Mayfest Opens Gates to Family Fun

by Joy Donovan on April 26, 2009

The 37th annual Mayfest will begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.

The 37th annual Mayfest will begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.


The family festival Mayfest opens its gates to those looking for art, music, food and fun Thursday and continues through Sunday along the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth.

For the 37th year, Mayfest will attract artists, food vendors and musicians to Trinity Park’s 33 acres along the river near downtown Fort Worth. The outdoor typically draws more than 200,000 visitors during its four days.

Several special events also are scheduled during the festival, including Thursday’s Senior Citizens Day, with free admission to seniors, and Friday’s Special Needs Day, with free admission to more than 1,000 mentally and physically challenged children. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday for the Mayfest Run, a 10k, 5k and 1-mile fun run, and Sunday’s Military Day will offer free entrance to active and retired military personnel.

Featured entertainment booked this year will include Reckless Kelly performing at 8:15 p.m. Friday on the Mayfest Main Stage and Starship starring Mickey Thomas entertaining at 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage. More than 50 food and beverage booths are planned, and special areas will feature games, teen activities, an art market and non-profit booths.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old and children 5 and under are admitted free. Parking is available at Farrington Field for $5 per car, or attendees may part at Texas Christian University and ride a free shuttle to the festival site.

Hours of operation are 3:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The community festival was founded in 1973 by the Tarrant Regional Water District; Streams and Valleys, Inc; Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Departmen and The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc. Counting on some 3,000 volunteers who log more than 12,000 hours, the event serves as a signature spring event in Fort Worth.

More than $5.8 million has been raised during its 37 years, and profits are distributed to the founding organizations.

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