Mother's Day Activities Around Brisbane

Mother’s Day is almost here, and it’s the perfect time to spoil your mum with your time, and of course, something special. Here’s a fun fact about the origins of Mother’s Day:

“The tradition actually comes from America where Anna Jarvis had organised a health and friendship women’s group that originated on what we now know as Mother’s Day. In 1907, Jarvis held a memorial service for her late mum in a West Virginia church. It was five years after this that every state in the USA was observing the day. By 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday.” - 7, 2021. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic is still making it tricky for some families to spend time together, there are still plenty of ways to make Mother’s Day special. If you’re living in another state to your mum currently and can’t travel home for a visit, there are still fun ways to stay virtually connected and create a special quarantine Mother’s Day. Whether you treat her to a massage or take an online dance or cooking class together, you’ll make memories that she’ll be talking about for years to come. For those who aren’t having to stay indoors this year, you can find a bunch of activities in and around Brisbane, from picnics in the park to Sunday markets to fun runs for breast cancer research. 

Mother’s Day Classic - Fun run for Breast Cancer Research

Mother’s Day Classic. Courtesy of The Women in Super, 2021.

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic is one of Australia’s most inspirational, cause-driven community events. Annually, thousands of Australians gather together on Mother’s Day to get active for breast cancer research. The foundation’s aim is to create a fun and engaging event experience to celebrate and remember the women who have been affected by breast cancer, and to raise life-saving funds for significant research. Every year, a sea of pink shirts flood Brisbane’s riverside as families start the morning with the fun-run for breast cancer research. There is a course for every fitness ability - you can choose from a 5km run or walk or a 10km run or walk. After finishing, you can enjoy all the delights that Roma Street Parklands has to offer. The Mother’s Day Classic event will have a food zone and kids zone with several activities for both kids and adults to enjoy. These fun activities will involve face painting, fairy floss and popcorn stalls, bowling, inflatable games and card decorating for your mum. To register for the fun-run and for more information click here.

Botanica - Contemporary Art Outside, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City

‘Heartbeat’ light and textile installation by Hiromi Tango, Japanese-Australian artist. Courtesy of Brisbane City Council, 2021.

Discover a stunning open-air art exhibition at the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane City: Botanica - Contemporary Art Outside. As the sun sets, watch the Botanic Gardens come to life with large-scale projections, interactive artworks and contemporary installations that will captivate both adults and children. There's a wide range of unique activities for all ages, including a children’s discovery trail and art workshops, guided twilight walks, sound walks and poetry performances. The event goes from Friday the 7th of May to Sunday the 16th of May. Botanica is a free public event and part of Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021 - an initiative of the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) to spotlight Brisbane’s art and design scene. Enjoy Botanica Live Nights on Friday to Sunday evenings during the course of the event for live music, delicious food trucks and an outdoor bar (Brisbane City Council, 2021). 

The outdoor art event will feature new artworks from some of Australia’s leading contemporary designers and artists. Botanica will explore the nexus of art and design practice, and encourage conversations around our natural, built and digital environments. For more information about the free festival and for workshop bookings click here. 

Picnic in The Park - George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills

Picnic in the park. Courtesy of, 2021. 

Pack a picnic and come down to George Willmore Park in Ferny Hill this Mother’s Day! There will be a range of food stalls, handmade market stalls and live music on stage. The event is generously supported by a Moreton Bay Regional Council community grant. For more information click here.

Free Yoga Session at Darling Point Park, Manly

Mindfulness Yoga in the Park. Courtesy of Brisbane City Council, 2021. 

Start Mother’s Day with a free Yoga session at Darlington Point Park by the beautiful Manly foreshore. After your session, enjoy the delights of the nearby markets and cafés. All levels and ages are welcome, and no bookings are required for this free session. The session will run from 7:30am - 8:30 am, Sunday 9 May. To register for the free yoga session, and for more information click here.

Sunday Markets

Live performance at Milton Markets. Courtesy of Milton Markets Facebook, 2021. 

If you’re a fan of weekend markets, then look no further! There are tonnes of markets in and around Brisbane that the whole family can enjoy - you can even bring your dog along. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, premium food and farmers stalls, unique crafts stalls, and even buy mum a last minute gift! Check out popular markets such as the Milton Markets, the Riverlink Market Zone and the Redcliffe Markets, which are only some of the markets held on Mother’s Day that you could head along to.

Webjet Mother’s Day experiences

Mother’s Day High Tea. Courtesy of, 2021.

Whether your mum loves getting out in the great outdoors, is the artsy type or prefers more of a pampering treat, check out Webjet’s limitless options of treasured experiences you can enjoy with your mum here

Floats, Massages and Saunas - City Cave

Floatation Therapy at City Cave. Courtesy of City Cave, 2021.

If your mum needs some “me-time,” then consider booking her into a float therapy session, an infrared sauna or a massage at City Cave. To check out their mother’s day relaxation and therapy specials, click here

Check out our 2021 Mother’s Day Collection 

If you aren’t sure what gift to purchase mum, check out the previous article about our beautiful gift bundles in our Mother’s Day Collection here.