Mother's Day Events

Treat Mom to a special brunch on her big day.

Photo by Susan Laughlin

There are plenty of great things to do during Mother's Day weekend 2018 including special occasion brunches, theater, wine tastings, plant sales, a craft fair, opera, cooking workshops and more.

Annual Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale

Does Mom like to garden? If so, then take her to the largest plant sale in New England that features over 2,000 locally dug and potted perennials as well as special garden vendors. Or, simply pick up something special for a  Mother's Day gift. A fun event for all ages; there's something for everyone! Check out the heirloom tomatoes, hanging baskets, veggies, and flowers on sale, and take advantage of the club members on hand to answer all your gardening questions. You won't want to miss this annual event that runs rain or shine.

Date: May 12
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Wilkins Elementary School, 80 Boston Post Road, Amherst
More Info: Visit

9th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival

Meet the makers at the Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival.

The scenic Town Common in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, will come alive with color, flavor and music for the 9th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival.

Over 75 juried craftsmen and craftswomen from all over New England will display and sell their American-made works including stained glass, original watercolors, photography, pottery, carved wildlife, folk art, hand-crafted soaps, country wood, quilts, doll clothes, fine jewelry, floral design and more.

Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, kettle corn, maple, pickles, jams, jellies, lemonade, homemade fudge, oils, sauces and more.

Live musical entertainment on the bandstand each day.

The Fair is held rain or shine, handicap accessible and admission is free.

Hampton Falls Town Common is located directly on Route 1 in the lovely and picturesque village of Hampton Falls, NH.

This event is a fundraiser for the Hampton Falls Recreation Commission with funds raised to maintain and improve the commons.

Date: May 12-13
Time: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Hampton Falls Town Common, 4 Lincoln Avenue, Hampton Falls
More Info: (603) 332-2616 or click here.

Dunbarton Arts On The Common

Now a Mother’s Day weekend tradition, Dunbarton Arts On The Common is a juried festival of fine art and craft located on the scenic town common in historic Dunbarton. More than 50 juried artists and artisans are featured, including Meshugenah Hats, Michelle Kolb Fine Jewelry, and Hoytie Toytie handwoven baskets. Admission is free.

Date: May 12-13
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Dunbarton Town Common, 1004 School Street, Dunbarton
More Info: Visit

National Public Gardens Day

As part of the annual National Public Gardens Day, explore the beauty of The Fells and discover the colorful spring blooms in the Rock Garden and the fragrant blossoms of early flowering trees and shrubs. Get a preview of Art in Nature 2017: Outdoor Sculpture. Treat mom on her day (Sunday, May 14) and pack a picnic to enjoy on the Veranda — carry-in/carry-out, please. Admission is free to all the entire weekend.

Date: May 11
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury
More Info: (603) 763-4789 or click here.

Treat Mom to Mother's Day on the M/S Mount Washington

Treat mom to brunch on the lake and help kickoff the M/S Mount Washington’s 2017 season during the Mother’s Day Cruise on May 14. During this annual event, enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour scenic cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee complete with a champagne brunch and entertainment for all ages. A sample brunch menu and tickets are available online.

Date: May 13
Time: Cruise at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Where: M/S Mount Washington, 211 Lakeside Avenue, Weirs Beach
Tickets: $49 for adults, $23 for children 5-12 and children 4 and under are free.
More Info: (603) 366-5531 or click here.

Music and Mimosas

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch while talented local musicians entertain you. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (603) 669-6144, ext. 191.

Date: May 14
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: The Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester
Tickets: $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 10 and younger.
More Info: (603) 669-6144 or click here.

27th Annual Kitchen Tour: 2018

This walking tour of hand-selected homes in the heart of Portsmouth will showcase charmingly revived historic homes while also welcoming the new generation of dwellings — newly renovated luxury townhouses and co-ops with stunning views and amenities. The perfect get-together for Mother’s Day weekend. The tour benefits Portsmouth's Music Hall. See the website to purchase tickets and for a advice on what to bring and sneak peeks of a few participating kitchens.

Date: May 12
Time: 10 a.m. 
Where: Maps, restrooms and additional tickets are available on tour day at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth.
Tickets: $27 ($25 members); $30 day of
More Info: (603) 436-2400 or click here.

Special Occasion Brunch Suggestions

The Bedford Village Inn

The BVI offers both a Mother's Day brunch and dinner. Menus and more information can be found here. Reservations required.

Date: May 13
Time: Brunch seating: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dinner seating: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford
Cost: Brunch: $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Dinner: $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
More Info: (603) 472-2001 or click here.

Wentworth by the Sea, a Marriott Hotel & Spa

The Wentworth offers both a Mother's Day brunch and dinner. The brunch buffet is served in the Wentworth Ballroom (tickets available here) and features made-to-order omelets, carving stations, a freshly made assortment of pastries and desserts, and a raw bar. The Mother's Day dinner offering is a three-course meal in SALT Restaurant and the Grand Ballroom. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Date: May 13
Time: Mothers Day Buffet 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mother's Day Dinner 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Wentworth by the Sea, a Marriott Hotel & Spa, 588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle
More Info: (603) 373-6566 or click here.

Mother's Day Grand Buffet at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Enjoy a delicious spread in the hotel's Harvest Tavern that includes an omelet station and smoked ham carving station. Buffet options include eggs Benedict, pancakes, cornmeal-crusted catfish, New Hampshire squash bisque and more.

Date: May 13
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield
Cost: Ages 13 and older are $36, ages 6 to 12 are $15 and children 5 and under eat free.
More Info: (855) 837-2100 or click here. Reservations are required.

Mother's Day Weekend at Omni Mount Washington Resort

In addition to an expansive Mother's Day brunch, other special offers throughout the weekend include a free canopy tour for moms, evening carriage rides, soap making workshop, Karaoke with Mom and more. Sunday's brunch is $70 for adults, $35 for children aged 6 to 12 and complimentary for children 5 and under. (Tax and gratuity included.) Brunch will be served from 12 to 8 p.m. in the main dining room. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Activity Concierge Desk at (603) 278-8989. The menu for Mother's Day brunch can be found here.

Date: May 11-13
Where: Omni Mount Washington Resort, 310 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods.
More Info: See the event schedule here.

The Library Restaurant

The historic and lovely Library Restaurant offers a fantastic Sunday brunch menu that ranges from a jumbo shrimp cocktail and stuffed French toast to lobster eggs Benedict and a Monte Cristo sandwich. Steaks and chops are also offered.

Date: Available every Sunday
Time: Opens at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Library Restaurant and Steak House, 401 State Street, Portsmouth
Cost: See the menu
More Info: (603) 431-5202 or click here. Reservations are recommended.

The Old Courthouse

Enjoy a brunch buffet with a cooked-to-order omelet station and fresh sliced North Country Smokehouse applewood-smoked ham in this lovely restaurant that's on the National Register of Historic Places.

Date: Available every Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Old Courthouse, 30 Main St., Newport
Cost: $17.95 for adults and $8.95 for children under 12.
More Info: (603) 863-8360 or click here. Reservations are recommended.

Pickity Place

One of the most delightful places to lunch in New Hampshire is Pickity Place in Mason. It’s part history museum (with connections to "Little Red Riding Hood"), garden of wonder and lovely resource for herbs and country-style gift shopping. The daytime offering here is really a five-course luncheon inspired by the herbs grown on the grounds served in the 1786 antique cape. Each month the chef creates a new menu based on the seasons.

Date: Open daily
Time: Three seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Pickity Place, 248 Nutting Hill Rd., Mason
Cost: $21.95 for adults. $12.95 for children 12 and younger.
More Info: (603) 878-1151 or click here. Reservations are advised.

Ledges Dining Room at the White Mountain Hotel

White table linens, piano and a breathtaking view of the North Conway Ledges through the panoramic windows makes Sunday all the more sumptuous. The special Mother's Day Brunch menu (available here) features chilled dishes such as smoked salmon and salads, hot items including seafood Newburg with basmati rice and strawberry and cream cheese stuffed French toast, carving stations and a dessert table.

Date: May 13
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: The White Mountain Hotel & Resort, 2560 West Side Rd., North Conway
Cost: $32 for adults, $17 for children under 12 and free for children under 5.
More Info: (603) 356-7100 or click here. Reservations necessary.

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