When: Thursday – Sunday, May 17-20, 2012. Hours are 11am-11pm Thursday – Saturday and 11am – 6pm on Sunday.
Where: The heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa on Main Street starting on 3rd Street and going past 6th Street, the Green at 3rd between Main and Boston and 4th between Main and Boston.
Cost: FREE! That’s right, 120 artists, 4 stages of entertainment, 5 indoor galleries (Invitational, Youth, The Center, Green and Vintage Mayfest) and KidZone featuring family friendly entertainment and art projects all for free!
Parking: Parking is available at on-street locations as well as lots and garages surrounding the festival site. Fees will vary as the lots are operated by different companies.
New for 2012…3D Muve Music Wonderwall sponsored by Cricket and produced by Tulsa’s own GuRuStu Group: Catch this nightly 3D building projection project from the Main Stage area on the Williams Green. This project, sponsored by Cricket Communications, is a “first in Oklahoma” art form. It will transform the architecture of the building into an animated, 3D display on the north wall of the 320 S. Boston Building. It will be shown during the breaks between bands playing on the Williams Green Stage.
Tulsa International Mayfest is committed to Going Green! Do you want to be involved in helping Mayfest go green? If so, ride your bike to the festival or carpool, use recycling stations for your plastic bottles and aluminum cans, drink local wine, use the Mayfest Web site or our mobile map at www.mayfestmobile.com to plan your festival experience, buy our environmentally-friendly Merchandise and buy a recycled and reusable bag at Merchandise to carry your goodies.
Bike Valet: Tulsa Hub is a non-profit bicycle resource and bicycling advocacy organization promoting action transportation and human-power initiatives. Offering a no-charge secure bicycle valet at Mayfest and showcasing innovative bicycle art and engineering projects, Tulsa Hub will also provide information about ongoing local bicycling activities, educational opportunities and vehicular-cycling consciousness. Come to 3rd & Main to secure your bicycle.
Artists: Mayfest showcases the artwork of approximately 120 artists from around the nation along Main Street, which includes about 85% Juried Artists and 15% Market Artists. Juried Artists are accepted into Mayfest after a highly selective jurying process. Juried Artists offer fine art in a variety of mediums, including everything from clay to wood. Market Artists are artists and craftsmen who may feature items such as toys, folk art, hand-painted T-shirts, leather goods, calligraphy, etc. Artists’ booths will be open Thursday-Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.
Youth Art Gallery: The Youth Art Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center at 3rd and Cincinnati, proudly displays art from over 500 talented students of Tulsa County. The Youth Art Gallery will be open Thursday-Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-3pm and is sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
Invitational Gallery: Some of the best artists from the Tulsa area have been invited to showcase their work in the Mayfest Invitational Gallery, located in the lobby of the Williams Towers. Enter from Samson Plaza at 3rd and Main. The gallery is an indoor exhibition with all art available for purchase. The Invitational Gallery will be open Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-5:30pm, Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-3pm and is sponsored by Metropolitan Real Estate Investments, LLC.
Green Gallery: Metamorphosis: This 2012 Mayfest specialty gallery has been created to showcase artwork created in the spirit of Tulsa’s sustainable future. The Green Gallery was first displayed at Tulsa International Mayfest in 2010 and was inspired by Mayfest’s move towards a more sustainable festival and Tulsa’s development of a more sustainable future. This year’s gallery focuses on art that has been transformed from every day, recognizable reused, repurposed, and recycled materials. The Green Gallery: Metamorphosis is located in the lobby of the Park Centre Building at 525 S. Main. The Green Gallery will be open Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday – Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-3pm and is sponsored by Waste Management, hosted by Kanbar Properties.
The Center Gallery: The Center Gallery will showcase the artwork of members of The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and will be located in the Downtown YMCA in the Mayo Building at 418 S. Main. The Center Gallery will be open Thursday – Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-3pm and is sponsored by T.D. Williamson.
Vintage Mayfest Gallery: The Vintage Mayfest Gallery showcases Mayfest posters, choice photos from Mayfest’s archives and Mayfest T-shirts & memorabilia. The Vintage Mayfest Gallery is located in the PAC Art Gallery located near Chapman Hall in the Performing Arts Center during Mayfest and the entire month from – Friday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Hours are Mondays-Fridays 10am-5:30pm and during Chapman Hall events.
Performing Artists: With over 100 performances on 4 stages, you’re sure to find a performance to enjoy at Mayfest! Be sure to catch the free national acts at the Williams Green Stage at 3rd between Main & Boston. Thursday night features Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Friday night Hayes Carll and J.D. McPherson on Saturday night.
David Cameron Community Stage: The Community Stage was established in 1992 and features outstanding vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists from Tulsa and surrounding communities. The stage was renamed in 2006 to honor long-time Mayfest supporter and friend, David Cameron. Artists such as Hanson, Brandon Jenkins, Alaina Whitaker and several Miss Oklahoma Pageant winners started their performance careers on the Mayfest Community Stage. Performers of all ages are featured on the stage. Please see the performance schedule for more information.
KidZone: Bring your children to KidZone to create art projects, chase bubbles, draw with sidewalk chalk, play catch in the park and listen to great musical performances on the KidZone Stage. Tulsa Geosciences Center will be leading the fossil dig again this year and kids can take home what they find! Be sure to visit on Saturday to participate in the Bear Clinic presented by The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and enjoy the national entertainment acts presented by the Tulsa Children’s Museum and Walton Family Foundation. KidZone is located at 6th and Main on the H.A. Chapman Centennial Green and features a variety of activities for children of all ages to enjoy the arts. A complete KidZone schedule is listed before the performance schedule. KidZone will be open Thursday-Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm and is sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and Williams.
Samson Plaza hosts the Creative Culture Courtyard: The Creative Culture Courtyard brings together a taste of New York City street performance art with a touch of Venice beach vibes. This year presents Jascha on his recycled drum set, Cherokee Story Teller Robert Lewis, Pow Wow Dancers, Swing Dancers, Body Art, Chalk art, Interactive Dance Performances, Artheism from Austin and Hoola Hoopers from Branson. Multicultural music will be playing with a wooden dance floor laid out to play on. This is a spontaneous art and dance area, so don’t be surprised if you see break dancing, line dancing or a dancing Dragon!! The Creative Culture Courtyard hours are Thursday 7-11pm, Friday – Saturday 2pm -11pm and Sunday 2-6pm.
Food: Mayfest offers a variety of food choices sure to please any festival guest. Our food vendors offer everything from gyros, corn dogs, sausages, ravioli, funnel cakes and turkey legs to cotton candy and pizza.
Beverages: Non-alcoholic beverages, including soft drinks, tea, water, lemonade and other specialty drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages including Anheuser-Busch beer products and frozen drinks are available at various locations throughout the site. Oklahoma’s own Blue Coyote Winery will feature Mayfest Private Label Wines for purchase by the bottle or taste on the Williams Green. As always, please drink responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.
Coupons: Coupons are required for all food and beverage purchases and are sold in increments of $1.00. Food vendors DO NOT accept cash. Coupon booths are located at 5th and Main, 4th and Main, 3rd and Main and on the Green (at 3rd between Main and Boston). Coupon booths accept cash and credit cards. Mayfest is partnering with local non-profits Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Tulsa (RSVP), Sapulpa High School Band Booster Club, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Tulsa Boy Singers Parents’ Association, Tulsa Children’s Chorus/Tulsa Youth Chorale and Tulsa Master Recyclers, to operate the festival coupon booths. Mayfest will donate funds to these great organizations for their service.
Merchandise: Official Mayfest Merchandise includes 2012 commemorative posters (including those signed by the artist, Otto Duecker), T-shirts, note cards, and a specially designed American Apparel T-shirt in addition to past Mayfest Merchandise. Credit cards are accepted at official souvenir locations. 2012 Merchandise can be found at 4th & Main, while discounted past merchandise is located at 5th & Main.
Lost and Found: To turn in found items or claim lost items, please visit the festival Headquarters, located at 515 S. Main.
Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are available, free of charge with a refundable deposit, at Headquarters, located at 515 S. Main.
Restrooms: Portable facilities, including wheelchair accessible, are provided throughout the festival site at the following locations: 6th & Main, 5th & Boulder, 4th & Main, 3rd & Main, and 3rd & Boston. Baby changing stations are available at 6th & Main and 4th & Main.
ATM Locations and Credit Cards: MidFirst Bank’s ATM machine is located on the northeast corner of 4th and Boston. The merchandise tents, many artists and all coupon booths accept major credit cards. In addition, MidFirst Bank will have a portable ATM at 3rd & Main during daytime hours of the festival.
Relaxation Station: Visit MidFirst Bank’s Relaxation Station at 4th & Main to relax at an oasis in the middle of Mayfest. The area will feature picnic tables for you to take a break, enjoy that corndog and people watch! MidFirst Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of Mayfest.
Festival Rules: No coolers or backpacks allowed on site. No outside food or beverage allowed on site. Revenue from on-site food and beverage sales allows the festival to remain an admission-free event. For the safety of your pet and other festival guests, we ask that you please leave your pets at home.
Questions: Please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mayfest office at 918.582.6435. During the Festival, please call 918.813.7075 for the onsite Headquarters.
Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, celebrating 40 years of Mayfest, on May 17-20, 2012. Mayfest is presented by MidFirst Bank. Other sponsors include Cricket Communications, GuRuStu Group, Williams, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Metropolitan Real Estate Investments, LLC, Shock Top, T.D. Williamson, Waste Management, Atlas Pipeline, Southern Journeys, OSU-Tulsa, The Gelvin Foundation, Kanbar Properties, Hyatt Regency and SCFM.