Mother’s Day Weekend in WNY

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on May 6, 2015
Open porchetta sandwich at Elm Street Bakery Brunch

Open porchetta sandwich at Elm Street Bakery Brunch

After getting a few requests for ideas about what to do with your moms to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we’ve decided to make the suggestions official. They may not be for everyone, but my mom would love any of these activities – I asked.


Brunch @ The Black Sheep - Mothers Day

Brunch @ The Black Sheep


Haters gonna hate, but hey, it’s tradition. If your mama wants to eat, consider taking her to one of our favorite brunch spots. Obviously we recommend making a reservation if possible. Friendly reminder: you can only drink in restaurants after noon on Sundays. Find more brunch ideas here.

My new favorite brunch spot. Relaxing atmosphere, high quality eats, and the chance to try new things. Make a resy on open table. The back patio is an option too.

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  • Martin Cooks

Right down the street from Black Sheep on the West Side in the Horsefeathers building. They just started doing brunch on Sundays in addition to Saturdays and we’re so glad they did. Your mother will love it here – promise.

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What’s nice about this brunch is there are no reservations to be made. Just show up and order at the bakery counter from a beautiful display of baked goods and a few hot brunch options. Mimosas for all!

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A great option in Downtown Buffalo for any celebration. If you’re Mom is a Bloody Mary or Proseco fan, take action here.

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  • Roycroft Inn

A brunch buffet that will out your usual to shame. Take advantage of the village of East Aurora and do some wandering while you’re in town.


Mothers Day - The Old Post Office on Explore Buffalo Architecture Tour

The Old Post Office on Explore Buffalo Architecture Tour / Photo by Jason Hugar

Take a Tour

If you’re looking for something to actually do with mom, we suggest taking a tour. You’ve got a couple different options this weekend from Explore Buffalo to Buffalo Bites Food Tours.

  • Explore Buffalo

These tours offer the chance to get to know Buffalo on a deeper level, in multiple different ways. This weekend they offer everything from Buffalo Classics to the Allentown Mob Tour, Architecture, Riverfront Renaissance and more. Buy tickets here, read more here.

  • Buffalo Bites Food Tours

A unique experience to be had in either the Elmwood Village or East Aurora. Taste food samples from local shops and eateries while exploring the neighborhoods. They have a few tours available Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Check out their website to reserve a spot.


Cherry blossom Festival - Mothers Day

Cherry Blossoms

Have a Picnic

Clearly there are several places for a good old fashioned picnic around Western New York (Chestnut Ridge, Delaware Park, Elmwood Bidwell Park, Canalside, Caz Park, Ellicott Creek Island – we could go on and on), but this weekend, there’s a special spot you should have in mind. Pack up some favorites and picnic with Mom under the cherry blossoms behind the Buffalo History Museum. The view is beautiful and a little planning can make this outing one to remember.


Albright Kox Art Gallery - Mother's Day

Albright Kox Art Gallery

Free Admission to Albright Knox Art Gallery 

Speaking of local museums, lucky for everyone the AK will be hosting a free day this Mother’s Day. In addition to the usual masterpieces on display, see “Overtime: The Art of Work,” “David Adamo,” “Eye to Eye: Looking Beyond Likeness,” as well as the 2015 AK Teens: Future Curators Exhibition “Coexistence: Humans and Nature” which all close on May 17.



If you’re celebrating Saturday, plan to take a stroll through the Elmwood Village during 1-6pm when the neighborhood will be filled with the sound of acoustic performances for Buffalo Porchfest. We’re guessing Mom will enjoy the grassroots efforts. Stop in Ashker’s for a fresh juice and take the chance to check out a few local shops during your walk.


Queen City Pop-up

The five pop-up shops including MMW Style Studio, Life & Love Events, Ginametrical Designs, Yar Mo’s Muse and Survival of the Gear aren’t open on Sunday, but taking your mother out for a shopping spree on Saturday can’t hurt. Support local artisans at the Main Street pop-up Saturday from 12-5PM, or any other time during the extended event from now until June 30th. See details here.


On top of all this, there are several other Mother’s Day events happening this weekend from brunch at the Zoo to Hertel Mama Fest that you might want to check out. Find a full list here.


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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