Lakeland FL Mayfaire By-The-Lake Is One of Florida’s Premier Outdoor Art Festivals – A Mother’s Day Treat!
What started out as a simple craft fair 40 years ago in front of the Lakeland Public Library, Mayfaire By-The-Lake, held every year on Mother’s Day weekend is considered among the Top 100 outdoor art festival in the nation. Lakeland FL Mayfaire By-The-Lake is also the oldest outdoor art festival in Central Florida and truly a treat for the whole family to enjoy.
Mayfaire starts out with a bang on Saturday Night May 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. with Festival of Arts and Athletes on the shores of Lake Mirror kicks off this event with the Mayfaire Classic 5k race and fireworks after the sun sets of beautiful Lake Mirror. There are vendors for you to buy food and drinks or you can bring your own and have a family picnic.
Mother’s Day – Sunday May 8, 2011 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mayfaire By-The-Lake is held on the shores of beautiful Lake Morton with over 180 artists you will be in for a treat. From jewelers, painters from oil, canvas and water colors to photographers and clay artists. Live entertainment by local musicians and dance companies on the shady front lawn of the Public Library, food, such as funnel cakes, smoothies and shaved ice and beverage vendors and the children’s beloved art tent and kids zone (small fee for bounce houses and rock wall). Free parking and shuttle service is available from Florida Southern College and other nearby location. MayFerrys, which is also a free shuttle will drive around Lake Morton and to the Polk Museum of Arts, which is located adjacent to the Lakeland Public Library.
I also encourage you to visit the Polk Museum of Art, and enjoy the art exhibit by this world renowned photographer, “Annie Leibovitz:Women”. Be sure to check out the Museum’s store and their great Mother’s Day sale. Admission is also free!
Best of all – Admission to the Mayfaire By-The-Lake and the Mayfaire Saturday Night/Festival of Arts and Athlets on Saturday is FREE!
I have attended many Mayfaires By-The-Lake, which attracts about 65,000 visitors from all around the world, and have purchased art pieces I fell in love with. If you are looking for a gift for your beloved Mother, there are gorgeous art pieces for sale that I’m sure you will cherish for many years to come. It is truly a great time to enjoy Mother’s Day with family and friends.
Copyright © 2011 By Petra Norris * Lakeland FL Mayfaire By-The-Lake Is One of Florida’s Premier Outdoor Art Festivals – A Mother’s Day Treat!*