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A Comprehensive Guide to Can’t-Miss Mother’s Day Events in San Diego

From brunch cruises to live music and chocolate dipping, make this Mother’s Day unforgettable


Photo: Jeff Corrigan

We owe it to our mothers for raising and nurturing us. Say thanks this year by wining and dining mom, or otherwise treating her to a memorable day. Personalize this day for the women who appreciate and celebrate the consideration and love of their family.


Where to Eat

Hornblower Cruises & Events

When: May 12
Where: 1800 North Harbor Drive

Take mom on a cruise around the bay for a Mother's Day Brunch cruise with buffet and bottomless champagne, with a live jazz serenade. Tickets start at $79 per person. 


Flagship Cruises & Events

When: May 12
Where: 990 North Harbor Drive

Jump on board a luxury yacht for a two-hour Mother’s Day Brunch cruise on San Diego Bay with champagne, gourmet food, live music and waterfront views. Tickets are $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4-12.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Café Sevilla

When: May 12
Where: 353 Fifth Ave, Downtown

Celebrate with a 9-course brunch while watching live flamenco performers. The menu includes favorites like pan-seared salmon, seven-hour braised short ribs and a lemon tart. Chef Miguel will also prepare their famous Paella Valenciana. Tickets are $39.50 for adults and $11.50 for children ages 12 and under.


Mother & Daughter Teas

When: May 10-11
Where: 1055 Second Avenue

Turn up for tea time as the sounds of harp music fill the Westgate’s Le Fontainebleau Room. Menu options include both savory and sweet bites including finger sandwiches and artisanal French pastries. All mothers will receive a gift of housemade macarons. Tickets are $79 for adults and $55 for children ages 4-12 (complimentary for ages three and under).


Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at AVANT

When: May 12
Where: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive

Bring mom to this sophisticated brunch with live music, craft cocktails and beer, and wines from around the world. Tickets are $85 for adults and $30 for children ages 4-12.


Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch at The Abbey

When: May 12
Where: 2825 Fifth Ave

Enjoy an elaborate seasonal brunch buffet, decadent desserts, and live jazz. Brunch includes a private reserved table, free-flowing champagne, and more. Tickets are $55.


Roses & Rosé Mother’s Day Brunch

When: May 12
Where: 9700 North Torrey Pines Road

Head to Estancia’s lush botanical gardens where mom will receive a complimentary glass of rosé plus an expansive buffet prepared by Executive Chef Vincent Savignano. Brunch includes an egg station, chilled seafood display, paella & risotto station, desserts and more. Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Riverwalk Golf Club

When: May 12
Where: 1150 Fashion Valley Road

Treat her to a brunch at the Riverwalk Golf Club with breakfast and lunch offerings. Don’t miss out on their bottomless mimosas—for just $8. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.


Things To Do

Spring Arts & Crafts Fair

When: May 12
Where: 13330 Paseo de Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo

Join the 42nd Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair this Mother’s Day weekend at the Bernardo Winery. Handcrafted jewelry, soaps, paintings and sculptures, local honey, clothing, pottery, items for the home and garden and more will be sold by more than 125 vendors from SoCal. Admission for this event is free.


Gator By The Bay Festival

When: May 9-12
Where: 3900 North Harbor Drive, Downtown

Bring your mom to the largest Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. This weekend-long cultural celebration features four days of live music with more than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages at the Spanish Landing Park. Enjoy delicious Cajun and creole foods including 10,00 pounds of crawfish. Admission is free.


Mother’s Day Celebration at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 

When: May 12
Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

Don’t miss the stunning views at The Flower Fields on their final day of the season. The stage will be filled with colorful dancing from the Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Ballet Folklorico. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-10.


Mother’s Day Chocolate Dipping Workshop

When: May 12
Where: 1495 G Street

Learn how to work with tempered dark chocolate and make delicious sweet treats like a pro with You & Yours Distilling Company. Admission includes a punch bowl cocktail, hands-on chocolate dipping experience and plenty of treats to take home. Tickets are $45 per person.

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