Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Cincinnati

Looking for something special to do on Mother’s Day?  Here are a few ideas for some great local fun… some are free for the entire family and some are free for Mom. All events are for 2018 Mother’s Day in Cincinnati, Ohio.  And Mother’s Day is May 13, 2018 by the way. 🙂

kids in water smale riverfront park
pictured: Smale Riverfront Park

Take Mom to Mother’s Day Brunch in the Park (Great Parks of Hamilton County) at Mill Race Banquet Center | Winton Woods. Open times are 10am and 2pm (noon is already sold out). Reservations required – click here.

The Taft Museum of Art is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch, 11:15am – 2:15pm. Brunch advance reservations are required: click here for reservations.

The 8th  Asian Food Fest (AFF) is returning to Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine for a 2­-day food extravaganza on May 12-13, 2018! This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. While food is definitely the heart of this festival, this year will also feature live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates priced from $2­-$6. 

Butterflies of Madagascar is at the Krohn Conservatory: Moms get in at half price on May 13; 9am – 5pm.

The Macaron Bar is offering a Mother’s Day Macaron 101 class, May 12 and 13.

Take Mom to see “Zoo Babies” at the Cincinnati Zoo. (note: I have not confirmed this for 2018 yet but typically Moms receive FREE Zoo admission)

The 49th Annual Appalachian Festival is at Coney Island all weekend (May 11-13). Sunday hours are 10am to 6pm.

BB Riverboats has a Mother’s Day Cruise. Make mom feel special with either a brunch cruise or a dinner cruise.

Enjoy some family craft time with Mom at Carol Ann’s Carousel (Smale Riverfront Park), 11am – 5pm (free crafts).


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Cincinnati lover, Mom, wife, travel enthusiast, Wordpress lover (not necessarily in that order). Founder of 365 Things to do in Cincinnati.


  1. I haven’t been to the Krohn Conservatory, but am thinking of going for Mother’s Day this year. I will be traveling about 90 minutes to get there and don’t want to be disappointed if there is a long wait. Does anyone know if it is very crowded usually on Mother’s Day.

    Thank You

    • I volunteer at the Butterfly Show about once a week. Weekends are fairly crowded. When there is a line, 10 minutes is about the average wait. The warmer and sunnier it is, the more active the butterflies are. Worth the trip.

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