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Brunches, concerts, cruises and other events for Mother's Day in SF


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Show appreciation for the mothers in your life by spending time with them on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Here are some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s many options, including concerts, cruises, Champagne brunches, comedy and dinners. Or spend an unforgettable, gripping couple of hours at San Francisco Ballet’s final performance this year of The Little Mermaid. Or revel in the car-free Mission District all day as part of the Sunday Streets series.


Mother’s Day BBQ
All Day
A Mother’s Day tradition of the Marin Audubon Society, this outing of food and fun benefits the society and Audubon Canyon Ranch.
At Martin Griffin Preserve (formerly Bolinas Lagoon Preserve), 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. Tickets $10, 20. Info: (415) 868-9244.

Mother's Day Rose Show
12:30-4 pm
The San Francisco Rose Society's annual special exhibit of roses. Rose experts give advice on growing and arranging them.
At the Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park. Free.

Mother's Day Cruise
At 2 pm
Two hours on the Bay with appetizers and a beverage.
Board at Red and White Fleet, at Pier 43-½. Tickets $36-58.

See Mom, I Didn't Forget!
At 2 pm and 7 pm
A set of semi-autobiographical, one-woman pieces, in which the actresses dramatize the friction, craziness and love in their complex relationships with their mothers.
At the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St. Tickets: $25, $30.

Mother's Day Concert
5-7 pm
Chamber music played by members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, followed by a reception. The concert includes Dvorak, Mozart & Tchaikovsky compositions and benefits Japanese quake and tsunami victims.
At Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St. Tickets $15-20.

Mother's Day Sunset Cruise
5-8 pm
Three hours aboard a replica of a Hudson River steamboat, with live entertainment, dancing, no-host drinks and optional buffet dinner.
Board at Commodore Cruises, 2394 Mariner Square Dr., Alameda. Tickets $55 (without dinner), $90 (includes dinner).

Mutts, Moms & Music
6-8:30 pm
Dinner, live music and vaudeville performances, to benefit the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society.
At Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Tickets $25.

Mother's Day Extravaganza! Dinner & Show
At 6 pm
Songs from the past are performed, including hits by Sammy Davis Jr. and Etta James.
At West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street #200. Tickets $35.

Carolina Lugo's & Carole Acuna's Ballet Flamenco
At 6:15 & 7:15 pm
This mother-daughter pair and its troupe of Flamenco musicians and dancers get your heart pounding with their footwork, songs, castanets, syncopated clapping and guitar.
At Pena Pachamama, 1630 Powell St. Tickets $13.50-39.95

Mother's Day Dinner Dance Cruise
7-9:30 pm
Four-course dinner, live music and dancing on the water.
Board at Hornblower Cruises, Pier 3. Tickets $55.80-93; ages 3 and under free.


On Mother’s Day, many restaurants present mom with complimentary Champagne, a rose or a family photo. In addition to those mentioned here, Open Table lists San Francisco restaurants that offer extras or special menus on Mother’s Day, for brunch as well as dinner.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Westin St. Francis Brunch
10 am-2 pm
A sumptuous brunch buffet.
Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St. Adults $67.50; ages 12 and younger $33. Reservations: (415) 774-0264.

Palace Hotel Brunch
10 am-3 pm
Buffet selections in the Garden Court’s domed atrium. A professional photographer will take complimentary family portraits.
Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St. Adults $98; ages 5-12, $58. Reservations: (415) 546-5089.

Mother's Day Brunch Cruise
11 am-2 pm
Brunch fare, bellinis and mimosas on a yacht.
Empress Cruises & Events, 310 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. Tickets $95 per person or $180 per couple; half-price for kids under age 10. Info: (888) 922-4898.

Baubles and Brunch
11 am-4 pm
Three-course brunch accompanied by a live pianist. The new jewelry store at the hotel, PR Gallery and Gems, offers a complimentary gift with a purchase.
Four Seasons, 757 Market St. Adults $85; ages 5-12, $35. Reservations: (415) 633-3838.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruises
At 11:30 am and noon in San Francisco
Two different Champagne buffet brunch cruises leave from San Francisco’s Pier 3. Brunch cruises are also available from Berkeley and from Sacramento.
Prices vary.

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