Show Mom You Love Her Without Breaking the Bank this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here, and there are plenty of ways to show mom just how much you love and appreciate her. Easy things like breakfast in bed, cleaning your room (or the whole house if you want to go advanced level), and a day spent with her family making fun memories are all wonderful ways to show you care and can easily be done for free (or almost free). Be sure to take plenty of pictures and be ready to dish out lots of hugs and kisses!

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Fun For You and Mom this Mother’s Day

Mothers Day Luncheon
Friday, May 10 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr

Moms, we appreciate all that you do everyday for your family and community. Let us celebrate you at Easter Seals’ first ever Mother’s Day Luncheon and Self-Care Workshop! Come for lunch, stay for some much-needed self-care, and leave with new friends.
Childcare will be provided!

Family Saturday: Recycled Robots
Saturday, May 11 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St

Bleep, blarp, bloop!  Put everyday materials together to make a robotic work of art, then learn more ways to get creative and reuse the things around you. Workshop free with reservation. Reserve your spot on-line beginning May 1st. Thank you to H-E-B for supporting our free family programs.

Lago Fest 2019
Saturday, May 11 | from 12 to 9 p.m. | Bar K Park, Lago Vista

Come by land or come by boat to LAGO FEST, the biggest live music, arts, and food festival on the shore of Lake Travis on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Bar K Park Lago Vista  from 12-9 PM. Some of the best food truck fare in Austin tempts all taste buds. Fill your shopping bags with fine handcrafted art from great Texas artists. Bring mom for Mother’s Day and buy her something special. LAGO FEST is for all ages with volleyball, games, face painting, a visit from Austin’s favorite small animal petting zoo, “Tiny Tails to You”, and even helicopter rides over Lake Travis for a bird’s eye view you won’t forget. LAGO FEST is FREE and for all ages. Come early for HAPPY HOUR from 12-1 PM.CapMetro shuttles begin at 11:45 AM.

CelebrASIA
Saturday, May 11 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is proud to present the 6th annual CelebrASIA on Saturday, May 11th from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Enjoy outdoor cultural performances throughout the day with CBS Austin Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler serving as emcee. Experience interactive arts and crafts for families and other activities by our partners the Austin History Center, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and the George Washington Carver Museum. Interact with the indoor cultural experience rooms through hands-on activities, clothing, décor, and artifacts presented by the diverse Asian Pacific American communities and organizations.

Art of the Pot
Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12 | times vary | various locations

16th ANNUAL CERAMIC STUDIO TOUR
MAY 11 & 12
Mother’s Day Weekend. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm free and public event. This year the tour will include three studios where the host artist will join our guest artists for displays of their work, demonstrations, and special events. Remember that the two weekend days of the 2019 Studio Tours are free and open to the public.

Girl Power! Symphony Concert
Sunday, May 12 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 1211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown

Happy Mother’s Day! Not necessarily chick flicks, but music from those films about the powerful females we cherish … performed live by Cinematic Symphony at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 12 at the Klett PAC located at 1211 N. Austin Ave. in Georgetown. Fun trivia and prizes! This is another FREE concert of course! Very comfortable setting, plus accessibility parking with easy access points if you need it. Doors open at 2:45pm.

The UMLAUF Family Day: Families in the Garden
Sunday, May 12 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd

Our monthly Family Days are designed for families and friends to explore and create. On the second Sunday of each month, we feature a line-up of activities for families to enjoy. Join us for Family Day at the UMLAUF on Sunday, May 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Get the whole family together and enjoy a full day of fun activities including crafting, yoga, sing-alongs and more. This event is free and open to the public!

Mother’s Day Concert at the Capitol
Sunday, May 12 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Texas State Capitol South Steps, 1100 Congress Ave

What better way to close out a great day with Mom than by taking her to a free concert at the Texas State Capitol in her honor? The Austin Symphonic Band will perform well-known tunes, including marches and musical numbers, that you and your Mom are sure to enjoy! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!Get there early to select the best seating! This concert gets more popular every year. Check out our Facebook Event page for more details and updates. Please note: This concert is weather permitting. In case of rain or other inclement weather, please check the ASB Facebook Page for updates or call (512) 956-7420 for information. Cancelled events will not be rescheduled.

Love of Yoga Festival
Sunday, May 12 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave

Peace. Love. Unity = Love of Yoga Festival! An iconic annual festival celebrating all things yoga from yoga asana to yoga mediation, yoga kirtan and yoga nutrition. Held at the Texas State Capitol, enjoy inspiring yoga flows by the loved local teachers of Flow Yoga. Wander through our boho meditation tent filled with relaxing meditation music, sponsored by Soma Vida – Work / Life Balance & Wellness Center. Let the little yogis in your family have fun with crafts, face painting and more in our vibrant kids yoga area sponsored by Bliss Kid Yoga. Refuel with nourishing, delicious vegan eats in our Yoga Diet area, with community partners Buddha’s Brew Kombucha, Natural Grocers and the vegan yacht. Round out the day with blissful sacred music with Austin Kirtan.

Where to Make or Buy a Gift

Mother’s Day Craft
Saturday, May 11 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing

Mother’s Day Craft – Saturday, May 11th from 1pm to 3pm – The whole family is invited to drop in and make a fingerprint glass magnet for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Weekend Austin Flea at Whole Foods
Saturday, May 11 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr

We’re excited to continue our 2nd Saturday Series with this fantastic company for The Austin Flea at Whole Foods Arbor Trails (4301 W. William Cannon) on Saturday, May 11th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for a special Mother’s Day Flea! The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for Mom or any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Entrance to the event is Free and open to all ages! Handmade. Vintage. Local.

Mother’s Day Austin Flea at the ABGB
Sunday, May 12 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 W Oltorf St

Moms are the best. Join us for our 2nd Sundays Series as we party with our friends at the always rockin’ ABGB (1305 W Oltorf) from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. – on Sunday May 12th for a special Mother’s Day Flea. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for Mom or any occasion! Handmade jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! It’s always a party when the Austin Flea and the ABGB unite powers! Plus, Sunday’s Best music from 4-8! Entrance to the event is Free and open to all ages! Handmade. Vintage. Local.

A Few Other Activities

If the other activities listed above aren’t quite what you’re looking for, try taking mom to do something that’s totally awesome. Try something new, or reinvent one of her favorites to create a fun new memory. Sadly, with all of the bad weather lately, you may be limited on what you can do — though the weather does call for a sunny Sunday…fingers crossed!

Freebies for Mom

While you’re out and about spoiling mom like she deserves, here are a few places to stop that are giving away free treats for mom.

Pluckers: Show your server you’re a Pluckers Club or Pluckers Club Lite member and Mom gets a free meal (up to $15 value) for dining in on Mother’s Day! If you haven’t already, now’s your chance to complete the “Mother Plucker” app challenge and earn 25 PLUCKERS CLUB POINTS points by bringing your mom to Pluckers on Mother’s Day!

Playland Skate Center: Moms skate free on Mother’s Day with purchase of child admission. 12 to 5 p.m.

TCBY: Moms get a free froyo at participating locations. Call your favorite Austin spot to make sure they’re giving them out!

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Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku
As a long time Austin resident, Laurie is a big fan of dive bars, the Spurs, and low-key celebrity stalking. She's also a UT grad with a master's in New Media Journalism, and has never met a pug that she didn't like.
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