Mother's Day at Selby Gardens

Celebrate Mother's Day in Sarasota

20 Mother's Day Deals in 2019

Showing your mother how much you love her is easy thanks to these special activities and offerings going on all weekend around Sarasota County.

Motherhood looks a little different in every family, but most of us can agree: whether she's the woman who brought you into this world, your Grandma, or another special someone whose love and support gives you life, moms deserve a round of applause.

Treat her to scrumptious brunching, plant shows and sales, and discounted activities this Mother's Day Weekend in Sarasota County. Mother's Day weekend starts Saturday, May 11 this year with the holiday landing on Sunday, May 12.

Mother's Day Dining

President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in 1914, but it wasn't until the 1940s that treating mom to a luxurious brunch became holiday tradition. Today, approximately a quarter of adults treat mom to a special meal on Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Brunch at Selby Gardens is a perennial tradition that features an exquisite buffet from Michael's on East on the Selby garden lawn. Register online to reserve a 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. seating on Sunday.

Mom’s with special diets or preference for healthier, more natural ingredients will love Café Evergreen in Venice, featuring a special holiday menu in addition to their regular menu. Crab stuffed shrimp and quinoa crusted quiche headline the menu, and all mothers will receive a gift as well.

On St. Armands Circle, Cafe L'Europe and Columbia Restaurant will offer special menu items on Mother's Day. Contact the restaurants as the holiday approaches to learn about menu details and make your reservations.

C'est La Vie at University Town Center Mall features a decadent four-course Mother's Day dinner, complete with a complimentary mimosa for Maman. Cassariano Italian Eatery in UTC and Downtown Venice will also host a brunch with a special mimosa and Bloody Mary bar from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.

For a luxurious brunch, look no further than EVOQ Restaurant at The Westin. Salad bar, omelets and desserts are available for $90 per adult, $40 per child and reservations can and should be made.

Trying to treat mom on a budget? Gecko’s Grill & Pub in the Southside Village is offering a free entrée from the special chef’s menu Sunday with the purchase of any regular entrée! Clasico is offering a complementary MOMosa to enjoy on their sidewalk lounge downtown, and some select dishes for their brunch and dinner as well.

Mother's Day at Marina Jack offers a multitude of waterfront dining options. Notably, a special Mother's Day brunch will take place in the main dining room from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with traditional breakfast and brunch items, a carving station, and a waffle station.

The Boca Royale Golf & Country Club will have a special brunch menu Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring smoked salmon, made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict and even seared mahi-mahi!

Visit the Orange Blossom Community Garden from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for tea in the garden on Mother's Day, along with snacks, games, prizes and gifts for Mom.

Mother's Day Sales

Roses are red, violets are blue… buy Mom some of those roses, and succulents, too! Two local plant sales in Sarasota are traditionally held on Mother's Day weekend.

The Sarasota Succulent Society, housed at a unique Depression-era house tucked away near downtown, hosts just four sales per year — one of which traditionally falls on Mother's Day weekend. Treat your horticulturally-inclined mama with a trip to one of the most charming secret spots in Sarasota at the 2019 Mother's Day Succulent Sale, taking place  9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society Festival of Roses takes place annually at Phillippi Estate on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Visit the Festival of Roses on Saturday, May 11 to purchase rose plants and bouquets. Green-thumbed moms may also enjoy the festival's garden tours and classes on growing roses in Florida.

Take a stroll through Mable Ringling's famed and fragrant rose garden on your way to The Ringling Museum Store, where a Mother's Day Sale runs May 5 through May 12, 2019. Save 15% on jewelry, scarves, and bags while you're picking out the perfect gift for your fashion-forward mama.
 

Free Admission for Mom

While there are plenty of opportunities to brunch 'til you pop and shop 'til you drop on Mother's Day weekend, it’s also a great opportunity to spend some quality time seeing the sights of Sarasota together.

Mom probably scolded you at least once, growing up, for letting your bedroom turn into a jungle. Get one free ticket for Mom or Grandma with the purchase of a regular admission ticket at Sarasota Jungle Gardens on May 11 and 12, 2019 — and for goodness sake, clean your room, ya animal.

Looking for a truly heartfelt Mother's Day bonding experience? Try cardio on the beach! Invite your mom to the Great Mother's Day Race 5K on Siesta Key Beach, taking place Saturday, May 11. Whether you choose dash the 5K or take a more leisurely beach-side stroll: the view is gorgeous, and with Mom by your side, the company couldn't be better.

Pro-tip: treat Mum to a post-5K breakfast at Another Broken Egg… or perhaps cooling off with a fruity frozen cocktail from the Daiquiri Deck is more her speed. Mama knows best.

Mark your calendar with "Mom" on May 12, 2019, and make your plans to celebrate your leading maternal lady today... and every day!