Tulsa, Okla. (Sept. 24, 2013) – Tulsa International Mayfest will soon be accepting applications from food vendors, performing and visual artists for the 42nd anniversary festival, scheduled for May 15-18, 2014. 


Mayfest showcases more than 75 performers on three outdoor stages each year.  Musicians from all genres have the opportunity to receive exposure and recognition from more than 350,000 attendees during the event. Musicians from rock to blues and country to jazz all performed in 2013.


The performing artist application process is new for 2014, and requires an electronic press kit containing items like performing artists’ bios, pictures and audio examples.  Resources are provided for artists who do not currently have an electronic press kit.  Performing artist applications are available online at www.tulsamayfest.org/music/.  All performance applications are available now and must be submitted online by Dec. 18, 2013.


Additionally, Mayfest features approximately 100 fine visual artists and 20 craftspeople during the four-day festival. Entries are professionally judged according to strict guidelines through a blind jury process.  Many participating artists in recent years reported record sales after Mayfest; therefore competition for booth space is increasing each year.  Mayfest artists work in various mediums, including wood, clay, paints and more.


“I look forward to applying to Mayfest every year. It’s by far my favorite spring event,” said Christopher Westfall, past Mayfest artist.  “The board, staff and volunteers are very helpful, and I enjoy seeing old friends and collectors.”


Visual artist applications will be accepted online starting Oct. 15, 2013, at www.zapplication.org.  All visual artist applications must be submitted online by Jan. 25, 2014.


Tulsa International Mayfest is also currently accepting applications from food vendors and food trucks for next year’s festival.  After the success of local food trucks attending Mayfest in 2013, trucks will again join the traditional food vendors.


Mayfest features approximately 30 food vendors during the four-day festival, and includes treats such as corn dogs, funnel cakes and more.


“Each year, Mayfest seeks to provide the best visual and performing artists to Tulsa,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Tulsa International Mayfest.  “Providing the best festival food enhances the experience for attendees and artists.  The Tulsa community now offers great food trucks, and we are excited to again incorporate them into the festival.”


The selection committee will review applications based upon the quality of foods, variety of menu, and pricing; food service experience with large crowds; needs of food preparation and size of facility requirements; past compliance with county and state health regulations; and previous experience and successful operation at other major festivals.


Food vendor applications are available at www.tulsamayfest.org/food/ and will be available on Oct. 1, 2013, with a final deadline of Jan. 15, 2014.


For questions regarding the application process, please email comments@tulsamayfest.org or call the Mayfest office at (918) 582-6435.


The art festival offers vendors selling fine arts and handmade goods, various art shows, live music and food vendors.