Top Picks for Celebrating Mother’s Day in Boston

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, why not plan ahead to make the day extra special for your mom or the mother of your kids. Sure, a bouquet of flowers is nice. But how about treating her to a day out at one of Boston’s many special events?

Here are some ideas to make it a special day to remember:

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Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum – Mother’s Day is special at the Arnold Arboretum as visitors celebrate Lilac Sunday, which highlights their famed lilac collection featuring 176 different species. It’s the perfect day to visit, tour the beautiful lilac collection, enjoy live music and even set up a picnic! The special Lilac Sunday activities are scheduled from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit the official Arboretum website for more details.

17 Exquisite Exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts – Whatever mom’s artistic taste, one of MFA’s current exhibits highlighting a wide range of genres is sure to entertain her. Mother’s Day is the last chance to experience The Cezanne exhibit “The Large Bathers”. Or maybe the British Royal Portraits exhibit by Mario Testino will peak her interest. Perhaps she’d be delighted with a chamber music performance by the North Country Players. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm on Mother’s Day. Visit for more information.

Open Studios at the Fort Point Art Walk – Throughout Mother’s Day weekend, more than 75 painters, jewelers, sculptors, and photographers will open their studios to the public. There will also be artists’ talks and demonstrations, hands-on activities and live performances. The event is free (as is parking in the lot across from 249 A Street) and held at various locations in the Fort Point neighborhood. More information is available at

The SoWa Open Market – The South End’s beloved SOWA Open Market is not only a happening place to be, but also a great way to spend some quality time together, browsing and chatting with local artisans.  Maybe you can pick out her Mother’s Day present together, too.

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A Fabulous Mother’s Day Brunch – Several well-known restaurants in Boston are offering special brunches where you can treat your Mom, including Asana at the Mandarin Oriental, complete with a raw bar, hot and cold buffets, an omelet station and desserts from the pasty team. Beacon Hill Bistro will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu. The expansive buffet (including a special children’s station) at Café Fleuri in the Langham Hotel is sure to please as is the contemporary French cuisine at Deuxave. Or consider enjoying the morning on the patio at Cinquecento in the South End for their a la carte menu. Contact the venues directly for reservations.

Mother’s Walk at The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway – Named after the celebrated matriarch of the Kennedy family, the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is a ribbon of five contemporary parks in downtown Boston. The Mother’s Walk provides you a unique way to celebrate and spend time with your mom this Mother’s Day. Special bonus: You can purchase and dedicate a custom inscribed 6″ x 6″ paver that will become a permanent part of the Mother’s Walk in the Wharf District parks.

What are your favorite things to do in Boston on Mother’s Day?