Whether this is your first Mother’s Day as a mother, or your how-can-my-kids-be-that-old Mother’s Day, this is a time to celebrate you. If you like art, music, shopping, pampering, food, exercise, or all of the above—we’ve got ideas for you to have some well-deserved fun. Find even more ideas on our Mother’s Day events calendar

Beautify Your Garden. Take a trip to historic downtown Camas to stock up on a huge selection of plants, trees, garden art and supplies. There will also be kids’ activities, live music, fresh food, petting zoo and more.

The Details
Saturday, May 12, 9 am-4 pm
Downtown Camas at 4th and Cedar
No entry fee, but bring money for plants and food!

Get a Bird’s Eye View. Get beautiful views of the Willamette aboard Portland’s aerial tram. There will be crafts, a photo booth, and—of course—a ride on the tram.

The Details
Saturday, May 12, 11 am-3 pm
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Crafts and activities are free; children under 6 ride free

Explore St. Johns. Festival season unofficially opens with the St. Johns Bizarre. Explore the streets of St Johns as they are filled with music, crafts, and food. Come early for the parade! (Check out the summer’s fairs and festivals here!)

The Details
Saturday, May 12, 10 am-7 pm
7340 N. Philadelphia Ave and nearby

Mother’s Day Teas —  Mother’s Days Teas are happening all around Portland and Beyond. Tea and treats seem to be a common theme. Here are few: Mother’s Day Tea in Sherwood: May 12 from 2 pm-4 pm at Love Bites, Mother’s Day Tea at Pix Pâtisserie – Sparkling Edition! May 13 between 2 pm and 5 pm in SE PDX, Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and Gift Show May 10 and 11, 3 pm-7:30 pm. 

Run it Out. Get your heart rate up, support a good cause, and work up your appetite for a yummy brunch afterwards. Run Mama Run is a Mother’s Day tradition—an all ages fun run/5K/10K at Mt Tabor Park. There are activities for the kids, food and coffee.  And funds benefit Family Forward Action, an organization dedicated to economic opportunity and security for mothers and families.

Saturday, May 12, 8 am-12 pm
Mt Tabor Park – SE Salmon St and SE 60th Ave
Registration for adults starts at $39; kids fun run entry is $5. 

Celebrate with Brunch. All that activity leaving you hungry? Head out for a Mother’s Day brunch at the Oregon Zoo. You can enjoy a spread of brunch favorites, and then visit some of the zoo’s most famous moms and families. Or take in a brunch at The Nightwood Society

Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd. – Sunday, May 13, 9:30 am to 1 pm
$50 ages 12 and up; $25 ages 3-11. Moms and members receive a 10 percent discount.
Call the Zoo’s catering department to reserve your spot – 503-525-4299

The Nightwood Society, 2218 NE Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97232                     Sunday, May 13, Two Seatings at 9:30 am and 11 am
$40 ages 13 and up; $25 ages 12 and under. 
Register here

Make your mom something wonderful at Frigg’s Mercantile! Join the Mother’s Day Makers’ Bonanza and make mom some special gifts: bath bombs, sugar scrubs, and lotions. Drop in anytime from 11 am to 4 pm.

Saturday, May 12, 11 am-4 pm
Frigg’s Mercantile at 2809 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212 

$30 covers all three projects and supplies

Check out the Mama’s Rock Showcase. Join us for amazing food and music for KIDS, featuring local women in kindie! And enter to win the Mamas Rock Mother’s Day gift basket! 

Saturday, May 12, 11 am-12 pm;
Santa Fe Taqueria at 831 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA

$5 suggested donation for musicians (food is separate)

Mother’s Day at Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, WA, where you can learn about edible and medicinal plants, take a family nature walk, and lots more.

  • 11 am: Bird walk with Refuge Naturalist Terry Anderson
  • 12 pm-4 pm: Cathlapotle Plankhouse Open – tours and family activities
  • 1 pm: Melissa Darby’s talk
  • 2:30 pm: Mother and Daughter led ethnobotany walk with Refuge Naturalists Juliet and Josephine McGraw


Sunday, May 13, 12 pm-4 pm
Cathlapotle Plankhouse, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA 98642
$3 parking fee

Head to the Market – Wanna take your mom shopping or maybe go buy some gifts from all women-owned businesses, designers, creatives and makers? You can head to the Mother’s Day Spring Pop-Up Market and pick out the perfect gifts for the moms in your life.

The Details
Saturday, May 12, 11 am-4 pm
The Nightwood, 2218 NE Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97232

Don’t Make Dinner. Let someone else do it today. If you’re bringing the kids along, check out one of these kid-friendly restaurants.

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