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Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We’ve got plenty of places to celebrate the special ladies in your life––including a flower bar where the kids can create a bouquet for mom and a children’s cooking class where they’ll learn how to prepare a three-course meal for her big day! Plan your fantastic family fun by checking out our highlighted events below. Don’t miss our 15 brunch spots where you can toast mom this Sunday and there’s still time to give her a gift she’ll adore… click here for the scoop.

Del Mar

Flowers for Mom Flower & Gift Bar
Show Mom your love with something that makes her heart melt! Mint Studio will be having an open house on the two days prior to Mother’s Day and all ages are welcome to their flower bar to create an arrangement and sweet handmade card for mom. They will also have a DIY gift basket bar with gifts mom will love. Prices range based on choices. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Queen Bee Market
Queen Bee Market, San Diego’s original artisan market, will be celebrating its 20th show in the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The market will be open on Friday from 4-9 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Not only is it a fun-filled time for moms, but it’s also an event that is giving back to the San Diego community. 10% of ticket proceeds will go to the North Coast Auxiliary Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital. The urban-style handmade market will feature a carefully curated selection of the best vintage and handmade goods from over 100 local and national vendors specializing in accessories, clothing, home décor, furniture, vintage items, paper arts and more.
Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Mother’s Day Acrylic Painting
Join a relaxing beginners acrylic painting class in honor of Mother’s Day. Local artist Julie Marriott will lead participants through the creation of a colorful floral canvas and teach the basics of working with acrylic paints, focusing on color mixing and simple brush techniques. All supplies are provided. You’ll take home your unique 8×10 painting. Sat. Event details.

San Marcos

The Country Fair
Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because The Country Fair is coming and it’s going to be an amazing experience for the whole family! This much anticipated event brings people from all over the community together to build camaraderie and create memories while raising money for education. This year’s shindig will be held Fri. May 12th 5-8 p.m. and Sat. May 13th 11a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday night festivities will include food, a live DJ and plenty of fun while you seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Saturday will feature all of the rides plus other fun activities including Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, games, prize walk and more. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Space Day Celebration
The San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 14th Annual Space Day celebration featuring demonstrations, giveaways and hands-on activities with local and national space experts. Tons of great activities including: meet a real astronaut, Woody Spring, who flew on the space shuttle and walked in space, touch a meteorite, talk to space experts, build & fly a paper rocket and design your own space patch. Sat. Event details.

San Diego

Gator by the Bay
Gator By The Bay is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. It features four days of live music with over 100 musical acts on seven stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay. All areas of the festival are open to kids to enjoy the music, color, spirit and activities of the festival. Special activities include participating in the costumed Mardi-Gras parades and making outrageous hats with the Rad Hatter. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hops and Shop Spring Market
Head to the Hops and Shop Spring Market for family fun and to celebrate mom with shopping, workshops, demos, beer, food trucks, patio games and more! All are welcomed including dogs. Get your selfie taken in front of the living moss wall courtesy of Craftmossphere! Snag yourself a bag of freshly made old-fashioned popcorn. Enjoy beer specials courtesy of 32 North Brewing Co. Fill your belly with good eats from Herb’n Donuts and Taco Picasso. Participate in a workshop and check out a live demo from the vendors. Multiple vendors will be sharing their wares in art, accessories, clothing, home decor, jewelry, plants, skincare, treats & sweets and more. The first 25 people will receive a swag bag full of vendor samples and gifts with email sign up at the door. Sat. Event details.

Sweet Petite Confections Chocolate Making Class
Sweet Petite Confections offers chocolate making classes for parents and kids to pair up as a team to learn the basics of working with chocolate. Participants will create their own molded chocolates, chocolate bark and more… and you’ll keep all of your creations. In honor of the Mother’s Day theme of this class, molded chocolates will have passion fruit ganache and champagne caramel. For barks there will be toasted hazelnuts and freeze dried strawberries. There will also be floral and feminine designs to choose from and fresh strawberries for dipping! Sat. Event details.


Chocolate Festival
Treat the special mom, grandmother or aunt in your life to the San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival before Mother’s Day. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. “Tasting” tickets will be sold on site. Sat. Event details.


Star Party
Go to an out of this world star party with high-powered telescopes, campfire songs, marshmallow roasting, a night hike, and possibly even a bat quest with an official County Park Ranger. Note: The evening air is chilly, so wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Sat. Event details.

Carmel Valley

At Touch-a-Truck San Diego, the county’s largest fundraising event benefiting kid’s cancer research, you’ll find military and emergency response vehicles, race cars, motorcycles and off-road trucks, construction vehicles of all types, classic cars and trash trucks… even a stage coach and helicopter. This kid-friendly, gearhead extravaganza is a hit with kids of all ages because all of these vehicles are open for you to climb in the driver’s seat, honk the horn and meet the men and women who drive them every day. You’ll also rub elbows with a host of Star Wars characters, play games, enter a raffle, watch Hullabaloo in concert, eat lunch from a food truck (of course!), play laser tag and drink lemonade. In the sky, the Mercy Air Ambulance crew will make a fly-by, land at the event and give tours of the helicopter. 100% of the money raised for Touch A Truck San Diego goes to research and clinical trials for kids fighting cancer right now. Sat. Event details.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Kite Festival
The Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival marks a fun day of festivities including kite making & decorating, professional kite fliers and kite demonstrations, an arts and crafts fair, carnival activities gourmet food and live music. Freestyle kite flying follows later in the day at the beach. Sat. Event details.

North Park

Mother’s Day Children’s Cooking Class
Drop your kids off to learn how to cook a Mother’s Day meal while you eat brunch at Waypoint Public. This fun and educational cooking class is led by Chef Alyse Wallace. Kids will prepare a 3 course meal of Crustless Mini Quiche, Nutella Swirl Biscuits and Mom’s Strawberry Lemonade using no sharp objects or heating elements. While the food they prepared is baking, kids will get to watch a video. Note: Class is geared for ages 4-10. Sat. Event details.


Mother’s Day Celebration at The Flower Fields
Take mom to The Flower Fields for the final day of their season to celebrate Mother’s Day. Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Ballet Folklorico will perform colorful dancing on stage and you can make mom a mixed bouquet for the bargain price of $5. Read our guide to enjoying The Flower Fields here. Sun. Event details.

Where are you celebrating Mother’s Day weekend? Tell us in the comments.

–– Beth Shea