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Mother’s Day in Philadelphia 2017

Our guide to celebrating mom at the city’s restaurants and attractions

Philadelphia has strong ties to Mother’s Day — the annual holiday honoring motherhood was originally founded here by Anna Jarvis in 1908. Since gaining federal recognition in 1914, the May holiday has become a day celebrating the most special women in your life.

Each year, the city’s restaurants and cultural institutions embrace Mother’s Day with prix-fixe dinners, complimentary glasses of wine, live music in blooming azalea gardens and more throughout the weekend.

From brunch at a fancy buffet to a craft fair on Penn’s Landing, here’s what to do this Mother’s Day weekend in Philadelphia.

Brunch, Lunch and Dinner | Festivals and Events

Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


Barbuzzo hosts a special three-course brunch this Mother’s Day. (N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This well-loved Mediterranean enclave in Midtown Village will dish out a Mother’s Day brunch, with a special menu of three courses for $40 per person. Note that the brunch will be served on the second floor, which is not handicap accessible.

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Davio’s celebrates mom this year with an all-day dinner menu and Bring Your Own Wine Sunday. (Photo courtesy Davio’s)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Enjoy the sumptuous Italian steakhouse’s regular dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. or dine on the restaurant’s Mother’s Day specials. After 5 p.m., take advantage of Bring Your Own Wine Sunday.

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Fine Palate

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Eclectic Center City bistro Fine Palate will laud moms with a special brunch menu. And with complimentary flowers and a choice of free mimosa or bellini, there’s nothing left to add but a card.

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Fogo de Chao

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Moms get a double shot of delicious at Brazilian grille Fogo de Chao. Along with the impressive daily feast of meats, salads and desserts, the restaurant will offer mothers a complimentary dining card for their next visit.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

There’s an attention to detail at Forcella, an 18-seat BYOB, that mothers can especially appreciate. The Jenkintown restaurant will indulge them with a six-course prix-fixe local and seasonal meal for $69 a person.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Historic District destination keeps the Mother’s Day brunch light and springy with asparagus gazpacho, yogurt parfaits, smoked cod over heirloom beans and duck confit salad with mustard greens. Count on two courses for $40.

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The Rittenhouse Hotel

Head to The Rittenhouse Hotel for two special brunch options for Mom. (Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse Hotel)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Rittenhouse Hotel mixes it up on Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet for $80 per person in its Grand Ballroom, accompanied by live jazz. The brunch menu features salad and smoked fish tables, omelet and carving station, plus entrees and dessert. Lacroix, the hotel’s second-floor restaurant, is also offering brunch. Seatings for the buffet-style meal run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and reservations are strongly encouraged.

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La Viet

Sunday, May 14, 2017

If the mother in question is craving green papaya salad or grilled pork over broken rice, La Viet has the perfect holiday bonus: The South Philly restaurant provides a complimentary glass of wine for her.

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The Little Lion

This Old City favorite creates a special brunch experience this Mother’s Day. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Old City’s new-school American restaurant cooks up a special brunch buffet ($35; $15 for kids from 6-12; free for kids under 6). Among the Mother’s Day temptations are red velvet cheesecake French toast, prime rib and a sweets station.

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Little Nonna’s

Take mom for an exclusive brunch at this Italian eatery. (E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mamas and nonnas alike can enjoy an Italian style holiday. Marcie Turney’s Midtown Village eatery will serve an exclusive prix-fixe brunch (no a la carte options) for $40 a person.

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London Grill

Sunday, May 14, 2017

At Fairmount’s festive bar and restaurant, a three-course brunch will be offered for $35 ($15 for kids 11 and under). Among the eats: ricotta chocolate chip crepes, watercress fennel soup, spring pea ravioli and chocolate brownie sundae.

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Moshulu will have a delicious buffet-style spread just for Mother’s Day. (B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The stately ship docked at Penn’s Landing always makes a dramatic setting for a celebratory meal. A gorgeous Mother’s Day buffet table will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including raw bar, carving station and decadent dessert spread.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Settle in on the waterfront for brunch at the wine-centric Panorama. The holiday prix-fixe ($45; $20 for kids) includes choices like poached egg over crispy polenta, panettone French toast with hazelnut honey and tiramisu affogato budino with banana mascarpone.

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Enjoy a great meal with an even better view of the city at R2L’s Mother’s Day brunch. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

R2L, with its glamorous soaring dining room at R2L in Liberty Place is offering special prix-fixe brunch and dinner menus for the holiday. Brunch includes a buffet of salads, oysters, crostini and smoked fish, plus an entrée and dessert. Dinner proffers options like asparagus salad with bread crumbs and white asparagus aioli, veal tenderloin with morels, and mango cheesecake. Both brunch and dinner cost $75 each per person (and $25 for children 12 and under).

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SOUTH offers Mom a three-course brunch with live music this Mother’s Day. (A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Reserve a table in the Jazz Parlour and lavish Mom with a three-course brunch of Southern favorites with live accompaniment. The same menu will be offered at dinner.

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Festivals and Events

Mother’s Day Brunch in Franklin Square

Franklin Square hosts a special brunch for Mother’s Day this year, complete with crafts, mini golf and more. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Families with children of all ages are invited to brunch (courtesy of Cooperage) in the park’s pavilion along with craft-making for mom, carousel rides and mini golf.

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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Whether you walk, run or cheer the participants, you can support cancer research. This important annual event is a rousing way to start the holiday.

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Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Urasenke tea school leads a traditional Japanese ceremony that includes matcha and a seasonal treat. Reservations required. $30 for members; $35 for general public.

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Fitler Square Spring Fair

May 12-13, 2017

An annual highlight, the Fitler Square Spring Fair supports Fitler Square’s Improvement Association. Browse the flea market, listen to live music and enjoy children’s activities (bounce castle!) at the square in bloom.

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Mother’s Day Weekend at Longwood Gardens

Celebrate Mom with an outdoor champagne bar, acres of blooming flowers and more. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

May 12-13, 2017

Longwood Gardens beckons moms with an outdoor wine and champagne bar, live music, dining at the 1906 restaurant and of course, blooming trees and flowers featuring wisteria, peonies, azaleas and more. Tickets required.

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Morris Arboretum Plant Sale

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This favorite of green-thumbed moms features annuals, perennials, woodies, roses, rock garden plantings and more. This year, the sale will introduce ten-minute talks at the top of the hour with experts advising attendees how to plant the special selections.

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Mother’s Day Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

There’s no better way to celebrate Mom’s day than with a cruise and a buffet meal. (Photo courtesy Spirit of Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Take the party off shore with a two or three-hour cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia, complete with a buffet meal, complimentary bloom and DJ music.

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Mother’s Day Make and Take Planter at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bring mom along to make a special craft or pull together a last-minute gift with a native plant in an attractive container, complete with bow. $18; $15 for members.

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Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing

Find the perfect gift for Mom at the Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing. (Photo courtesy Art Star Craft Bazaar)

May 13-May 14, 2017

There’s more than a few gift ideas at this annual art show with over 140 craft vendors on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The handmade goods include stationary, clothing, jewelry, pottery, home wares and much more, plus live music and food trucks make the day even more fun.

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Hand Crafted Soap Making Workshop at The Clay Studio

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Learn to make your very own soap with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School. The holiday takeaway includes the bar of soap plus a handmade soap dish by artist Sasha Barrett.

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Mother’s Day Card Making at Historic RittenhouseTown

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nothing will please her more than a homemade card. Visit Historic RittenhouseTown for a card making workshop and learn how to make paper from pulp.

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Mother’s Day Dumpling Making Party at Five-Spice Philly

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Learn how to make your own dumplings in Chinatown at Five-Spice Philly. Bring mom for a fun and friendly team-based competition. $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

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