Things to Do in Sacramento This Mother’s Day (Besides Brunch)
We’re not saying brunch is a bad thing. After all, who doesn’t love bacon, hash browns and waffles — not to mention mimosas? But this year, treat mom to something beyond the buffet. Spend the day with her at one of these non-brunch Mother’s Day events in and around Sacramento.
May 10–12 | U.C. Davis Quad | Directions
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A Mother’s Day tradition since 1969, this free, family-friendly event in Davis is open to the entire community. The festival features live music, local artisans, food trucks and art exhibits, all with a focus on activism, wellness and sustainability. There’s even a kids’ space with games and crafts.
May 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Various locations in Yolo County
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The private gardens and farms of the Capay Valley in Yolo County are open to the public during this annual self-guided tour. Visit the lavender fields of Patchwork Farms, the daffodils of Winter Creek Ranch and the apricot orchards of PoleStar Farms. Take a workshop on soap making or floral bouquet design, taste wine at Capay Valley Vineyards, or sample olive oil at Séka Hills Olive Mill. Tickets are $10 per adult and kids are free!
May 9–12 | Harris Center at Folsom Lake College | Directions
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Mom will laugh. She’ll cry. She might even get a hot flash or two. This musical parody held at the Harris Center in Folsom celebrates women and “the change” through song and dance, all set to classic tunes of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Tickets are $28 – $58.
May 11–12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | El Dorado Hills Town Center | Directions
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Whether mom is a connoisseur of pinot or pilsner, she’ll find it at the Art, Beer & Wine Festival in El Dorado Hills. Nearly two dozen wineries and breweries from Northern California will be offering their libations, and mom can sample them all with a tasting wristband. In addition, more than 80 local artists will be displaying their paintings, ceramics, photography and other work. Entry is free, but tasting is $35.
May 11–12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Various locations
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This annual event in East Sacramento welcomes visitors to view awe-inspiring gardens in Sacramento’s Fabulous 40s neighborhood. There’s also an artisan boutique with handcrafted home décor, jewelry, candy, garden art and of course, flowers and plants! Fuel up with a lemonade, a sandwich or a glass of wine at a special refreshment garden at the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club.
May 12, 7 p.m. | Punch Line Comedy Club | Directions
If mom needs a laugh this Mother’s Day, bring her to the Punch Line for a special Mother’s Day stand-up show. Headliner Justin Rivera is an internationally-recognized comedian and magician who seamlessly integrates the two into his engaging act. The show is hosted by comedienne Wendy Lewis from TMZ. Tickets are $16 and there’s a two-drink minimum.
May 12, 1:05 p.m. | Raley Field | Directions
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If your mom loves baseball, take her out to the ball game this Mother’s Day to see the Sacramento River Cats battle the El Paso Chihuahuas at Raley Field in West Sacramento. Treat her to a Dinger Dog and an ice-cold beer and root for your hometown team. Sunday Funday means you can get player autographs before the game and let the kids run the bases after.
May 11 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Golden 1 Center Practice Facility | Directions
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Mothers, daughters (and sons!), grandmas, aunts and everyone in between can learn from the best at this Mother’s Day Jr. Kings weekend basketball clinic. Participants get instruction from Jr. Kings trainers, a Jr. Kings T-shirt and a chance to win Sacramento Kings prizes. Tickets are $100 for each child and $50 for accompanying adults.
May 12, 8:30 a.m. | Granite Beach, Folsom Lake | Directions
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Mom can swim, bike and run her way in and alongside Folsom Lake during the annual Mother’s Day Triathlon/Duathlon near Granite Bay. The race begins with a 400-yard swim from Granite Beach, followed by a 6.5-mile ride through winding lakeside trails, ending with a 2-mile run on a single-track trail towards Beal’s Point. Come early for a Happy Kids 3K or a coed 5K just prior to the main event.
May 9-12 | Johnson Springview Park | Directions
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Mom will feel like a kid again at this annual event in Rocklin. The family-friendly mini-fair has carnival rides, a beer and wine garden, nightly entertainment, fireworks and vendor booths. Treat mom to a corn dog, cotton candy or other fair food. On Sunday, the first 100 moms will receive flowers courtesy of Rocklin Kiwanis.
May 11, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Bogle Vineyards | Directions
Learn the fine art of cookie decorating at Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, followed by tea, finger sandwiches, sparkling cider and of course, wine! Tickets are $55 for two. The following day, bring mom back to the vineyard for mimosas and wine tasting.
May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Various locations
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The 34th-annual garden tour led by U.C. Master Gardeners of Placer County will take visitors to seven spectacular private gardens in Loomis, Rocklin and Granite Bay. From a 100-year-old garden with Japanese maples and granite outcroppings to a tranquil escape with a peaceful koi pond, the tour has something for everyone. Tickets with maps are $20 each and children under 12 are free.