Mayfest Set To Kick-Off

Wednesday, May 14th 2008, 7:53 pm
By: News On 6

Mayfest begins on Thursday and vendors began setting up on Wednesday.

The streets that make up the Mayfest venue are ready for the crowds and downtown is all a buzz with people working to create this outdoor family event.

Mayfest is put on by The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and Downtown Tulsa Unlimited.  Every year, more than 350,000 people come to enjoy the art, entertainment and food.

More than the 120 artists participate in Mayfest and festival goers can enjoy three stages of live entertainment.

This year, country music star Joe Diffie is headlining the concert series and will perform at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Also something new this year, some artists from the Tulsa area will showcase their work at the Invitational Gallery, located in the lobby of the Williams Towers at 3rd and Boulder.

Not to mention The Youth Art Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center at 3rd and Cincinnati, which will display art from the talented students of local schools in Green Country.

The festivities kick off at 11:00 Thursday morning.

Artist Rick Hall is taking part in his third Mayfest.

"We come back every year because it's a great show. The people that come out appreciate the art. Tulsa is a great city," said Hall.

Mayfest is set up between 3rd and 6th Streets, between Main and Boston.

Although street repair is still issues in other parts of downtown, crews have finished work on the streets and sidewalks inside the Mayfest venue.   

Click here to view and print a Mayfest map.