Disclaimer :: Our friends at Mayfest sponsored and crafted this post to spread the word about the annual festival.
Come out to Fort Worth’s favorite family festival! Mayfest runs May 3–6 in Trinity Park and provides local citizens with a one-of-a-kind event, bringing generations of families together. There is something for everyone with a wide variety of special attraction shows, rides, activities, carnival games, and a delectable offering of food and beverage.
In hopes the entire community will experience the magic of Mayfest, all patrons will be able to enter the festival without paying the gate fee on Thursday, May 3! Mayfest views this as an opportunity to give back to the community that has shown its loyalty and support over the last 46 years.
Mayfest 2018 will feature enthralling attractions that will entertain patrons of all ages. New to Mayfest, the audience will have a rodeo experience right in the heart of the festival! Rodeo Zone cowboys will showcase rodeo performances with mechanical horses and cows, allowing for audience participation as well. The Great American Duck Races, a true Mayfest tradition and patron favorite, will return this year. Mayfest 2018 will also take the festival to the sky with the Smile Cloudand to the river with our ever-popular paddle boats. Patrons will be captivated by the expanded carnival that features exciting games and rides.
Mayfest is also proud to feature the Tom Thumb Albertsons Children’s Area, which has a variety of FREE activity booths for children, primarily aged three through 12. From sand art to tattoos and the ever-popular dinosaur dig, children will have fun for hours. This area is a festival within the festival!
More than 40 groups will perform on Mayfest’s three stages for more than 70 hours of live music. Local favorites including Tori Martin, Trey & the Tritones, Me & My Monkey, and Poo Live Crew will be featured on the Oasis Stage.
Craft Beer Garden
Located across from the new Honda of Fort Worth Pavilion, patrons may relax, listen to music, play games, and enjoy craft beers from local breweries at the craft beer garden.
Honda of Fort Worth Pavilion
Formerly known as the main stage, Mayfest has transformed this area into a true destination of the festival. With a pavilion tent, ample seating, and beer and soft drink booths, patrons of all ages will be able to sit and enjoy the music from the Oasis Stage in this rejuvenated atmosphere.
In addition to free admission on Thursday, May 3, Mayfest also offers many other ticket discounts. On Friday, May 4, adults ages 60 and older receive free admission with picture ID for senior citizens day. Active, reserve, and retired military members — along with five family members — will receive free admission all days of the festival with proof of service. Patrons may also follow Mayfest on Facebook to receive additional ticket discount codes or purchase discounted tickets at local Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores. Use coupon code FWMOMS when purchasing tickets online and receive $2 off each ticket you purchase!
Mayfest is excited to announce the return of the drop-and-park option! The south gate will serve as a carpool-style opportunity for festival patrons to drop off passengers before they park their cars. Families with children will no longer have to worry about hauling strollers, wagons, dance costumes, etc. from the parking lots to the gates!
Mayfest also has three convenient parking lots near the north gate: Farrington Field, Equestrian Center Garage, and the Yellow Lot. All three lots are within walking distance of the festival, and parking is $10 per car.
Patrons may also bike to Mayfest, where they will enjoy free bike parking right outside the south gate. Be sure to bring your own lock!
Mayfest is more than just a festival! The purpose of Mayfest is to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks, and community programs. The proceeds generated by this wonderful event are used to provide grants that support our local parks and river development and community projects, ensuring a quality of life enjoyment for all area citizens. Over the past 46 years, Mayfest has given back more than $7.4 million to the community through grants from our founding partners. The festival may only be four days long, but Mayfest gives back 365 days a year! Visit the festival’s website at https://www.mayfest.org, or look it up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Emily Allison works as the marketing manager for Mayfest, Inc. A 2006 graduate of the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU, Emily worked in the marketing industry for several years and began volunteering with Mayfest in 2014. She very quickly fell in love with the organization and was soon hired to join the staff, where her passion for improving the community grew immensely. Emily currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband and two daughters.