{Top 5} 2021 Mother’s Day Activities & the Best Brunch Spots in Dallas


Mother’s Day is coming up! May 9, 2021. We’ve rounded up lots of ideas to help make it a fun weekend. Simply forward this post to all necessary parties with the subject line: “Let’s Celebrate Me and My Contributions.” Or make the plans yourself and treat the mothers in your life. One year, a few of the moms in my family got together for brunch, leaving the menfolk behind with the kids—it was just the ticket.

While brunch is the standard way to do Mother’s Day in Dallas, we also want to point out a few other activities that would make for a lovely day out:

Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

A Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Lake

May 7-9 :: Unless you’re a Lake House Person, you probably don’t get a ton of opportunities to spend time on the water. Both Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville offer public cruises that allow you to bring your own picnic and/or adult beverages (sodas and other drinks are offered on board for free).

On Lake Ray Hubbard (near Rowlett/Rockwall), Sail with Scott uses a 40′ catamaran for up to 49 guests (tickets from $15-45 per person). The daytime or sunset cruises are perfect for all ages. Bring a picnic for this one; finger foods work best! FAQ here

On Lake Lewisville, Sam’s Dock will have a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise. Brunch includes omelet and pancake stations and other breakfast items, plus unlimited nonalcoholic beverages (BYOB for adult drinks). Adults ($69), children ages 8-12 ($25), and children 7 & under ($10). I do love those FAQs, ya know. Boat leaves at 11:30am sharp and cruises until 1:30pm. Reservations required! Be aware: they must meet the minimum of 15 people to sail or you’ll receive a full refund. 

The Boho Market at Klyde Warren Park

May 8 :: The Boho Market, the largest open-air makers market in Texas, brings local handcrafted and vintage items to open-air venues across the state. Vendors are hand-selected by The Boho Market Team to ensure that we encounter local folks offering local goods, right in our community. This is the perfect opportunity for you to pick out a Mother’s Day gift you really like. 10am-4pm. Admission is free!

9th Annual Frisco StrEATS Festival

May 8 :: Frisco StrEATS is North Texas’s longest-running food truck festival, featuring gourmet food from the best food trucks in the metroplex, live musical acts, unique shopping, craft beer and wine gardens, and countless children’s activities. The festival benefits Frisco Family Services and the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County. 11am-6pm. Admission is free!

Bagel Run 2021

May 9 :: Here’s another one the whole family can enjoy. Join the Dallas JCC for their 35th annual Bagel Run 10K, 5K, or KidsK Fun Run. All runners will receive a goody bag, a (cute) shirt, mask, and finishers medal. Run or walk the scenic neighborhood course in your pod, or participate virtually from wherever you prefer. Make it a whole theme by picking up bagels from the new Bagel Cafe 21 or Shug’s when you’re done!

Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Legacy Hall

May 9 :: Grab your favorite moms and head to Legacy Hall for a Mother’s Day Drag Brunch. An all-star cast of queens will move throughout the floor to put on a safe, unforgettable show for everyone. Your ticket includes reserved seating, a mimosa or bloody Mary, and brunch from a special Mother’s Day menu. See the link for menu details and to book your spot. Tickets are $45 per person, sold by the table. Ages 21 and up only. 11am.

Dallas Brunch Locations (& Menus) You Won’t Want to Miss

I’d always heard that Dallas has the most restaurants per capita in the country. Probably an urban myth; but nevertheless, brunch options abound! Here are a few that have good food AND good aesthetics. We had to narrow things down somehow, after all.

Reservations are a MUST. Especially this year.

Chelsea Corner ($$) in the Knox Neighborhood has a tremendous brunch menu and a cute backyard patio area. Menu here.

Paradiso ($$) could not be prettier. Lots of outdoor space at this Southern European-inspired Bishop Arts gem, along with a series of doors that unfold to make the inside more open-air. Menu here.

Mercat Bistro ($$) in the Harwood District/Uptown is a chic spot with classy European vibes. The brunch menu skews classic French, and they also offer grab-and-go pastries and such. Menu here.

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar ($$) is also in the Harwood District and has the added bonus of being right below The Samurai Collection (temporarily closed during COVID). Their patio is consistently voted one of the best in Dallas. Menu here.

Brunchaholics x Soirée Coffee Bar ($$) Curated. Exclusive. Although the menu is small and changes weekly, this soul food pop-up gets rave reviews. And, because it’s in Trinity Groves, outdoor space is plentiful. Menu here.

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative ($$) in Richardson serves weekend brunch from 8am to noon in the modern diner/coffee shop side of the space. Brunch items include kid-friendly offerings and, of course, fancy coffees. Menu here.

Ida Claire ($$) serves fine southern cooking (all the classics) in Addison. They’ve got a cute and casual patio, which is always a good option these days. Menu here.

Lekka ($$) Sometimes I forget about Lekka, and that seems unfair; it’s great! Good vibes and the seating is pretty much all patio at this North Dallas spot. Have a meal and some of their famous desserts, then do a little shopping for yourself afterwards. Menu here.

The Fifth is a fairly recent addition to the Richardson scene, tucked away in II Creeks Plaza. It’s a lovely little neighborhood joint – great food, great patio, great atmosphere. Menu here.

Need a Mother’s Day Gift Idea? Check out these posts from Dallas Moms:

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