CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY IN THE TWIN CITIES
See what events are happening Mother's Day weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul
By Claire Noack
As we all know, mothers keep the planet moving. Treat your grandmother, mom, wife or any other maternal figure in your life to something special this Mother's Day. Check out our list below for some unique ways to celebrate your mom this weekend and say thanks for all she does.
Bouquets & Beer
Learn how to create a beautiful bouquet for your mom with Tamarack Design Group. Drop by Lake Monster Brewing Co. on Saturday, May 13th between noon-3 p.m. and create a handmade bouquet to give to your mom on Mother's Day. Each $40 ticket includes a beer and a fresh floral arrangement. | Lake Monster Brewing Co., 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul
Treat your mom to a tasty meal at the sixth annual GrillFest at CHS Field in Lowertown. This BBQ, beer and wine festival spans Saturday and Sunday of Mother's Day weekend, and is the perfect way for mom to relax and not worry about cooking. Fill up on burger and drinks samples from more than 100 vendors, and vote for your favorite Bloody Mary in the first annual Bloody Mary Competition. Tickets cost $50 online and $55 at the door at this 21+ event. | CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul
Cookie Decorating Workshop
For moms who have a bit of a sweet tooth, this cookie decorating workshop will take the cake on your Mother's Day festivities. The 2.5 hour class hosted by The Cookie Creative, a specialty cookie company in Minneapolis, will take place both Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th from 3-5:30 p.m. at Pilsbury A-Mill. In this beginner to intermediate royal icing skills class, you will learn how to bake the perfect sugar cookie, hone your royal icing skills, learn color-mixing techniques and create a hand-decorated Mother's Day cookie set. All supplies are included and tickets cost $98. | Pilsbury A-Mill, 315 S.E. Main St., Minneapolis
Brunch & Plant Sale
If you're looking for fresh, local food to prepare a special meal for your mom, stop by the Riverbend Farm Plant Sale in the parking lot across from Birchwood Cafe. Meet farmer Greg Reynolds from Riverbend Farm in Delano and stock up on fresh produce, including a variety of tomatoes and peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussel sprouts and more. Or pick up some organic starter plants for moms with green thumbs. This local plant sale will be open both May 13-14 and May 20-21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.
And if you get hungry while shopping for plants, pop into Birchwood Cafe for their special Mother's Day offerings. Rhubarb Spritzes and Lilac Lemonade will be served all day, along with savory waffles, bakery treats and bottomless mugs of Peace Coffee. Brunch goes from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., or go to Birchwood for dinner and get their Burgers & Beer Night special from 5-9 p.m. Choose two burgers and any two pints of craft beer on tap for $30. | Birchwood Cafe, 3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis
Free for Mom
Moms get special treatment over the weekend at several Twin Cities landmarks. Take advantage of these free activities that will only last Mother's Day weekend.
- Oliver Kelley Farm: Mothers are admitted for free when accompanied by a child. Help harvest the first greens, plant seeds in the garden and meet baby animals. May 13-14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River
- Minnesota Zoo: Moms get in free on May 14, along with other special offers. 20% off regular price apparel at the gift store, free cookie for mom with purchase of coffee at the Penguin Cafe and Wild Java, BOGO general admission at the IMAX Theatre. | 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley
- St. Paul Civic Symphony: Listen to classical music at the annual Mother's Day concert at the Landmark Center. The performance begins at 1 p.m., and is free for the whole family. | 75 Fifth St. W., St. Paul
- Minnesota Streetcar Museum: Bring mom for a free streetcar ride on the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line on May 14 from 12:30-8:30 p.m. | 2330 W. 42nd St., Minneapolis
What are you doing for Mother's Day? Tweet us your plans at @visittwincities.