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It's Father's Day, which means it's time to show the dads out there how much we appreciate them. If you're looking for a way to make the fathers in your life feel special outside the traditional gifts and cards, Austin businesses are here to give everyone a day to remember.

Here are some of the Father's Day events going on today.

Father’s Day Weekend at Pioneer Farms

Take a trip back in time with dad at Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, which is offering two special blacksmithing classes in time for Father's Day. From 9 a.m.-noon, dads will learn how to smith their own fork and spoon on Sunday, just like the pioneers did. Sunday's class will be followed by a chuckwagon-style lunch in Pioneer Farms' Town Square at 1 p.m. Classes cost $75 per person and dads get their first beer free!

Father’s Day Axes & Ales at Urban Axes

After a tough year, maybe you or the dad in your life is trying to let off some steam. What better way to let loose than a beer tasting and axe-throwing outing? Urban Axes, 812 Airport Blvd., is celebrating fathers in its "Fathers Day Axes & Ales" event. For $35 each, groups of either two-to-three or four-to-six can throw for an hour, enjoy a cold one and bond with dad. Participants must be 21 or older.

Father’s Day at K1 Speed

If the father in your life is someone who likes to go fast, give him the gift of adrenaline at K1 speed. For Father's Day only, K1 Speed is offering buy two get one free races around the track. He'll feel like a Formula 1 driver in one of the all-electric go-karts that reach top speeds of 45 mph just inches off the ground. Anyone 4'10" or taller can join in on the race and two races will run $39.95, remember to get the third one for free!

Fathers eat free at Il Brutto

Il Brutto, 1601 E. 6th Street, is taking care of dads this Sunday. The Italian restaurant is offering one free entrée to dads all day on Sunday, no matter what his favorite fare is, "because dammit, dads deserve love too." Grab your foodie father and nosh on some wood-fired pizza, housemade pasta, succulent beef tenderloin or anything the restaurant has to offer. As for the rest of the family, you're still going to have to pony up.

Father’s Day market with Veracruz Tacos

Veracruz All Natural, 1704 East Cesar Chavez Street, and Plaza Las Rosas are coming together to celebrate the dads out there with a wide array of tacos (try the chicken mole), 20 vendors from all over town and live music. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy a day in the heat while treating dad to an agua fresca or an artisan gift made by local creatives. The market is free to attend, so you're welcome to stay all day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!


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