"Sweet Seedlings" (left) and "The Dance of Creation Between Motherhood and Child" (right) by Courtney Griffin / Courtesy of The New Local

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day 2024




Let’s be real for a moment: Moms deserve to be celebrated all year long, not just one day every spring.


But, even so, Mother’s Day is a good reminder to show all the hardworking moms in your life a little extra love—above and beyond your usual gratitude and appreciation for all that they do. Moms have the hardest job on the planet, am I right?


If you’re looking for a way to spend quality time with the special mothers in your life, consider these options. From a beautiful new exhibit to a jazzy concert, these are our top picks for how to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

Explore Motherhood Through Art


For many women, motherhood is a beautiful but complicated identity. A new exhibit at The New Local’s Annex, 713 Pearl Street, explores this complexity through the lens of art. Titled “The Creative Path of Motherhood,” the free show runs now through May 22 and features the work of three women-identifying artists. It’s supported by a grant from the City of Boulder.


Courtesy of The New Local


The exhibit features the work of Courtney Griffin, a soon-to-be-mother and self-taught artist; Noelle Miller, a mother of two children; and Dutch-born Dani Loujo, a new mother and The New Local’s current artist in residence.


Griffin is displaying a series of mixed-media works featuring acrylic paint and embroidery on silk chiffon that she dreamed up during her pregnancy. Miller, meanwhile, is exhibiting a collection of layered mixed-media floral creations. Loujo will show some of her abstract oil paintings.


“Sitting With the Meadow” by Noelle Miller / Courtesy of The New Local


Their work will be on view from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; it’s also available via appointment.



Loujo will also teach classes in mixed-media and watercolor painting, as well as bi-monthly women’s circles. The next women’s circles are scheduled for May 6 and May 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.


“Since the beginning of time, women have gathered together to share in the feminine, human experience,” according to The New Local. “And when they do, magic happens. Come sit in the safe space of formal council and practice sharing your voice while also listening deeply. These circles will be facilitated with thoughtful prompts that invite us to turn our attentions towards inward reflection while simultaneously opening ourselves to connecting with each other.”


In partnership with Community Roots Midwife Collective and Mother House, Loujo is also offering free programming to underserved members of our community.


From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11, families can bring their kids off at The New Local to make Mother’s Day crafts. This program is offered in partnership with Beatrice the Divine, located nearby at 1123 Walnut Street, with the hope that parents will visit the boutique and do a little shopping while their kids are happily occupied. Beatrice the Division is donating 10 percent of its sales from that day to The New Local’s arts education programs.


READ MORE: Female-Identifying Artists Thrive at The New Local

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Concert at The Dairy Arts Center


Why not treat Mom to a little live music? The Dairy Arts Center is hosting a special Mother’s Day concert featuring Hazel Miller and the Collective, with special guest Chris Daniels. The show starts at 4 p.m. on May 12—and each ticket includes a dessert buffet, flowers for the mothers and a free glass of Prosecco. It’s guaranteed to be a highlight of Mom’s year!


And if you want to spend the entire weekend treating Mom, consider also snagging tickets to “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by the Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance youth and teen student companies. Also held at The Dairy, the shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10 and 2 p.m. May 11.

Run (or Watch) A Race


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If you’ve got an active mom, consider participating in the Mother’s Day Heart and Sole Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. This lively event starts at the Boulder Reservoir at 7:30 a.m. on May 12. You can run, walk or just hang out and watch while enjoying the sunshine.

Treat Your Mom to a Decadent Meal


You know what they say: Food is the way to the heart. And, on Mother’s Day, one of the best ways to celebrate Mom is to take her out for a nice meal.


One of Boulder’s newest restaurants, Just BE Kitchen, is a perfect spot to take Mom for Mother’s Day brunch. Whether she’s gluten-free or not, this delicious eatery is serving up dishes like French toast sliders, “Fulfilled Burritos” and grainless granola. Special for Mother’s Day, Just BE Kitchen will be offering a special: Banana Bread French Toast with salted caramel sauce and coconut whipped cream.


Several Boulder restaurants are also doing Mother’s Day brunches: Masas Boulder, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Hotel Boulderado, St Julien Hotel & Spa, Corrida, The Greenbriar Inn and more. Be sure to make your reservations now so that you’ve got your spot secured!




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