Mother's Day Weekend Asheville

Mother's Day Weekend in Asheville

Looking for things to do with moms and grandmothers in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains on Mother's Day Weekend (May 11-12, 2019)? Here are plenty of ideas and events to make great memories together. From hunting waterfalls to discovering amazing art, find something for all interests. If you are bringing the kids, also see our Top 10 Family Things to Do. Pic: North Carolina Arboretum

It's always a busy weekend, so make your reservations early for both lodging and dining - along with any spa treatments!


  • Chimney Rock Park: Buy one regular-price adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free. Coupon required - download one at and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. **SpringGo festival in Chimney Rock Village on Saturday is cancelled due to weather forecast. 
  • Biltmore: On Mother’s Day weekend (Sat & Sun), mom receives $25 admission with purchase of another ticket. Remember to make a house tour reservation when you buy your ticket (save $10 if you buy online 7 days in advance). 

Mother's Day Brunch Top Picks

  • Deerpark on Biltmore Estate, 10 AM-3 PM, with a grand buffet farm-to-table breakfast favorites, hand-carved meats, and chilled seafood. Reservations are a must, always a sell-out. Call 828-225-6260. Estate admission required.
  • Blue Ridge Dining Room at the Omni Grove Park Inn, 12-4 PM, their famous over-the-top artisanal buffet with many choices - including a dozen desserts. Call 1-800-438-5800 for reservations.
  • Tryon Equestrian Center: A grand brunch buffet with carving stations in the Legends Club while you watch horse competitions. 10 AM-2 PM. Reservations required. Call 828-863-1130. Saturday night events too!
  • See more Weekend Brunch Restaurants.

Mother's Day Weekend Top 12

Find Waterfalls
Hunt Waterfalls
Welcome to the Land of the Waterfalls! There are so many waterfalls in nearby state and federal parks (with no admission fee) to discover. While many require a walk or hike to reach, several are roadside. Take one of our waterfall drives to enjoy several. See our favorite 60!
NC Small Towns
Top 40 Coolest Mountain Small Towns
Explore our favorite cool small towns in the NC mountains near Asheville, each with its own personality, local shops and restaurants, friendly residents and relaxed atmosphere.
Take a Hike
Take a Hike
To really appreciate the natural splendor of our mountains, explore by foot. There are hiking trails for all fitness levels, from a short woodland walk to strenuous hikes to mountain peaks, including both the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Many of the hikes are along the Blue Ridge Parkway and are easy to find. Easy in-town hiking too. See our Top 75.
Top 20 Picnic Spots
Dine outdoors in nature! Plan a picnic at some amazing locations where you can enjoy sweet views.
Biltmore House
Experience Biltmore
Take in the grandeur of our country's largest home, the "Downton Abbey" of America. Explore the many rooms inside the house, walk through breathtaking landscapes and gardens, taste vintages at the winery and enjoy fine dining. See many things to do with our detailed insider's guide!
Extraordinary Art
Meet Artists in River Arts District
Our top pick for art lovers is exploring the River Arts District to watch artists at work, ask them about the process and buy art as a souvenir of your visit! More than 200 artists work in 25 buildings, including old warehouses and factories along the river near downtown and Biltmore. 
Downtown Asheville
Explore Downtown Asheville
During the day, downtown Asheville bustles with shoppers browsing more than 200 galleries, antique shops and local boutiques. Each evening, enjoy street entertainers, restaurants, breweries, festivals and music. Walk the Urban Trail and tour historic sites. See our Top 25 things to do downtown.
Foodie Heaven
Find Foodie Favorites
Check out our very diverse and passionate food and drink scene. Be a little adventurous and try something new. Or, enjoy time-honored classics. In downtown, walk to 60+ locally-owned innovative restaurants, many with outdoor dining. From crafted cocktails to local brews, there's plenty to drink. Forage for food, visit a farm or tour a vineyard.
Winery Tours
15 Wineries Near Asheville
Find many fun, friendly wineries for sampling local wines, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery at their vineyards. Many are located near each other - perfect for visiting several in a day.
Spas in Asheville, NC
Get Pampered at a Spa
Be it a simple weekend of relaxation, a romantic couple’s getaway in the mountains or a chance to improve your health, Asheville is the ultimate destination for those seeking spas and wellness. Take some time for yourself for relaxation and rejuvenation. See our Top 15 spots.
North Carolina Arboretum
North Carolina Arboretum
Stroll through a variety of gardens and on peaceful woodland trails, located in Asheville adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don't miss their impressive bonsai garden exhibit and many special events during the year.

Mother's Day Weekend Top Events

Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Monday, April 1, 2019 to Thursday, May 23, 2019
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, May 4, 2019, Saturday, May 11, 2019, Saturday, May 18, 2019, Saturday, May 25, 2019
Watch horse jumping and riding with the best jockeys in the country at the impressive, new Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring music, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Events vary each week. Free admission.
Chimney Rock Village
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Update: Cancelled due to weather. Lots of fun in Chimney Rock Village with a pancake breakfast, Cow Pie Bingo, recycled garden art contest, llamas strutting their stuff in a Main Street parade, a grilled dinner and a special outdoor performance at the Gathering Place.
Fiber Weekend
Fiber Weekend
Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demos include quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing, printing design, tapestry weaving and natural dyeing. Two fashion shows on Sunday (Mother's Day)! Free admission. 
LEAF Festival
LEAF Festival
Friday, May 10, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multicultural musical and dance odyssey - longtime favorite festival held in Black Mountain on a lake with camping and limited tickets.
Lake Lure Boat & Car Show
Lake Lure Boat and Car Show
Friday, May 10, 2019 to Saturday, May 11, 2019
See antique and classic boats along with classic cars and 1917 Lake Lure Speedwagon at this lakeside show, free admission. Food, beer and wine on the beach. Saturday 10 AM-4 PM. Kicks off with boat parade on Friday at 3 PM.

For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.

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