Mother's Day Delights in Southwest Illinois

Looking for that special something to treat mom to for Mother’s Day? From a day shopping in the open air to live shows, brunch, and cruises, southwest Illinois has you and mom covered! Break away from the norm with something fun any mother can enjoy!

Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner Ideas

Want to take mom out for a great meal? Old Herald Brewery and Distillery is offering a generous Mother’s Day Menu with breakfast and lunch options mom won’t soon forget! Go to a brunch buffet at Bakers and Hale, brunch at Bluff City Grill, or Edison’s Entertainment Complex for brunch and bowling! Grafton Winery and Vineyards is having live music, drinks, and Mother’s Day specials, and Recess Brewing is having a Drag Show Brunch sure to entertain with laughs and drafts!

What about a brunch with views? Grafton Harbor and the Hakuna Matata crew have three Mother’s Day cruises to partake in, including a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, a Sunset Cruise, and a leisurely One-Hour Cruise Mother’s Day weekend!

Enjoy a Brunch or Sunset Cruise on board the Hakuna Matata sailing out of Grafton Harbor.

A Day at the Market

Farmer’s market days arrive in the region with many opening the same week as Mother’s Day! Bring mom on an outdoor shopping adventure and breathe in the spring air at the Alton Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, The Land of Goshen Market, Melting Pot Market, Carlinville Market Days, or Hillsboro’s Market on the Square! Antique seeking moms can go to the Litchfield Picker’s Market for vintage finds accompanied by live music. Find fresh produce to cook mom a homemade meal, bouquets of flowers to brighten her day, and unique gifts made by local crafters you won’t find anywhere else!

Take mom to a local farmer's market for some weekend fun!

Something Different

In search of something unusual for Mother’s Day? Bring your mom on a haunted history Mineral Springs Walking Tour for a change! For history without the spooks, bring the whole family to the Lewis and Clark Departure Celebration. The Alton Little Theater is performing The Wild Women of Winedale with Mother’s Day themes, and The Ink House is celebrating Kentucky Derby Day with a race dinner party. Mac’s Downtown is also hosting a Derby Day event with food and live music!

Revelry can also be found at the Journey to Jerseyville Rock the Block Concert with dance music jams, food, and drinks. Those searching for something a little more laid back can join the Bikes, Birds, and Brews tour at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary or take a hike at Pere Marquette State Park followed by a dinner at the Pere Marquette Lodge.

For more Mother’s Day ideas and things to do in the southwest Illinois region, go to the events page at:!

Treat mom to a show at Alton Little Theater!

About the Author

Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.