Mother’s Day 2021 should be a little more normal than 2020, with more in-person events happening. Here are some ideas to celebrate in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond.
After our list of ideas for celebrating, we have a list of Mother’s Day freebies and discounts, many (but not all) at restaurants. And after that we have a big list of all the events that are on our calendar for Friday, May 7th, through Sunday, May 9th.Subscribe to Triangle on the Cheap
Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Triangle
Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch from a Triangle restaurant
We’ve put together a list of places in the Triangle for Mother’s Day Brunch. We’ve included both dine-in and take-home options.
Buy local chocolate
Treat your mom to delicious chocolates from one of the excellent chocolate makers in the Triangle.
Pick your own flowers
Firefly Farm in Hillsborough is opening up for U-pick flowers starting Saturday, May 8th. It’s only $15 for a basket of flowers, from which you can create several bouquets. You need to reserve a time slot in advance and they are limited. Learn more here.
Go to a drive-in movie
Triangle Drive-In, at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, is celebrating Mother’s Day with three nights of drive-in movies: Instant Family (Friday), Unstoppable (Saturday), and Stepmom (Sunday.) Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids. Learn more here.
Visit a garden
Check out one of these fabulous botanical gardens in the Triangle. Almost all of them are back open to the public now, and they are free to visit. We’ve listed gardens in Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Wilson, Pittsboro, and Smithfield. Juniper Level Garden and Plant Delights Nursery has open nursery and garden days just 8 weekends every year, and one of those weekends is May 7th to 9th. Learn more about Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights’ Open Nursery and Garden Days.
Get a custom poem
The Poetry Fox is a local poet who types out poems on a vintage typewriter at events…while dressed in a fox costume. But he also creates commissioned poems, and he’ll create one for your mom. You just need to tell him something special about her, whether it’s a story, a memory, or maybe some of her favorite things or places, and he’ll write a very special poem for her. He will type it up on vintage typing paper trimmed to an 8×10 standard frame size. He can mail it directly to you or your mom (you pay for postage) but he will also meet you in Durham to hand you the poem, and that might be the better idea since Mother’s Day is coming up so soon. The cost is $45, or $55 if framed. Message The Poetry Fox on Instagram to request a poem!
One Day University
One Day University features engaging, accessible talks on a wide variety of topics from top university professors. An annual subscription allows you to watch all of the talks and ask questions, and also access the extensive video library. We have a special promo, SMARTMOM, that will get Mom a one-year subscription for just $72. Get the Mother’s Day deal on One Day University.
Save on flowers
If you’re not able to shop for flowers from a local shop, get a discount on flower delivery from Groupon. Make sure to look at the top of the page to see if there is an extra discount.
Mother’s Day Picnic Ride
As part of Raleigh’s Bike Month, Oaks and Spokes is leading a Mother’s Day Picnic Ride on Sunday, May 9th, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. It starts and ends at Moore Square, 226 East Martin Street, Raleigh. You can bring your own bike or rent a Citrix Cycle. This will be a slow-paced 5-mile ride through Downtown Raleigh, followed by a picnic lunch. Oaks and Spokes will be providing some snacks, but you can pack your own lunch. It’s free, but a $5 donation to Oaks and Spokes is suggested.
Take Mom on a Train Ride
New Hope Valley Railway is offering several Slow Down Sunday train rides on May 9th. They are subject to selling out (and probably will) so don’t delay in making your reservation.
Wake Forest HerbFest
Mother’s Day, May 9th, is the final day for Wake Forest HerbFest. This annual event features organic, non-GMO and heritage herbs, as well as vegetables and local perennials. Spruce up the garden and, eventually, your kitchen table, with some of these plants. 310 South White Street, Wake Forest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Downtown Cary Food & Flea is returning on Mother’s Day! It will take place at Fidelity Bank Plaza, 100 W. Chatham Street in Cary, on May 9th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy browsing through the wares of local crafters and artists and food artisans, as well as vintage finds, local craft beer, and local music. There are several other markets taking place around the Triangle on Mother’s Day. Check out our list of spring markets in the Triangle.
Have an Animal Encounter
Is the mom in your life an animal lover? Here’s a list of 18 places in and near the Triangle to have an animal encounter. Some require tickets to be purchased in advance (and you might have to be a little flexible about the day of the visit) but browse through our list of opportunities to meet alpacas, goats, tigers and more.
Southern Village, at 600 Market Street in Chapel Hill, is presenting an outdoor concert series, Sundays at Sundown. All seating is reserved in advance, and pods (up to 5 people) are $10 total. On May 9th, The Durham Ukulele Orchestra is performing. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m.
Have a Zoom meeting with a local donkey (or horse)
Mambo the donkey, who lives at Peace ‘n’ Peas Farm, in Indian Trail, North Carolina, has become world famous (Seriously! He’s been featured in news segments everywhere from Chicago to Australia!) for crashing virtual meetings. If you are having to get together with your mom remotely, through Zoom, Mambo, or one of his horse, chicken or duck pals, can join the video call for just $50. You might need to be flexible with the date of the Mother’s Day virtual get-together, as Mambo is pretty busy. Just email email@example.com if you want to set up a meeting. (You can also buy Mom a gift certificate to use later.) Book a Farm Animal Virtual Meeting.
Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals
- PDQ: Free small classic shake for moms with any purchase.
- Massage Envy: Buy one 60-minute massage and get one free.
- Tijuana Flats: Moms get a free entrée on May 9th by using the code MTHR3891 at checkout.
- Hooters: On Mother’s Day, buy 10 wings and get 10 FREE boneless wings for Mom. Dine-in only.
- Pieology: Purchase a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card, through June 30th.
- Unscripted Durham: From 12 to 5 p.m. there will be specialty cocktails and more on the rooftop lounge. Moms who tag Unscripted Durham on their social media posts, get a free Frose. Reserve a table on OpenTable. Unscripted Durham is on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.