Mom Wants a Day Off!

This weekend is Mother’s Day. I mention it in case you haven’t noticed the advertising blitzkrieg for everything from dinner specials to flower deliveries. But being someone’s mother, I can tell you that we don’t necessarily need flowers or gifts in the usual sense. What we need is a day off and maybe an uninterrupted nap, lol! I know it’s almost impossible to get mom to do nothing but, it might go a long way to get her out of the house and away from her usual trappings. If she isn’t in the kitchen she can’t cook, get it. Now listed here I have put some suggestions of family events that you can attend with Mom and the whole family will have a great time! If there isn’t anything near you listed here, please remember that you can always search for more suggestions. Be sure to kiss your mom and thank her for all she has done. After all that’s what every mom REALLY wants!


Tulip Festival Albany, NY 5/7-5/8

Since 1948. Over 200,000 tulip bulbs blossom into a sea of colors just in time for this Mother’s Day celebration in Washington Park. Historic events take place annually, including the street scrubbing on State Street, the tradition of the Tulip Queen Coronation, Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon and Royal Tulip Ball. As always, Saturday and Sunday will host the added excitement of children’s activities, craft vendors, delicious food and multiple stages with nationally acclaimed musical performances.

Sweet Auburn Springfest Atlanta, GA 5/7-5/8

One of the largest street festivals in the Southeast including 10 stages of entertainment, artist market, Atrium of Sweet Auburn Bridal Show, Atlanta Urban Media Makers Film Screenings, Business and Technology Expo, Butler Street Y Family Fitness, Parade of Cultures, Seniors Pavilion, KidsFantastic fun zone, health and fitness pavilion, home buyers showcase, international vendors marketplace and Sweet Auburn Literary Festival.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival Arlington, TN 5/7-5/8

Travel back to 16th century England. Journey with your family through the forest trails of the beautiful shaded area of Covington Glen, where 50 skilled artisans display unique arts and crafts. Enjoy musicians, actors, mounted warriors, jousting, man-powered rides, mouth-watering foods and drink and a visit to Castle Gwynn. Held every Saturday and Sunday in May plus Memorial Day.

Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival Abbeville, GA 5/7

Since 1992, features arts and crafts, pig chase, food, family entertainment, dance and more. See real wild hogs taken from the Ocmulgee Swamp. Among the events will be an exciting Hog-Dog Baying contest and a Children’s pig chase. Browse through over 150 arts and crafts booths or make your food selection from over 30 food booths.

Mother’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA 5/8

Hear from 19th century women about the joys and concerns of motherhood long ago and compare their attitudes with modern views of child rearing. Discover the ways women were active beyond the household in church, community and social reform. Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch with strolling musicians in the Bullard Tavern. Mother’s admitted free this day.

Shiprock Marathon Shiprock, NM 5/7

Since 1983, with 700 runners in the marathon on a USATF certified course, half marathon, Kids race, and relay races. Near the Arizona/New Mexico border. Commercial vendors at ShipRock finish line. Registration fee to participate in race.

Mother Lode Round-up Parade and Rodeo Sonora, CA 5/7-5/8

Events featuring California’s second largest parade with western heritage theme, three PCRA rodeos, dance, barbecue, draft and show horse teams and a pancake breakfast. Parade Saturday at 10am in Downtown Sonora.

Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival San Diego, CA 5/6-5/8

Since 2001, a spirited, family oriented event featuring live music, food, dance and arts. Zydeco Bands, Blues Bands and over 25 local bands on five stages. Food court serving up tasty crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo, hot links and pralines. Free cooking demos, kids’ activities, cultural and music workshops, and dance lessons. Costumed parades will complete the Mardi Gras appeal celebrating the heart and soul of the Louisiana bayou.

Apple Blossom Festival and Parade Saint Joseph, MO 5/6-5/7

Since 1924, the Apple Blossom parade is the most popular event in the St. Joseph community. The parade features bands, floats, local dignitaries and a variety of other interesting events. Includes concerts, dances, tournaments, games and more.

Great Lakes Scrapbook Mega Meet Novi, MI 5/5-5/7

Since 2000, scrapbooking experts and enthusiasts on hand to demonstrate and display their creations. There will be special programs and workshops planned during the show.

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