Mother’s Day is coming up! MAY 8, 2022. 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
Frisco StrEATS Festival | MAY 7
Frisco StrEATS is the longest-running food truck festival in North Texas, 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. 11am-6pm. Admission is free!
Bubbles & Bouquets | MAY 7
Bring a mom bestie to the swanky, super stylish Virgin Hotels Dallas for an afternoon of floral arrangeing and hanging out in posh surroundings. Your ticket includes a floral arrangement class, fresh spring blooms to create your take-home bouquet, a glass of bubbles & charcuterie board, and valet parking. 3pm. Tickets $90.
Get all dressed up and try to win Best Hat, either “Most Stylish” or “Most Creative” (both winners receive $500!). They’ll have live music, live races, a Kentucky Derby simulcast, and for the kids: a petting zoo, pony rides, and Funny Farm Slide. Tickets from $15.
Cottonwood Art Festival | MAY 7 – 8
A lot of annual events overlap with Mother’s Day weekend this year. Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson is a major art experience with lots to see and do. Stroll the tents to see work from 200 selected artists—maybe pick out a little something for yourself! Satisfy your cravings at one of the many food vendors; we’re talking custom churros, Asian grilled kabobs, homestyle southern, and lots more. And don’t miss the ArtStop Children’s Area where kids can get hands on. Admission is free!
Bagel Run 2022 | MAY 8
A Mother’s Day tradition the whole family can enjoy. Join the Dallas JCC for their 36th annual Bagel Run 10K, 5K, or KidsK Fun Run. All runners will receive a goody bag, a (cute) shirt, and finishers medal. Run or walk the scenic neighborhood course or participate virtually from wherever you prefer. Make it a theme by picking up bagels from Bagel Cafe 21, Shug’s, or Cindi’s when you’re done!
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, putting on an unforgettable show. 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. This sold out last year, so don’t delay. Tickets are $60 per person, sold by the table. Ages 21 and up only. 11am.
Dallas Mother’s Day Brunch You Won’t Want to Miss
I 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, obviously.
Chelsea Corner in the Knox Neighborhood has a tremendous brunch menu, including a kid’s section, and a cute backyard patio area. Menu here.
Chelsea Corner features on our Top 10 Places to Host a Baby Shower in Dallas, and every restaurant on that list would also be great for Mother’s Day!
Paradiso could not be prettier. You’ll find creative cocktails, great presentation, even delicious pizza at this Southern European-inspired Bishop Arts gem. Menu here.
And since you’ve gone to all the trouble of finding parking, do a little window shopping (or actual shopping) after your meal—just look at all the cute local shops!
Mercat Bistro is a chic spot in the Harwood District with classy European vibes. The brunch menu skews classic French, and they also offer grab-and-go pastries and such. Menu here.
Let’s make things easy on ourselves and relax at The Rustic with family-style brunch (just $17.95 per person) and a big ol’ patio Uptown with lots of green space. If you’ve never been for brunch, take a look at the menu and make sure your kids will approve. Picky eaters might find it challenging? Menu here.
This Richardson spot 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.
Beverly’s is an upscale neighborhood bistro that would make a great ladies brunch spot for Mother’s Day. Located in Uptown (on N. Fitzhugh), it’s got great decor and an eclectic menu that includes French, Jewish, Spanish, and Arabic dishes. Menu here.
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 (formerly Obzeet, who remembers??). Have a meal and some of their famous desserts, then browse the retail side after. Menu here.
The Fifth is tucked away in II Creeks Plaza in Richardson. It’s a lovely little neighborhood joint—great food, great patio, great atmosphere. Menu here.
Instead of brunch, maybe you want to opt for an afternoon tea? What’s cuter than a selection of tea sandwiches and petit fours. Here are a few Mother’s Day teas to consider:
Heritage Village at Chestnut Square | McKinney
Neiman Marcus Zodiac Room | Downtown Dallas
Crème Tea at the Dallas Tea Party Room | Carrollton