Your Guide to Planning an Unforgettable Mother’s Day

April 27, 2018

My idea of a sweet Mother’s Day is a weekend when I can make new memories with my family. I’m always up for fresh experiences, and so much is happening in Cumberland County that I must share. Let me help you plan a special weekend that is tailored to the mother in your life and her brand of fun. Does she get her kicks from outdoor recreation? You have several options for getting active with the whole fam. Does she need some R&R? Take her downtown to relax at a few sweet spots. This is your guide to planning a Mother’s Day weekend she’ll never forget, in “America’s Hometown.”

mothers dayEnjoying a concert with her family at Festival Park


Moms definitely need to let loose and laugh, so consider taking the mother in your life to the Chonda Pierce: Getting Back to Funny Tour at the Crown Theatre on May 9th.

If you reserve your seats now, you can treat her to the North Carolina Symphony: Mozart & Mendelssohn performance for free at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church on May 10th.

The Illusionists will be wowing the crowd at the Crown Theatre on May 10th, and it doesn’t get more entertaining than five illusionists showing off their death-defying stunts and magic tricks!

Head to Festival Park on May 11th for Fayetteville After 5 to enjoy an outdoor concert—featuring a 90’s variety band and a Bad Company tribute—plus food trucks!

Tip: The Steel County Express will be performing three times at the Fort Bragg Fair on Mother’s Day, when moms get free admission (if accompanied by a paying child over 36” tall).

mothers dayRogue Rollergirls posing for the camera (PC: @fayettevillerollerderbyfans)


If Mom’s into racing action, then the Fayetteville Motor Speedway Races is where the family needs to be, with races scheduled for May 11th and 12th.

Roller Derby season is just kicking off, and the Rogue Rollergirls and other teams of fierce skaters will be showing off their talents at a Fayetteville Roller Derby Home Game, taking place on May 12th at the Crown Arena.

Tip: If you enjoy spectator sports, you can track all our speedway races, roller derby matches, baseball games and much more on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Calendar of Events.

mothers dayThe Wine Cafe making Mother's Day even sweeter (PC: The Wine Cafe)


Downtown is where true R&R can happen, and the Mom's Wine Time: Tasting at The Wine Café on May 11th offers the perfect excuse for moms to relax and taste-test a delicious variety of wines.

On May 12th, the Cool Spring Downtown District is hosting multiple Mother's Day Carriage Rides—a lovely horse-and-carriage mini tour of downtown’s historic streets.

The Wine Café is giving moms yet another chance to relax and sip yummy drinks on May 12th at Brush Lettering & Mimosas—with the lettering class taught by Pressed - A Creative Space.

Tip: The Wine Café’s sister store, The Coffee Cup, is running a Mommy & Me Special (buy one beverage, get the second 25% off) from May 1st thru 15th.

mothers dayTackling a 5K fun run


For the family who loves spending time outdoors, you’ll want to consider joining the overnight Family Fun Campout at J. Bayard Clark Park—one of Fayetteville’s nature havens—May 11th thru 12th.

Get out on the water with Spring Lake Outpost for a guided SLO Glow Evening Kayaking trek down the Lower Little River of Spring Lake, May 11th and 12th.

Join a fun run that’s all about celebrating moms at Methodist University with the Forever Fancy Mother's Day 5K on May 12th, and walk/run/race your way through the scenic campus course.

McCormick Farms, in Spring Lake, is playing host to the Reebok Spartan Race: Fayetteville Super and Sprint Weekend again, May 12th thru 13th, and the whole family can choose the race that suits them best.

Tip: Check out even more recreational opportunities taking place here every weekend this season on “25 Runs/Walks to Tackle This Spring.”

mothers dayPicking up bouquet from Gathered's fall pop-up shop (PC: Gathered Marketplace)


Pick out a Mother’s Day Basket, native plant or other “gift that keeps on giving” at Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s Plant Sale—being held during regular garden hours, May 11th thru 13th.

On May 12th, knock out all your Mother’s Day shopping at Betty Kelly’s Gift Shop, where Gathered Marketplace's Pop-Up Flower Shop will be offering “Mama Mia” bouquets (pre-order) OR sweet peonies and garden-variety blooms.

The City Market at the Museum is at the peak of its spring season right now, and you’ll want to head to the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum on May 12th to find mom that special, made-local or grown-local gift item.

Tip: In addition to the wide variety of gift items you’ll find at Betty Kelly’s, Leclair’s General Store offers Haymount District shoppers another fantastic option for treasures like antiques, succulents, wine, artisan items and more.

Another holiday is coming up, and that’s Cinco de Mayo. I recently shared how we’ll be celebrating and where to get your taco fix on this special day. Read more on “¡Hurra por Cinco de Mayo!”. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s list of Restaurants is another great site to use when planning where you’ll be taking Mom out to eat. Their Calendar of Events is also where you’ll find all the events listed above, plus fun happenings taking place here year-round.

(Featured image of bouquet courtesy of Gathered Marketplace)

mothers dayLaunching kayaks at a SLO Glow Evening Kayaking event (PC: @springlakeoutpost)

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