As is the case in the U.S. and many other countries, this Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day, celebrating the one person who brought us into this world. The day will be marked throughout Turkey with numerous events.
The following is a list of events and activities in Istanbul held especially on Mother's Day this weekend:
Breakfast and Jazz Picnic
As part of the Şişli Municipality's "Breakfast and Jazz" series, here guests are encouraged to bring breakfast and enjoy live jazz music at Nişantası's Sanatçılar Park. Taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Tuğba Doğan Quartet will be performing this Sunday.
Brunch and Jazz at Sait Halim Paşa Mansion
The Sait Halim Paşa Mansion or Yalısı, located on the Bosphorus in Yeniköy, regularly hosts a Brunch and Jazz series on Sundays. But, this weekend's brunch buffet will be carefully crafted by Chef Oktay Özgün, to celebrate the Mother's Day.
The jazz event will begin at 11:45 and will be performed by Neşet Ruacan, Emin Fındıkoğlu, and Meltem Ünel Trio. The brunch starts at 11 a.m. with tickets priced at TL 195 ($54).
Candan Erçetin Mother's Day Concert
Popular vocalist and songwriter Candan Erçetin will be gracing the Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi stage for a very special Mother's Day concert on May 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available on Biletix or the BGM entrance and prices start at TL 45.
Fiesta Latina Brunch at 360 East Moda
On Sunday, May 14, 360 East Moda, located atop the Hilton Doubletree in the heart of Kadıköy, will be hosting a very special Fiesta Latina Mother's Day Brunch and live musical performance by Cuban expat singer Solanch de la Rosa.
The brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost TL 80. It will be held in their posh terrace with great views of Kadıköy, the silhouette of old Istanbul and the Marmara Sea. Reservations are recommended for the event.
Brunch and Jazz at Qubbe
Qubbe, located on the roof of Dedeman Hotel in Gayrettepe will be hosting a brunch and jazz combo on Sundays through May. This Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can enjoy brunch, a Radio Voyage DJ session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a live performance by Pinar İpekçi and Jazzy Band between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets, available on Biletix, cost TL 90.
Mother's Day Brunch at Mövenpick
The Mövenpick Hotel in 4. Levent will be holding a special Mother's Day brunch at its AzzuR Restaurant accompanied by live piano music while an entertaining cake decorating class will be held for the kids.
Held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, this buffet brunch will have Turkish and Mediterranean breakfast classes as well as waffles and pancakes cooked to your liking. There will also be homemade pasta, pizzas, sushi, and of course an array of desserts as well as Mövenpick's famous ice cream line, all specially prepared by Italian Executive Chef Giovanni Terracciano.
If there are two paying adults in the party, then "Mom" enjoys brunch for free and will also be the recipient of a heart-shaped cake with her name on it, prepared for her by the kids. The cost for this lavish brunch is TL 135 per person, while children aged between seven and 12 will receive a 50 percent discount and children under the age of six enter for free. Keep in mind, there will also be a 25 percent discount on all massages on Mother's Day.
Mother's Day Picnic at the Hilton
The Globe Restaurant, located in the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti, in Şişli, will be hosting a very special picnic-themed brunch on Sunday, May 14. Taking place from noon to 3 p.m. Here not only will guests receive a special picnic basket, including a mini bouquet prepared by Parla Flower Art, they will also get to enjoy international specialties such as sushi, risotto, pasta, pizzas and lamb tandır, all for the TL 145 per person.
Mother's Day Brunch at the Conrad Hotel
With a mesmerizing view of Sultanahmet and the Bosphorus, Manzara Restaurant, located at the Conrad Hotel in Maçka, will be hosting a special Mother's Day Brunch from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live piano music and a special play area for the kids. Entrance costs TL 150, with a 50 percent off for children aged between seven and 12. Entrance is free for children under six.
Brunch at Café de Paris Teras Suadiye
Located atop Hotel Suadiye in its namesake swanky neighborhood, Café de Paris will be hosting a special Mother's Day buffet brunch on their terrace, which has spectacular views of the Prince's Islands and the Marmara Sea. The brunch will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14 and costs TL 79, with a 50 percent discount for children between the ages of seven to 12 and free entrance for those under six.
Marvin Band at Urza
Located in İstınye, Urza is an expansive grassy garden space usually designated for weddings. However, this Sunday, May 14, the classy venue will be hosting a very special Mother's Day brunch with a live acoustic performance by the alternative-pop band Marvin. Brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a breakfast buffet, lunch specialties, döner, bbq and a dessert buffet. Entrance is TL 120 TL per person and TL 60 TL for children over five.
Music is Everywhere in Kanyon
The Kanyon Shopping Center in Levent will be hosting a special music feast all weekend, including an impressive line-up of indie-alternative musician Can Kazaz from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and singer-songwriter Bülent Ortaçgil from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the main event area.
On the other hand, Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz will perform an acoustic concert from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. that will take place on the Kanyon Teras.
On a side not, if you can make it on Saturday, make sure to check out Kolektif Istanbul, a band that plays a fusion of Balkan Wedding Music. Formed by a fellow French expat saxophone player they will be performing from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Wagamama.