Mayfest, Fort Worth’s annual outdoor festival, will return this week with all its bells andÂ whistles, plus its traditional art, entertainment and food. After being canceled only three hours before the festival was set to open in 2009, Mayfest (www.mayfest.org) returns Thursday through Sunday in Trinity Park. The festival suffered a financial loss because of the closure due to the threat of a flu outbreak, and this year’s organizers intend to show loyal patrons four days of food, art and family fun.
Several opportunities are available this year for festival-goers to purchase discount tickets and enjoy a dayâ€™s worth of free entertainment. Senior citizens aged 60 and over can receive free admission with a photo ID on Thursday. On Friday, Mayfest will offer the Thank Goodness Itâ€™s Friday discount. By logging onto the Mayfest website at http://www,mayfest.organd entering the Code: TGIF, patrons will receive a $2 discount on every ticket purchased. A military ID will get active and retired military personnel free admission, plus three additional tickets for family members on Sunday.
Regular tickets purchased at the festival gates are $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 years and free for children 5 years and under. Parking is available at Texas Christian University’s Amon Carter Stadium, with free shuttles operating to the park.
This year’s 33-acre festival will include children’s activities, duck races, musicians and artists.Â EntertainmentÂ headlinersÂ this year include The Casey Thompson Band and Bennie Wheels Friday evening, with Poo Live Crew and The Killdares scheduled for Saturday night.
Mayfest was founded by Tarrant Regional Water District; Streams and Valleys, Inc.; Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department; and The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.
All Mayfest profits are distributed to the four founding partners to support Fort Worth community programs. Mayfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit festival.