5 Things to Do in Austin for Mother’s Day

February 21, 2020

There’s no better place to celebrate the moms in your life than Austin this Mother’s Day. With fantastic local food options, a vibrant art scene, and great outdoor activities, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate a special weekend in this city.

Austin Texas skyline lit up at dusk

Traveling with the whole family, or with a group of moms? Don’t let the hassle of coordinating activities for a group prevent you from going all out this weekend. Book a private charter bus to get your family everywhere you want to go without having to navigate a new city alone. Your entire group can stay together throughout the day, no matter how large or small. Our reservation specialists can match you with a minibus or full-sized charter bus to match your group’s needs. Ask them about the fantastic onboard amenities our transportation services can offer, including WiFi, power outlets, and air conditioning to combat the heat of springtime in Austin.

With all of the logistics taken care of for you, all you need to worry about is what fun events you want to take your mom to! We’ve put together some ideas to kick-start your planning and help you make this Mother’s Day weekend one your family won’t forget.

Artsy Mom

Austin is known for being a creative hub, and there’s no better way for you and your mom to immerse yourself in the local art scene than to head to the Renegade Craft Fair.

Rows of pottery

Popping up at the Fair Market on east fifth street, this traveling weekend-long trade show centers around contemporary handmade designs from hand-picked artists around the country.  Over 130 vendors will be set up in the marketplace, displaying everything from paintings and sculptures to the latest in unique fashion designs. Take your mom around to the fantastic displays, and let her pick out a one-of-a-kind souvenir to commemorate the weekend with.

Outdoorsy Mom

Person running outdoors with Austin skyline in the background

If your mom wants to stay active and get outside this Mother’s Day, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail is the perfect place to take her. One of the city’s most popular attractions, this boardwalk runs 10 miles along Lady Bird Lake, harboring some of the best views of the city skyline you’ll be able to find. The trail loops through two of Austin’s best outdoor destinations, Zilker Park and Guerrero Park, and circles around to the Congress Avenue Bridge, where you can catch a glimpse of the famous bat population of Austin at sunset. Grab a coffee and take a peaceful stroll with your mom along the waterfront, or rent a bike and do the full loop, touring the entire city in one go.

Foodie Mom

Every mom deserves a good meal on her special day, and there’s nowhere more beautiful to have it than the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This beautiful botanic garden often hosts a brunch event on Mother’s Day, serving fresh food and mimosas overlooking the Savanna Meadow in bloom. After your meal, you can have a relaxing day perusing the lush gardens filled with native plants from around Texas, a 16-acre arboretum, nature trails filled with over 143 species of birds, and beautiful buildings constructed using local stones and unique architectural styles.

Cool Mom

If your mom loves beer and wants to dive into the young, hipster brew culture of Austin, take her to one of the eastside breweries to sit back and taste a variety of brews. Blue Owl Brewing is a bit east of downtown and has a tasting room full of their unique sour-mashed beers. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of options regardless of the weather.

If you’re looking for something with a more classic taste, try Zilker Brewing Co. This industrial taproom has long tables, local art displays, and food offerings from Spicy Boys Chicken. This venue has a great view of the full brewing process, allowing you and your mom to enjoy a glass while learning about how their famous craft brews are created.

If you want something with a more diverse menu, Lazarus Brewing Company might be the one for you. Located in the middle of the sixth street district, his brewpub is known for experimenting with unique tastes and beer blends, and also offers a full espresso and wine bar for anyone in your group wanting something a little different.

The best part? All three of these breweries are within walking distance from one another, so you and your mom can create your own Mother’s Day bar crawl for your group!

Group cheers with beers

Musical Mom

If you’re looking for a calm event to finish off a day full of activities, take your mom to the Mother’s Day Concert at the Capitol. This free event will take place on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol, and will feature the Austin Symphonic Band playing musical numbers everyone can recognize and enjoy. Be sure to pack a picnic blanket and snacks, and arrive a little early to secure good seats for the whole family!

Get Around Austin with a Private Bus

Enjoy everything that Austin has to offer this Mother’s Day Weekend with Longhorn Charter Bus Company. Our reservation specialists are available 24/7 to help you plan the perfect weekend to celebrate your mom. Call us today at 512-827-0540 for a no-obligation quote!