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Mother's Day in San Francisco

Brunches, shows, cruises and other Mother's Day activities in SF



Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in "Glass Pieces," part of SF Ballet's final program.

© Erik Tomasson

Demonstrate your appreciation for the mothers in your life by spending time with them around and on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014. Here are some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s many options, including shows, concerts, cruises and Champagne brunches. May 11 is also your last day to catch two great artistic programs: the final performance of San Francisco Ballet's 2014 season, comprising works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at the de Young


Filoli Flower Show: Broadway in Bloom
May 8-11
The historic house and grand garden at Filoli is filled with floral arrangements and interpretations of “Broadway in Bloom,” created by 80 designers; look for shows like Wicked, South Pacific, Chicago, Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Live music, talks, docents on hand to answer questions, teas, boxed lunches and a Mother’s Day Champagne buffet brunch are also offered.
At Filoli, 86 Cañada Rd., Woodside 94062. Ticket prices vary.

Musae: Women Who Changed History
May 9, at 8 pm; May 11, at 4 pm
Musae, a San Francisco women's vocal ensemble celebrating its 10th anniversary, presents music from women throughout history, ranging from Renaissance madrigals to Sweet Honey in the Rock and Katy Perry.
May 9 at Old St. Hilary's Landmark, 201 Esperanza St., Tiburon. May 11 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $10-$25.

Epicurean Salon
May 10, at 11:30am
At this ultra-foodie luncheon, Food Gal Carolyn Jung talks about San Francisco Chef’s Table: City By The Bay, her cookbook of recipes from dozens of top Bay Area restaurants, such as Baker & Banker. A multi-course lunch includes wine and pastry chef Lori Baker's roasted white chocolate cheesecake with cardamom shortbread crust. Baker and husband-chef Jeff Banker sign books, too. 
At Baker & Banker, 1701 Octavia St., San Francisco 94109. Tickets $65 (includes lunch and cookbook). Reservations: (415) 351-2500. 

Mexican Mothers' Day
May 10, at 12-4 pm
California Historical Society's Saturday family program celebrates Mexican Mothers' Day with storytelling, music and making of Mother's Day cards and other crafts. Docents talk about the exhibit on Juana Briones, sometimes called the "founding mother of San Francisco," and other important 19th-century California women.
At the California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco 94105. Free.

Serial Mom 20th Anniversary Tribute
May 10 at 8 pm
Besides a screening of John Waters' Serial Mom, the evening includes an on-stage interview of actress Ricki Lake by Peaches Christ, who will take audience questions as well. Also on stage, Peaches and D'arcy Drollinger perform "Serial Queen," a live melodrama about a drag queen on a killing spree in San Francisco.
At Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco 94114. Tickets $35-90.

Family Soup: Children’s After School Arts Spring Musical & Benefit
May 10, at 6 pm; May 11 at 2 pm
Nearly 200 kindergarteners through 5th graders present a musical about the “perfect“ family in the year 2046, which involves a dictator, time travel and a sprawling multi-racial and multi-ethnic clan. The show is a production of and fundraiser for Children’s After School Arts, a nonprofit program at San Francisco’s Rooftop Alternative School.
At Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco 94132. Tickets free-$25.

Mother’s Day at the Exploratorium
May 11, 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 11, at 10 am-8 pm

Learn about and see shark moms, baby bat rays and other new babies and make Mother's Day cards. 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 11, 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.

Special Farewell Performance
May 11, at 7 pm
Rubén Martín Cintas and Damian Smith dance their final performances with San Francisco Ballet. The program includes excerpts of ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Helgi Tomasson and the screening of short films honoring the two principal dancers. 
At the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets $20-220.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase
Through May 26
A 9,000-square-foot Presidio Heights mansion built in 1907 for Alfred Sutro  gets a make-over from two dozen interior and landscape designers. Oooh and aahhh over the furnishings, décor, garden, House Beautiful magazine’s Kitchen of the Year and the views. Benefits the financial aid program of the private San Francisco University High School. 
At 3660 Jackson, San Francisco. Tickets $30, 35.



* Open Table lists hundreds of restaurants in the Bay Area that are taking reservations for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. Many of them treat moms to things like free sparkling wine, dessert or flowers. Here are a few restaurants serving specials in honor of mothers.

* Many of San Francisco's top hotels serve sumptuous Sunday brunches. At Mother's Day brunch at the W Hotel, for instance, moms get a sample product from the hotel spa; the menu features fresh juices made from ingredients like kale, beets and raspberries. The Palace Hotel offers a buffet brunch with live jazz and a family picture shot by a professional photographer; its afternoon Mother's Day tea includes harp music and roses.

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 BerkeleySan 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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