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  • Tara Crutchfield

Mayfaire by-the-Lake

The Polk Museum of Art is thrilled to announce its 51st annual Citizens Bank & Trust Mayfaire by-the-Lake festival, to be held along the shores of Lake Morton May 13 and 14, 2023, from 9 am to 4 pm. Showcasing over 150 artists from nine states working in a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to woodworking, hand-crafted jewelry, and more, this free two-day fine art festival promises to have something for every art enthusiast and visitor to enjoy.


Photo by Gregory Mills

In addition to the artists’ booths, this year’s celebration will include a robust daily event schedule, including fun activities for everyone of every age. “Kids Collect,” a kids-only tent where children can purchase artwork donated by Mayfaire artists at nominal prices, returns to Ruthven’s Mayfaire Kids Zone to engage even the youngest of art connoisseurs. Free hands-on art activities for children of all abilities will also be available at each Kids Zone tent.


“Thanks to our community of art lovers, our loyal sponsors and local partners, and all the talented showcasing artists from near and far, Mayfaire by-the-Lake has been a fixture of the Florida art scene for five decades and counting, and it just keeps getting better and better,” said Dr. Alex Rich, executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum of Art. “Mayfaire is soaring at 51, and, this Mother’s Day weekend, we can’t wait to launch officially into our second half-century.”


Performances by FrediDANCE Project, Samira Belly Dance, and Musical Hammers, among others, will also be held throughout the weekend on the Lakeland Public Library lawn. Concessions will be available for purchase from Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Chicks Coop, Heavenly Pretzel, and more. At the Museum, visitors will be able to re-experience festivals of yore with “A Blast from the Past: Festival Favorites from the Permanent Collection” on display in the Murray/Ledger Gallery, highlighting past festival winners. 

On Saturday evening, Mayfaire welcomes back the Lakeland Runners Club to host the 44th Annual Mayfaire 5K. The run begins at 7 p.m. near Lake Mirror and ends on Francis C. Promenade. Interested participants can register online or volunteer for the run at runsignup.com/Race/FL/Lakeland/Mayfaire5k. Registration will close Wednesday, May 10. 


Additional information about this year’s Mayfaire Judge, Featured Poster Artist, and event details are available on MayfairebytheLake.org.


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