As you look to make your Mom feel special on this day, consider some of our favorite Mother's Day events and activities taking place in Fort Wayne, Indiana this year! 

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo - Children at the Orangutan Exhibit - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Celebrate Mother's Day in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Mother's Day Brunch at the Zoo

Mom has probably taken you to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo many times in your childhood. Why not take her, for a special event in her honor?

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is open for the season, and there are many updates this year that you and Mom can enjoy: a new baby giraffe, Sukari, in the African Journey, two new baby Sitatunga calves, and a baby swamp monkey, Ajali. Plus, this year you can even feed the stingrays in the Australian Adventure!

Then, head over to the African Journey Parkview Physicians Pavilion for a delicious Mother's Day Brunch, featuring scrambled eggs, sausage, donuts, ham, fresh fruit salad, muffins and Danish, crudites, and oven roasted potatoes. They'll also offer orange and apple juice, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea.

Mother's Day Brunch at the Zoo
Sunday, May 9, 10a – 12:30p

Non-Members: $21.99 for adults  /  $11.99 for kids
Members: $19.99 for adults  /  $9.99 for kids

Normal Zoo admission will apply for non-members.

Mother's Day Weekend Downtown

Downtown Fort Wayne is a beautiful place to explore! Fort Wayne's Downtown Improvement District is featuring a special Mother's Day Weekend Downtown with shopping, dining, and more. 

On Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, shop local at Fort Wayne's wonderful downtown boutiques! Many shopping and dining locations are dressed up for spring with floral decor. As you shop at participating locations, you'll receive tickets with your purchase. Take your tickets to the Visitors Center on Friday and Saturday to spin a wheel and win prizes — including dining and shopping gift cards up to $50! During the two days, you can also enjoy live music from local musicians at the outdoor Porch Off Calhoun, right next to Pint & Slice.

And don't forget to make your reservations early for Mother's Day dining on Saturday and Sunday. Many restaurants will be offering special brunches and meal offerings to make Mom feel extra special.

Learn more and see the full list of participating locations here.

Spring Break at the Botanical Conservatory

Mother's Day at the Botanical Conservatory

If your mom loves plants, she'll have plenty to see at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory downtown. On Mother's Day, the conservatory is offering free admission to moms (they define "mom" loosely to include aunts, grandmas — anyone who is a "mom" to you). Enjoy the various gardens in the conservatory, and Mom will even leave with a free plant (while supplies last). While you're there, be sure to step into the butterfly tent and enjoy the Live Butterfly Exhibit going on now!

Mother's Day in the Garden
Saturday, May 8 — 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 9 — Noon-4pm

People sharing ice cream sundae at DeBrand Find Chocolate

Sweet Treats

Surprise mom with something truly delicious! Fort Wayne has a variety of sweet treats that will make a great gift. See what's baking at Sassie Cakes, Hall's Takes the Cake, Cookie Cottage, Nothing Bundt Cakes, or check out one of the stops on this Dessert Trail. Does mom love ice cream? Check out some of the best ice cream around the city!

Looking for a gift mom will never forget? Purchase an incredible Mother's Day Tower from DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

Shop Local for Gifts

Looking for jewelry, perfume, coffee mugs, or other accessories? Many boutiques around Fort Wayne have special gifts in stock just for Mother's Day. Check out these mom-themed collections at Fancy & StapleThe Find, or any of these local boutiques.

Order a beautifully curated gift box mailed directly to mom from Sommer Letter Co. The gift sets include a Mother's Day greeting card, hardcover notebook, and a variety of jewelry, sweets, and more! Browse the Mother's Day Gift Sets that ship to mom.

Consider shopping from many local vendors for fresh flowers, produce, and more this Saturday at the farmers market! Shop the YLNI Outdoor Farmers Market at the corner of Wayne and Barr Streets, or the Ft. Wayne's Farmers Indoor Market at the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field. Both markets are open Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Freimann Square Spring Skyline Jigsaw Puzzle Photo

Enjoy an Outdoor Stroll

While you may be gifting mom a bouquet of flowers, she still may enjoy some fresh air and a walk amongst the outdoor flowers. Take a stroll through the spring tulips at Foster Park or the Lakeside Rose Gardens. Find more suggestions for places to view the spring flowers here. Of course, if the weather is nice, exploring Promenade Park in downtown Fort Wayne is a great option. You won't want to miss the views from the Tree Canopy Trail!

If you want to get even more active outdoors, consider a bike ride or a long walk on one of our trails. Fort Wayne is home to more than 120 miles of trails, so the location and scenery are up to you. Check out our bike trail itineraries.

Ruth's Chris Steak and Sides

Mother's Day Brunches and Dining

Mother's Day at Ruth's Chris Steak House

From 11am to 8pm, dine at Ruth's Chris Steak House for their Mother's Day meals. Ruth's Chris will be serving a special Mother's Day Brunch menu as well as their traditional dinner menu. The Mother's Day Brunch menu features specials like the petite filet and spicy crab, potato-crusted halibut, blackened Ahi Tuna salad, plus a selection of handcrafted brunch cocktails! View the Mother's Day Brunch Menu. Be sure to make a reservation early!

If prefer to enjoy your meal at home, they're also offering a 4-course Mother's Day Dinner for Two for $150 available for carryout or delivery! This menu features a shrimp cocktail starter, mixed greens salads, two 11oz. fillets, two sides, and cheesecake for dessert. View the carryout and delivery menu here.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
260.444.5898 | 224 W. Wayne Street

Mother's Day Brunch at Club Soda

Take mom to Club Soda for a sit-down brunch and a free mimosa! Check out the Mother's Day Menu, which features brunch options like chorizo hash and eggs, pork belly benedict, Belgian waffles, and more. The menu will be offered from 10am to 2pm on Sunday. Call 260.426.3442 to reserve your table.

Club Soda
260.426.3442 | 235 E. Superior St.

Mother's Day Brunch at Trolley Steaks and Seafood

Trolley Steaks and Seafood will offer a delicious brunch menu, as well as a full brunch buffet from 10 am to 2pm on Mother's Day.

Trolley Steaks and Seafood
260.490.4322 | 2898 E. Dupont Rd.

Mother's Day at Guacamole's Mexican Restaurant

Celebrate mom with a delicious meal at Guacamole's Mexican Restaurant from 11am to 8 pm! They'll be serving up appetizers, lunch, and dinner specials, plus live music, and three raffle giveaways throughout the day. 

Guacamole's Mexican Restaurant
260.492.9222 | 5709 St. Joe Center Rd.

Mother's Day Brunch at 2Toms

If mom enjoys a great local beer, then head to 2Toms Brewing Company for Mother's Day Brunch from Noon to 3pm this Sunday! 2Toms will have a delicious brunch menu accompanied by fun mimosas and, of course, tons of beer options on tap.

2Toms Brewing Company
260.402.7644 | 3676 Wells St.

Mother's Day Brunch at Granite City Brewery

Enjoy a dine-in Mother's Day Brunch at Granite City Brewery this Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Reserve your table soon and savor the delicious brunch options from eggs florentine and biscuits and gravy to jump shrimp and penne carbonara. See the menu here. And don't forget the mimosas!

Granite City Brewery
260.471.3030 | 3809 Coldwater Rd.

Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner at Chop's Steaks and Seafood

Make a reservation for Mother's Day dining at Chop's Steaks and Seafood. Enjoy Brunch from 9:30am to 2pm and Dinner from 4:30pm to 7pm. Call 260.436.9115 to reserve your table.

Chop's Steaks and Seafood
260.436.9115 | 6421 W. Jefferson Blvd.