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S&EN Mother’s Day weekend recommendations

It’s a jam packed Mother’s Day weekend here in Nashville, full of exciting events all across the city. From the Hermitage to food and craft fairs, there is an abundance to keep you busy. Check out our recommendations.


Mother’s Day Tea

In what is sure to be a truly special Mother’s Day event, the Hermitage presents a Mother’s Day tea featuring “American Girl” author Denise Lewis Patrick. The famed author will be on hand to discuss her brand new character Melody as guests engage in an elegant tea party in the gardens of the Hermitage. This seated tea includes hors d’oeuvres and live music, in addition to a talk from Lewis about Melody and the history of “American Girl.” If that wasn’t exciting enough, each tea will also include one giveaway of American Girl Melody Doll, plus a lovely gift for all the mothers to take home and remind them of the special day.

When: Sat., May 7, 11am & 3pm

Where: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Admission: Single – $35, Mother/Daughter combo – $65


Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Step back in time to an era of medieval action with the annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival taking place all month long. This weekend kicks off the annual festival that features a Renaissance marketplace, skilled artisans from across the US, jousting, tours of the Castle Gwynn, food that’ll make you feel as though you’re in 16th century England and so much more. And with it being Mother’s Day weekend, the first 400 mothers to enter will receive a specially-made rose.

When: Sat., May 7 – Mon., May 30

Where: 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington, TN, 37014

Admission: $44 *(This weekend only)


Strawberry Jubilee

 Tomorrow, the Nashville Farmers Market celebrates one of nature’s sweetest gifts with a full-fledged strawberry festival uniting local famers from all over Nashville and the surrounding region. In addition to locally baked pies, cocktails and food trucks, there will also be strawberry sampling in Grow Local Kitchen, plus other strawberry-related foods inside the market. And what would a strawberry festival be without its signature dish? A strawberry shortcake contest will ensue with a panel of judges sampling entrant’s delicious recipes. Whether sipping on a strawberry prosecco spritze or munching on a locally grown berry, the Strawberry Jubilee is sure to be the sweetest event in Nashville.

When: Sat., May 7, 10am

Where: Nashville Farmers Market

Admission: Free


Tennessee Craft Fair

 More than 200 vendors will fill Centennial Park this weekend as the Tennessee Craft Fair sets up camp. Explore exhibits from fine craft artisans, complete with uniquely made items that make for perfect gifts. Just some of the artists setting up shop include Jessica Weiss, Rudy Tell, Nora Swanson, Tom Rice and endless more, all showcasing work that ranges from clay to mixed media. Plus, check out live craft demonstrations and activities for the kids.

When: Fri., May 6 & Sat., May 7, 10am – 6pm; Sun., May 8, 10am – 5pm

Where: Centennial Park

Admission: Free


Sevier Park Fest

 The Belmont/Hillsboro and 12South neighborhoods come together to bring Nashvillians the Sevier Park Fest. Check out local vendors like Moondance Sister, Sparrow’s Eve, Poor & Pretty Boutique, Beaverdam Creek Farm, the Nashville Humane Association and many more, in addition to food from The Grilled Cheeserie, Retro Sno, Boutique Burger Bar and several of your other local favorites. Las Paletas will be on hand providing face painting, crafts and games, while Music City Sitters will set up an eco-friendly arts station where kids can make everything from a wind chime out of tree branches to book marks made from dried flowers, along with a hot wing eating contest from Edley’s Bar-B-Que.

When: Sat., May 7, 10am

Where: Sevier Park and 12South neighborhood

Admission: Free

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