5 Festivals in America’s Southeast Perfect for a Mother’s Day Celebration

I’m not sure if they celebrate Mother’s Day with more vigor in the states than they do in Europe and elsewhere in the world, but given our commitment to Hallmark-like holidays and the yank obsession with shopping, I wouldn’t be surprised. A Mother commits her entire life to her children and for what? Candy, dinner, a massage, jewellery or flowers. Here’s a list of festivals and events in America’s Southeast where you can up the offering and give her something a little more to remember – an event mixed with food, wine, culture, dance and nature, something you can experience together…..and maybe a little travel mixed in to get there. Ahhh yes.

Biltmore Festival of Flowers

A Vanderbilt-style Mother’s Day in Asheville, North Carolina
Spend the day or the weekend strolling the grounds and gardens, touring the amazing house and enjoying free Festival of Flowers entertainment and demonstrations.  Above photo of the festival at Biltmore.

Callaway Gardens Fitness Series – Duathlon

A Great Day of Fitness and Nature in Pine Mountain, Georgia
One of the original duathlons in the Southeast U.S., this annual event of the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series includes a 5k run, 30k bike race and 5k run within the scenic grounds of Callaway Gardens. A special Fitness Series Overnight rate is offered, including admission to the Gardens each day of stay and day of departure.

The Carthage Buggy Festival

A Day in the Country for Mom in Carthage, North Carolina
Each year, beginning on the Friday evening before Mother’s Day weekend, Carthage, North Carolina (located eight miles north of Pinehurst) celebrates its rich history and the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory with a county community festival.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

A Camelot Experience for Mom in Fairburn, Georgia
Located just minutes south of Atlanta, the annual Renaissance Festival features eight weeks of weekend spring fun including colorfully costumed performers and nonstop entertainment, an Artisan Market, thrilling rides and games, parades, great food including the popular Ren-Fest turkey legs, jousting contests, period activities and much more.

PANorama Caribbean Music Fest

Go Caribbean with Mom at Virginia Beach, Virginia
Celebrate the music and culture of the Caribbean at Virginia Beach, where musical performances and steel drum competitions will take place throughout the weekend as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.

Suggestions originally spotted on About dot com. Photo credit:derekolsonphotography dot com.

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