Parks Recreation San Diego County
Hikes are just one option this Mother’s Day. Try a site with a view of Santa Ysabel. Photo credit: Scott Turner, via County News Center

Love your mom (or your mom surrogate)? How about nature? Step out (or use your favorite device – yes, we’re still streaming) and enjoy both this San Diego weekend.

Here’s some ideas, both out-and-about and virtual, for Mother’s Day 2021, whether the gal in question is an art lover, foodie or Francophile:

  • Warwick’s hosts authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White online at 1 p.m. Saturday for “Moms, Manuscripts, and Mimosas: Mother’s Day with Team W.” They will discuss the paperback release of their book, “All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris.” Access starts at $17.
  • The Headquarters at Seaport offers the free Chalk Walk, featuring live entertainment, plus giveaways and treats for Moms at noon Saturday and Sunday. Stroll the courtyard, where more than 10 professional chalk artists from all over Southern California will display their talents.
  • You can tell Mom to take a hike (without getting busted), if you’re talking about the Mother’s Day Hike to the Source at 9 a.m. Sunday. The 5-mile trek, along the San Diego River, will give the fam a great view of the Santa Ysabel Valley.
  • The Julian Arts Guild times their free Spring Art Show to Mother’s Day. Works will be on display from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St.
  • The Mellano Farm Stand in Oceanside celebrates its first anniversary with a Mother’s Day festival at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be more than 1,000 fresh bouquets to choose from, specialty coffees, food trucks, live music, tractor rides and U-pick strawberries. The stand’s at 5750 North River Road.
  • Brunch – it’s been done. How about a grown-up pizza party? Castelli Family Vineyards in Ramona hosts a Mother’s Day get-together beginning at noon Sunday, with live music, catered pizza and but of course, vino. RSVP required.
Wowed by chalk art? Local artists present their best at the Headquarters this weekend.

The Mom’s Day hike? It’s part of the San Diego River Park Foundation’s San Diego River Days, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The week-long free event features group and self-guided hikes, open houses and volunteer projects all along the river, from Ocean Beach to Julian. Look for virtual events too.

Support not one but three local theaters by viewing The Mountaintop, a collaboration from The Roustabouts Theatre Co., The American History Theater and Teenage Youth Performing Arts. A month ago on April 4, we marked the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The show, a vision of what his last night at the Lorraine Motel might have been like, can be viewed online through May 16. Tickets start at $25 for streaming On Demand.

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