Mother’s Day is coming up, and Chattanooga is a great place to celebrate it! Whether you have young or adult children, one child or many, come hang with us Chattanoogans. 

For the whole family 

We’re a big fan of starting any celebration early, and with the Chattery's “Word to Your Mother” Mother’s Day Market and Sidewalk Shop, you can do just that! On Saturday, May 8 from 10am-2pm, you’ll find all sorts of goodies from some of Chattanooga’s amazing local makers including bath bombs, jewelry, note cards, bitters, and more. 

If you're not in town on Saturday, don’t fret, you can still shop! On Sunday, May 9, head on over to the Chattanooga Market for their Mother’s Day celebration. Strolling through the market with your kids in hand (or stroller) is a great way to enjoy the warmer weather. Or, if you're wanting to enjoy the last little bit of Spring, head up to Rock City for their annual Southern Blooms Festival happening May 8-9. Enjoy a Mother's Day Tea at Grandview with soaring views of Chattanooga and the speciality Spring treats from around the garden. 

Grab some local food at the market or opt for one of the many Mother’s Day brunches in town (more info below). 

After all that family fun, allow mom to ditch the kids for an hour and head over to Ama Spa at the Edwin for a massage or facial. While you let her get pampered, why not walk across the Walnut Street Bridge for some ice cream at Clumpies?  

Finally, take a stroll through the Hunter Art Museum. Spanning three buildings, each family member is sure to find some favorites—all while mom enjoys some peace and quiet.  

For the empty nester  

When you’re an empty nester, the sky is the limit for a quality-time-filled Mother’s Day weekend in Chattanooga. If you are looking to get pampered, go on an adventure or if you love art, we have a few great options that the mom of an adult child would enjoy! 

Once you’ve checked into your hotel on Saturday afternoon, pamper yourself at Natural Body Spa & Shop. They specialize in massages, hot stone treatments, facials and more. Treat yo’ self, mama!  

After a little bit of down time, sing and dance the evening away and enjoy the Mother's Day Cruise aboard the Southern Belle. During the two-hour cruise down the Tennessee River, you’ll find live music, dinner, and a full bar.  

If you’re looking to soak up some of Chattanooga’s natural wonders, check out Open Gate Day at Lula Lake Land Trust on Mother’s Day. With 8 miles of trails, bluff views and a 120-foot waterfall, there is a tranquil adventure to be had with the entire family. Make sure to reserve your spot here.  

After you’ve explored, it’s time to fuel up with some great Mother’s day eats. If you don’t know exactly what your pallet is craving, why not try it all with Chatt Taste Food Tour? Choose from the West Village Tour or the Art & Southern Cuisine Tour, offering amazing local eateries you don’t want to miss. Either way, you’ll have the chance to visit three or four restaurants in downtown Chattanooga.  

After your bellies are full, there is nothing like a great walk to burn a few calories and enjoy some local art. The self-guided art tour – or the Experience Art Map – is a wonderful way to gaze and be inspired by the local art you’ll find around the city. The map highlights art located in the downtown footprint including beautiful murals, local art galleries, sculptures and more. These renowned pieces are from local and international artists. During your walk, grab a sweet treat like a gelato from Milk and Honey or a cupcake from the Cupcake Kitchen. We recommend the Almond Raspberry cupcake or the Pineapple Upside Down. One word: delish.  

For the foodies

If you’re looking for a classy spot to spoil mom, check out Bridgemans Chophouse Mother’s Day Brunch in the Read House Hotel featuring an exquisite menu and live jazz music from Nancy Westmoreland.   

Another delicious option is 1885 Grill in St. Elmo. Treat mom to her Southern Coastal brunch favorites while enjoying live music from Rachel Cole, born and raised in Nashville, TN just up the road. Try the Belgian Waffle Bananas Foster – you won’t regret it.  

Last, but certainly not least, for a place that swells with luxurious ambiance as soon as you walk through the doors, Whitebird is a beautiful place to make mom feel like the queen she is. Take her on a stroll through the Edwin Autograph Collection and let her gaze at the beautiful pieces of artwork throughout the hotel. Share a Biscuit Board – because are you really in the South if you don’t eat a tray full of buttermilk biscuits, homemade plum-habanero and blackberry jams with smoked sorghum butter? No.  

However you choose to spoil mom this year, make sure Chattanooga is on the list! You can thank us later.  

To find more Mother’s Day events happening around the Scenic City, check out the event calendar.