What does Mom want for her big day? Flowers and candy and presents are always appreciated… but how about an experience? Below is a sampling of celebratory Mother’s Day experiences in the bluegrass this May.  



Why send Mom flowers when you could create your very own floral arrangements together? Give mom what she really wants: to spend some time with you! During this Floral Arrangement Class, experts will discuss design elements, floral processing techniques, and tips and tricks to help your arrangement last.*Price of ticket includes florals, arrangement vessel , and light drinks. 6:30 pm, Forage. 




The International Book Project invites you to a Mother’s Day Market and Afternoon Soirée on May 13 from Noon to 5pm featuring locally owned businesses like Kumani Arts, January Moore Woodworking, Talon Wine, Pomegranate, Kentucky Green Studio, Gatwick Beauté Collective, a wide selection of books from IBP’s bookstore and more!


Yuko-En Japanese Garden in Georgetown will host a Mom and Me Cookie Decorating Class at 10 am. Just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day, this class is designed to encourage a memorable experience with your child. In this beginner cookie decorating class each parent-kid pair will work together to create 9 themed cookies as shown in the picture. All supplies will be provided. This class is 90 minutes long and best suited for ages 6+. Ticket price is for both one adult and one child.


On the day before her special day, hop a train with your Mom for the annual Mother’s Day Weekend Train at Bluegrass Railroad Museum and treat them to a special afternoon. All moms ride for half the price of a regular ticket on May 13 when accompanied by one or more of her children.

Boarding begins at 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. departure, but come early to see the museum exhibits and displays on-site.

The ride is approximately 90 minutes, and includes a mid-ride stop, with the opportunity for passengers to disembark, walk up to the edge of the High Bridge, and overlook the Kentucky River Palisades. 




Grab your mom and head to the Mothers’ Day Brunch Board and Wine Class at Harkness Edwards Vineyards.  Learn how to assemble your very own brunch charcuterie board, sip mimosas and learn the basics in this interactive and instructional course.

-charcuterie 101

-selection of products

-how much supplies for my guest?

-what arrangement should I use?

You will assemble your very own brunch board with a selection of pastries, meats, cheeses, fruits, and additional components to make an aesthetically pleasing masterpiece!

Socialize with friends and other classmates for a day to please any palate. You will have time to enjoy the perfect brunch board with your special guest. Harkness Edwards Vineyards will have their special Mother’s Day mimosas available.

Class ticket includes one glass of wine or mimosa provided by Harkness Edwards Vineyards.

Mayfest Arts Fair is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Lexington. Swing by Gratz Park on either Saturday or Sunday for a juried art fair in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.  Included are up to 100 Artist Vendors, performances by musicians, dancers, strolling performers, food concession vendors, and family activities. Let Mom pick out her own present from one of the many artists on site.

This article appears on page 18 of the May 2023 issue of HJ. To subscribe, click here.