Fair warning: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. And although you may have just purchased Amazon Prime for the purpose of sending quick gifts, we're betting that Mom wants to just spend a little time with you — you know, in addition to the requisite present.
From vintage markets and half-naked Australians to Prince? Metro Phoenix has more ways for you to entertain Mom than you think.
With that guilt in mind, here are 11 things to do for Mother’s Day.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
Ready for 150,000 square feet of shopping space for Mother’s Day weekend? We so thought so.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market runs from May 6 to 8 at WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. In addition to 200 vintage vendors, live music and food trucks will be ever present.
Tickets for Friday, May 6, are $65 at the door; with the market running from 6 to 9 p.m. Hours for Saturday and Sunday’s markets are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will run you $8. Kids 12 and under get in free, while those modeling any Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market gear get $1 off their entrance fee.
Mother's Day Weekend Reading
Kick off Mother’s Day weekend at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road, for a reading from participants in the Mothers Who Write workshop, run by New Times managing editor Amy Silverman and contributor Deborah Sussman.
They'll host a special Mother's Day weekend reading that includes Silverman sharing an excerpt from her new book, My Heart Can't Even Believe It. Grab Mom a drink or snack from the First Draft Book Bar, and settle in. This free and public event starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
You’ve seen photos on Instagram and check-ins on Facebook, but you just haven't had the time to get over. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 East Vía de Ventura in Scottsdale, is billed as the largest butterfly conservatory in the country – and on May 8, it's all about Mother's Day. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., moms receive a complimentary keepsake. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Scottsdale Strings will be playing live music in the conservatory. General admission is $19.95.
SMoCA Family Mix
This one's for you, cool moms. Visit the Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, for the third annual SMoCA Family Mix – a free public Mother’s Day celebration from noon to 3 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to don their coolest gear while enjoying refreshments, food trucks, and a fashion show presented by Tempe’s New School for the Arts and Academics. The whole household can walk the runway to show off their own style, which should make for some memorable snapshots.
You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down
Care to take in a performance? What’s more, it’s titled You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down, which we're guessing is super appropriate.
Written by Rodney Pearson, the play follows Bernice on a journey to better her family and her community. We’re told that you’ll laugh, cry, and leave knowing you just really can't keep a good woman down. The special Mother’s Day Show will be held at the La Joya Performing Arts Center, 11650 West Whyman Avenue in Avondale, at 3 p.m. Tickets are online for $15, and $20 at the door.
Instead of shopping, take a few hours to appreciate the art of fashion. "Defining Moments: 50 Years of Fashion" showcases a half-century of work done by the Arizona Costume Institute, and is on display every Sunday from now until August 7 at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Check out glorious costumes – including authentic Chanel flapper dresses and 18th-century gowns – from noon to 5 p.m. for $15 per adult.
Mom is still totally mourning Prince, and you are, too. So what better way to pay major respect together than the Cult Classics screening of 1984's Purple Rain? Don your best purple outfit or Vikings jersey and head to Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 East Elliot Road, on Saturday May 7. It pours from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., and tickets are $11 with VIP packages from $20 to $40.
Thunder From Down Under
Is Mom a riot? Are you two at that level where you can catcall together? If yes, check out Thunder From Down Under – that 90-minute song-and-dance number put on by some of Australia’s top beefcakes.
Get loud at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale starting at $25. Show times for this 21-and-older event are scattered throughout Mother’s Day weekend, including at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, (the 8 p.m. show is sold out).
If Mom’s all like, “We never take advantage of the theater in this town,” then take Mother's Day to remedy the sitch by checking out a new play by Scott Cater – executive producer for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher – that's simply titled: The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.
Running from May 5 through 29, you can catch Jefferson, Dickens, Tolstoy, and your mother all in the same room – probably loudly voicing their opinions. Showtimes for Sunday, May 8, are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets range from $50 to $73.
Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm
The last game of the preseason may be just the ticket. The WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury will be taking on the Seattle Storm this Mother’s Day. Take in a ladies night at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $9.60 to $179.25. And don't be chintzy with the stadium snacks.
Moms love musicals. It's basically science. So take her to see Annie, one of the most famous musicals in the whole wide universe. The show runs from May 4 through 8 at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Showtimes for Sunday, May 8, are 1 and 6 p.m.
Free advice? Be sure to lock eyes with mom during the I love ya, in “Tomorrow.” It’ll kill. Tickets are $25 to $100 and available through Ticketmaster.
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