While most Mother’s Day events revolve around brunches, you can find things to do that don’t involve a breakfast plate if you’re willing to think outside of the box. With a mom-focused play, a pop-up market and an afternoon at one of L.A.’s loveliest attractions, you’ll find plenty of ways to show your mom how much she means to you. So stock up on some of our favorite gift ideas, buy her a bouquet of flowers and then treat her to an afternoon at one of these Mother’s Day events.
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Mother's Day events in Los Angeles
Food and fashion, always a potent combination, come together at the seventh annual Sugar & Stilettos bake sale extravaganza (2306 Midvale Ave). Los Angeles’ top bakeries and restaurants—think Milo & Olive, Bouchon, Sweet Lady Jane—will be providing baked goods up for sale and there’ll be exclusive raffle items that will make eventgoers giddy with excitement. This year, the event will be the Murray Neidorf Memorial BBQ, in honor of founder/president Nanci Christopher’s father.
Reserve a spot in your weekend for the latest installment of this Pinterester’s Utopia. Echo Park Craft Fair returns—just in time for a Mother’s Day shopping outing—welcoming artsy Eastsiders for a feast of hand-dyed clothing and delicately concocted bath oils, one-of-a-kind ceramics, weavings, jewelry and beyond.
You can never go wrong with this classic Mother’s Day outing—elegant brunch and gardens are sure to please any mom. Enjoy a full spread of furikake-crusted ahi, savory roast beef tenderloin and sushi along with bottomless mimosas. Stick around and spend the afternoon meandering through the botanical gardens and artwork.
Perhaps the Los Angeles area’s most iconic flea market, this event around the exterior of the Rose Bowl is staggeringly colossal—but what else would you expect from a 90,000-seat stadium? The sheer size and scale of this flea market means that it encompasses multitudes: new and old, hand-crafted and salvaged, the cheap and the costly. Treat mom to a trip through this shopping rite of passage—and maybe treat her to an impulse buy or two.
Spend Mother’s Day with one of the fiercest people we know: Mama Ru. Celebrate gender swapping culture and couture at this colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul. Meet queens, pop culture personalities and the winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and catch a keynote speech by RuPaul, panels on drag and disco and more.
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Los Angeles—and California as a whole—is a pretty amazing place, botanically speaking. Even though some of us can reach out our windows and pluck an avocado from a tree, a trip to one of L.A.’s many manicured gardens reveals vegetation that simply can’t be found on our city streets—just don’t try plucking a flower for mom at any of these spots.
Brush up on a bit of culture this Mother’s Day with a trip to one of L.A.’s finest institutions. Stick to something scenic like the Getty Villa for a special treat, though we’re sure your mom will get a kick out of you marveling at the Natural History Museum’s dinosaur bones like a little kid.
Relax, unwind and be pampered from head to toe. Being a mom can be tough work, and since you’re reading this page about treating your mother to the very best, we’re going to assume she did a pretty good job raising you. In other words, treat the woman to a top massage, scrub or facial.
Flowers are nice, sure. A box of chocolates, too. But the real way to your mom’s heart? Brunch. Lucky for you, Los Angeles does brunch like it’s nobody’s business. Whether your mom loves a classic eggs Benedict or a decadent plate of French toast, these brunches will have her thinking you’re the best son or daughter ever.
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Angelenos may not have invented heavy drinking at 10am with a side of bacon and eggs, but we've certainly perfected it. These 10 L.A. restaurants serve the ultimate bottomless brunch, from a rooftop perch with all-you-can-eat-and-drink to a charming French bistro with endless champagne and mimosas.