Photo: The Spa at Woodcliff

No matter how you plan to celebrate this year, be sure to check out the following round up of Mother's Day activities that will be sure to make for a special day for that special someone in your life.  



Rochester Lilac Festival
Spend Mother's Day weekend at the Rochester Lilac Festival – a beloved mother’s day tradition for locals and visitors alike. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the beauty of Highland Park. On May 13, enjoy the Wine Tasting Expo, a ticketed event featuring access to wine vendors, food vendors, lawn games, and a free tasting glass. On Mother's Day, Art in the Park will be in full swing, one of the many FREE events at the festival!

Casa Larga Vineyards
Join Casa Larga on Sunday, May 14 for a Mother's Day Wine & Cheesecake Pairing. Treat Mom and yourself to a hand-selected flight of three of Casa Larga’s award-winning wines, paired with decadent bites of cheesecake. Purchase tickets to reserve your spot here

Laughing Gull Chocolates & JD Wine Cellars
Join Laughing Gull Chocolates for a Mother's Day Wine and Chocolate Pairing with JD Wine Cellars on May 13. Register for the chocolate tasting here

Scents by Design

Celebrate a scent-sational Mother's Day Weekend at Scents by Design, a pour-your-own candle studio in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. You are able to make reservations for Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. Learn more and book your reservation here.

The Spa at the Del Monte
Celebrate mom with the gift of self-care by surprising your loved ones with a gift card from the Spa at the Del Monte. Purchase a gift card here or book an appointment here

Woodcliff Hotel & Spa
Give mom the gift of relaxation and the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa will take it from there. Whether it's a day at the spa or a weekend getaway, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to say "thank you." 

Ape + Canary

Provide mom with a well-deserved pampering day by giving her a gift card to Ape + Canary; an urban salon providing upscale hair, nail and spa services. Purchase a gift card here

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Enjoy a mile-and-a-half round trip train ride through the bucolic museum grounds at the museum, located just 20 minutes from downtown Rochester. Tour exhibits of historic trains and take a peek behind the scenes in the Restoration Shop. Refreshments available for purchase. All aboard!

Genesee Country Village & Museum

Enjoy the opening weekend of the largest living history museum in New York State, including free admission for moms on Mother’s Day (May 13). 



Branca Midtown
Make your reservation to dine at Branca Midtown for Mother's Day from 4:00 to 7:00. Enjoy an a la carte menu of fan favorites and a special treat! Reservations can be made online here.

Brown Hound Downtown

Head to Brown Hound Downtown for a special Mother’s Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring their regular menu and specials. Call (585) 506-9725 for reservations.

Farmer's Creekside Inn & Tavern
Make your reservation for a three course Mother's Day Brunch at Farmer's Creekside Inn & Tavern. View event details and the prix fixe menu here

Genesee Country Village & Museum
Our Mother’s Day Brunch is a wonderful way to celebrate Mom’s special day! With delectable brunch favorites, vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options, a cash bar, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Savor a delicious chef-inspired meal made in-house in the Museum’s Meeting Center dining room, then head out into the Historic Village to explore all of the daily happenings! Seatings for Mother’s Day Brunch will be every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Get your brunch tickets here

La Bola and Avvino
Head to La Bola for a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet starting at 10:45 a.m. or visit Avvino for their Mother’s Day Dinner. Learn more and purchase brunch tickets for La Bola here or make a dinner reservation for Avvino here.

Head to Monroe’s on May 14 for a Mother’s Day brunch buffet. Seating times are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Call (585) 348-9103 for reservations and view the brunch menu here

New York Kitchen - Celebrate Mother’s Day Dinner
Join New York Kitchen for a great family dinner for Mother's Day. Create a perfect Sunday dining experience under the professional guidance of the Chef Instructor. Bring the kids and leave the cleanup to the team! In this special class a complimentary glass of sparkling wine will be given to all mothers at the end of class. Spots are limited. Learn more and sign up here

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium: Mother’s Day Brunch

Begin the morning dining in the Star Theater with a catered, buffet-style brunch with foods ranging from hot quiche to a yogurt bar. Don’t forget to make your way over to the mimosa and bloody Mary stations to make your brunch experience complete! After brunch in the Planetarium Star Theater, you’ll enjoy a unique showing of our classic Star Show, The Sky Tonight. The show will present a tour of stars and constellations, featuring this spring’s “evening star,” the planet Venus. Seating is limited, reserve your table here.