Mother’s Day events

Looking to give Mom something special this Mother’s Day? One of the best gifts you can give is quality time. Check out these great events happening in and around Richmond.

Looking to give Mom something special this Mother’s Day? One of the best gifts you can give is quality time. Check out these great events happening in and around Richmond.

If you’re planning to stay in town…

All Star Mother’s Day

Looking to give mom a little inspiration? Gospel artist Shirley Caesar will hook you up (with a little help from Marvin Sapp and Lee Williams).

Movies & Mimosas: Mommie Dearest

This event is great for two reasons: 1) Moms, you can make yourself feel better because it’s not likely that you’re as nutso as Joan Crawford was, and 2) Kids, you’ll find yourself being SO grateful that your mother isn’t as nuts as Joan Crawford was.

  • Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, doors open at 10:30am
  • Movieland (1301 N. Boulevard)
  • $5.50 ($4.50 with Criterion Club Card)

Maymont Mother’s Day Tea

Treat the mothers in your life to a traditional tea on the lawn of Maymont Mansion. Enjoy tea, delicious “sweets and savories,” and leave with a special keepsake. You’ll also get a tour through the mansion led by costumed tour guides. So dainty and fun!

  • Saturday, May 8, 2pm to 4pm (reservations must be made by May 7)
  • Maymont (2201 Shields Lake Drive)
  • $25 per person, $20 for members (call 804-358-7166, ext. 329 for details or register online)

Mother’s Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Spend Mother’s Day surrounded by Lewis Ginter’s beautiful blooms! Brunch is available in the Tea House from 10am to 3pm (reservations are a must!) or you can enjoy la carte dining available in the Garden at Bloemendaal House. There will also be a free concert by Glennroy Bailey from 1pm to 4pm.

  • Sunday, May 9, gardens open from 9am to 5pm
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (1800 Lakeside Avenue)
  • Regular admission ($10 for adults, $6 for kids)

16th Annual Museum District House and Garden Tour

Is your mom a fan of design and architecture (or just snooping around other people’s houses)? This beloved Museum District Tour is sure to hit the spot.

Mother’s Day Concert: Dear Mom

Head over to the Northside to enjoy “a musical Mother’s Day card.” We don’t know what that means, but it sounds adorable.

Mother’s Day Evening Concert with the Richmond Concert Band

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets and cozy up with the fam on Agecroft Hall’s lawn to enjoy a performance from the Richmond Concert Band!

  • Sunday, May 9, 6pm to 8pm
  • Agecroft Hall (4305 Sulgrave Road)
  • Free!

For those of you looking to take a little day trip…

Mother’s Day Carriage Ride in the Gardens

Ok, we realize that JMU is a couple hours away, but this sounds so romantic and thoughtful, it seems worth it. Take in the sights at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens either by moonlight on Saturday May 8 or sunshine on May 9. Delightful!

  • Saturday, May 8 from 4pm to 8pm or Sunday, May 9 from 1pm to 5pm
  • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (780 University Boulevard, Harrisonburg)
  • $10 for adults, $7 for kids

Mother’s Day Jazz

The theme of this evening is “indulge.” Enjoy a buffet of gourmet cuisine, a live 14-piece jazz orchestra, as well as a wine tasting and a rose for Mom.

  • Saturday, May 8, 6pm to 10pm
  • Lake Anna Winery (5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania)
  • $30

Mother’s Day James River Plantation Progressive Tour

Hop in the car and head over to Williamsburg for an afternoon spent and exploring the Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation collection of antiques, gardens, and historic buildings. The tour concludes with lemonade and cookies served in the garden.

  • Sunday, May 9, 3pm to 5pm
  • Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation (Virginia Route 5 Scenic Byway)
  • $20

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

Woodrow Wilson is the reason we have officially have Mother’s Day in the US (true story) so it makes sense that his museum has something special planned. In fact, all mother’s get in free on Mother’s Day! Bring the kiddies to tour the museum, explore the Kids’ Corner, and check out the new World War I trenches exhibit.

  • Sunday, May 9 (12pm to 5pm)
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum (18 North Coalter Street, Staunton)
  • $3 to $14 (kids under 6 are free)

SPARC presents “Captain Louie”

Musicals! Who doesn’t love musicals?

  • May 6, 7, 8 & 9; 7:30 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
  • SPARC Black Box Theater, 2106 N. Hamilton Street
  • $8 in advance, $10 at the door
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