Honor Mom This Weekend

By Maria King

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend. It is a time honored tradition to spend the day with our Mother’s to thank them for all that they did and still do, for us.
My mom lives with me and I have a feeling that her ideal Mother’s Day might just be if she doesn’t have to spend it with me, lol. I’m joking, we actually
get along great.

When I was young, our special occasions were steeped in tradition and always followed a familiar line. My dad always made it a point to celebrate Mother’s
Day in a big way. He always bought my mom and grandmother corsages and took the rest of us out to a very fancy restaurant to eat. When I think about it,
dads were somewhat limited in their ability to find exciting and different ways to entertain their families. That was always something mom did back then
when the gender roles were more defined. However in dad’s defense, options were somewhat limited as well. You had restaurants (which moms back then loved),
baseball games (which moms back then hated) and going to the park. (which kids loved and both moms and dads hated).

With the blurring of the gender roles, Dads today are more hands on then ever before. In many cases they are as in-tuned with their families as moms; in
some cases even more. And moms are far more involved with things outside the home then ever before. However as far as I know, most mom’s still like
restaurants, I know I do. (no cracks please) But moms look at sports differently now then at the time when I was a kid. Today’s Mom’s have grown up liking
sports, playing sports and rooting on their favorite sports teams. And so many other options abound for entertainment activities for families besides the

That’s where we come in. That’s one of the reasons that we exist. This week I have included some wonderful events for you to consider as possible choices
for mom. They may not be geographically possible for everyone, but my job is to float some suggestions about what kinds of events are taking place all
over. To find ones similar to these or discover some new ideas in your own area, use the search box above. And don’t forget to receive a free weekly email
of events in your area, click on the link to sign up. Please be sure to treat mom to a wonderful Mother’s Day by going to someplace special to spend
quality time and create new memories. Happy Mother’s day to all of those special people out there known as MOM!

Arts for All Festival

May 10, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Shepler Park

Lawton, OK US


Since 1981, fine arts festival with local and professional entertainment, children’s area with hands-on activities and a variety of food booths, 80 booths.
Through the years, our little festival has grown into a large fine arts juried show, and artists across the United States clearly indicate that the Arts
for All Festival in Lawton has become a highly sought after event for artists on a national level. Artists representing many states display in mediums of
photography, pottery, sculpture, painting, jewelry, and more. Accompanying the wonderful array of visual arts are the art of cuisine. Entertainment is
featured on two stages by our local children’s groups, schools, and dance studios. Takes place on the South side of

Gore Boulevard

, Between

4th Street


5th Street


30,000 Attendees

Art Fest of Henderson

May 11, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Henderson Event Plaza

Henderson, NV US


Since 1998, The annual ArtFest of Henderson offers an opportunity to see the other side of Las Vegas! Discover life off the strip, spend the day strolling
through 200 selected Fine Artist displays from across the nation. Three stages provide dozens of different entertainment acts including jazz, folk, reggae,
and light rock. Plus, local children will display their performing art on stage, all accompanied by fine food that will tempt your taste buds! The ArtFest
of Henderson takes place along

Water Street

by City Hall.

35,000 Attendees

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

May 10, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds

Walla Walla, WA US


Since 1975, 50 hot air balloons, skydivers, entertainment, food, dancers, memorabilia, arts and crafts booths, spectacular niteglow and activities for all

55,000 Attendees

Dolly’s Parade

May 10, 2013

Along The Parkway

Pigeon Forge, TN US


Since 1985, the parade includes floats, marching bands and celebrities. Runs along the Parkway from

North River Road


Wears Valley Road

. The Dolly Parade will begin on

River Road

near traffic light #7 and will travel north along the Parkway disbanding at the Belz Factory Outlet World at traffic light #3. The Dolly Parade will get
underway at 6:00 p.m. All visitors who come to the parade will get a real taste of the entertainment that can be found all year in Pigeon Forge.

50,000 Attendees

Dad Vail Regatta

May 10, 2013 – May 11, 2013

Boat House Row

Philadelphia, PA US


Since 1934. The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, with over 100 colleges and Universities from the U.S. and
Canada. Thousands of student athletes gather to compete during the weekend of the second Saturday of May. Attendees also get to witness one of the most
beautiful and photographed scenes in the world, Boat House Row in Philadelphia.

35,000 Attendees

Romania Day Festival

May 11, 2013


New York, NY US


Since 2001, over 200 Romanian and truly authentic foods, art, craft, antique and merchandise exhibitors will create a Romanian village. Takes place on
Broadway from Cedar –

Battery Place


70,000+ Attendees

Gosport Arts Festival

May 11, 2013 – May 12, 2013

High Street at Court Street

Portsmouth, VA US


This Mother’s Day weekend arts festival has become synonymous with the area’s celebration of spring and the arts. While strolling through the juried art
show, enjoy the sounds of the live entertainment. Takes place on the First four blocks of High Street, High Street Landing to Court Street.

75,000 Attendees

Sweet Auburn Springfest

May 10, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Sweet Auburn Avenue Historical District

Atlanta, GA US


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.

200,000+ Attendees

Roseville Strawberry Festival

May 11, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Placer County Fairgrounds

Roseville, CA US


Since 1990, the Placer County Strawberry Festival — celebrating the red juicy fruit! A variety of venues inside the festival that entertain our festival
guests, from free contests, a classic car show, pancake breakfast, spaghetti feed, live entertainment on 3 stages, kids zone, fresh strawberries and more!
Lot’s of activities for the entire family. Guests can catapult a strawberry, wolf down a specialty dessert (time to beat is 6 seconds!), putt as strawberry
for a hole in one, or even just wear their strawberry hats! The car show and the kids zone area are popular activities, with non-profit groups selling
dessert items through out the festival grounds and the Strawberry Patch selling fresh strawberries. The Very Berry Stage featured a variety of local
entertainment. We also have our community stage that features local community groups and features our very popular Little Mr and Miss Strawberry contest.
Strolling entertainment all 3 days.

60,000 Attendees

Park Street Spring Festival

May 11, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Park Street – Between Enclinal and Santa Clara Avenues

Alameda, CA US


Since 2001. A festival for the whole family, with 150 Arts and Crafts dealers, wine and beer, kids area, bounce houses, petting zoo and great food for all
ages. Free live jazz and a wonderful selection of gifts for Mom. Bring your mom to Alameda’s celebration of spring this Mother’s Day weekend. Take a stroll

Park Street

and check out the food and beverages, dozens of arts and crafts booths, live music, as well as a petting zoo for kids.

35,000 Attendees


May 10, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Falls Park on the Reedy

Greenville, SC US


The Artisphere Festival includes indoor and outdoor performances and visual arts exhibitions throughout the West End of downtown Greenville. Festival
activities will include: An Artist Row of 100 visual artists, including national and local artists selling their work; Artists of the Upstate, a
collaboration with the Metropolitan Arts Council that showcases work by local artists; Outdoor Stages with an array of performances by local, national and
international artists; Art in Action Stage, featuring Brian Olsen’s painting to music; Kidsphere children’s area, which provides hands-on arts
opportunities for young people; A special area highlighting local restaurants called the “Arts Café” Temporary public art installations including street
murals and bridge banners Despite its short history,

75,000+ Attendees

Charlotte Fine Art Show

May 10, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Charlotte Convention Center

Charlotte, NC US


The Fine Art Show is a high quality fine art show, with 140 artists from across the country. Juried Fine Art and Craft Event with World-Renown and Top
Notch Local Artists. This event has grown fast since its inception.

30,000 Attendees

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