The most important thing on your "things to do" list this weekend will be remembering mom on her big day Sunday. But here are a few other options to make this Fairfield weekend memorable.

One of Fairfield's most famous -- and beloved -- springtime traditions is the Dogwood Festival, and the 77th annual stanza of the event blossoms Friday on the historic grounds of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road. The event, running though Sunday, features concerts, an art show, tag sale, road races Saturday morning, luncheons, a Saturday night barbeque and dance, neighborhood walking tours, a Sunday morning blessing of the animals, and more. And event though this year's early-blooming dogwoods will not be at their peak, the festival grounds will be glowing in natural spring beauty. For a complete list of activities, from Friday through Sunday, check:

If you want to get a jump on Mother's Day, take mom's car for a springtime spruce-up at the Stratfield School Webelos' car wash Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave. The cost is $5 per vehicle.

A combination tag/plant/baked-goods sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield County Grange, 1873 Hillside Road. Call 203-371-1909 for more information.

Get yourself educated on "How to Pay for College Without Going Broke" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road. The session is free. For details, call 203-256-3155 or visit

After you take mom out for Sunday brunch, or before dinner, treat her to Jim Brickman's Mother's Day concert at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Quick Center, 1073 North Benson Road. Tickets are $35 and $65. Visit or call 203-254-4010.