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May 9-10: MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake

Mayfaire 2014-245Polk Museum of Art proudly presents the 44th Annual MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, on the shores of Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland. Admission is free.

Begun as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake has grown into one of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals and is listed 64th nationally among Sunshine Artist magazine’s “Top 100 Best Fine Art Shows.” Mayfaire is a juried show that will feature the work of approximately 165 artists displaying their jewelry, sculptures, paintings and more.

Both days include a full slate of live entertainment on stage in front of the Lakeland Public Library, food and drink vendors, and a children’s area with a hands-on Children’s Art Tent appropriate for children of all abilities, a bounce house, rock-climbing wall and more.
Held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, Mayfaire attracts about 65,000 visitors. Parking is free at nearby Florida Southern College, and shuttle service to the parking lots and around the lake is provided free of charge.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Mayfaire Saturday Night moves the fun to the Lake Mirror Promenade for a free street dance party and fireworks display. Music will be provided by MPiRE. In addition, about 1,200 athletes are expected to participate in the 36th Annual Mayfaire Classic 5K Road Race & Walk, sponsored by the Lakeland Runners Club. The race begins at 7 p.m. at Lake Mirror Center.

During MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Polk Museum of Art admission is free to everyone. This year, the Museum is showing “African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center,” from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Museum Shop is having a fabulous Mother’s Day sale, too!

For more information, please visit; look for MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake on Facebook; or follow @PolkMoA on Twitter (use #Mayfaire).

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