Six local events to celebrate Mother’s Day 


On the second Sunday in May each year, millions of Americans gather to celebrate Mother’s Day.  

This weekend, the local community is offering special events and discounts for moms.  

Here is a roundup of events in the area honoring mothers:  

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U-Pick Flowers at Mother’s Day 
On Saturday and Sunday at The Bryer Patch (5700 SW 250th St., Newberry) from 2 p.m. – Sundown 

There will be sunflowers, zinnias and wildflowers to pick. Amby’s BBQ will be serving food. There will be photo opportunities, hayrides, and craft vendors. Admission is $5 per person and free for children under 3. 

Mother’s Day at Kanapaha Gardens  

Sunday at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville) from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Mothers of all ages get free admission into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  The gardens are a 68-acre facility. Kanapaha boasts the state’s largest public display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the southeast. Admission for other guests is free for 3 and under, $5 for 4-13, and adults are $10.  

Gainesville botanical garden
Courtesy of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens are located off Archer Road in Gainesville.

Muffins and Mimosas Art Market   
Sunday at Artisans Guild Gallery (224 NW 2nd Ave., Gainesville) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

There will be local artists and live music. Peruse art and antiques as well. Homemade muffins and mimosas will be offered.  

Kulaqua River Ranch Water Park – Free Admission for Mothers 

Sunday at Kulaqua River Ranch Water Park (23400 NW 212th Ave., High Springs) from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Mothers get free admission with a paying guest. The park requests that modest swimsuits be worn. River Ranch features water and land activities including a 15,000-square-foot wave pool, 600-foot lazy river, water slide and volleyball courts. Admission for other guests is $16.50. 

Mothers eat free at The Swamp Restaurant  

Sunday at The Swamp Restaurant (1104 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville) from 10 a.m. -3 p.m.  

The Swamp Restaurant will be offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu. Mothers will eat for free.  

Mother’s Day Concert 

Sunday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (500 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville) at 3 p.m.  

The Gainesville Community Band will perform its last concert of the season for a celebration of Mother’s Day. The concert is free and open to the public. 

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