Two Fun Mother’s Day Events


Looking for something to do for Mother’s Day? We’ve got two great ideas.

If Mom is a fan of all things strawberry, head out to the BerryFest, taking place at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, Mom’s Weekend, May 11 and 12.

The two-day festival is full of fun activities: cooking demos, a kids’ zone, entertainment, a shortcake eating contest, a Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, and, of course, strawberry everything. Well, not everything, but lots of things, including strawberry kettle corn, strawberry barbecue sauce, strawberry beer, chocolate covered strawberries . . . you get the picture.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, but go early, say between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and enjoy a strawberry pancake breakfast served to you by the Roseville Boy Scouts. Breakfast is $8 ($6 for seniors 60 and older, and children 8 and younger) but it gains you admission to the festival afterward. Otherwise, festival admission is $8 general, $6 for seniors ages 60 and older and free for children ages 8 and younger. Parking is $5.


What: BerryFest
When: Saturday–Sunday, May 11–12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville
Cost: $6–$8; $5 for parking


If Mom wants to get out of town for the weekend, check out the Westin St. Francis, the beautiful, legendary hotel that sits right in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square. The St. Francis is offering a number of ways to celebrate Mom. Two of our faves:

  • Macy’s Shopping Package. If Mom’s a shopper, this package is for her. It includes a one-night stay at the St. Francis along with a $100 gift card to be used at Macy’s Union Square, located adjacent to the hotel. (Did you know it’s the largest Macy’s on the West Coast?) Rates for this package start at $269.
  • Cable Car Package. Starting at $179, this MD deal gets you a one-night stay at the St. Francis and two Cable Car passes. And even if Mom is a Nor Cal—or even Bay Area—native, it’s still fun to ride those cable cars once in a while. After all, it’s so uniquely San Francisco.
  • If it’s simply too short notice to work in an overnight deal, the St. Francis is offering Mother’s Day brunch. And there’s always the hotel’s lovely on-site spa. But if her heart is set on shopping, take heart: that package is valid year-round.

    What: Weekend at the Westin St. Francis
    When: May 11–12
    Where: Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., San Francisco
    Cost: Varies