Mother’s Day weekend is here and Portland has put together a bunch of events that will make mom feel special. Fill the days ahead with the best brunches in town a little bit of crafting a whole lot of dirt and then polish it all off with some mimosas! Sound good? Read on to find out where you need to be when school and work let out Friday.

photo: Matthew Roth via flickr


Attend Giselle
Take mom out to the ballet for Mother’s Day. Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy presents Giselle with Special Guest Artist Colton West of Eugene Ballet. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend the GeekCraft Expo PDX
Skip the long lines for Mother’s Day brunch this year and bring Mom here (admission is free) to get her a one-of-a-kind gift! GeekCraft Expo PDX is the place to find incredible, handmade geeky crafts from the Pacific Northwest’s coolest crafters. Clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at GeekCraft Expo PDX. Free make-and-take crafts for kids. Plus, it’s always free and family-friendly! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend Aviary’s Mother
With their newly launched Sunday hours, join Aviary for their very first Mother’s Day celebration. Aviary presents an inventive and eclectic menu of small and large plates, applying classic French techniques to exotic Eastern flavors and the freshest ingredients of the season. Chef Sarah Pliner will be serving dinner favorites including Clay Pot Chicken, Foie Gras Hum Bao, Shigoku Oysters, Tempura Green Beans, Crispy Pig Ear, and new May menu items. Choose a glass of wine or hand crafted cocktail from Aviary’s extensive drink menus and toast mom on her special day! To reserve a table, call the restaurant at (503) 287-2400 or book online at Sun. Event Details.

Head to Mumbai for Mother’s Day
This Mother’s Day, take your mother and the whole family on a trip to enjoy all the wonders of Mumbai without spending a fortune on plane tickets. Bollywood Theater provides the bright and vibrant experience of dining on the streets of Mumbai while staying in Portland, Oregon. Guests can also toast to the wonderful mothers in their life with Indian-inspired cocktails, wine, and beer while taking in the beautiful ambiance of Bollywood Theater’s colorful dining room. You can also purchase the ultimate unique gift for the mom who loves to cook, Bollywood Theater spice sets. Pick up a set of three individual masalas, or a loose-leaf chai tea, all made in collaboration with The Reluctant Trading Experiment. Sun. Event Details.


Attend the Celebration of the Columbia River Watershed
Have you ever wondered how big our watershed is and how it was formed? What animals call the Columbia home? This Second Saturday event will help you discover answers to these questions as local residents celebrate the watershed we call home — the mighty Columbia River Watershed. Join the fun from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Water Resources Education Center. Sat. 


Head to the Family Adventure Booktalk
Come join Timber Press Guidebook author Wendy Gorton for family booktalk the day before Mother’s Day at Powell’s City of Books with Powell’s Books, Inc.! She’ll share highlights from nearby trails, tips for successful adventure, ideas for extending the adventure on the trail, and get some goodies for all attendees from Oregon State Parks, raffle away some free Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission passes, and discuss fun ways to adventure on the Northwest’s trails for kids! Sat. Event Details.

Attend Pinot & Pups Auction
What goes with the perfect Pinot? Puppies! The Portland Art Museum will host wine enthusiasts and canine connoisseurs for Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Pinot & Pups Wine Auction on Sat, May 12 at 6 p.m.

Guests will rub elbows (and paws) while enjoying featured tastings of fine wines from the Pacific Northwest. The event also features raffles, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner and inspiring speakers who’ll share heartwarming stories of how the gift of a guide dog can change the life a person who is blind or visually impaired.\All proceeds benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind. Individual tickets for the event start at $150. Sat. Event Details.


Head to the 33rd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival
Enjoy a free day of fun, family and history at Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center! Live animals, demonstrations, music, games, children’s activities, and more will celebrate the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and the wool production process. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Andina
As the mother of three grown sons, Andina’s matriarch, Mama Doris looks forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with guests by presenting all “moms” with a treat from her childhood in Peru – the Peruvian alfajor, a layered shortbread cookie with zest of lime, filled with manjar blanco and dusted with powdered sugar. Mama Doris spends part of the week before Mother’s Day helping the pastry team prepare batches of this cherished traditional sweet ensuring each is perfectly made and ready to honor mothers on their special day. Join Mama Doris and the Platt Rodriguez family for Mother’s Day by making a reservation at or by calling 503-228-9535. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Enjoy a Taste of France for Mother’s Day
Two-time James Beard winning chef Gabriel Rucker’s newest restaurant, Canard, is now open and celebrating Mother’s Day for the first time. Treat mom to “wild French bar food,” from Rucker with options such as Uni Texas Toast, Steam Burgers, Oysters, Dry-Aged Petite New York Steak or Swordfish Oscar. Complete your Mother’s Day celebration with incredible wines, curated by co-owner and wine director Andy Fortgang, 20 wines by the glass and a 250 bottle list, broad and deep with bottles collected throughout the years, or enjoy one of Canard’s hand crafted cocktails including the Breakfast of Champions, Foie Turn or Poivrotte. Canard is walk-in only so pop by anytime after 4pm to try a number of dishes at the newly opened Canard! Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite thing to do with mom on Mother’s Day? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti