Tulsa World Editorial: Mayfest kicks off weekend of music, art and food

By | May 19, 2016

Tulsa World

Tulsa International Mayfest kicks off Thursday.

Hooray!

The festival, which runs through Sunday, has been bringing big crowds downtown for more than 30 years.

As it has been for several years, Mayfest is also the centerpiece of a series of celebrations in and around the central business district this weekend.

The Blue Dome Arts festival, just down the street from Mayfest, runs Friday through Sunday. It emphasizes local artists, live music and food trucks and more.

For details, go to: bluedomearts.org.

Sunday afternoon is the time for The Hop Jam, the annual craft beer and music celebration in the Brady Arts Districts offered by Hanson. This year’s festival features Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Albert Hammond Jr., X Ambassadors and locals John Moreland and Chase Kerby + the Villains.

For more information, go to thehopjam.com.

But the big draw is Mayfest, which will feature its usual array of fun and art, including entertainment on three stages, blocks of art vendors from near and far, and lots of food.

We’re especially fond of the invitational gallery in the Williams Towers Lobby, Third and Main streets; the youth art gallery in the Tulsa PAC’s LaFortune Studio, 101 E. Third St.; and the KidZone in the H.A. Chapman Centennial Green, Sixth and Main streets.

For more details, got to tulsamayfest.org.

Let’s give a proper shout-out to MidFirst Bank, Mayfest’s presenting sponsor this year.

Come downtown this weekend, spend a little money, have a lot of fun. You won’t regret it.