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 Mother’s Day 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. And Mother’s Day is May 12, 2019 by the way.  🙂

Asian Foodfest 2019

The 9th Asian Food Fest (AFF) is a 2­-day food extravaganza on May 11-12, 2019! This vibrant community festival (now at The Banks) 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. 

Looking for something unique to do with mom for Mother’s Day this year? Cincinnati Museum Center has you covered! On May 12, head to the Collett Gallery for one (or more!) special programs exploring ancient Egyptian beauty. Programs include: “Mummy and Me: Egyptian Beauty” and “Henna How To: Body Art in Ancient Egypt”. Tickets are required and space is limited so reserve your spot!

Take Mom to Mother’s Day Brunch in the Park (Great Parks of Hamilton County) at Mill Race Banquet Center | Winton Woods. Reservations required – click here. (sold out)

Rookwood Pottery is hosting their Spring Open House over Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 & 11). Take a special behind-the-scenes tour of the factory to learn more about their handcrafted process and get up close and personal with our artists. Free event but reservations are required.

Take Mom to see “Zoo Babies” at the Cincinnati Zoo. Moms receive FREE Zoo admission on May 12.

The Taft Museum of Art is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch, 12 – 2:15pm. Brunch advance reservations are required.

Butterflies of Madagascar is at the Krohn Conservatory: Moms get in at half price on May 12, 2019; 10am – 5pm.

The 50th Annual Appalachian Festival is at Coney Island all weekend (May 11-12). 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).

Please be sure to check your event’s website on the day of your event as things do change.


  • 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.

    • There is a line to get in, but due to the way they let people in once you get inside it is not crowded. Since you walk through the conservatory almost single file, and they only let so many people in, it is still nice once you get into the building.

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