaurants are open here.  

Shop for the Perfect Gift

Finding a gift for dad can be a challenge, but New Orleans shops have plenty to offer. You can’t go wrong with a signature polo from Perlis, or a unique accessory from the New Orleans Museum of Art. Sweet Olive Gifting Co. has debuted a line of Father’s Day gifting boxes perfect for dad, which include socks, cookbooks, cocktail mixes, and more. For prints and other works of art, check out Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op or Studio BE’s online shop. If all else fails, scoop up a gift card to dad’s favorite shop or restaurant, which supports local businesses and is a win-win for everyone.

Visit an Open Attraction

A trip to the zoo, a visit to the World War II Museum, even a ride on Steamboat Natchez – there are plenty of New Orleans attractions to explore on Father’s Day. You’ll want to purchase tickets in advance, as many of these attractions have timed entry and are operating at 50% capacity. Explore the open attractions here.

Justen Williams
Café du Monde in New Orleans City Park

Get Outdoors

New Orleans’ parks and greenspaces provide endless opportunities for adventure. At City Park, spend the day mini golfing at City Putt, or chow down on beignets at Café du Monde. Just across the way is Bayou St. John, where you can rent a kayak or paddleboard and cruise up and down the 4-mile waterway. Dixie Brewery has reopened its taproom, as well as outdoor greenspaces, for visitors to come and enjoy. Check out our ultimate guide to the outdoors here.

Enjoy a Meal at Home

Bring the celebration home with a meal from one of these restaurants. Start off the day strong with coffee and donuts from Buttermilk Drop Bakery. For a special Father’s Day menu, check out Toups, which includes a la carte options like Café Brûlot Rack of Beef Ribs, cornbread, and Black Pepper Chocolate Mousse (order by June 18). If your dad is more of a pitmaster, consider an at-home grill kit from The Commissary and fire up the barbecue as a family. Or, keep it simple (and delicious) and pick up some wings from J’s Creole Wings