Make Your Mother’s Day

Photo by Jonathan Fredin

Mom deserves celebrating all year long, but especially on Mother’s Day! Show your love with quality time, good food, and more. (And moms: don’t be afraid to treat yo’ self!)

Bottle Theory Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market
Wednesday, May 8
5-8 p.m.

Support small businesses and local artists while you enjoy your favorite beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages at Bottle Theory in Apex. Vendors include Cavanistas Dog Fashion, Brick City Burn, OooMommie Foods, Crafts By Lucianne, La Belle’ Beauty Bar, and more.

Mothers and More
Wednesday, May 8
10-11:30 a.m.

Preschool moms, bring your little ones to Barwell Road Park in Raleigh for exercise and quality time, plus a special craft honoring motherhood. Registration required.

Mother’s Day with Goats
Wednesday, May 8 to Sunday, May 12

Make the trek to Spring Haven Farm in Chapel Hill for a celebration of motherhood — including mama goats! Pet the animals, explore the farm, ride a tractor train, and shop for goodies and snacks at the General Store. Tickets required.

IV Drip for Two
Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12

Help Mom refresh and restore from the inside out with an IV drip from Hydrate Medical. Over Mother’s Day weekend, get two simultaneous drips for $299. Mom and a friend, child, or partner can choose the Super Immune Boost with zinc, vitamin C, and amino acids; a Beauty drip with glutathione to improve skin health; an Athlete drip with vitamins and amino acids to aid recovery; and more. Locations in Cary and Raleigh.

Strawberry Fest
Saturday, May 11
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit the Shop and Play market for shopping and good eats with a strawberry theme, free and open to the public. Purchase a family four pack at the ticket booth to enter the Family Fun Park for tons more fun, including live music, additional food options, adult beverages, and family play spaces. Sign up in advance for the strawberry or strawberry doughnut speed eating contest!

Carpenter Park Community Garden Open House
Saturday, May 11
9-11 a.m.

The community garden at Cary’s Carpenter Park allows residents to rent garden plots to grow veggies, fruits, and flowers. Learn about the garden and pick up tips along with other family-friendly activities at the open house.

Matriarchs of Mordecai
Saturday, May 11
trolley tours hourly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn about the women who shaped Raleigh history with a trolley tour leaving from Mordecai Historic Park. Tickets required. The park will also have crafts, a themed park tour, yard games, and more free activities.

Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Sunday, May 12
noon to 4 p.m.

60 artists from within North Carolina gather at the corner of Academy and Chatham streets in Downtown Cary on the second Sunday of each month — which just so happens to be Mother’s Day! In addition to artist vendors, you’ll find food trucks and musical entertainment. Bring your family and friends to help local small businesses.

Longleaf Lounge Pop-Up Market
Sunday, May 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit the lounge inside the Longleaf Hotel in Downtown Raleigh for a pop-up shop with vintage clothes, local jewelry, plants, and more goodies. Plus get a chair massage or tarot card reading! The lounge features boozy drink specials during “Hair of the Dog” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dining Specials

Sassool will feature an enhanced wine selection as well as food specials for dine in or takeout. Opt for salmon and curry rice or lamb and rice meals, or a $7 shareable Sassool Platter. The monthly special Cecilia Wrap — pita with greens, cucumbers, green bell pepper, jalapeno, fresh mint, olives, feta cheese, and zaatar seasoning — pays homage to Sassool’s matriarch, Cecilia Saleh, who was known to make it for guests. Locations in Cary and Raleigh.

Enjoy an elevated Mother’s Day brunch buffet in the Westin Hotel’s grand ballroom. Il Falò Wood Fired Kitchen will have a prime rib carving station, crepe station, roasted salmon, aligot potatoes, and more yummy options. Limited seatings remain. $65 per person.

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