Things to do

Things to Do Mother's Day Weekend in Charlotte

Whether you're brunching or taking Mom on a high-speed adventure, Charlotte offers something for every Mom to feel like the Queen that she is this Mother's Day Weekend.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens - Photo by Patrick Schneider

The history of our city's nickname “the Queen City” and the county where it’s located in are named after the same royal woman -- Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In honor of the queen in your life, here is a roundup of events to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend in Charlotte on May 10-12.

Explore the Spring Blossoms with Mom

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free for Mothers & Garden Members, $14.95 Adults, $7.95 Kids 2-12yrs

A relaxing day at the garden is all Mom needs. The first 250 mothers to arrive at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden each day beginning at 9 a.m., will receive a free potted plant courtesy of Roundtree Plantation Garden Center. The garden will also host a Wine Walk on Saturday where Moms can receive a wine glass and sample five wines at stations throughout the garden. If wine’s not her thing, perhaps an afternoon tea with Sproutycakes Bakery will do it. Eenjoy tea sandwiches and sweets to go along with her tea. Learn more about the events this weekend at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden here.

Instagram-Worthy Photos with Mom

Uptown Charlotte
April 29 – May 11, 2019
Cost: Prices vary

Sometimes it’s nice to just spend some quality time with just Mom, the family and the Queen City. If your Mom is new to Charlotte or has lived here all her life, then going to Charlotte SHOUT! should be on your Mother’s Day weekend to-do list. Take photos with a stunning art installation, hear live music or taste local food throughout Uptown to commemorate Charlotte’s 250th Anniversary.

Mother’s Day Music Celebration

Ovens Auditorium
Sunday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
Cost: Tickets starts at $52

R&B singer and songwriter Keith Sweat brings A Mother's Day Celebration to Charlotte for a concert that is sure to get the crowd grooving in their seats. Cue up the This is Keith Sweat Spotify playlist to get familiar with his hit songs like “Twisted,” “Nobody,” and “I’ll Give All My Love To You.” Special Marsha Ambrosius and host MC Lightfoot will also be on-stage to ensure that everyone has a good time. If you need to postpone celebrations to later, snag tickets to take Mom to another Ovens Auditorium show to see the legendary Carol Burnett at (May 14), Family Feud Live - Celebrity Edition (June 6) or Jen Hatmaker & Heather Land (June 19).

Hit the Track with Mom

The Pit Indoor Kart Racing
Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free for Mom, See race prices here.

Does the mom in your life like to put the pedal to the metal? See how she does on the track at Mooresville’s The Pit Indoor Kart Racing where she’ll get one race free and half-price races the rest of the day. Make the day a full-on adventure with a game of laser tag or a round of black-light mini golf.

Photo courtesy of 5Church Charlotte

Brunch with Mom

Various Charlotte locations
Sunday, May 12
Cost: Prices vary

Mimosas and fried chicken and French toast, oh my! Treat Mom to a delicious brunch that will satisfy her palate and make her feel like royalty. Once brunch is over, take a stroll around any of these delicious restaurant to soak in the view and spend extra quality time with her.

Bands and Brewers

Historic Rural Hill
Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: $50 Tasting Tickets, $28 Music Only, $8 Kids

Historic Rural Hill hosts the 9th Annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival. Friday Night Jam has a full line-up of great bands with the option of a camping weekend pass. Then, 40 of the best craft brewers will arrive on Saturday for a tasting session that will impress your craft beer loving Mom. 11 bands will play on 2 stages throughout the weekend, including Grammy Award winners The Infamous Stringdusters.

Mother of Dragons

Long Cove Resort
Sunday, May 12 at 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Cost: $24.95 Tickets

Long Cove Resort is glamping at its finest. Every Sunday from April 14 – May 19, they host The Ice & Fire Festival: A Game of Thrones Season 8 Watch Party next to serene view of the lake. Witness the final season of this show with fellow fans, and cheer for your favorites in the costume contest. Make a weekend of it by booking one of their furnished tiny houses to glamp in style.

Hippie Moms

Rowan County Fairgounds
Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 at Noon – 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 Tickets, Free for Kids 10 and under

The Hippie Fest brings together people from across the country together to celebrate peace, love and all things groovy. Bring your free-spirited mom to this festival for live music, bohemian shopping, vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye and more. All ages are welcome. Due to crowd size and parking limitations, tickets must be reserved online in advance.

Photo by Manny Handsome

For the Soccer Moms

Sportsplex at Matthews
Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $15, Free for Kids 2 and under

Is your Mom a fan of the Charlotte Independence or simply enjoys a bit of friendly competition? Round up the family and head out to root for the United Soccer League home team as Charlotte’s team takes on Loudoun United FC. This match-up will also host Military Appreciation Night presented by Famous Toastery.

Heart for Moms

Carolina Medical Center, Myers Park
Saturday, May 11 at 6:30 a.m.
Cost: $30

Charlotte’s hometown restaurant, Showmars, will join forces with Greg Olsen and Receptions For Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation to host the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K. Runners, walkers, families and friends will take part to help raise money and awareness for children who receive vital care for Congenital Heart Diseases and Disorders from Levine Children’s world-class pediatric congenital heart program. All proceeds will benefit programs for pediatric hearts at Levine Children’s Hospital.

For the Yogi Mom

Romare Bearden Park
Saturday, May 11 at 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Cost: $10 Tickets

Get your fit mom to catch The Rising presented by Fit Atelier, Charlotte Shout and Atrium Health. This multi-sensory yoga experience takes place at sunrise. Yoga will be led by Jaimis Huff featuring live music by Brit Drozda. Atrium Health will provide yoga mats for the first 250 participants. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Share Charlotte for projects that benefit the city of Charlotte.

Run for Moms

Central Piedmont Community College
Saturday, May 11 at 6:45 a.m.
Cost: $30 in advance, $25 Day of

The 23rd annual Central Piedmont Skyline Run is a family-friendly event features: the Kaye McGarry 5K Run, Walk for Health, Family Fun Run (1 mile) and the 5K Baby Jogger Championship. Stick around to check out the health & Fitness stations, food and a fun activities in the Kids Zone. The run will shine the spotlight on moms in our community and raise scholarship dollars to support CPCC student mothers – women who are seeking education and career training opportunities needed to secure a bright future for their families. Register to run or donate in your mom's honor here.