Tulsa Mayfest Gets New Home In 2019
TULSA, Oklahoma - Big changes are coming to Tulsa International Mayfest this year. Executive Director Heather Pingry made the announcements in a news conference Wednesday morning, January 30.
The festival will move from downtown to the newly renamed Tulsa Arts District - formerly known as the Brady Arts District. Mayfest leaders say they've been considering a move to the Arts District for several years now, but that process was expedited with the cancelation of the Blue Dome Arts Festival.
Pingry said the Arts District gives the festival more room for expansion and will bring in more local artists. The festival will run at the same time as both HopJam and a Tulsa Drillers homestand.
"I'm so proud of Tulsa and what it's become and what this area has become -and with all of this going on in such a small amount of space at the same time is really, I think, where Tulsa will shine," she said.
Pingry announced two other changes. In addition to the new location, the festival will be one day shorter. Mayfest will go from four to three days in 2019 - May 17 through 19.
The final announcement was accompanied by some fist pumping on Pingry's part. Festival-goers will no longer have to purchase coupons to buy food and drink at the popular spring arts festival. Mayfest will take cash and cards this year.
No word on any guarantees of clear skies and light breezes.