Mother’s Day is an annual holiday to honor and appreciate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the overall influence of moms in society!
Mother’s Day traces back to ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome, where festivals were held to honor mother goddesses. The holiday was later established in the U.S. in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her mother and all mothers for their unconditional love and sacrifices. The holiday quickly gained popularity and was officially recognized as a national holiday in 1914. Now mothers across the nation are celebrated annually!
This year, why not mix things up and celebrate the special woman in your life in the heart of Florida’s capital, Tallahassee? Whether your mom is a foodie, nature lover, or a crafty gardener, Tallahassee has something unique and exciting in store for her. From scenic parks and gardens to mouth-watering brunch spots and farmers markets, there’s no shortage of activities to make this Mother’s Day unforgettable. So why not trade the traditional bouquet of flowers for a day of adventure and fun with your favorite lady? Let’s explore all the amazing ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day in Tallahassee by breaking down events and best brunch spots to ensure your mother or mother-figure has an unforgettable Mother’s Day!
This May, Tallahassee has a ton of Spring events going on! Whether you’re scheduled to celebrate your mom on the 14th or another day, Tally has got you covered with all these great mom-approved events:
Really want to “wow” mom this Mother’s Day? Why not cook her a delicious brunch! Skip the hassle of making reservations on Mother’s Day and instead prep with Publix’s talented Apron chefs in this hands-on cooking class. They’ve prepared a yummy menu along with wine and cinnamon rolls! Tickets are available online for $60. Important: Class is for adults 18 years of age and older.
Address: Publix Aprons Cooking School at Village Square, 3521 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee
Hours: May 4th and May 10th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Is your mom your hero? If so, celebrate this Mother’s Day with her at a place designated for other female heroes! FSU’s HERo Women’s Conference is a day and a half-long event displaying performances and presentations to celebrate women in music. Student tickets are available online for $25, general admission tickets available for $50.
Address: College of Music @ FSU, 122 N Copeland St, Tallahassee
Hours: May 12th 7:30pm – May 13th 10:30pm
Is your mom the crafty type? This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a DIY class to create glass garden stakes. It is the perfect gift for a green-thumbed mom! Lake Jackson Community Center provides all glass, tools, safety goggles, and pre-cut glass shapes to make your crafty invention. Tickets for the class are $50 for two DIY projects. Beginners are welcome!
Address: Lake Jackson Community Center, 3840 N Monroe St, Tallahassee
Hours: May 12th 6pm – 8pm
Take your mom on an adventure this Mother’s Day, a two-wheeled adventure! Tallahassee’s Harley Davidson store is holding a Mother’s Day carnival with all of mom’s favorite things: coffee and brunch in the morning, a group motorcycle ride, and an all-male car wash! Even if she’s not a biker, the car wash is worth checking out!
Address: 1745 Capital Cir NW, Tallahassee
Hours: May 13th 10am – 4pm
Looking for a fun, nostalgic night out with mom? Look no further, the Rose Room has prepared a pre-Mother’s Day party with the Saturday Variety Show: Disney Edition! The eclectic venue and night club also has creative, ongoing events throughout the week like karaoke, bingo, and live performances. What better way to celebrate mom than to dance and drink the night away to your favorite childhood Disney classics?
Address: 931 N Monroe St, Tallahassee
Hours: May 13th 6pm – 2am
If your mom is a fan of the arts, surprise her with a FREE performance in the park! Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior performance troupe “The Bardlings” are performing a FREE one-hour version of the comedy As You Like It. Located in the serene Cascades Park, it is the perfect place to take Mom out for a special day.
Address: Adderley Amphitheater, 1001 S Gadsden St, Tallahassee
Hours: May 13th & 14th 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Celebrate Mother’s Day a day early with a picturesque stroll through Tally’s weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market! Their venues have goodies like fresh produce, baked breads, spring flowers, and so much more! They often have live music so there’s entertainment for everyone! The market is completely FREE to attend, except if you find something great you want to buy for mom!
Address: 2904 Kerry Forest Pkwy, Tallahassee
Hours: May 13th 8am – 12pm
If you and your mom share a love for sports, cheer on FSU’s baseball team during their 3-day tournament against Wake Forest! Students get in with a valid student ID, and general admission tickets are available online for $7. Tell Mom to suit up in her best garnet and gold this Mother’s Day and support your Florida State Noles!
Address: 2904 Kerry Forest Pkwy, Tallahassee
Hours: May 12th @ 6pm, May 13th @ 3pm & May 14th @ 1pm
If your mom’s idea of a perfect Mother’s Day includes a boozy brunch, look no further. The Patio at Tastees has planned the biggest Mother’s Day bash for you and mom to have a mom-entous day! Doors open at 3pm, with bottomless mimosas until 5pm. Moms get special service with free booths on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets available online starting at $10.
Address: 2810 Sharer Road #27, Tallahassee
Hours: May 14th 3pm – 9pm
What better way to celebrate your mom than surrounding her with other empowering women? Tallahassee Woman’s Magazine is hosting the 2023 Women Who Mean Business Awards to recognize the inspiring and influential women in business in the Tally community. Who means business more than a mom? This Mother’s Day, show your mom you love and respect her at this uplifting event. Tickets are available online starting at $65.
Address: 1105 East Lafayette St, Tallahassee
Hours: May 17th 11am – 1:30pm
Surround your mom with love as vibrant as the blooms in a garden this Mother’s Day! Join Tallahassee Nursery’s “Celebration in the Garden” event. All proceeds go to benefit Big Bend Hospice. Walk your mom through the nursery or enjoy the fundraiser’s food, wine, and music all inspired by Spring!
Address: 2911 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee
Hours: May 18th 6pm
If you’ve got a belated Mother’s Day celebration to plan, check out the May Chef’s Dinner at Mimi’s Table. The restaurant is hosting a 4-course dinner and wine pairing that will make any foodie happy and full! Tickets available to reserve online for $95 plus tax and service charge.
Address: 1311 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee
Hours: May 22nd 6pm – 8:30pm
Trying to plan the perfect Mother’s Day brunch? Check out these great options in Tallahassee:
Every Sunday from 10:30-2pm, AZU Lucy Ho’s hosts a Sunday Brunch Buffet with over 17 diff entrees, six different sushi rolls, two kinds of nigiri, plus so much more! For just $19.95 per person, you and your mom can fill up on all your sushi favorites. Holiday prices/selections may differ.
Address: 3220 Apalachee Pkwy #13, Tallahassee FL 32311
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 10:30am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10:30am-9pm
This upscale Tally favorite serves Sunday Brunch from 10:30am-3pm every weekend, with $5 and $7 brunch drink specials! Your mom will thank you for making a reservation.
Address: 1307 N Monroe St, Tallahassee FL 32303
Hours: Sun-Mon 5pm-12am, Tues-Sat 5pm-2am, Brunch Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm
If your glorious mom is looking for glorious food, look no further! Here you’ll find brunch on the weekends from 10am-2:30pm. Food Glorious Food offers a variety of handhelds and entrees, plus three distinct types of Bloody Mary’s! Not a fan of the Bloody Mary’s! No worries! They’ve also got bubbles and cocktails available.
Address: 1950 Thomasville Rd Ste #C Tallahassee FL 32303
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-9pm Sat-Sun 10am-2:30pm, 5:30-9:30pm
Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch in a light and airy café at Grove Market! They serve breakfast and lunch on the weekends from 7:30am-2pm. You’ll find a laid-back menu with sweet and savory dishes that are good for you! Plus, they’ve got bubbles and wine if you and mom are looking for libations.
Address: 1370 Market St #1, Tallahassee
Hours: Wed-Mon 7:30am-2pm
It’s healthy, its hip, and it’s got swinging chairs: It’s perfect for mom! Skip the long brunch lines and still fill up on a delicious meal at Bare Naked Kitchen. They’ve got a casual menu with hearty and healthy plates, bowls, and pizzas! All made with deliciously fresh ingredients.
Address: 609 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee FL 32304
Hours: Daily 11am-9pm
Searching for more things to do around Tallahassee? Check out Tally Student Survival’s Calendar to stay up to date with the capital city’s ongoing events.