Mother's Day in San Francisco

Shows, cruises and other activities on & around May 10, 2015

Erik Tomasson

Show your appreciation for the mothers in your life by spending time with them around and on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. Here are some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s many options, including performances, tours, cruises and Champagne brunches.


Romeo & Juliet
May 1-10
San Francisco Ballet's production of Shakespeare’s tragedy contains passionate pas de deux and gorgeous costumes and sets. Sergei Prokofiev’s music is considered one of the greatest ballet scores ever written.
At the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Ticket prices vary.

Filoli Flower Show: Voyages . . . with an International Flair
May 7-10
The historic house and grand garden at Filoli is filled with floral arrangements and interpretations of Voyages,” created by 80 designers; look for the Amazon rain forest, Asia, Hawaii, France and other far-flung destinations. A Mother’s Day Champagne buffet brunch and talks, live music, docents on hand to answer questions, teas and boxed lunches are also offered.
At Filoli, 86 Cañada Rd., Woodside 94062. Ticket prices vary.

Monarch: Songs of Beauty, Transformation and Maternalism
May 8, at 8 pm; May 10, at 3 pm

Musae, a San Francisco women's vocal ensemble, the Ragazzi Continuo men’s choir and early-music instrumental ensemble MUSA perform a wide-ranging program that includes works by Bach, Vytautas Miškinis, Stephen Smith and others.
May 8 at Old St. Hilary's Landmark, 201 Esperanza St., Tiburon. May 10 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $10-$25.

Mother’s Day at the SF Zoo
May 10, at 8:30 am-5 pm
At 8:30 am, bring your bike to the zoo for a docent-led “Mother’s Day BikeAbout,” a 90-minute, leisurely bike tour through the zoo, followed by continental breakfast. After the zoo’s official opening at 10 am, mothers who come with their children receive one free admission. Activities (free with zoo admission) include a kids’ disco party, face painting, animation-video making and a soccer obstacle course.
At San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway, San Francisco 94132. BikeAbout tickets: $25/30 per bicyclist (includes car parking and zoo admission).     

Mother’s Day at the Exploratorium
May 10, at 10 am-5 pm
All mothers and their families are admitted free to a Latina-themed day with exhibits, mariachi music, paper-flower making and a presentation about the role of Mother Earth in Latin American cultures.
At the Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco 94111.

Mother's Day at Aquarium of the Bay
May 10, at 10 am-7 pm
Learn about and see shark moms, baby bat rays and other marine newborns and go on a behind-the-scenes tour. Free admission to moms and grandmoms.
At the Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, the Embarcadero and Beach St., San Francisco 94133.

Mother’s Day Picnic
May 10, at 11 am-3 pm
A Mother’s Day tradition of the Marin Audubon Society, this outing includes lunch in a part of a wildlife sanctuary that is rarely open to the public and a guided walk on two special trails. Proceeds benefit the audubon society and Audubon Canyon Ranch.
At the Volunteer Canyon of Audubon Canyon Ranch, 4800 Shoreline Highway 1 (2.66 miles north of Stinson Beach). Tickets $12, 28.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase
Through May 24, Tuesdays-Sundays; & May 25
A 9,760-square-foot Presidio Heights mansion designed by Julia Morgan gets a make-over from more than three dozen interior and landscape designers. Oooh and aahhh over the furnishings, décor, grand staircase, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and wine room. Benefits the financial aid program of the private San Francisco University High School. 
At 3630 Jackson St., San Francisco. Tickets $30, 35. 


* Open Table lists hundreds of restaurants in the Bay Area that are taking reservations for Mother’s Day brunch, lunch  and dinner. Several of them treat moms to things like free sparkling wine, dessert or flowers.

* Many of San Francisco's top hotels serve sumptuous Sunday brunches. The spread at the Palace Hotel, for instance, includes sashimi, a seafood bar with oysters, crepes, beignets, blinis with caviar, dim sum and pastries galore, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. At the Ritz-Carlton, the Parallel 37 restaurant presents moms a rose and a cupcake after their four-course brunch, and a harpist accompanies the afternoon tea in the lounge. 

* Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner Cruises
Leaving from San Francisco, Hornblower Cruises offers two buffet-brunch cruises and a 7 pm cruise with a four-course dinner and dancing. It also has two brunch cruises sailing out of Berkeley. San Francisco cruises depart from Pier 3, on the Embarcadero at Washington St. Berkeley cruises leave from the Berkeley Marina (behind the Doubletree Hotel), 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley 94710. Ticket prices vary.

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