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Mother’s Day events and ideas in L.A.

Treat your mom to one of these Mother’s Day events along with a stop at some of L.A.’s loveliest attractions
Huntington Library
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Sebi Ryffel

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

Flower cupcakes
Photograph: Courtesy Sweet Lady Jane

Sugar & Stilettos Bake Sale Extravaganza

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.

Echo Park Craft Fair
Photograph: Courtesy EPCF/Taka Nonaka-Hill

Echo Park Craft Fair

icon-location-pin Mack Sennett Studios, Silver Lake

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.

LA Zoo
Photograph: Courtesy LA Zoo
Things to do

Wild for the Planet

It’s always a good occassion for cute animals, but Mother’s Day seems like an especially great one. Honor the planet at the L.A. Zoo’s elongated Earth Day celebration, with special animal enrichment presentations and a rotating roster of educators.

Face to Face with Magic by Nikki Jee
Photograph: Courtesy Renaissance Pleasure Fair
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Renaissance Pleasure Faire

icon-location-pin Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, San Gabriel Valley

Honor thy mother with a trip to a land where chivalry is still alive. Prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the return of the oldest Ren Faire in the country, a spectacle across 20 Irwindale acres with Elizabethan libations and amusement.

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Traditional English Tea at the Huntington
Photo courtesy The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Huntington

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.

Rose Bowl Flea Market
Photograph: Rozette Rago

Rose Bowl Flea Market

icon-location-pin Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena

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.

Things to do

RuPaul’s DragCon

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown

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.

More Mother's Day ideas

Central Garden at the Getty Center.
Photograph: J. Brew
Things to do

Stroll through a flowery garden

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.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Take a day trip

She put up with your back seat shenanigans for years, so the least you can do is chauffeur your mom around for the day. From wine tasting in Santa Barbara to vintage hunting in the desert, these are the perfect out-of-town getaways for Mother’s Day.

Vista Hermosa Natural Park
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lac T
Things to do

Pack a picnic

Impress your mom with your cooking and packing skills with a picnic in one of L.A.'s public parks. Whether you're an art aficionado or a devoted dog owner, there's a slice of nature that fits your lifestyle—roll out a blanket or take a stroll through one of these spots.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Take mom to a museum

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.

Health and beauty, Spas

Treat yourselves to a spa day

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.

Photograph: Becky Reams

Brunch it up

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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Flapjacks with a Bloody Larry at Littlefork
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

10 L.A. restaurants serving the best bottomless brunch

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.

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