Began as a small craft show on the Lakeland Library Lawn in 1971, Mayfaire by-the-Lake and has grown to be one of the most prestigious, fun filled outdoor fine art festivals in Florida. The two-day festival was ranked 45th by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2018. Mayfaire has expanded and continues the Mother's Day tradition of sharing the creations of fine artists and artisans with an enthusiastic community. Along the shores of the beautiful Lake Morton, more than 70,000 visitors enjoy the works of approximately 160 artists in this juried fine arts competition, with $17,000 in awards presented to artists each year. Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College welcomes you to share in this long-standing Lakeland tradition.
This community event supports the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College. Proceeds from Mayfaire by-the-Lake help provide scholarships to students attending our summer programs and helps to provide free admission into the Museum year round.
Take Exit 28 off of I-4 eastbound (U.S. 92/Memorial Blvd.). From U.S. 92/ Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland, turn onto Lake Parker Ave,, headed south. Cross the U.S. 98 intersection and turn right onto Frank Lloyd Wright Way. Continue on Frank Lloyd Wright Way and turn left into the College parking lot at Park Hill Ave.
Take Exit 33, for SR 33. Head south on SR 33/Lakeland Hills Blvd., turning left onto Memorial Blvd./U.S. 92. Turn right onto Lake Parker Ave., headed south. Cross the U.S. 98 intersection and turn right onto Frank Lloyd Wright Way. Continue on Frank Lloyd Wright Way and turn left into the College parking lot at Park Hill Ave.
MayFerry shuttles are provided to easily travel throughout the show. There is one stop located at the parking lot at FSC, and 5 others located throughout the show. Shuttles are free.
Accessible MayFerry: One MayFerry shuttle will be wheelchair accessible to assist patrons around the show. The golf cart can accomodate one wheelchair plus their guests. The shuttle will run the same route as indicated on the map.
MAYFAIRE SATURDAY NIGHT
Saturday, May 11 (5:30pm - 11pm)
Cost: FREE to everyone!
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a free concert on the shores of Lake Mirror at the Frances Langford Promenade, just two blocks north of Lake Morton. This event includes fireworks (9 PM) and the Mayfaire 5K Race. Food and beverage vendors will be available on site.
By popular demand, MPiRE Band returns to the stage for MAYFAIRE Saturday Night. Hear them play from 5:30 pm until 11 pm.
Come enjoy the variety of fares that will be located on the promenade of Lake Mirror. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A portion of the sales benefit the Polk Museum of Art.
MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire 5k
Join the Lakeland Runners Club for an evening 5k road race which runs around Lake Mirror and Lake Morton, a scenic and certified course (FL09122EBM) through Lakeland's historic district and views of the city's beautiful lakes. The race will be chip timed. Post-race refreshments, live music, and fireworks are part of the annual Mayfaire by-the-Lake.