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While there's always the "let's stay home and cookout in the backyard for dad on Father's Day weekend" and then dad ends up cooking for his own celebration, not fun! How about taking in some of the sights and sounds going on around Abilene on Father's Day weekend.

Not only will dad not have to cook for himself, but he could also learn some fun cultural stuff about the Abilene Area. Plus dad could enjoy a picnic or some food truck foods.

Here are just a few things going on Father's Day Weekend in and around Abilene. You may have to secure tickets for some of these fun features for Father's Day weekend. Okay here goes:

Friends of the Abilene Public Library
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First off there's the annual "Friends of the Abilene Library Book Sale" that will be happening from Thursday, June 16 (which happens to be my birthday) through Sunday Father's Day, June 19th at the Abilene Convention Center. Sunday will be the "Bag Of Books Sale" day.

If dad loves to read or if you like to read to dad, this is a great place to take dad and get books, videos, music, and more.

Flea market inside
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Second is the always fun and very relaxing Buffalo Gap Fleamarket under the old oak trees. The Buffalo Gap Flea Market takes place on Saturday, June 18th, and Sunday, June 19th. The best part is, that it's free to roam around the Old Settlers Camp Grounds in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

Whether dad is a golfer, a do-it-yourself kind of guy, or a hunter, there are all kinds of great deals that will keep dad entertained while checking out the flea market.

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Photo by: Gabin Vallet / Unsplash
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A third event is the "16th Annual Summer Solstice Endurance Run." Here's a chance for dads and the family to get a little exercise while spending valuable time together and taking in the sights at Red Bud Park here in Abilene on a warm, summer night in West Texas. Registration and information are all online it's $25 to sign up. All runners and walkers will start at 9:00 PM.

Photo by: Clayton Carabajal
Photo by: Clayton Carabajal
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Fourth is the Abilene Zoo where you can take in the sights and even plan a picnic for dad. The cool part is that the Abilene Zoo has food and drinks available on sight and there are picnic areas and picnic tables too. It will be a fun day to remember so take lots of pictures with dad and the zoo animals.

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Photo by Juliane Liebermann / Unsplash
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Finally, I recommend the Abilene State Park, where you can bring a ready-made meal for a picnic with dad and take in a Father's Day hike around the park. Due to the wildfires that have happened in the Big Country the State Park is still not allowing open flame cook-outs at the park, at this time.

Nonetheless, it will be a fun day spending it with dad under the huge oak trees at the Abilene State Park. Guided tours will be available.

There are several other places that will make for a fun Father's Day, like the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, Frontier Texas, and Prime Time Family Fun Center for a day of bowling and go-cart racing. In Abilene the selections are endless.

Make your plans early and enjoy this Father's Day making memories that will last a lifetime. Take lots of pictures and don't forget to share them with us.

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