Treat mom to the day out that she deserves,
with a vintage twist!

Celebrate Mother's Day with a garden party for the whole family featuring live music, games, casual picnicking, and more—all surrounded by the most spectacular spring landscape New York has to offer. Kids can make an afternoon of crafting birds' nests, Mother's Day cards, and giant chalk drawings, and have more fun in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, or join the young at heart to fly kites or perfect your croquet game on Daffodil Hill. Gather everyone together for a bite as you hop between our visiting food trucks and snack vendors, with beer and wine available for adults to purchase to toast the occasion. Make the day even more special with Mother's Day Brunch Presented by Steven STARR Events.

Music and Dance featuring Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
On Daffodil Hill
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, the world's premier Jazz Age dance band, brings the music of the 1920s and early 1930s to the Garden. Originator of the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party, conductor, composer, musician, and singer Michael Arenella and his seven-piece band present a personally transcribed songbook for your listening pleasure, and dancing is encouraged! A phonograph DJ will spin original 1920s recordings between the live band sets and from 3 to 5 p.m.

Vintage Photographer

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
At the Azalea Garden Overlook
A vintage-style photographer will be on hand to snap pictures of your family with the brilliant Azalea Garden as your backdrop. His work utilizes digital technology and traditional photographic tools and techniques connecting the modern with the history of the craft. Photographs will be available online within 24 hours of the event for guests to download.

Games & Outdoor Fun

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Have a go at favorite garden party games like badminton and croquet. If the wind is right, come fly a kite! New this year, take part in a hula hooping contest or challenge your family to a game on our new giant chess boards.

Picnicking on Daffodil Hill

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy food and drink samples in the nearby gardens and on Daffodil Hill, as well as a variety of delicious offerings for sale from various NYC food trucks. Food, wine, and beer will also be available for purchase from Stephen STARR Events. View the list of sampling partners and food trucks.

On Sunday, May 11, join Columbus' MeatUp Food truck tour! Columbus has long been known for high quality salame and deli meats. It has teamed up with Top Chef Fan Favorite Fabio Viviani to share a passion for simple Italian goodness. Come see Fabio perform a cooking demonstration at 3 p.m. on Daffodil Hill and sample some savory treats at the MeatUp Food truck this Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party Family Activities

Family activities include story readings, watercolor painting, Mother's Day card making, and more. View the full list of activities.

Tours and Walks

Learn about birds and butterflies, and explore the Native Plant Garden and Azalea Garden on these fascinating tours.

Additional Programs Throughout the Garden

View the full list of programs and events happening at the Garden during the Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party.