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Actually Fun Things to Do in DC This Weekend

So many ways to celebrate mom.

A holiday weekend is always cause for excitement and this weekend is dedicated to all the mothers. Whether the pandemic has brought you back under your parents’ roof or kept you from seeing your family, there are still a variety of ways to celebrate all of the mother figures in your life this weekend. Explore a number of holiday specials from Mother’s Day menus at your favorite local restaurants to weekend packages at some of the District’s best hotels. We’ve compiled a list of all of the fun and safe ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in the District this weekend, so read up and get planning.

Surprise mom with a local gift

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Various locations
A number of local businesses are making last-minute Mother’s Day gift shopping easy. For the mom who’s always whipping up something in the kitchen, take the pressure off this holiday weekend with a Mother’s Day box from Call Your Mother that includes six bagels with a variety of toppings, babka muffins, mini berry poptarts, everything you need to make mimosas, and a card. Pizzeria Paradiso is teaming up with Grounded Plants to offer a Mother’s Day package that includes an appetizer, pizza, and mom’s choice of a golden pothos or snake plant, and an option to add wine, more pizza, and ceramic planters to your order. You can also take your mom on a staycation at a number of nearby hotels that have Mother’s Day packages. The Hamilton Hotel is offering a curated picnic basket filled with champagne, warm croissants, roses and other goodies, and the package can be tacked onto room bookings all month long. Plus, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco has a “Mama Knows Best package” that includes overnight accommodations, a prix fixe brunch for you and mom at Dirty Habit, and a bottle of bubbly delivered to your room.
Cost: Prices vary

Celebrate with something sweet

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
If you’re far from mom this holiday, send her a treat. Sticky Fingers has a three-month cookie subscription featuring two flavors of freshly baked classic and sandwich cookies, or you can purchase an activity for the next time you’re together with the Mother’s Day brunch kit that comes with spiced pancake mix, an adult-sized apron, a kid-sized apron, a baking conversion chart, and two kinds of seasonal shortbread.
Cost: $25-114

Pick up a floral arrangement for yourself or someone else

Saturday, May 8 - Sunday, May 9
Rosslyn, Virginia  
You know what they say about April’s showers. Now that it’s finally May, you can explore Rosslyn BID’s weekly flower market featuring local plant, herb, and flower vendors at Central Place Plaza. This weekend, the Blue Ribbon Floral Truck is offering a special flower arranging kit on Saturday and you can tune in to a virtual workshop on Sunday for step-by-step instruction. Tickets will include a beautiful, fresh bouquet of flowers, a vase, and access to the live tutorial.
Cost: $35

Have a floating happy hour

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
The Wharf
Cruise around The Wharf this weekend on an electric picnic boat from recently reopened Float DC. Each boat has seating for up to eight people, a bluetooth audio system, a cooler, blankets, and, of course, safety equipment, and you can bring your own beer, wine, and snacks to enjoy during your ride.
Cost: $150-400 based on length of reservation

Enjoy a Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Various locations
No matter what meal you choose to celebrate, you can’t go wrong with these Mother’s Day dining options around the District. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, which just opened last month, will be offering specials like soft shell crab and lemon raspberry meringue pie on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate. At José Andrés Jaleo, you can make a reservation or order the paella feast for four which comes with paella, tapas, Basque-style cheesecake, and an option to tack on spring sangria, a bouquet of roses, or a cava gift set. And for this bonafide brunch holiday, you can choose from options like a prix-fixe menu of pastries and classic entrees at Jackie, a two-course (or larger) brunch at Mintwood Place, or an upscale spread with gorgeous views from The Wharf’s new Japanese tasting room, NaRa-Ya.
Cost: Prices vary

Catch a drive-in movie in Alexandria

Saturday, May 8
Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria’s 2021 Movie series continues this weekend. So pack the car with snacks and head over to the drive into re-watch old favorites or experience classics for the first time. This weekend, the theater is streaming Pitch Perfect on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the ATHENA Rapid Response Innovation Lab and help establish scholarships for Alexandria City High School Grads through The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.
Cost: $40 per car, per movie

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.
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